Manteca, Ripon, Lathrop and Escalon may end up in the same Assembly and State Senate districts for the first time in at least 20 years.
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission released preliminary maps for changing how the state’s 80 Assembly districts, 40 State Senate districts, and 53 Congressional districts are configured.
The proposed Congressional redistricting would put Manteca, Ripon, Escalon, Tracy, and Modesto in a true Northern San Joaquin Valley district along with Oakdale, Ceres, Turlock, Patterson, and Newman. Manteca currently is in the 11th district that includes East Bay cities such as Morgan Hill, Pleasanton, and Danville.
Lathrop along with Stockton and Lodi would be in a district that includes the East Bay cities of Antioch, Oakley, and Brentwood. Currently Lathrop and Tracy are a finger of the 18th district that shoots up past Tracy and Manteca and included Modesto, Ceres, Merced, Los Banos and Atwater.
The Assembly District would lump Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop in the same district with Riverbank, Oakdale, Turlock, Hughson, and Waterford, an expanse of rural Eastern San Joaquin County, and most of East Modesto.
The proposed State Senate district would put Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop in with Tracy, Stockton, and Oakdale, most of East Modesto, Eastern San Joaquin County, Turlock, Hughson, and Waterford.
The Assembly and State Senate proposals bring together communities with similar issues and growth concerns including farming, impacts from Bay Area commuters, and high unemployment.
Dennis Cardoza, who currently resides in Atwater, would become the de facto incumbent for Manteca voters should the district lines hold and the Democrat seek re-election. Jerry McNerney, who currently represents Manteca, resides on the west side of the Altamont Pass. All of those communities including his hometown of Pleasanton have been yanked from the new district.
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has yet to bring forth redistricting proposals. Manteca is currently split between two supervisor districts.