1st District may have to give up 60,000 residents
March 15, 2011 5:33 PM
Brooke Edwards

With the Victor Valley’s rapid growth over the last decade, local leaders now represent some of the most populated territories in the state — a distinction that will make them prime targets for redistricting.

“It’s very likely that the 1st District will need to reduce in number somewhere in the range of 40,000 to 60,000 residents,” Brad Mitzelfelt, 1st District Supervisor for San Bernardino County, said Thursday in the wake of U.S. Census data released earlier in the week. “That would likely require some pretty significant boundary changes.”

Each of the county’s five districts is required to have roughly the same number of constituents, so that residents have equal representation. With the county hitting more than 2 million residents last year, each district should have 407,042 residents.

Hard district numbers aren’t available yet, since the Census Bureau hasn’t released population breakdowns for unincorporated San Bernardino County yet. However, Mitzelfelt said it appears the 1st District — which stretches from the top of the Cajon Pass to the Nevada border — will have significantly more residents than the 3rd District, for example. That means a shift in population along the Morongo Basin would seem sensible, he said.

“I’ll be looking for logical boundaries that follow geographical and geological lines that make sense and don’t break up communities of interest,” Mitzelfelt said. “So if at all possible, I’d certainly rather have the whole Victor Valley stay together.”

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