Costa also has the backing -- and financial support -- of Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has made the redistricting effort one of his priorities in the Nov. 8 special election.
The whole damn election is his "priority" - especially now that the honeymoon period is so over the voters may be asking for a divorce soon. (And, no, I mean the '06 election, not some recall effort that shouldn't get any coverage whatsoever.)
The article is otherwise a nice recap of the story so far - the pros, the cons, and the foolish objections: like the argument that retired judges will be evil, old white men who don't get the needs of a diverse state. I still maintain that if people looked at this reform with a lens longer than 10 years it would really help.
The bench is changing. And if it isn't changing fast enough - by all means, start running candidates you like now. You can do that in California. It's a horrible thing that you can do that, but since you can, good god, why not take advantage of it?
The question is, as ever, whom do judges represent?
Whom would a independent redistricting commission represent?
Answer it - I dare you.
Incidently, I asked Peter Shrag the same question in response to his column on Prop. 77 that relies heavily on the evil-white-judge oppo-bite. If he answers, I'll let you know.
(h/t to ElectionLawBlog.org for the links.)