Who will represent Humboldt County’s interest?
Who will represent our interest in the U.S. Congress, the State Senate, and the State Assembly?
Right now Humboldt County is grouped with other “coastal” counties in California, but redistricting is underway and some folks* would like to redraw the lines so that they run from West to East, putting us in a district with the Central Valley, rather then the current district lines which group us with Mendocino and Sonoma County. That means that the largest voting population in this redrawn district would be Redding.
Maybe more then anything, one thing that would be at stake is our water interest. Should our water go to our rivers for the health of our fish, or should it go to irrigate large commercial farms in the Central Valley? Recently these Central Valley farmers filed a lawsuit to stop our fishing season.
This Friday there will be a redistricting committee meeting in Santa Rosa. Public comment starts at 6:pm. If you are able to attend I would be happy to coordinate carpooling if you reply to this email. If you can not attend, please comment online (see links below).
* 5.4.11 Times Standard:
Councilman Mike Newman also asked the council to draft a letter to send to the Citizens Redistricting Commission to request the North Coast be included in the first round of hearings on the redistricting process. The council unanimously approved sending the letter. Mayor Frank Jager said they should include that this is the “real Northern California,”… .
[Apparently the city of Eureka thinks we have more in common with Central Valley Agri-interest the we do with Bodega Bay fisherman, just because Redding is “farther north” then Sonoma County….]
The full agenda for Friday’s meeting, preceding public comment at 6:pm: