For those following the recent city, county and state-level redistricting processes, the last group of final maps – those for our local California State Assembly, State Senate, and U.S. Congressional districts – have now been posted on the state’s redistricting site, bringing to a close the nearly year-long, once-per-decade process of redrawing district lines based on the latest U.S. Census data.
While we didn’t follow the state process as closely as we did the Los Angeles city and county redistricting efforts, we did think it was worth posting the final state-level maps, so people can start becoming familiar with their (possibly) new districts.
Also, there is one big factor to be aware of with these districts: unlike our local City Council districts, for which the new boundaries take effect in January, the new boundaries for state-level districts do not take effect until after the June, 2022 primary elections. So this means that for the next six months at least, your current representatives will remain the same…and elected officials will continue to represent their current districts, with their current boundaries, until the June election. Then, beginning with the 2022 election, representatives whose district boundaries have shifted significantly (or, in other words, districts that were re-numbered in this redistricting cycle) will run for election in the districts covering the same geography they previously represented, even if those districts now have new district numbers. For example, State Senator Ben Allen currently represents State Senate District 26, but in the next election cycle, he will be running in SD 24 instead, which will be the new district number for Santa Monica, the territory Allen was originally elected to represent. This is a pattern likely to be repeated in all three of types of districts described below.)
So here is how our general Greater Wilshire area falls within the boundaries of the new State Assembly, State Senate and U.S. Congressional districts (which, again, won’t take effect until after the 2022 elections). Boundaries of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council area are outlined in red on the maps below. The thinner colored lines mark the various district boundaries.
California State Assembly
For the California State Assembly, the Greater Wilshire area now lies mostly in the new Assembly District 51, with a bit of the eastern and southeastern sections now in the new AD 54. The new AD 55 lies just to our south and west.
California State Senate
For the California State Senate, the GWNC area is fully united (and this is the only governmental level where this is true in the current redistricting cycle) in Senate District 26. SD 24 lies just to our north and west, while SD 28 is just to our south and west.
Finally, for representation in the U.S. Congress, the GWNC area now lies mostly in the new District 30, with a bit of the eastern and southeastern parts of the area in the new District 34. District 37 lies just to our south and west.
lf you’d like to explore these maps further, or find the new districts for any other areas you’re interested in, you can search the whole state, or zoom into any specific part of it, at https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org/final_maps . The new districts take effect in January.
For more information on the more state-wide implications of the new district boundaries, see this story in the LA Daily News, and this one in the LA Times.
[Note: this story was edited after publication to include the information about this group of districts/district numbers not taking effect until after the June, 2022 elections, and how incumbent candidates will run for the geographic areas they currently represent, even if the district numbers for those districts are changing in the new maps (e.g. State Senator Ben Allen’s old district number was SD 26, but he will be running in the newly re-labeled SD 24 in the 2022 election.)]
So, unfortunately your understanding of these new districts is a little bit off. The numbers aren’t actually the best thing to go by, what matters more are the map boundaries themselves. The numbers are just assignments to map designations.
Current Assembly District 50 (Asm. Richard Bloom), will be the new Assembly District 51, but that new district has nothing to do with Asm. Wendy Carrillo (from East LA) whatsoever. Likely, the new AD 51, would have still been represented by Asm. Richard Bloom – if he had been running as an incumbent for Assembly again. Instead, it will likely be represented by Rick Zbur (who is running un-opposed) or if he has an opponent, whichever of them wins in Nov. 2022. For now though, after June 2022 (when the new districts are recognized), we will still be represented by Asm. Richard Bloom (and only the number of our district will change – from AD 50 to AD 51), until his term ends in Dec. 2022.
Similarly, current State Senate District 26 (Sen. Ben Allen), will change it’s district number to State Senate District 24 (which covers roughly the same area). Sen. Ben Allen will continue to represent that map district with it’s new number SD 24. However, with the new lines on the map, the Greater Wilshire Area will lie in a different district map just to the East of us represented by current State Senator Maria Elena-Durazo (current State Senate District number 24). After June 2022, our new State Senator will be Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, our new State Senate District number will be 26. Essentially, Sen. Allen’s district & Sen. Durazo’s districts will just be changing numbers, and the GWNC will lie in the new district map to the East represented by Sen. Durazo. It just happens to be a complete coincidence that their numbers switched places with each other, and it also helps to completely confuse an already complex the issue. Likely, after Sen. Durazo’s term ends in Dec. 2022, if she ran for re-election as an incumbent unopposed, she would continue to be our State Senator in her new district number 26.
Lastly, the Congressional map lines drew us out of Rep. Karen Bass’ current 37th District, and shifted us up into Rep. Adam Schiff’s District to the North of us. Rep. Schiff’s current District number is District 28, and his new district number would be District 30. As of June 2022, we will be in Rep. Schiff’s 30th District, and provided (like with the other districts above) he wins re-election as an incumbent in Nov. 2022, we will continue to be. The map for Rep. Sherman’s current 30th District isn’t really near us, he will continue to represent his area with whatever new number they assign to it, until his term ends.
I am one of the area’s seven elected Representatives for the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee. I know these new maps can be confusing to make heads or tails of, so if you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Thanks very much,
Member, Los Angeles County
Democratic Party, 50th District
Thanks, Deana. We have updated the story to make this clearer.