Thursday, January 15, 2009

Kicked in the Teeth--Again!

An article appeared in today's Daily Bulletin under the Ontario NOW section regarding an open house at Assemblywoman Norma Torres' new District Office at 822 N. Euclid (see on map of the 61st District at left). So she couldn't get out of town fast enough. One might argue that the assembly seat is district wide so you need to be in the center of the district. But the way I see it, it's nowhere near the center (unless you count the center as the center of the 10 freeway). So those poor seniors who have to eat dog food must be grouped near Euclid and the 10 freeway so they can easily walk to get help from her staff. That's the only reason I can think of that she eschewed her Pomona base for the higher demographics of Ontario. (Sorry, sarcasm comes so easy.)

Why can't a Pomona assemblyperson have a district office IN Pomona? Nell Soto did the same thing. So much for those of us in the "hinterlands" getting any attention from the assembly office.


Ed said...

Wow, 2009 is turning out to be quite the year.

What will the future hold when we see redistricting?

calwatch said...

With Proposition 11, you'll see more geographically compact districts, although AD 61 is actually fairly logical (Chino, Ontario, Pomona, Montclair). There are no odd tentacles or subtractions (part of Chino does get subtracted for population purposes but geographic integrity is more or less intact). Any frequent voter can apply for the Redistricting Commission and I'll probably do so; the process ends up being like a lottery.

John Clifford said...

I agree that this is actually a pretty well defined district. My only real complaint would be that it straddles two counties, but I'm sure that is fairly common. If I were doing it I'd try to get the northern LA County and less of SB County, but that's just me.

Peter Attwood said...

The reason for the office being there is quite simple. It was Nell Soto's office, and they moved in when she moved out. That's not to say it's good location or that she shouldn't move somewhere easier to get to, but it makes sense for now that she moved into the empty office when it was available.