When the state Senate announced the location of today's 1:30 p.m. budget hearing at the Cal Poly Pomona, it was hard for us to tell whose district it was in.
Senate maps show the Pomona campus right on the edge of the dividing line between districts represented by Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, and Sen. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar.
The location of budget hearings and press conferences has been of great interest because legislative Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown are trying to get their message across in the backyards of GOP lawmakers, who have opposed any more taxes.
For the official answer, we turned to Press Enterprise mapping guru and Capitol Bureau Chief Jim Miller. He determined that, thanks to gerrymandering, the line splits right through the campus.
Based on a campus map and Miller's analysis, it appears the Fruit/Crops Unit, citrus orchards and student housing are in McLeod's district. But the Bronco Student Center where the hearing will take place is in Huff's district. The campus hedged its bets in a press release, noting that the campus was in both of their districts.
"The hearing is in my district," Huff said. "But the actual address and some student housing in Pomona are in her district."
This will likely cease to be an issue when the redistricting commission releases its new preliminary maps in June. Voters handed the commission power to draw state legislative boundaries three years ago with these kinds of mapping peculiarities in mind.