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Lodi'’s potential Assembly district could separate it from San Joaquin County

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Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:10 pm | Updated: 11:37 am, Mon Jan 9, 2012.

The Lodi area will no longer be aligned with Solano and Yolo counties if the revised Assembly and state Senate maps released this week by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission are approved in August.

However, Lodi's Assembly district would not be included in the rest of San Joaquin County. Instead, it would extend north to include Galt, Elk Grove and parts of South Sacramento.

The maps for California's Assembly, state Senate, congressional and Board of Equalization districts, posted on the redistricting commission website, aren't actual boundary proposals, commission spokesman Rob Wilcox said. It's more a "work in progress."

It's so much a work in progress that the commission refuses to call the most current boundaries "maps." Instead, they are called "visualizations" so that the public doesn't think these are proposed boundaries, Wilcox said.

Here's a summary of the newest boundaries:

  • Assembly — One district includes most of Lodi, Galt, Elk Grove and part of South Sacramento.

Lodi south of Harney Lane, and Lodi west of Davis Road are in a district aligned with Stockton and Morada.

Victor, Lockeford, Clements and eastern Acampo would be in a district with Manteca, Lathrop and Escalon south to Turlock.

  • State Senate — One district including all of San Joaquin County, plus Galt and areas north to the Cosumnes River. Parts of Modesto are included.
  • Congress — Lodi, Galt, areas west to Antioch and south to Lathrop.

The biggest changes from the original proposals released in June are that Solano and Yolo counties wouldn't be in Lodi's Assembly or Senate district. Furthermore, Lodi wouldn't be in the same Senate district as the Napa Valley, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol.

The legislative boundaries released this week won't be the final legislative lines. The redistricting commission's final draft boundaries are due to be released on July 28, with a final decision set for no later than Aug. 15.

Meanwhile, Galt will lose all three of its state and federal representatives if the latest maps — or "visualizations" — come to pass. Galt would lose Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, and Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville.

Also, the Victor-Lockeford-Clements-east Acampo area may lose Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, R-Ceres, because Berryhill's residence would be moved south and include Merced County. Rural areas east of Lodi could end up in a district represented by Kristen Olsen, R-Modesto, said Matt Roman, Berryhill's chief of staff.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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