Each redistricting dataset merges the electoral data the SWDB collected and processed over the preceding decade with the most current census data (PL94-171). The result is a census block level dataset that allows for longitudinal analysis of electoral data over time on the same unit of analysis. Electoral data consist of the Statements of Vote (SOV) and Statements of Registration (SOR) for each statewide election. These data are collected from the Registrars of Voters for each of the 58 California counties with each election.
The SWDB collects the Statement of Vote and the Statement of Registration along with various geography files from each of the 58 counties for every statewide election. The Statement of Vote is a precinct level dataset and precincts in California change frequently between elections. The goal of the SWDB is to make election data available that can be compared over time, on the same unit of analysis â€“ a precinct, a census block or a census tract.
Eastern Group Publications (Los Angeles County, CA) - Thursday, September 15, 2011
EGP News Report
Ed Chau kicks off fundraising campaign.
Montebello School Board President and attorney Ed Chau kicked off his fundraising campaign to run for the 49th Assembly District seat, which following this year’s redistricting process now includes north Montebello, Monterey Park, Alhambra, Temple City and Arcadia.
The boundary line changes have converted the 49th District from a Latino majority district to one that now has a majority Asian population.
Chau garnered the endorsement of husband and wife team Congresswoman Judy Chu and Assemblyman Mike Eng, who represents the current 49th district but will be termed out in 2012.
Eng pointed out Chau speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin. “That’s significant, the ability to communicate to the constituents in his district… many of you asked me to speak mandarin… [Chau] will be able to give you a two hour speech in Mandarin,” he told a room of mostly Chinese language media last month.
Eng added that, “with some of the issues we need to deal with, some people are reluctant to bring them to the forefront because of the language barrier.”
Montebello, where Chau is a resident, is a new member of the 49th district. Chau is best known for having served for the past twelve years on the Montebello Unified School District, where he represented a predominantly Latino population.
Chau says the common theme for all families is the opportunity for a good education.
He is expected to run against Alhambra City Councilman Luis Ayala, Garvey School Board member Henry Lo, and El Monte School Board member John Tran, who have also begun fundraising. Monterey Park Councilman Mitchell Ing is rumored to be considering a run for the seat.
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