The Inland Empire’s longest-serving congressman may be in for an uphill reelection battle, and there are major setbacks ahead for both the state senate and assembly districts in the desert.
Those are the major takeaways after the release on Monday, December 20, of maps with re-shaped boundaries for political districts across the state.
Every 10 years, the redistribution changes political districts to reflect the population changes uncovered by the latest census. The process has huge implications for the future of how Californians are represented, as well as for political parties, politicians and aspiring politicians.
The Inland Empire has grown dramatically over the past 20 years, leading to a reshuffle of districts after the 2020 Census. The latest draft of the maps seeks to keep the district’s population almost at par, respect minority rights and keep the districts close and compact.
The State Redistribution Commission was expected to approve the maps late Monday, after press time, then hold a news conference on the steps of the State Capitol on December 27 so that the final maps can be submitted to the Secretary of State.
US House of Representatives
In Riverside County, Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, who has been in Congress since the Clinton administration, is seeing his district move to the political left. His current 42nd Congressional District includes parts of Corona, Norco, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Wildomar, Murrieta and Temecula. But the new 41st Congressional District would lose Temecula and Murrieta in the new 48th Congressional District, which runs out of northern San Diego County.
Calvert’s new 41st district will retain Republican-leaning Wildomar, Menifee, and Canyon Lake, but will pick up Democratic-leaning Coachella Valley cities such as Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and Palm Desert, and retain Corona, a city that recently Recently went from red to blue. years.
According to Cook Report editor Dave Wasserman, Calvert is one of the five big losers on the new California congressional map, who noted on twitter That the current district of Calvert voted for former President Donald Trump 7 points more than the state. Under the new map, that Republican lean shrinks to just 1 point above the statewide average, indicating a much tougher reelection campaign for Calvert in 2022.
Meanwhile, Rep. Ral Ruiz, the D-Palm Desert, would see his current 36th Congressional District, which includes San Gorgonio Pass, Hemet, San Jacinto, Coachella Valley, and Blythe, become the more rural, conservative-leaning 25th Congressional District. Ruiz’s current headquarters, located in the Palm Desert, will now be part of Calvert’s new 41st district. Ruiz was already on the Republican National Committee’s list of vulnerable Democratic members of Congress and the new map likely ensures less for him again.
In San Bernardino County, the 31st congressional district, currently held by Representative Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, will become the 33rd smaller and more compact district. This will include Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, San Bernardino, Highland, Colton and Mentone. As Redlands officials feared, the less-white, less-rich, more Democratic-leaning northern half of the city would remain with Aguilar, the former Redlands mayor, while the southern half of the city would be incorporated into Rep. J. Obernolt’s new district. Will be done. ,
Obernolt, R-Big Bear Lake, will dramatically revamp its district. The 8th Congressional District currently includes the eastern desert of San Bernardino County, from the Riverside county line, through Inyo and Mono counties. Under the new maps, the northern boundary of the new 23rd Congressional District would still begin at the Riverside county line, but it would end at the Inyo County border to the north and lose the Arizona-bordering communities of the 8th District to the new 25th Congressional District. South side. The 23rd District also elects Loma Linda, Yucaipa and Calimesa from the current 31st Congressional District.
The 35th Congressional District will include crossings in Pomona, Montclair, Ontario, Upland, Chino, Chino, Fontana and – Riverside County – Eastwell. The district is currently represented by Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona.
To the south, Chino Hills will be part of the 40th Congressional District, which enters Orange County and includes Yorba Linda, Mission Viejo, and Rancho Santa Margarita. This is an update of the 39th Congressional District, currently represented by Rap Young Kim, R-La Habra.
Unlike Calvert, Kim is one of the big five winners with the new map, according to Wasserman. who noted on twitter That his district tilted in favor of President Joe Biden has risen 10 points to 2.
Meanwhile, under the latest draft map, the 28th Congressional District would include San Dimas, La Verne, Clermont, Glendora and the western high desert. This will be an update of the 32nd Congressional District, which is currently represented by Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-L Monte.
Representative Mark Takano, D-Riverside’s current 41st Congressional District, appears to be largely unaffected by the new maps, beyond the change in number to the 39th district.
California State Senate
The State Senate districts of the Inland Empire saw major changes with the new map published on Monday.
State Senate District 19, which largely replaces District 16, is currently represented by San. Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, parts of the district west of the San Bernardino county border with the new 12th district and the Arizona border. Along with loses part of the district. For the new 18th district. As a result, residents of Apple Valley, Calimesa, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and La Quinta could end up with a new face representing them in the Senate.
To the south, the new State Senate District 18 stretches from the Mexican border along the Arizona border to the Nevada state line and places Needles, Indio, and Blythe in the same district as the border-hugging areas of Imperial County and San Diego County.
Melissa Melendez, the current 28th State Senate District, held by R-Lake Elsinore, is essentially gone, being absorbed into the new State Senate District 32, which also includes Menifi, Murrieta, Temecula, and eastern San Diego counties.
To the north, State Senate District 23, which is currently near the Sen. Rosalie Ochoa Bog, R-Yukaipa, has also been merged into the new 19th District.
The current 31st State Senate District, held by Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, keeps its numbers and most of its existing communities, although it loses North Corona to the 28th State Senate District.
The Northern Redlands, San Bernardino, Fontana, and Rancho Cucamonga are all part of the new 29th State Senate District, which includes parts of the current 20th District, represented by San Connie Leva, D-Chino.
The western part of the current district of Lewa is now part of State Senate District 22, which includes Ontario, Chino, Pomona, West Covina, and Azusa.
North of that is State Senate District 25, which extends the current 25th district held by Sen. Anthony Portatino, de-La Canada Flintridge, east of the northern neighborhoods of Rancho Cucamonga and Pomona.
California State Assembly
Along with the map of Congress and the state senate, the San Bernardino County desert community along the Arizona border merges into a new southern district on the assembly map, in this case, the new 36th Assembly District. It is essentially the current 56th Assembly District, represented by Assembly member Eduardo García, de-Coachella, although it also branches west to take Indio and to the borders of Temecula, Murrieta and Menifi. .
To its west, the new 47th Assembly District includes Calimesa, La Quinta, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Banning and Beaumont. It is a more compact version of the current 42nd Assembly District, represented by Member of the Legislative Assembly Chad Mayes, I-Yucca Valley.
North of that, the 34th Assembly District includes the mountain community north of San Bernardino and the Redlands and the High Desert, Barstow and Apple Valley. It is roughly the same as the current 33rd Assembly District, which is represented by former Hesperia mayor and assembly member Thurston Smith, R-Apple Valley. But most are in a new 39th assembly district, along with Victorville and Hesperia, Adelanto, Oak Hills, Wrightwood, Palmdale and Lancaster.
South of the 34th District is the 45th Assembly District, which includes the northern part of the Redlands, San Bernardino, and the northern end of Fontana. It is largely a facelift of the 40th Assembly District, now represented by Assembly Member James Ramos, D-Highland.
The current 47th Assembly District, represented by Assembly member Alois Gómez Reyes, D-Colton, flattens into the 50th Assembly District and includes Loma Linda, Colton, Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga.
West of that is the 53rd Assembly District, replacing the current 52nd Assembly District held by Assembly Member Freddy Rodriguez, D-Pomona. The new district includes Ontario, Chino and Pomona. Chino Hills is part of the new 59th Assembly District to the south.
To the east of the new 59th Assembly District is the 63rd Assembly District, which includes Lake Elsinore and Menifi.
Corona, Riverside, Eastwell and Juropa Valley are part of the new 58th Assembly District.
Mission Viejo, Murrieta and Temecula are part of the new 71st Assembly District.
And finally, the new 60th Assembly District includes Moreno Valley and Hemet.
Unlike most states, where the state legislature redraws maps under redistribution, California relies on a 14-member citizens’ panel—five Republicans, five Democrats, and four who belong to a third party or to any party. are not affiliated – to prevent gerrymandering, or restructuring, of districts in favor of a particular political outcome.
Ballot measures passed in 2008 and 2010 established the commission and gave it responsibility over the state senate, state legislature and state board of equalization boundaries. The commission oversaw the redistribution of California for the first time in 2011. Of the 14 commissioners of the Morongo Valley, only one, J. Ray Kennedy, is from the Inland Empire.
The commission recreated 80 assembly districts, 40 state senate districts, 52 House of Representatives districts and five Board of Equalization districts. California lost a House seat as the 2020 census showed the state growing at a slower rate than other states.
The rules governing how districts can be drawn are:
- Their population should be approximately equal,
- Follow laws aimed at protecting the rights of minority voters,
- All parts of a district should be connected with each other,
- Districts should be compact and should avoid dividing communities.
The final maps could face legal challenges from those who believe they are inappropriate or violate the law.
They must be certified by the Secretary of State by December 27.
Staff writer Nikki Johnson contributed to this story.