If Redistricting Maps Remain Unchanged, City to Get New Representatives

Final preliminary maps place Temple City with San Gabriel Valley neighbors.

Written by MATTHEW WONG / Published August 3, 2011  

The voter-mandated redistricting commission on Friday, July 29 released the final preliminary maps for the state assembly, state senate, and congressional districts.

Temple City, a city of approximately 36,000, looks likely to have new state and federal representatives if the maps do not change in August or are not thrown out by the courts.

United States Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-El Monte) would take over from current federal representative Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena). Temple City would change from being the 29th congressional district to becoming the 27th congressional district. It would join its neighbors, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Arcadia, and Pasadena in a newly drawn San Gabriel Valley-based district.

Similarly, State Senator Carol Liu (D-La Canada-Flintridge) would no longer be Temple City’s representative in the state senate. Temple City would move from the 21st senate district to the 22nd senate district. The newly re-configured senate district is vacant, but stretches from the West San Gabriel Valley to the East, including cities of Covina and La Puente.

Temple City would also be part of a new Assembly district that encompasses the West San Gabriel Valley. The district includes Alhambra, San Gabriel, San Marino, Rosemead, and Arcadia.

Assemblymember Mike Eng (D-Alhambra) currently represents a huge portion of that district. Eng, like Temple City’s current Assemblymember Anthony Portantino, are both term-limited.

Again, Temple City would change from being a part of the 44th Assembly district to the newly re-designed 49th district.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich likely will continue to be Temple City’s representative at the county level. No major changes are expected for the redistricting of the county districts.

As of Monday, no general opinion from the City Manager was reached.

“I haven’t seen the maps yet,” said City Manager Jose Pulido. “I don’t know how it’ll turn out.”

The redistricting process occurs once every ten years, after the U.S. Census unveils the new population figures.

 

Terrence Sun contributed to this article. 

 

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