Los Osos woman again misses out on state redistricting commission seat

Once again, Lillian Judd of Los Osos came within a hair’s breadth of getting picked for the state commission that will redraw California’s political districts. And once again, she just missed out.

A vacancy on the 14-member commission occurred earlier this month when one of the original members, Democrat Elaine Kuo of Mountain View, stepped down, saying time limitations made it impractical for her to continue.

The commission is structured to have five Democrats, five Republicans and four independent or minor party representatives.

In action Friday morning, Judd received the most votes on a first round of balloting by the current commissioners. A second vote was taken to pick between her and one other applicant. She received seven votes, but the selection process requires nine votes to get a seat, broken down as three Democrats, three Republicans and three other.

Judd said that on the third ballot a man from San Francisco, Angelo Ancheta, was selected.

In December Judd just missed being one of the final six applicants selected to sit on the commission. She finished seventh in that balloting.

As at that time, however, Judd was graciously accepting of the outcome.

“Once again I was honored and humbled to make the final cut and to hear commissioners praise my experience, skill set and passion,” she said in an e-mail.

Judd, who has deep roots in the community, spent many years working for the county’s Economic Opportunity Commission, now known as the Community Action Partnership.

The state Citizens Redistricting Commission is formed to represent geographic, demographic, ethnic, political and economic balance, among other criteria.

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 said, conspired to draw the lines in a way that protected incumbents of both parties.

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