The California Citizens Redistricting Commission voted on Monday to approve the final maps for assembly, senate, congressional and board of equalization maps. View the maps that will be used for voting in the next decade here.
In Santa Clara County's northern region, Mountain View and Milpitas will experience the most change.
Milpitas leaves the 15th Congressional District and enters the newly reconfigured 17th. This means Milpitas voters will now share a congressperson with Fremont, Newark, Cupertino, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale–instead of South Bay neighbors Campbell, Los Gatos and Gilroy–for the next decade.
Congressman Honda (D-Campbell) announced he would run for the 17th district in the 2012 elections.
Milpitas' Assembly District shifts downward and drops Union City but gains Santa Clara, a portion of northern San Jose and a new number—25. Senate District 10 remains mostly the same.
Across Route 237, Mountain View shifts north and leaves most other Santa Clara County cities behind as it goes from the 22nd Assembly district to the 24th–previously numbered 21st–and from the 12th Senate district to the 13th–previously SD 11. Mountain View now joins Palo Alto and Los Altos, both already within the Southern San Mateo County political landscape.
They all remain together within Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's 18th Congressional District–formerly 14.
"For far too long Californians have been frustrated by a Legislature that drew districts that primarily supported the re-election of incumbent legislators," Commissioner Vince Barabba said in reference to gerrymandering and the need for the new transparent and fair process.
"The voters showed they wanted fundamental government reform by creating the Citizens Redistricting Commission charged with the responsibility to create district that provided candidates of all political persuasion a fair chance to be elected.
The Commission submitted final redistricting maps today to the Secretary of State for certification. The public now has 45 days to file any complaints, which will be reviewed by the California Supreme Court, according to spokesman Rob Wilcox.
The commission approved Board of Equalization, State Assembly, State Senate and Congressional maps by votes of 13-1, 13-1, 13-1 and 12-2, respectively, Wilcox added.
The maps will take effect in time for the June 2012 primary, unless the courts issue an order precluding their use, Wilcox noted.
Approved by voters in November 2008, Propositions 11 gave the Commission the authority to draw the new district lines on the electoral maps for assembly, senate and board of equalization. In November 2010, voters voted to have the Commission draw the congressional lines too.
In the 65-page report, the Commission detailed its methodology, which included their attempt to fold assembly districts into one senate districts and keep communities with shared interestes together.
Comprised of 14 citizens chosen from an applicant pool of more than 36,000, the commissioners cannot hold public office for the next 10 years, or work in the legislature or be a lobbyist for 5 years after the maps have been certified.
In total, 34 public meetings in 32 locations around the state took place and more than 2,700 people participated in person. The commission received 20,000 written comments.
Adelaide Chen, Sheila Sanchez and Alejando Lopez de Haro contributed to this article.