it's rare when both sides can claim victory in anything, but a shared victory might be the case when it comes to the state legislative districts in which Imperial County apparently has been placed.
We won't know whether Imperial County is a winner in the preliminary reapportionment maps released last week by the state Legislature for years, but we do know both those who wanted more of a connection with San Diego and those who wanted more of a link with the Coachella Valley can each claim a victory. The reapportionment maps are preliminary, but they were created by Democrats and should essentially be rubber-stamped all the way through the approval process by a Democrat-controlled state government, even though they are horribly gerrymandered to all but the most partisan Democratic eyes.
The Imperial Valley's Assembly seat will be shared with the Palo Verde Valley and parts of the Coachella Valley. The district will be highly Democratic and highly Hispanic, which means it is likely that a Democrat, possibly a Hispanic Democrat, will be elected to the seat in the first election for the seat next year.