Should we link politically with San Diego or the Coachella Valley?
Ideally, we could make our own choice to do what's right for our county regarding reapportionment, but the reality is we may have someone else's choice foisted upon us with almost no input from local leaders.
Some in the Valley want us to be more linked in our state Assembly and Senate seats and congressional district with the Coachella Valley than San Diego. They stress we have more in common with much of the Coachella Valley than we do with San Diego, being that the southern Coachella and Imperial valleys both are highly Hispanic, economically challenged and desert-agriculture based. They also say that the Coachella, Imperial and Mexicali valleys have been marketed together in recent years with some success.
While we would agree with those points, we would counter that our representatives in recent years from the Coachella Valley, whether Assembly members or state senators, have been at best intermittently attentive to the Imperial Valley unless their name was Dave Kelley. We also are convinced that some of those pushing for us to be aligned with the Coachella Valley are doing so because of the political aspirations of a few who think they might be served better by such Coachella-Imperial setups. That is short-sighted and narrow thinking that will not advance our Valley as a whole.