Redistricting-Oppose VCD ECA_1102, Support VCDB_Greater Sac_1013

by Annie Ballard

I am a resident of eastern unincorporated Nevada County. I strongly oppose the map labeled VCD_ECA_1102.

I urge you to dismiss the idea that the Eastern Sierra counties of Mono and Inyo belong in a legislative district with Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Amador and Alpine Counties. Mono and Inyo Counties are inextricably wedded to Southern California for their infrastructure and legislative priorities, due to the geography of the mountains and the monolithic watershed of the Owens River Valley, which serves much of Los Angeles’ water.

Please reconsider the excellent map you created with VCDB_GreaterSac_1013. This map truly represents my Community of Interest.

People, money and water flow east and west in a constant interchange along drainage and transportation routes in this part of California. The Interstate 80 and Hwy 50 corridors make travel and economic and cultural exchange natural. I regularly communicate and do business with people in the Greater Sacramento Area, and many of my neighbors in the Tahoe area own property in western Placer County towns like Roseville. When medical services are unavailable in my area of eastern Nevada County, I am often referred to doctors in Sacramento or Grass Valley.

Because they also surround Sacramento and are dependent on the Sacramento area economy, I share interests with Yuba, Yolo, Colusa, Calaveras, El Dorado, Amador and Alpine Counties.

From our perspective, the mountains effectively prevent interchange with areas south of Alpine County on the eastern side of the Pacific Crest. Please reject VCD_ECA_1102.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Annie Ballard, Nevada County resident

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