Mt. WhitneyIf their geography skills are any indication of their redistricting of California’s political boundaries, we may be in a bit of trouble.

According to the Sacramento Bee’s Dan Walters, California’s redistricting commission has been moving the lines of 177 districts. In the process they placed Mt. Whitney into Yosemite National Park.  Walters wrote in the Bee that the online political maps devised by the redistricting commission place Mt. whitney right in the middle of Yosemite Valley, about 125 miles northwest of the tall peak’s real location.

The Sacramento Bee story says the commission relied on a commonly used Google mapping service to supply background information.  So, apparently Google made the mistake, and apparently the commissioners haven’t gotten around much on the east side of the Sierra.

Walters wrote that newspaper editors contacted the commission about their geographic slip up.  Commissioners said they would correct the mistake before publication of the new districts.

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