On the question of whether Democrats have taken secret control of the redistricting process in California… really, at this point, how could you tell? Right now (assuming Wikipedia isn’t smoking crack) the California partisan breakdowns are as follows:
…and, looking at the partisan breakdowns of Californian Congressional districts, I’m missing how a hypothetical Democratic conspiracy can make currently-Republican districts less Republican without also making rather more Democratic districts less Democratic. This is where the devil’s bargain of racial gerrymandering bites Democrats on the hindquarters again; California’s heavy urbanization takes too much off the board when it comes to electoral skullduggery.
As Mickey puts it, the worst-case scenario would be the status quo. Which is what I’m expecting will be the end result, mind you.