August 04, 2011 5:02 PM
SARA MITCHELL
Staff Writer

BARSTOW • The city may be under different county leadership in 2012 as the latest proposed county district lines move Barstow into the 3rd District, where two campaigns for supervisor are underway.

All but one draft proposal to be discussed at Tuesday’s redistricting workshop moves Barstow and the surrounding communities from San Bernardino County’s 1st District to the 3rd District, which currently stretches from Yucca Valley to Redlands and ends before the Victor Valley. The districts have to be revised after each census and the county has reviewed proposals since May.

“The 1st had just gotten so large in the past 10 years,” county spokesman David Wert said. “It has to lose neighborhoods.” The 1st District needs to lose about 50,000 residents to keep the districts equally populated.

Wert confirmed that five of the six drafts put Barstow and surrounding communities like Yermo and Hinkley into one district together, in response to requests from town leadership. Mayor Joe Gomez and City Manager Curt Mitchell spoke at the last workshop in favor of keeping the area together, regardless of which district.

Such a move will take Barstow out from under the leadership of Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt and under the winner of the June 2012 3rd District election. People can file for candidacy through March 2012 for the June election, but 3rd District supervisor, Neil Derry, currently has one challenger in his reelection efforts: James Ramos, chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in Highland, who announced his candidacy early May.

The next county redistricting workshop is at Covington Chambers at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave. in San Bernardino on Aug. 9 after the Board of Supervisors regular meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. County district drafts are available at www.sbcounty.gov/redistrict/.

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Sara Mitchell may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or smitchell@DesertDispatch.com.