Tuesday, January 22, 2013

In quirk, some California residents have two state senators, others none - latimes.com

In quirk, some California residents have two state senators, others none - latimes.com

"That happens during every redistricting. It can't be helped," said Peter Yao, former chairman of the Citizens Redistricting Commission, created by voters to redraw legislative boundaries every 10 years. "It has happened more this time around because we dramatically moved the district lines."

State Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) of the 34th Senate District is looking forward to temporarily representing 1.3 million people, about 300,000 more than usual, as he takes on new areas including parts of Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach.

Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) of the 28th state Senate District will serve as caretaker for parts of Santa Monica, Rancho Palos Verdes, Brentwood, West Hollywood and Westwood that would otherwise go two years without a representative.

In the San Fernando Valley, Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) of the 20th Senate District will serve parts of Studio City and Sherman Oaks.

Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet) of the 23rd Senate District will temporarily represent parts of Palm Springs, La Quinta and Idyllwild.

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