- Michelle Diguilio at a glance
Raised: Ventura, but has roots in San Joaquin
County. Her mother’s family settled in Tracy in the 1840s and
Residence: Moved to Stockton 12 years ago when
her husband, Lou Matz, was hired as a philosophy professor at
University of the Pacific. He is now associate dean of College of
Education: Bachelor’s degree from University of
California, San Diego; master’s degree in urban and regional
planning from the University of Cincinnati.
Career: Former management analyst for San
Joaquin County Human Services Agency; formerly worked at Great
Valley Center, a nonprofit organization based in Modesto, which
works to support Central Valley communities as they solve the
regions social, economic and environmental challenges. Now a
Family: Husband, Lou Matz; daughter, Avery, 4; sons, Jared, 8,
Mason, 6, and Tyler, 2.
— Source: Michelle DiGuilio
- Why the Lodi Assembly district may be separated from the rest of San Joaquin County
According to the latest maps, the Assembly district that
includes Lodi will be separated from the remainder of San Joaquin
County. Instead, Lodi will join Galt, Elk Grove and parts of South
Sacramento if the California Citizens Redistricting Commission
approves the current maps on Aug. 15.
Commissioner Michelle DiGuilio, of Stockton, says that the
primary reason Lodi has been mapped away from the rest of San
Joaquin County is because of federal requirements involving Merced
Merced is one of four counties in the state (Kings, Yuba and
Monterey are the others) that are designated as “Section 5,” which
means that current legislative maps tried to suppress minority
group representation, DiGuilio said.
Since Merced County is a Section 5 county, Central Valley
legislative maps had to start there. Since the commission wanted to
retain districts to within the San Joaquin Valley and not across
Altamont Pass or include the foothills, Lodi ended up being cut
from the rest of San Joaquin County, at least on the Assembly maps,
— Ross Farrow
- Meeting Thursday
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission will meet from
1 to 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss final legislative map preparation,
selection of attorneys in case of litigation and other matters at
McGeorge School of Law, 3200 Fifth Ave., Classroom C, Sacramento.
Public comment is scheduled from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
To submit a public comment to the commission, call 866-356-5217
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the meeting and to review the latest
maps, visit www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov.
— Source: California Citizens Redistricting
Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 8:57 am, Wed Jul 20, 2011.
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, which voters
asked to redraw legislative district lines instead of the
Legislature, is repairing the damage that legislators inflicted in
what Stockton commissioner Michelle DiGuilio considers
gerrymandered districts 10 years ago.
“I joke that we’re not doing redistricting; we’re doing
‘districting’ — Districting 101,” DiGuilio said, while waiting for
two of her children to complete day camp on Tuesday at Micke Grove
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 8:57 am.