When I got home after work Wednesday, my wife greeted me with a list of phone messages (Imperial Valley Press, El Sol and Channel 7). All wanted my comment on the announcement by the state Assembly committee on reapportionment and redistricting recommendation of the newly formed district to consist of the Coachella Valley, Palo Verde Valley and Imperial Valley.
My reaction was that of delightment and excitement. This will leave us with a district that will have a Democrat and Hispanic majority. Wow!
As the chairman of the MAPA redistricting committee, I want to recognize the city of Calexico and David Dhillon of the El Centro City Council for voting and supporting this proposal, while the county and the rest of the city of El Centro were pushing to send us west to San Diego. Also I want to thank those persons, agencies and community groups that faxed or e-mailed their opinion to remain with the north. Lastly, I appreciate the counseling and guidance that we received from the William Velazquez Research Institute.