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SCV district starts to shape up

Leaders say that $8M from purchase of buildings will help patrons who live in SCV outside city limit

Posted: June 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

As maps continue to be drawn, erased and redrawn at the ongoing hearings into redistricting, the Santa Clarita Valley has so far been kept intact.

“The (California Citizens Redistricting) Commissioners have heard loud and clear that the Santa Clarita Valley be kept all in one district and not split up,” said Scott Wilk, speaking as a member of the Coalition of Suburban Communities for Fair Representation.

“I do have a sense that if they can accommodate us, they would,” he said.

The maps shown during commission hearings show Santa Clarita Valley’s potential Assembly district stretching along the Santa Clara River from the Ventura County line to the eastern edge of Acton.

Lines will continue to be drawn this week, as commission members try to reshape state districts to accurately reflect the character of communities.

The commission is charged with redrawing boundaries for the state’s Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization districts as well as U.S. Congressional districts, based on 2010 U.S. Census data.

At midweek, commissioners heard suggestions from consultants that Piru and Fillmore remain within the assembly district that includes Ventura.

Consultant Ana Henderson explained Wednesday that mapping recommendations were based largely on considerations about population to the commission using a computer-generated overhead projection.

“The remainder of Santa Barbara County is this coastal community, the southern part of Lompoc down to Carpenteria. I’ve also included the (Channel) Islands in this district,” she said.

“And, because of population, this district goes and grabs all of the western and northern Ventura area to Ojai where it splits Oxnard. Port Hueneme and El Rio are included with what previously was Eastern Ventura and with the Santa Paula, Fillmore, Piru corridor for population reasons.

“The city of Lompoc is the only city that is a split city,” Henderson told them on June 1.

This past week, commissioners expressed a reluctance to split communities.

At least one commissioner spoke up for Lompoc, a coastal town with a population of 41,000.

“Is there any way to keep Lompoc whole?” asked Commissioner Gabino DiGuilio, of Ventura.

Commission line-drawers are taking direction from commissioners as they try to come up with maps to present to the public June 10.

None of the maps examined by the commission last week is set in stone, and all suggestions remain open for discussion.

“There’s no guarantee,” Wilk said.

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