Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson, wrote a commentary entitled, "What Will Become of California's Newly Drawn State Senate Districts?" that was published on KCET's "Socal Focus" blog on Sept. 19, 2011.
Here's an excerpt:
"For the first time in the state's history, an independent redistricting group drew state legislative and federal congressional district lines. Thanks to two successful ballot measures, those who stand to benefit the most from drawing district lines - sitting lawmakers - were extricated from the process. The independent redistricting commission's charge was, among other things, to create legislative districts which fairly reflected communities of interest, and to pay no heed to whether districts would benefit or harm incumbent lawmakers.
The full piece can be read here.