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Supes approve redistricting plan

Board of Supervisors redistricting plan (CLICK TO ENLARGE)


Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday formally approved a slight redrawing of the county’s political boundaries ahead of the 2012 elections.

The key changes are to Santa Rosa’s Fountaingrove area and the 1st, 3rd and 5th districts.

The 1st and 5th gain people at the expense of the 3rd District, represented by Shirlee Zane, which loses 6,022 people.

Overall, the changes will leave the districts essentially equal in population size, correcting an imbalance that developed since 2001 and has left the 3rd District by far the largest.

Much of the shrinking of Zane’s district — which now has 102,821 residents — occurs in Fountaingrove, which is to be split among three districts.

Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously supported the new boundaries, which go into effect in 30 days.

3 Responses to “Supes approve redistricting plan”

  1. Jim says:

    Like this makes any difference. The “districts” only matter to the politicians as that is where they get to drive around in a state issued car, on taxpayer gas, to regurgitate the same lies and talking points about how they will do something different in the Legislature but nothing ever changes.

    Those honest with themselves will step back and see the big picture. Those in office do nothing but live large on the perks while bad-mouthing those who earn a good living.

  2. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    Steve-some of Santa Rosa has been in the 1st district, this just adds some more area. I live in Santa Rosa and vote in the 1st district.

    I don’t think it will make much of a difference. The wine people will get what they want and they are considered rural.

    I am APPALLED. Driving over Bennett Valley Road and seeing all those new vineyards where vernal pools, riparian habitat, and rock formations used to be. Makes me SICK. I can’t understand how they are getting the permits to DESTROY more and more habitat.

  3. Steve Klausner says:

    Sonoma Valley lost big on this one. The 1st District is now majority Santa Rosa. Most of the people in Santa Rosa do not even know Sonoma Valley exists. We always kind of liked it that way.

    The down side is we are rural, all of our services are county. Our new constituents are all city, their interests are in city services.

    It also means it will be a big money race. Can’t walk the hills Fountain Grove even if you had the volunteers to do it…all the side streets are posted no parking.

    Guessing our next Supervisor will be a former SR council member.