Redistricting commission relocates Mt. Whitney

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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o2lvnmmth
o2lvnmmth
11 years ago

Ha! I just sent a correction recommendation to Google on this yesterday. They’re usually pretty quick at fixing things, once brought to their attention. But how could anyone actually think that, just because it’s on google maps, that makes it true???

bobbie lee swagger
bobbie lee swagger
11 years ago

that’s nice but does whitney watch fox (red) or msnbc (blue) ?

david michaels
david michaels
11 years ago

Why do you think we always called Mt. Whitney, Little Yosemite?

Because it is a zoo just like Yosemite. Sounds like a proper move to me.

J.H.
J.H.
11 years ago

Wayne- I smell a rat!

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
11 years ago

On a simpler side of technology,last year on a walk,I caught a couple people fishing on the creek out of season,informed them of it,they seemed they did not know the creek was closed to fishing.An hour or so later,coming back by the same area,they were still there…fishing.I reported them to… Read more »

Rob
Rob
11 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Poaching an invasive species how funny. I stumbled onto some people fishing the creek below convict a few weeks before the opener. I told them fishing season wasn’t opened yet and they’d be better off robbing a bank then getting caught fishing out of season. I’m pretty sure it was… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
11 years ago
Reply to  Rob

From what the DFG officer said,it’s really hard to get a conviction on this fishing out of season….the pole and line accually have to be in the water….luckily,the guys I reported had just that going on when the officer came by for a visit…..fishing out of season IS poaching….no different… Read more »

Big Rick
Big Rick
11 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Rob…they never caught that guy, either .St. Patricks Day,right? y

Big Rick
Big Rick
11 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Way to go ,Wayne. You gave them a heads up and they chose to ignore it.You play..you pay. A few years back on the opener, I was fishing the upper Owens above the bridge, and didn’t know that it was artificial barbless only. I had just hooked a nice one… Read more »

Ted
Ted
11 years ago

This is a good example too much reliance on technology. A simple confirmation look at a “hard copy” map would have avoided the mistake. Makes you wonder how many significant decisions are being made based on technology that is prone to errors. Trust but verify.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
11 years ago

It’s Google Maps error. Mt. Whitney has been vacationing in Yosemite for about 3 months. Maybe it just needs a rest.

I told Google about it. They said, “…oh yeah, that’s wrong isn’t it….”