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Final drafts for state, legislative maps could bring changes to Nor Cal counties

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CALIFORNIA - The 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission released final drafts for state and legislative maps, which could change things in Northern California.

These maps will impact how people can vote for the state's Congressional, Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization districts.

The guidelines state that districts must be of equal population and they must comply with the Voting Rights Act to give minorities equal opportunity.

The districts must also minimize the division of cities, counties, neighborhoods and communities of interest.

California lost a congressional seat for the first time ever when the 2020 census was released in April. 

The current map has Congressman Doug LaMalfa in District 1 and Congressman John Garamendi in District 3.

In the new map, LaMalfa’s district would reach further south into Yuba and Colusa counties but would lose Plumas, Sierra, Nevada and Placer counties to District 4. It would gain all of Glenn, Colusa and Sutter counties and most of Yuba County’s population.

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LaMalfa may be losing Plumas, Sierra, Nevada and Placer counties but said he will continue to fight for water and better forestry. He says the new maps focus on agricultural areas and is optimistic about what's ahead.

For Garamendi, his district would push toward the Bay Area, or into District 1. So, he announced that he is running for District 8 instead to keep his long-term representation of Solano and Contra Costa counties.

The new assembly lines take part of Butte County from Assemblyman James Gallagher’s District 3.

This is all for the next election next November and each representative still represents their current areas until then.

The Secretary of State must certify the maps by Dec. 27.

There will be more meetings between members ahead of that date and they're taking public comment for at least the next three days.

LaMalfa’s full response can be found below:

"These new independently drawn maps represent familiar territory. I am sad to lose the official representation of our friends and neighbors in Plumas, Sierra, Nevada and Placer counties, but will remain a friend and keep the open door as we continue to fight for better forestry, more water, and the other issues that affect them and all of Northern California The new maps are a bit more focused on the valley agricultural areas, where I have experience and many constituent relationships. I wish we could have a mega district and keep all of these counties we've represented as my team and I make deep connections with our people and the lands where they live. So it's a mixture of sadness in that but optimism with our renewed work in the new areas."

Max Steiner, who is challenging LaMalfa in the election provided the following statement to Action News Now:

"I welcome the opportunity to compete with Congressman LaMalfa in the newly drawn 1st Congressional District. I have served our great nation as a soldier and a diplomat and I believe the North State - regardless of how it's drawn - is tired of career politicians like Doug LaMalfa. My campaign has, and will continue to, focus on challenges impacting the district, forest management, wildfires, water storage, good jobs, and national security. I greatly enjoyed engaging with forestry professionals in Plumas and Sierra Counties who felt ignored by Congressman LaMalfa, and I look forward to engaging with voters in Yuba, Sutter, Glenn, and Colusa on issues that are important to them."

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