In a last-minute adjustment to its Congressional District maps, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) has voted to leave Del Mar in the 49th Congressional District, along with its neighboring North County coastal cities, including Solana Beach, Encinitas and Carlsbad.
The CRC has been working for months to re-draw Congressional districts following the 2020 Census, and as the Sandpiper reported on Nov. 9, the CRC was on the verge of drawing Del Mar out of North County, placing Del Mar in a district extending south to the Mexico border.
This decision means that Rep. Mike Levin, who was endorsed by the Sandpiper in 2018 and 2020, will be on Del Mar ballots next year, when he runs for re-election.
Levin has been a strong advocate for Del Mar: He secured $11.5 million in federal funds for Del Mar bluff stabilization; brought Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor, to Seagrove Park to highlight the urgency of the climate action crisis; and established a SONGS Task Force to work on critical safety issues involving spent nuclear fuel at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. He succeeded in expanding the Army Corps of Engineers Sand Feasibility Study to include Del Mar, supporting our sand replenishment goals, and has been a champion for expediting the removal of the rails from the Del Mar bluffs. As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, he is well-positioned to work on environmental and sustainability issues of importance to Del Mar. To date, he has held two Town Hall meetings in Del Mar’s Town Hall.