All Maps Except County’s Approved

Los Angeles County Supervisors are to consider three redistricting maps on September 6.

Written by TERRENCE SUN / Published August 19, 2011  

The California Redistricting Commission, on Monday, August 15 approved redistricting maps for the state and congressional districts.

A voter-mandated body, the CRC is composed of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four unaffiliated members. Their chief task was to draw the Assembly, Senate, and congressional lines, which was previously the state legislature’s responsibility.

Under the approved maps, the city of Temple City will be placed in new districts and represented by new officials. These maps are final unless a court challenge cancels them.

Congresswoman Judy Chu, if re-elected in 2012, will be Temple City’s federal representative. The City is moving from the 29th congressional district to the 27th congressional district. Congressman Adam Schiff currently represents Temple City in Washington, D.C.

The new congressional map aligns Temple City with its neighbors, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Arcadia, and Pasadena.

State Senator Carol Liu, who Temple City voted into office in 2008, will no longer represent the City. Temple City is moving to the 22nd senate district, which is currently vacant. The newly re-configured senate district stretches from the West San Gabriel Valley to the East, picking up the cities of Covina and La Puente.

Similarly, Temple City would be a part of a newly drawn San Gabriel Valley-centered assembly district. The district includes the cities of Alhambra, San Gabriel, San Marino, Rosemead, and Arcadia.

Assemblymember Anthony Portantino, who is term-limited, plans to run for Congress. The current occupant of Temple City’s new assembly district, Assemblymember Mike Eng, is also term-limited.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Supervisors continue to weigh new county maps. Three proposals have been submitted for consideration on September 6.

None of the three maps shift Temple City away from its current district, county district five. Thus, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich will likely continue to be Temple City’s representative at the county level.

When asked to comment on the new maps, City Manager Jose Pulido said, “The City Clerk handles the maps, and we still haven’t talked about it with the City Council.”

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