Redistricting Proposal Leaves Santa Clarita Intact
The California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission’s (CRC) website has posted maps that begin to reveal what new Assembly, Senate, and Congressional districts the CRC is proposing for the Santa Clarita Valley. Even more exciting, it appears that the CRC was thoughtful of our city’s recommendations to keep Santa Clarita intact for our Assembly District, State Senate District, and Congressional District. The outlined plan is still preliminary, with future revisions expected during the next few weeks as public feedback continues.
Santa Clarita’s primary request, that our valley be kept intact rather than the two Senate and two Assembly districts it is currently divided into, seems to have been answered positively. Though our Senate district is currently split and shares a district with Santa Barbara, under the new proposal, Santa Clarita will be unified in the new Senate District that also includes Westlake Village, Topanga, and Malibu. The new Assembly District also includes all of the Santa Clarita Valley and the northern San Fernando Valley.
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To see the proposed map of the Congressional, Senate, and Assembly Districts for our valley, click here.
In April, Mayor Pro Tem Laurie Ender and Council Member Frank Ferry spoke before the Commission, laying out three requests. First, they asked that the city remain in one Congressional district, State Senate district, State assembly district, and Board of Equalization district. Second, they recommended that the entire SCV be kept whole. Third, the council requested that the commission try to keep the districts compact as possible, realizing that the population of Santa Clarita would have to be paired with another region such as the Antelope Valley, eastern Ventura County, Granada Hills, Northridge, or Chatsworth.
Following the approval of Proposition 20 in November 2010, the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission was approved to create boundaries for the state legislature and congressional districts. The 14-member Commission is made up of five Republicans, five Democrats, and four members who are unaffiliated with either major party.
“After hearing from the public and drawing the maps for the House of Representatives districts, 40 Senate districts, 80 Assembly districts, and four Board of Equalization districts, the Commission must vote on the new maps to be used for the next decade. To approve the new maps, the maps must receive nine ‘yes’ votes from the Commission—three ‘yes’ votes from members registered with the two largest parties, and three ‘yes’ votes from the other members.” according to the California CRC’s website.
Our Los Angeles County Supervisor District, currently held by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, will also undergo a change in boundaries. To read more about redistricting for the Board of Supervisors, click here.
To see images of other districts announced by the CRC, click here.
To read more about the CRC and Santa Clarita’s districts, click the links below: