The lines delineating the Board of Supervisor (BOS) district boundaries have finally been set. A compromise was reached at Tuesday’s BOS meeting when the supporters of Map 17D, Supervisors Federal Glover and John Gioia, agreed to adjust the lines so all of Concord would be included in Supervisor Karen Mitchoff’s district. A 3-2 vote followed with Supervisors Gayle Uilkema and Mary Piepho voting against the new lines.
The new boundaries represent a significant change to the BOS landscape. All of East County, with the exception of Pittsburg and a small portion of Antioch, will be joined together in District 3 with Blackhawk and the Tassajara Valley and represented by Piepho.
District 5, Glover, will include a jagged line separating north Antioch from the rest of the city, heading west through Pittsburg, Bay Point, Clyde, Martinez, Hercules and part of Pinole.
District 1, Gioia remains virtually the same. In District 2 Uilkema retains her coveted Rossmoor but will slide further to the south into the San Ramon Valley and splits Walnut Creek with Mitchoff of District 4 whose district covers Central County.
Three of the Supervisors are up for re-election in 2012. Will the newly created boundaries help or hurt? Glover, will have to introduce himself to a lot of new people. His last election in East County was too close for comfort. Will the new environs prove to be beneficial? Uilkema, one of the conservative members of the BOS, leaves behind Martinez and Hercules and picks up Alamo, Danville and San Ramon. Piepho covers a lot of area on the map but loses part of Walnut Creek, the San Ramon Valley and gains most of Antioch, all of Oakley and Bethel Island. She may face multiple challengers for her seat.
On Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 10:00 am the Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing to consider adoption of an ordinance establishing the approved map as the new supervisorial district boundaries.