September 27, 2011 5:14 PM
From Staff Reports

BARSTOW • Starting Nov. 1, Barstow will become part of the county’s 3rd District, while surrounding communities like Hinkley, Yermo and Fort Irwin will remain in the 1st.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 on Tuesday to approve new district boundaries after nearly five months of discussion and close to 10 proposed maps and revisions. The county had to draft new lines to reflect the 2010 Census results.

Third District Supervisor Neil Derry was absent for the voting, but had previously opposed the lines along with 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, who again voted against the boundaries Tuesday.

Barstow representatives also fought the proposed lines along the way, arguing to keep Barstow in the same district as the surrounding communities. The approved map was the only one that moved solely Barstow, while other maps kept the whole area in the 1st or moved the whole area to the 3rd.

Barstow will join Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands, 29 Palms, and Lucerne Valley under Derry until at least the 2012 election. Derry is currently up against for one opponent for his re-election: James Ramos, chairman of the San Manuel tribe.

Despite Barstow’s distance from the rest of the district, Derry said after the meeting that residents will see him more than they probably expect.

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