The state Senate's proposed redistricting map for the Imperial Valley reaches a long leg into San Diego to bring the entire California-Mexico border region into one district.
The proposed district map was released by the state Legislature yesterday. The district would serve a population that is 60 percent Hispanic. If approved, the changes would be in effect for the March 2002 primary.
Voting boundaries will be redrawn the year after a national decennial census to reflect changes in the population.
The proposed state Senate district is made up of all of Imperial County, extends west to include Chula Vista, parts of San Diego and rural and incorporated parts of south San Diego County, and north to include Riverside County up to Interstate 10 at Cathedral City.
The Imperial Valley's state Sen. Jim Batten, R-La Quinta, does not reside in the proposed new district.
Batten's term is up in 2004. If another senator is elected for the new district in 2002, Imperial County might temporarily have two state senators, said Kim Glassman, Batten's chief of staff.