2021 California Redistricting

November 11, 2021

California Redistricting Commission - Help Us Preserve SLO County's Voice in Sacramento

On November 10, 2021, the California Redistricting Commission released “Final Draft Maps” showing new proposed boundaries for State Assembly, State Senate and Congressional districts. San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau believes these proposed changes will weaken our voice and negatively impact our agriculture community. In all three maps, SLO County is split into two districts. Given the population makeup of counties in the region, these new districts would make it unlikely to have a SLO County-based elected representative for any of the three seats.   

11.10.21 Proposed Draft Maps 

  • 11.10.21 Congressional Draft Map (Specific district names to comment on are: CD_MIDCOAST_DRAFT and CD_SOUTHCOAS_DRAFT)
  • 11.10.21 State Senate Draft Map (Specific district names to comment on are: MIDCOAST and SCOAST)
  • 11.10.21 Assembly Draft Map (Specific district names to comment on are: AD_MONTCOAST_DRAFT and AD_SBARBARA_DRAFT)

While this is obviously a setback, as we would have preferred to see SLO kept whole and connected with Santa Barbara County in all three draft maps, the Commission has admitted that these drafts will not look like the final product. The Commission will make changes over the next 6 weeks in order to meet their legal obligations, and have stated on numerous occasions that these draft maps are going to change drastically. At this point, it is extremely important that we continue to submit public comments and petition the commission to change course with regards to their Central Coast lines.

Why are the boundaries being changed? 

Every 10 years following the federal census, the California Redistricting Commission must redraw the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect new population data. 

Submit Comments Now! 

All Farm Bureau members should review the maps and make comments to the Commission as soon as possible. While the Commission has until December 27, 2021 to submit the final maps to the California Secretary of State, now is the critical time to give our input to get these maps changed. 

The Commission will be taking public comment via written comment here.   

 

If you would like to sign-up to speak to the commission at one of their upcoming meetings, you can make an appointment here for a specific time slot here

 

A few potential talking points:

  • San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County are agricultural communities. Linking them with coastal communities to the north and south makes little sense, as they share no communities of interest with Monterey Bay or coastal Ventura and Santa Barbara.  
  • The Commission should consider creating a Central Coast wine district that starts with Paso Robles in the north, through Edna Valley, Santa Maria Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. 
  • San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County have similar economies that revolve around agriculture and energy and share a healthcare system and water basin. Kids from both regions play in the same high school sports leagues. Residents in SLO routinely work in Northern Santa Barbara County, and vice versa.  
  • Residents in San Luis Obispo County rarely travel north into Monterey County. Northern Santa Barbara County residents rarely travel south over the Gaviota Pass and into Southern Santa Barbara County.

 

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Redistrcting Information

San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors decided to draw their own district boundary maps rather than appoint a seperate commission. Supervisors will be meeting November 19, 2021 at 9am to hold a hearing to consider maps that have been submitted by various individuals, groups, and County staff. On November 30, 2021 at 9am, Supervisors will hold a hearing to adopt a final map.

For maps and additional information click here.

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