Objects to separation from Redlands in latest maps
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/06/2011 08:04:27 PM PDT

Loma Linda Mayor Rhodes Rigsby plans to send a letter today to the California Citizens Redistricting Commission expressing the City Council’s worry over proposed new Congressional districts that split it from Redlands, which it considers to be a sister city.

The first draft of the commission’s maps moves the city from a district that includes Redlands to one the Loma Linda council said would be dominated by San Bernardino, Rialto and Fontana.

“We’re one community of interest, and we have a natural boundary of the 215 (Freeway),” Rigsby said Tuesday, after the City Council unanimously approved the main points of the letter. “We have almost no interaction west of the 215. They tend to be more urban communities, while we have much more in common with Redlands.”

Much larger populations in those fast-growing cities might mean Loma Linda’s interests would get no attention, Rigsby said.

Noting that one of the primary goals of the redistricting commission is to keep “communities of interest” in the same district, council members said Loma Linda and Redlands form a community.

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