Sunday, January 25, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Map would make Garamendi Davis’ likely new representative

By
July 28, 2011 |

Redistricting.fh10

Out with vineyard owner Mike Thompson, in with rancher John Garamendi.

It looks increasingly as if Davis may lose a seven-term congressional Democratic representative in favor of the former lieutenant governor now in his first term in the House, if new district maps are approved next month.

In addition to most of Yolo County, minus West Sacramento, the proposed district includes all or portions of Solano, Sacramento, Lake, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter and Yuba counties.

The current 1st District juts east to include Yolo County’s cities, but otherwise runs from around Napa in the south up the North Coast to the Oregon border.

“Overall, I think (the new district) makes some sense,” said Al Sokolow, a retired UC Davis political science professor and UC Cooperative Extension research specialist. He has been monitoring the redistricting process.

“It’s a more compact district than the current district, which is a heck of an area for a representative to cover,” said Sokolow, a Davis resident. “If we’re seen as a Central Valley ag community, I also think we share more common interests with Solano County and areas to the north, which are all agricultural areas.”

The district also contains a larger portion of the Interstate 80 corridor, stretching west almost to Vallejo, with its auto and rail transportation interests, and also may bring together areas facing more common water issues.

Sokolow said that while Yolo County surely would rather see West Sacramento inside the district, the change makes sense for the city, “which is very much oriented toward Sacramento.” Under the proposed maps, West Sacramento would join the district represented by Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento.

In terms of political composition, the proposed new district around Davis is likely to be more varied than the currently deep blue 1st District. It includes rural areas currently represented by Rep. Wally Herger, R-Chico, and Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, as well as Travis and Beale Air Force bases.

The only incumbent residing in the district is Garamendi, however, who Sokolow said likely would “be in good shape” in a general election, based on party registration.

“Regardless of where the lines land for a future district, I will continue to fight for the interests of our region,” said Garamendi, of Walnut Grove. “We’re all in this together, and I will make sure Northern California’s voice is heard loud and clear in Congress.”

His current district, the 10th, stretches from Dixon to Livermore and is a mix of East Bay and valley interests. It includes portions of Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento and Solano counties.

Garamendi’s long political track record includes serving as lieutenant governor from 2003 to 2007, two terms as state insurance commissioner and 16 years in the Legislature, including a stint as Senate majority leader.

For three years, he served as deputy U.S. secretary of the interior during the Clinton administration.

Thompson has declined to comment on the new maps until they are complete. The proposed maps would see him lose the North Coast and end up in a more compact district that adds Vallejo and Martinez, which has been represented by his Democratic colleague, Rep. George Miller, since 1974.

Sokolow said he believes the Citizens Redistricting Commission has done well with its congressional maps.

“The people in the city of Davis might have a slightly different point of view, because they’ll feel they have more in common with the liberal attitudes of the North Coast,” he said, adding, “We’re just gonna have to learn to live with those folks from Yuba City and Marysville.”

— Reach Cory Golden at cgolden@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8046.

Comments

comments

Cory Golden

Cory Golden

The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter. http://about.me/cory_golden
  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Bridges of Yolo County: Wear, tear … repair?

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Four days of unusual, adventuresome music

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Abe ‘speechless’ after video claims IS hostage dead

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Abortion opponents express renewed hope at California rally

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Share your love (story) with us

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Fake schools draw federal scrutiny

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Winter produce available at Sutter market

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Vote for your favorites in Readers’ Choice poll

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Sip wines at St. James’ annual tasting

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Donations to be distributed during homeless count

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

     
    Speaker will share computer security tips

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Logos Books celebrates 5 years, offers language groups

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Australian olive oil company opens U.S. headquarters in Woodland

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Explore at the YOLO Outdoor Expo

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Pedal around Davis on weekly bike ride

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Yolo animal shelter seeking rawhide donations

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A5

    Woodland Healthcare employees take Great Kindness Challenge

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    At the Pond: Nest boxes give birds new homes

    By Jean Jackman | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    California ranks worst in nation for guidance counselors

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    Davis, Woodland are saving water

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A12

    Words and Music Festival events

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A12

     
    .

    Forum

     
    Caring for the aging mouth

    By Samer Alassaad | From Page: A8

     
    Mayor’s Corner: Let’s renew Davis together

    By Dan Wolk | From Page: A10

    We have the right to choose

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    We don’t have to suffer

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    City helped immensely

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Rick McKee cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

    Big utilities’ nightmare begins to play out

    By Tom Elias | From Page: A10

     
    When measles spreads from Disneyland, it’s a small world after all

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A11

    From innovation parks to innovative buildings and planning

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

     
    .

    Sports

    Aggies get top 2015 gymnastics score, but fall short

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Loud crowd sees DHS boys win

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Lady Devils hold off Pacers, stay perfect in league

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Wildcats’ inaugural kids development league exceeds expectations

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD men take two tennis matches

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

     
    Watney in ninth at Humana Challenge

    By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B8

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    Davis man focusing on cannabidiol business

    By Will Bellamy | From Page: A9

     
    Marrone Bio’s Regalia approved for new uses in Canada

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

     
    UCD grad makes insurance ‘hot 100′ list

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    Yolo County real estate sales

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, January 25, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B8