A Sacramento appointed Redistricting Committee has redrawn voting lines for Assembly and State Senate by scooping out Orange County communities of Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, and Cypress and dumping them into the Long Beach voting district. Our state representatives must reflect the values of constituents which was often the reason Los Angeles County residents moved into Orange County. While the Redistricting Commission expressed that these stated three Orange County communities shared common interests that statement is NOT TRUE; the only real commonality is geographic.
Orange County communities should vote with other Orange County residents. Our communities intermingle via the cultural and social thread of companionship achieved through utilization of the SAME THINGS: same sheriff/police departments, same Orange County Board of Education, same utility companies, same County mandates, same transit, same County Supervisors, same Diocese, same entertainment venues, same businesses and same desire for freedom of speech.
There are other major differences:
- Housing: there are more renters in Long Beach than in the three Orange County communities. Long Beach homes average selling price is at at $600 thousand while Rossmoor average homes sell at 1.4 million.
- Schools: an economic income indicator is Free and Reduced Federal Breakfast/Lunch program; Long Beach Unified has 50% on Free & Reduced meals while three O.C. communities have less than 17% on free meals.
- Language level: Second Language Learners is 14% in Long Beach while the three Orange County communities have 2.4% second language learners.
- CRIME: The Long Beach police do not cross the L.A./Orange County border to assist Rossmoor Sheriff, or Los Alamitos or Cypress police while the Orange County protective services work together.
- CRIME: the Long Beach crime rate is double the crime rate in the zip code area of 90720.
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Resident, Los Alamitos/Rossmoor
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