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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11 Responses to Redistricting commission relocates Mt. Whitney

  1. o2lvnmmth August 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    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???

  2. bobbie lee swagger August 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

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

  3. david michaels August 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    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.

  4. J.H. August 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    Wayne- I smell a rat!

  5. Wayne Deja August 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    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 Cal Tip,and the operator,based out of Sacramento,had no idea where Lone Pine was,and even said the zip code I gave them did not exist.Luckily,I went by the sheriff station,and just so happened the DFG enforcement officer was in Lone Pine that day,passed on the information to him….and later I got a phone call informing me that the poachers had been caught,with poles and line in water….BUSTED…without the use of all this technology.

    • Rob August 12, 2011 at 11:38 am #

      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 the same guy that robbed the bank in Bishop the next day

      • Wayne Deja August 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

        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… out of season IS poaching….no different than hunting out of season….”invasive species” or not.

      • Big Rick August 12, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

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

    • Big Rick August 12, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

      Way to go ,Wayne. You gave them a heads up and they chose to ignore it.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 and the .guy next to me did what you did, and I about crapped myself in embarrassment. After immediately releasing the fish, here comes (2)DFG wardens. I can only imagine how much money that guy saved me. t

  6. Ted August 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    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.

  7. Ken Warner August 11, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    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….”


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