But their relief didn't come without a very public airing of some internal commission disagreements, ones which we may hear more about as critics of the maps mount formal challenges in the coming weeks.
And so, in the statewide maps being certified Monday morning, some will see their communities split between political districts. Others will be lumped together with communities with which they think they have nothing in common.
Hence, a Reporter's Notebook entry that could be called the "Summer of What If?"
"I'm looking at the screen in front of us, and I think that's a work of art," said Ancheta, a Santa Clara University law professor, in praising the commission's newly drawn congressional districts.
And yet it was hard not to flash back to a 1981 quip reportedly made by a different Bay Area map drawer, the late Rep. Phil Burton. The iconic Democrat described the congressional districts he had helped craft as "my contribution to modern art."
Yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And that, perhaps, helps explain some of the early reactions to the state's newly drawn political boundary lines.
And that second option -- judicial intervention -- only will happen if opponents prevail in court, the voters step in, or a subset of the 14 commissioners change their vote on August 15.
Now that the budget is wrapped and the Legislature has gone on summer vacation, things are all said and done in Sacramento, right?
Not so fast.
This week's Capital Notes Podcast examines the soon-to-come battles over the budget and its political ramifications. Yes, some of those are lawsuits; but as Anthony York of the Los Angeles Times and I discuss, it's also a good time to watch the 2012 election issues brewing.
We also discuss the home stretch of the independent redistricting effort... which also looks like a sure bet for legal action.
At least courtrooms have air conditioning, eh? There are worse places to be during the summer heat.
And for the 14 men and women picked to do the work, the questions will soon be: can it be done unanimously? And can the work product pass legal muster?
If there's one sure way to get a reporter's attention, it's to amend a contentious piece of legislation with so many new proposals as to make it a symbolic rallying cry... and... a candidate for political squeeze play of the week.
California's much anticipated transition to new and independently drawn political boundaries has cleared a big hurdle, with the citizens commission created by voters in 2008 releasing draft legislative and congressional maps.
And now, some irony. Perhaps the single biggest desire of the voters was to change the political culture of the state... and yet, political ramifications were the one thing the 14 citizen commissioners expressly did not consider.
That's because, try as they might, the 14 men and women picked to oversee the redistricting process can't please everyone.