Upland’s dividing line
Some would be moved into Baca’s district
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/27/2011 07:52:08 PM PDT

UPLAND – Residents in the 1400 block of Ukiah Way and Victoria Avenue may soon find themselves divided along party lines.

The block running north and south between 14th Street and 15th Street will join citizens living below 14th Street in the district of Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, according to a preliminary draft of Congressional, Assembly and state Senate districts released last week by the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Residents to the north, east and west of the block will be represented by Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, who currently represents all of Upland.

By law, the commission is required to balance congressional districts down to a single person, said Peter Yao, a redistricting commission member from Claremont.

“In other words, one district cannot differ from the next district by more than one single individual,” Yao said. “In order to do that then, the map drawer has to basically pick voting blocks that can satisfy that requirement.”

The 14-member commission – consists of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four commissioners from neither major party – will release a final map later this week.

Citizens will have 14 days to give their input before the lines become official.

The latest draft has Upland split into two congressional districts along 14th Street.

Citizens living above 14th will be in Dreier’s district – except for that one block – while those living below 14th will be represented by Baca, D-San Bernardino.

To determine the districts, the commission reviews census data. A large section is a census place and it is broken up into census blocks.

“When we try to balance districts into equal size we start moving census places around until we get down to a very small number,” Yao said. “When we get down to a small number have to go down to census block.”

William King, a resident on Victoria Avenue, said he is fine with the division.

“I prefer Mr. Baca to Mr. Dreier,” King said. “He’s not representing my ideas. I’ve been tired of Dreier for years.”

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