Challenge to the reader: Can you spot the error in the chart? [Hint] [Answer below the fold]
The Times’ chart ignores the size of the cities. The Republican mayor of Oakley, California (population 35,432)—who is featured in the article—counts the same as the Democratic mayor of Los Angeles (population 3,857,799). Four of Oakley’s five city council members are Republican; fourteen of Los Angeles’ fifteen council members are Democrats, and each one represents over seven entire Oakleys.
Democrats elected only a bare majority, twenty-six, of mayors of the fifty largest cities in California, but these include the largest four and eight of the top eleven. The largest cities with Republican mayors are Fresno (fifth) and Anaheim (tenth). The Democrats’ 26 cities hold 11.4 million people; the Republican/Non-Partisan 24 hold 4.7 million. Compare the original chart with one that reflects who is getting the votes, not just a reserved parking space.