Mailbag: H.B. greater than sum of its parts

October 26, 2011

Huntington Beach has been halved, and two halves do not make a whole! The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has cut our city in half, with two state senators representing our bifurcated city ("Redistricting changes 2012 electoral battles," Aug. 18). The result of this will be a smaller focus on the larger city. Senate candidates will pay the same attention to Huntington Beach as Midway City. In other words, not much.

The every-10-year political redistricting has resulted in a strange twist of fate that abandoned the city of Huntington Beach. State Senate seats are large by definition because there are so few compared to State Assembly seats. Senate districts must encompass large geographic areas, but are supposed to be based on the same concepts of (1) compactness and (2) communities of interest. The largest community in this area is Huntington Beach, and we have the largest interest in being represented by the same person for a unified voice in Sacramento.


Unfortunately, this will not be the case for us under the newly approved State Senate districts. Huntington Beach has been halved! One new Senate seat extends into Los Angeles County to include Naples, El Dorado Regional Park and Alamitos Beach areas! By voter count, Huntington Beach will look like Los Alamitos and will receive the same smaller city attention.

We are a bigger city and require bigger attention from our state senator. The only hope will be citizen support of the lawsuits being filed against the new districts for failure to create "communities of interest." Please write to the commission with your opinion supporting a whole Huntington Beach in the State Senate.

John Briscoe

Huntington Beach


Mental health care needs angels

I appreciate Benjamin J. Hubbard's take on angels and demons, and the goodness of most people, and I respect the turn to religion to process events such as the tragic massacre in Seal Beach ("Our angels are stronger than demons," Oct. 20). Scott Dekraai was a severely disturbed individual. The tragedy didn't have to happen. I suggest another practical approach that would tap into concrete responses by the angels:

Many people in our society are suffering from real neurobiological disturbances, ranging from depression and other mental illnesses, including PTSD. Programs to help treat these conditions are routinely underfunded, defunded and stigmatized.

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