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California redistricting: make sure your voice is heard!

According to the timeline for drawing new political districts in the State of California, we are right now in the middle of public input meetings and line-drawing sessions.

Redistricting after the 2010 Census resulted in the division of natural communities along the north and west boundaries of Orange County. To prevent this from happening again, or even worse divisions, it is vitally important that everyone speak up before the final lines are drawn.

Maps of proposed districts

Before you submit your comments, you will want to review the posted visualizations. These are tentative maps — subject to change! — of maps of new districts for Congress, State Senate, and Assembly.

A representative of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission requested that the previous sentence be changed to:

Visualizations show hypothetical district-based boundaries for limited geographic areas from the line drawers in response to preliminary direction from the Commission. These visualizations are created to allow the Commissioners to review potential options. Visualizations are not statewide plans. Visualizations may include multiple mutually exclusive scenarios.

Look at the visualizations for yourself:

As you can see, there are a bunch of them, and you have to search through the pdfs to find the maps that pertain to your own location. For example, Seal Beach’s Congressional district shows up on page 8 of Southern CA Congressional Visualizations A, page 5 of Southern CA Congressional Visualizations A1, page 6 of Southern CA Congressional Visualizations B, and page 6 of Southern CA Congressional Visualizations B1.

Of those four choices, my preference is for one of the latter two, each of which lumps together most of our local area from Seal Beach and Huntington Beach north to Fullerton — but leaves out Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, and the Joint Forces Training Base! Presumably, those areas would get lumped into a Long Beach Congressional District, swallowed whole and alive, but I could not find a map that shows Long Beach Congressional Districts.

Visualization B1 for an proposed Orange County Congressional District streteching along the north coast from Seal Beach to Huntington Beach and inland to Fullerton. Graphic courtesy of Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Visualization B1 for an proposed Orange County Congressional District streteching along the north coast from Seal Beach to Huntington Beach and inland to Fullerton. Graphic courtesy of Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Moving on to State Senate districts, Southern CA State Senate Visualizations A chops up our local area across at least three districts. This time the sacrificial victim given to Long Beach is Seal Beach. I much prefer Southern CA State Senate Visualizations B, which has a North Orange County coast district that includes Seal Beach along with Rossmoor, Los Alamitos, the JFTB, Cypress, and La Palma.

A proposed Congressional district for the north Orange County coastal region. Graphic courtesy of the Citizens Redistricting Commission.
A proposed Congressional district for the north Orange County coastal region. Graphic courtesy of the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Finally, let’s look at Assembly districts. There are four different visualizations to choose from!

Visualization B1 will essentially allow Fullerton to once again dominate the smaller cities to its southwest. This has not been fun these last ten years. I don’t want to do this again. Visualization B shows that Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, and Seal Beach get lumped in with Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach. Not good.

Visualizations A and A1 do not improve the situation of the little communities along the county border.

proposed new State Assembly District map for north Orange County, covering Cypress to Placentia. Graphic courtesy of Citizens Redistricting Commission.
proposed new State Assembly District map for north Orange County, covering Cypress to Placentia. Graphic courtesy of Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Submit comments — hurry!

When you submit your comments:

  • be polite
  • identify yourself, including your location (for example, Shelley Henderson, northwest Orange County or City of Cypress)
  • describe how you would like to be grouped in Assembly and State Senate districts (for example, with Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, La Palma, West Garden Grove, Westminster, Buena Park, Anaheim)
  • explain why you want that grouping (for example, shared school districts, common shopping, mutual community activities like festivals and holiday celebrations)
  • You can comment online, by email to [email protected], or by regular mail addressed to

    California Citizens Redistricting Commission
    721 Capitol Mall, Suite 260
    Sacramento, CA 95814