Lodi Mayor Bob Johnson said the new boundaries
are "a heck of a lot better than the original proposal."
Johnson said he'd like Lodi's Assembly district to be included
with the rest of San Joaquin County like the new Senate district
is, but he likes being aligned with Galt and Elk Grove more than
Solano and Yolo counties.
"If this is the final iteration, I could probably live with it,"
Galt Mayor Barbara Payne said she is pleased
with the new Assembly districts because Elk Grove is included.
"Before, I was happy we were with Lodi because we have a lot in
common with Lodi, but they didn't have us with Elk Grove. Our fire
department is shared with Elk Grove, so if there is an emergency,
that is who we will be working with," she said.
She is glad Galt is no longer lumped in with cities like
Fairfield and Vacaville. Those cities are in the East Bay, she
said, while Galt has more of a Central Valley mentality.
But she is disappointed that Herald was not included because the
city is part of Galt's high school district.
She had not yet looked at the maps on Thursday, but she was
interested to see if they had expanded the boundaries to include
some of the areas around Galt that are in the city's sphere of
influence. The sphere of influence is where the city plans to grow
during the next 20 years.
"With the previous map, if we expand and we have a park outside
of the annexation, that could be in a different district, and the
city could be in three different districts depending on where we
expand," she said.
Lodi city spokesman Jeff Hood said city staff
is pleased with the new Senate district.
"They probably did more than we hoped for," he said. "We are
very happy with the changes, especially putting us in a Senate
district with the rest of San Joaquin County."
In the previous maps, Lodi was separated from the rest of the
He would prefer the Assembly district to include more of San
Joaquin County, but said the city does share similarities with Galt
and Elk Grove.
"We have more of a suburban community instead of a metro," he
There is some concern that the Assembly district is drawn along
the city's eastern and southern boundaries. Hood said the city will
make some comments to try and get the boundaries to follow the
city's sphere of influence.
While he is happy with the Assembly district, Galt City
Manager Jason Behrmann said he wishes there was more
continuity with the Senate district.
He said it appears the commission violated its own policy on
"nesting." Nesting is where the commission makes the Senate
districts larger versions of the Assembly district by combining
multiple districts together.
Instead, Galt's Senate district no longer includes Elk Grove and
contains most of San Joaquin County.
Behrmann described the Senate district as "bizarre" and has
concerns about what it will mean for Galt if there are two
different representatives for the area.
"It will make it more difficult for cities to get together and
talk about regional issues," he said.
Ricky Gill spokesman Colin Hunter said he
believes the new congressional boundaries are a great
"It is a relatively compact district and obviously centered
around San Joaquin County," he said.
Hunter said he wishes Tracy and Manteca were not split off from
the rest of the county.
"But again, this is a great improvement. The commission has to
make tough choices, and not everyone is going to walk away with
what they wanted, unfortunately," he said.
— News-Sentinel staff