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Buchanan Gains Tri-Valley, Lamorinda

Proposed changes to Assembly district would make it more compact.

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, will run in 2012 in a less-sprawling district and one that shifts south and west to include the Tri-Valley and Lamorinda.

Buchanan said she agrees with the changes proposed today by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

The draft map released this morning would cut out Sacramento and San Joaquin counties from the 15th Assembly District and make it into a denser, more drive-able plot that spans Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

The district currently runs from Elk Grove in the north and down to the Sunol and Ohlone regional parks south of Livermore. It juts out west to include the San Ramon Valley and Walnut Creek.

The proposal cuts out all Central Valley cities and gives Buchanan the communities of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore as well as Moraga, Lafayette and Orinda.

San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson ran against Buchanan unsuccessfully twice, the last time in 2010. He said he hasn't yet had a chance to examine the redistricting proposals for the Assembly, but he hopes San Ramon will be fairly represented.

Buchanan was a board member for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and has deep roots in the East Bay education community.

"I've worked a lot with the school districts in Lamorinda, so I look forward to having them in my district," she said. "People there I’ve talked to say they’re happy I’m representing them."

A geographically smaller district is easier to represent, Buchanan said.

"It’s too difficult when you’re not known in parts of the district," she said. "Having it more compact in the long run will be better for connecting with constituents."

The redistricting commission will accept public comment for two more weeks. Final approval of the maps is scheduled for Aug. 15.

The commission is tasked with drawing up new districts for the state Assembly, state Senate, Congress and the Board of Equalization.

isabel Lau July 29, 2011 at 10:53 PM
I, for one, am pleased. This change makes sense geographically and demographically. I look forward to Joan Buchanan continuing to represent me in Sacramento. The Congressional redistricting makes no sense. Why would you split Danville and San Ramon?!!
CJ July 29, 2011 at 11:34 PM
Big spending liberal who wants to fix everything with tax increases and is against school vouchers. No difference from DeSaulnier really. Same politician that will need to be replaced once the bottom falls out of the economy again.
Dennis Wanken July 30, 2011 at 12:48 AM
This is definitely the person who I want representing my family and I in Sacramento. While on the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) governing board, Buchanan allowed the double-taxation of a school parcel tax on property owners in the SRVUSD. Not a word, including Ms. Buchanan, was said while all of these property owners were double tax illegally. It was only the hard work of a Danville accountant who uncovered this violation of public trust. Once again, no response from Ms. Buchanan. So, ask yourself, this is the type of person you would trust with your hard earned tax dollars ? I, for one, as a former Moraga School District governing board member do not. I considered my public service a sacred trust and never to be violated. I guess, maybe, I was from a different place and a different time in a galaxy far, far away.
Been There July 30, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Absolutely a different galaxy and a different place. We all remember the Wanken Family Board Members. It was not pretty.
Valuegal July 31, 2011 at 02:57 PM
What on earth does liking the weather have to do with anything? Your post is silly.

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