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Supervisor Katrina Foley responds to CA Attorney General’s opinion on County Supervisor representation after redistricting

Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley responded to the opinion from the California Attorney General on the early implementation of new supervisorial boundaries enacted by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

“Voters must feel confident in their vote determining who represents them,” said Supervisor Foley. “I am excited to return to the district where I live, run my small business, and complete the local initiatives I started before reassignment. It’s a privilege to serve as appointed caretaker for the newly drawn District 2 where my focus remains to support our county’s small businesses, address the homelessness and affordable housing crises, and work with law enforcement to keep Orange County families safe. I hope we can all move forward in service of Orange County.”

Background:
On March 9, 2021, Supervisor Foley was elected by the voters of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Stanton, portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley, and the unincorporated community of Rossmoor to fill the remainder of the term of former Supervisor and now Congresswoman Michelle Steel for the term of office that ends on January 3, 2023.

On December 7, 2021, the County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the redistricting map ordinance that approved new district boundaries.

Those new boundaries became effective on January 6, 2022, ahead of the next regularly scheduled elections. As a result of early implementation, Supervisor Foley was assigned to represent the new District 2, which includes the communities of Santa Ana and portions of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange, Tustin, and unincorporated North Tustin and was prevented from representing the communities that elected her for the current term of office.

On April 25, Supervisor Foley placed an item on the May 10 Agenda to request the Board vote to direct County Counsel to seek an opinion from the California Attorney General on the matter. At the May 10th meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the item by Supervisor Foley was not approved by the Board.

On April 28, 2022, California State Senator Thomas J. Umberg (34th District) sent a letter to California Attorney General Rob Bonta with a request to opine if the early implementation of Supervisorial Boundaries complied with the California Fair Maps Act.

This article was released by the Office of Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley.