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New Redistricting Boundaries in Downtown

Santa Cruz Shift the Political Landscape

Based on population changes in the most recent Census data and community interest designations, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission finalized new maps for the state’s Congressional, Senate, Assembly, and Board of Equalization districts last month, and those newly drawn district lines have now been certified by California Secretary of State Shirley Weber.

A quick look at some of those changes:

  • The 20th Congressional district represented by Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) was redrawn to include more of Santa Cruz County, shifting the entire Salinas Valley and San Benito County to Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose). 
  • Santa Cruz was redrawn into three state Assembly districts: Robert Rivas’ new 29th district will cover Gilroy and the Salinas Valley as well as Watsonville; a new 28th district, represented by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) now extends into Los Gatos and Morgan Hill; while the Monterey Peninsula will now be represented by Jordan Cunningham, a Republican from Templeton who has represented the 35th Assembly district since 2016. His newly redrawn district now extends from Capitola to the length of San Luis Obispo County.
  • State Sen. John Laird’s 17th District extends eastward into San Benito County and adds the Salinas Valley while losing parts of South Santa Clara County.
  • The district previously represented by Sen. Anna Caballero, which included much of the Central and Salinas valleys, was split off from Salinas and brought into Laird’s district, pushing Caballero to announce intent to run in 2022 to represent a new district that represents Merced, Madera and Fresno counties.

Exactly how redistricting — with its newly shifted district boundaries and in some cases, entirely new representation — will be felt in communities and industries across the region remains to be seen.  MBEP will continue our work along with our partners and community members in the region to ensure that the Monterey Bay region is a place where we all can thrive.

News courtesy of Good Times Santa Cruz, Monterey County Weekly and BenitoLink.