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MC_TRAVEL.04.JPGNew draft maps released by California's independent redistricting commission would keep Sacramento International Airport in the same congressional district as much of the capital.

The 14-member commission previously had proposed placing the airport in a congressional district with Yuba, Glenn and Napa counties, among others. Its new draft maps are available today at www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov.

Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna said it made little sense to separate much of central Sacramento County from the airport, which receives oversight from county supervisors and contributes billions to the local economy.

The commission's previous boundary proposals "unreasonably suggest" that the airport is more tied to Glenn County than to downtown Sacramento, Serna wrote to the independent commission setting legislative and congressional districts.

"By all accounts, this is irrational," Serna concluded.

California's Citizens Redistricting Commission will debate its new proposals this week. It is scheduled to release final maps July 28, then allow time for public review before voting on them Aug. 15.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sacramento International Airport, Nov. 10, 2010. Manny Crisostomo / Sacramento Bee file



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