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.