Santa Monica residents are among about 388,000 new constituents who are now represented by state Sen. Ted Lieu due to after effects of redistricting last year.
Prior to Senate redistricting Lieu’s 28th District represented approximately 931,000 residents, including those in Venice and Marina del Rey.
But due to Senate Rules Committee approval of a transition plan for constituency services, Lieu’s district has added
much of northwest Los Angeles County, including Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Palos Verdes Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, a spokesman for Lieu said.
The so-called “deferred” areas in state Senate districts will remain in effect until 2014 and follows changes to senate district boundaries that were redrawn by the Citizens’ Redistricting Commission in 2011.
“I look forward to serving my new constituents and solving any problems they may have,” Lieu said.
Only odd-numbered districts elected a state senator in 2012. The even-numbered districts established in 2001 will continue to exist until 2014, when the redrawn even-numbered districts elect a state senator.
These unique circumstances create some areas of overlap between the old and new districts (accelerated areas) and some areas without any coverage (deferred areas), Lieu’s spokesman explained.
For the 2013-14 regular session of the Legislature, each accelerated area essentially has two senators representing the area, while each deferred area has none.
In response, the Senate Committee on Rules has assigned a senator to provide appropriate constituent services to each deferred area.