California Redistricting

Could you wind up with a new Congressman in 2022? Here’s a look at Calif. maps causing a stir.

Devin Nunes representing south Fresno? Kevin McCarthy representing Clovis? Jim Costa representing north Fresno?

That’s what early, hypothetical maps for California’s Redistricting Commission show. And while they show potentially radical changes for Valley representatives in Congress, it’s important to note that they are only hypothetical.

But real draft maps are on the horizon and Californians still have a chance to weigh-in.

The once-in-a-decade process of redrawing lines has taken on a quicker timetable in 2021, due to the pandemic-hampered 2020 Census and delays in releasing data.

Tuesday, staff for the California Citizens Redistricting Commission released an updated round of visualizations of California’s Congressional and legislative maps.

So what do these hypotheticals show? Take a look for yourself.

The Sun has compiled the visualizations currently before Commissioners compared to their closest current Congressional representative:

Rep. Josh Harder (D–Turlock) – VCD_Stanislaus_1027

This visualization removes Tracy, the San Joaquin County city that has rapidly shifted into a Bay Area bedroom community, from Harder’s current Stanislaus County-anchored Congressional seat.

Rep. Jim Costa (D–Fresno) – VCD_Merced-Fres_1027

This visualization removes western Merced County, uptown Fresno and downtown Fresno along with unincorporated communities south of Fresno such as Malaga and Calwa.

In its place, nearly all neighborhoods of northwest Fresno – located west of Highway 41 – are introduced into this visualization.

Rep. David Valadao (R–Hanford) – VCD_Merced-K_1027

This visualization incorporates western Merced County into Valadao’s rural district. He maintains westside of Fresno County but loses cities along the Highway 99 corridor and beyond into the southeast.

This visualization also incorporates a considerable portion of southwest Bakersfield into Valadao’s current district.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R–Tulare) – VCD_Fres-Tulare_1027

This visualization removes north Fresno and Clovis from Nunes’ current district.

It incorporates southern Tulare County to bring the entirety of the county’s Valley floor population within a single district.

It also incorporates southern Fresno County communities along the Highway 41 and Highway 99 corridor along with rural southeastern Fresno County cities and stretches into downtown and uptown Fresno.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R–Bakersfield) – VCD_Fres-Tulare_1027

This visualization removes Los Angeles County from McCarthy’s current district and reduces portions of southern Bakersfield.

While McCarthy’s current district currently includes Sierra Nevada mountain ranges in Tulare County, this district incorporates those of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, and Tuolumne.

It also incorporates northeast Fresno and Clovis on the Valley floor.

The Commission is holding a final meeting on Friday to conclude a three-day stretch of meetings in Southern California, with participation available via Zoom.

The citizen map-makers reconvene on Tuesday, Nov. 2, to continue giving direction to staff relative to the visualizations.

A draft map, developed after reviewing and requesting new visualizations, is due to be released no later than Nov. 15.

A final map is required to be approved, by order of the California Supreme Court, by Dec. 23 with certification by the Secretary of State due on Dec. 27.

Reid Stone is a contributing reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun.