R.C., Upland would go into Baca’s district
Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Created: 07/20/2011 06:30:31 PM PDT

After months of meetings and public input, the almost-final version of the Inland Empire’s congressional, Assembly and state Senate districts was released on Wednesday by the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

The draft will be fine-tuned over the coming week, with the final product set to be released July 28.

“We are now defining district lines at the street level,” said Commissioner Peter Yao of Claremont. “It’s coming to an end. We are looking forward to releasing the final map. All of us are very pleased.”

Several area lawmakers’ districts look nothing like they did when the process started.

Commissioners carved out Rancho Cucamonga and the southern part of Upland from the district that now belongs to Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, and assigned it to the one held by Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino.

Baca’s district also would gain Redlands, Loma Linda and Grand Terrace, but lose Ontario, Fontana and parts of Rialto – those cities would belong to a newly formed district also encompassing Pomona, Montclair, Chino, Bloomington and Ontario.

State Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Montclair and a Chino resident, has expressed interest in running for that seat.

Baca’s district would also include the home of Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands.

The new district most like the one Lewis now represents would include all of the San Bernardino Mountains, parts of Highland, all of the High Desert, Yucaipa, Crafton, Death Valley National Park and north to Mammoth Lakes.

That district would absorb Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon’s Victorville and Barstow. McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, would have a district entirely within Los Angeles County.

Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, would hang on to Chino Hills and Diamond Bar but lose Chino.

Some area Assembly and state Senate districts would see little change – Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Chino, would add an unincorporated part of Fontana surrounding Auto Club Speedway to her otherwise unchanged district.

The district represented by termed-out Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto, would include the remaining portion of Fontana, Rialto, Bloomington, Colton and Grand Terrace but would include a smaller portion of San Bernardino.

Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, would see his district expand into the mountains and into San Bernardino and Highland. Morrell also would lose Upland and the north part of Rancho Cucamonga.

The district represented by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, currently includes Claremont, Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Crestline and Apple Valley. The new map shows Donnelly’s district expanding to cover more of the High Desert, most of the San Bernardino Mountains and Victorville, but would no longer include Edwards Air Force Base and the Antelope Valley.

Paul Cook, R-Yucaipa, would see his district shift only slightly, losing Perris, part of Moreno Valley and communities in the San Bernardino Mountains but picking up some desert areas and both the Soboba and Morongo reservations.

The state Senate district represented by Negrete McLeod, would include Pomona, Ontario, Fontana, Chino, Rialto, Grand Terrace, Colton and a part of San Bernardino.

State Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, cannot run for another Senate term in 2012. His current district would change substantially before that election.

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