Santa Barbara County Supervisors have given final approval to a supervisorial redistricting plan which keeps Lompoc from being split, as proposed in early drafts, but moves Guadalupe and Cuyama to other districts.
The plan calls for shifting Guadalupe from the Fourth, to Third District, which upset many Guadalupe leaders. They argued Guadalupe has little in common with Isla Vista and U.C. Santa Barbara, which are part of the geographically large district. Some Cuyama residents were also upset that they are being moved from the Santa Maria based Fifth Distirct, to the Santa Barbara based First District. Supervisor Salud Carbajal proposed this plan after numerous Lompoc leaders and residents expressed concern about the possibility the city would be split into two districts.
Supervisors approved the plan on a 3-to-2 vote Tuesday afternoon. The plan is intended to shift the boundaries of districts in the wake of last year’s census, to try to insure equal representation.