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Los Osos woman doesn't get seat on statewide redistricting panel

It’s official: California has a new Citizens Redistricting Commission, and a Los Osos woman who came tantalizingly close to being named to the panel did not make the final cut.

The final six commissioners of the 14-member body were chosen Wednesday morning, and the list did not include Lillian Judd.

Nonetheless, Judd told The Tribune Wednesday, she “wish(es) the commissioners all the luck in the world and hope they enjoy the process and each other.

“I also hope Californians will rally behind the commissioners and appreciate their hard work in the very difficult job ahead,” Judd wrote.

Judd, who has deep roots in the community, spent many years with the county’s Economic Opportunity Commission, now known as the Community Action Partnership. She was one of 30,000 people who applied for the commission.

The commission will redraw district lines for the House of Representatives, the state Senate and Assembly, and the state Board of Equalization. Voters created the commission and defined its powers in two separate statewide ballot measures.

Voters wanted to remove redistricting power from the Legislature, whose Republican and Democratic leaders, critics say, conspire to draw the lines in a way that protects incumbents of both parties.

The Constitution requires that the boundaries be redrawn every 10 years, after the U.S. Census is conducted.

The final choices meant to create a commission that represents geographic, demographic, ethnic, political, and economic balance, among other criteria.

San Luis Obispo County also must redraw the lines for its five districts, a process that incoming Board of Supervisors Chairman Adam Hill says he will turn his attention to in January. County officials already are working on the project.

-Bob Cuddy