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Oldest part of Valencia may be merged into SFV

Posted: June 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The original Valencia Old Orchard housing tract joins Newhall in a proposed new congressional district linked with the San Fernando Valley under a tentative plan submitted for public discussion by the citizens’ commission for redistricting.

The proposed maps, some details of which were released Tuesday, show the California Citizens Redistricting Commission keeping the Santa Clarita Valley mostly intact within proposed state Assembly, Senate, Board of Equalization and congressional districts.

SCV residents had overwhelmingly responded to commission requests for public input, calling for the valley to remain united within electoral districts.

The slice of the SCV that would be aligned with the San Fernando Valley runs roughly along Placerita Canyon Road from the east, jinks north within Placerita Canyon itself, runs through Newhall and then swings through Old Orchard I before running out Lyons Avenue to Interstate 5.

It links the majority of the SCV with much of the Antelope Valley and other conservatively voting communities, consolidating the Republican voting stronghold of Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita.

“After having seen this map, Mr. McKeon has decided he is going to seek re-election,” said McKeon’s chief of staff, Bob Haueter.

McKeon has advocated for the SCV to be kept whole within electoral districts, and he would have preferred to see southern portions of the valley kept within his district, Haueter said Tuesday.

McKeon would also have preferred, Haueter said, that Lancaster be kept whole. The Antelope Valley city was divided in the first draft of the congressional map.

The inclusion of Simi Valley in the proposed changes undoubtedly creates a strong Republican district.

“We’ve enjoyed the district we’ve had for the last 10 years,” Haueter said. “The new district is very clearly a Republican district.”


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