New faces, politics in redistricting move
Pleasanton appears to gain single federal, state, county district representation
The California Citizen's Redistricting Commission is poised to issue its final maps Aug. 15 of congressional, Board of Equalization, state senate and assembly districts that are based on 2010 Census data.
But already, it's clear that redistricting for Pleasanton will mean some new faces and political changes.
Congressman Pete Stark (D-Fremont) announced this week that he will seek "re-election" in his newly renumbered 15th Congressional District in 2012. If elected, he would replace Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton), whose 11th Congressional District is being moved east to cover more of San Joaquin County. McNerney said last week he will move to that county so he has a home in the same district he would represent.
Although a veteran Congressman, Stark up to now has represented only a small part of Pleasanton on the far northwest side. He'll now have the whole city.
"I am pleased to announce my candidacy for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives," Stark said. "As a result of reapportionment, I will be running in the 15th Congressional District in 2012.
"I look forward to continuing to serve the people I represent today and gaining new constituents to the east," he added. "I'm committed to representing my new district with the same level of service, responsiveness and representation my constituents have come to rely on during my tenure in Congress."
Also new to Pleasanton will be state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), whose new state 7th Senate District extends south through Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton to include a small part of far north Fremont. To the north, his district will continue to include Concord and Antioch.
DeSaulnier replaces state Sen. Ellen Corbett, who has represented much of Pleasanton during her four years in the senate and for six years earlier as the city's Assemblywoman in the 18th Assembly District.
Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) also takes over as the sole state Assembly representative serving Pleasanton. As it is today, she is one of three serving the city. The two districts now represented by Bob Weickowski of Fremont and Mary Hayashi of Castro Valley are being moved out of Pleasanton.
Pleasanton political leaders have been noticeably quiet in commenting on the Redistricting Commission's changes. Many have long wanted the city placed in single Congressional and state Assembly and Senate districts instead of being split, even partially, and the new boundary changes accomplish that goal.
Pleasanton also will have a new Alameda County Supervisor starting next month. The county's 4th Supervisory District represented by Supervisor Nate Miley will encompass Pleasanton, with long-time Supervisor Scott Haggerty's District 1 being moved farther south.
Although the Redistricting Commission is expected to issue its statewide maps Aug. 15 as final documents, current legislators and political groups unhappy with the changes have indicated they may challenge the decision in the courts.