I heretofore have not devoted much space to the race in the California 47th Assembly District race.  I am referring to the newly redistricted 47th Assembly District, not the current district in Los Angeles County.  Though the redistricting maps have a terrible interface, after some review, I have made out the general dimensions of the District.  It is pyramid-shaped and covers all of unincorporated Muscoy, starting on the corner of Highland Avenue and California, heads north on California, excludes Delman Heights in the City of San Bernardino, bisects the 215 north to a point on the 15 (including Glen Helen Regional Park, but none of Devore’s populated places, moving south with both some artificial lines and along a tributary stream to Lytle Creek which is not immediately identifiable on the map, proceeding  west and then south including Hunter’s Ridge in Fontana then back to the 15; then south to roughly Foothill Boulevard in Fontana, then proceeds west around the California Speedway, then proceeding south of the 10, looping around to Etiwanda Boulevard, south to the County line, which then proceeds east along the County line to Reche Canyon Road, north on a zig-zagging along what I believe to be the borders of Grand Terrace, Colton and Loma Linda, north to Barton Road and then Waterman Avenue, up Waterman Avenue bisecting the east and west parts of Hospitality Lane and continuing on past Seccombe Lake to Tenth Street, then proceeding west through Tenth Street in the City of San Bernardino to the 215, across to roughly 16th Street, south on I Street, west on Evans Street, north on Garner, west on 16th Street, south on Mt. Vernon, then west on Evans Street, South on Western, west on West Gilbert, north on Medical Center (excluding the main campus of Community Hospital), west on Highland Avenue, back to to California Avenue.  So, it covers most of Fontana, all of Rialto, all of Grand Terrace, all of Colton, all of Bloomington, and West and Downtown San Bernardino.  It is surrounded by the 40th, the 52nd, the 60th and 61st Assembly Districts.

    Running are former Assembly Member Joe Baca Jr. (and current Rialto Council Member); and a person who has been active in the community for decades, Black Voice News publisher Cheryl Brown.  Both are Democrats in a Democratic plurality district.  Cheryl Brown is also a legislative aide to Assembly Member Carter.

    According to the Registrar of Voters’ September 30, 2012 statistics, there are 167,107 registered voters in the District, of those, 44,433 are registered Republicans, 34,495 are Decline to State, 6,583 are minor parties, and 81,596 are registered Democrats (48.8 percent).  In the primary election in June, four candidates were running, Jeane Ensley, who came in third with 5,787 votes, Thelma E. Beach, who received 1,685 votes, Cheryl Brown, who came in the top two with 7,566 votes, and Joe Baca Jr., who received 11,033 votes and came in first.  In total, 26,071 votes were cast.  At the time, there were 164,082 registered voters, and 27,825 voted.  That means that 1754 voters either did not cast a vote or their vote did not count in the 47th Assembly District race.

    The reason I am writing about this race is because of the interesting dynamics.  I received an interesting link by electronic mail today to a story from the Los Angeles Wave, titled Black woman’s campaign turns Inland Empire party loyalties on their heads.  You’ll need to login to read it. Here is a quote from the lead paragraph: “It is a race between two Democrats and one of them appears to be so personally despised by GOP party leaders, Republican elected officials and ordinarily right-leaning voters, that they are actually donating money to a Democrat’s campaign and endorsing that candidate for election in droves. ”

    The article states that Jim Brulte directed his campaign committee to donate the maximum, $3,900 to Cheryl Brown’s campaign this week.  Other Republican supporters or donors, according to the article are Supervisor Janice Rutherford, Mayor Acquanetta Warren, Riverside County Supervisors John Tavaglione and Marion Ashley and Marge Medoza-Ware.

    The article continues:

    So, why is Brown getting all this love from people who usually don’t care what happens to any Democrat? From what I’ve been able to determine, a lot of people in high places and low places don’t like Baca, who is the son of Joe Baca Sr., the representative from the 43rd Congressional District. It is said that Junior plays fast and loose with the truth and both of them — father and son — tend to offend people in various ways, which people do not forget.

    The reality is that both Cheryl Brown and Joe Baca Jr. have to appeal, particularly in a Presidential election year, to non-Democrats to win elections.  It seems, from the article, that Cheryl Brown understands this.  If this works, the new open primary system may have a moderating effect on the Legislature.

     

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