SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) was sworn in Monday to represent the new Second Assembly District, created by redistricting last year. The 2013-14 session, his third consecutive term in the Assembly, will be Chesbro’s final session as a member of the Legislature because of term limits.
“The North Coast changes from the First to the Second District on paper, but it will always be number one for me,” Chesbro said. “It has been a privilege and an honor to serve the constituents of what is the greatest region of California in the Legislature. Now that the state’s finances are beginning to come under control, I’m excited in my final two years to move forward with an ambitious agenda whose goals include creating new jobs on the North Coast, balanced with protecting the environment, and increasing access to health care and education for the people who live here.”
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, approved by voters in 2008, redrew California’s Assembly, state Senate, Congressional and Board of Equalization districts to take effect for the 2012 election cycle. The new Second Assembly District, like the former First District, encompasses all of Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino counties and a portion of Sonoma County. In the new boundaries, Lake County shifts from the old First District to the new Fourth District. The new Second District picks up about half the City of Santa Rosa, which was not in the old First District. The new Second District retains much of Northwestern and coastal Sonoma County, down to Bodega Bay, but the City of Sebastopol shifts to the new Tenth District.
The new district boundaries will not affect the three local offices Chesbro has maintained in the district since he took office as the North Coast’s assemblymember in 2008 in the First District.
The Santa Rosa District Office 50 D Street, Suite 450, covering Sonoma County, will continue to be staffed by District Director Maddy Hirshfield and Executive Secretary Gail Moss. The phone number is (707) 576-2526.
The Ukiah District Office in the Ukiah Valley Conference Center, 200 S. School St. Suite D, will continue to be staffed by Senior Field Representative Ruth Valenzuela and will cover Mendocino County. The phone number is (707) 463-5770.
The Eureka District Office, 710 E St., Suite 150, will continue to be staffed by Field Representative Sofia Pereira and will cover Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties. The number is (707) 445-7014. Tom Weseloh, staff consultant to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, which Chesbro chairs, also works out of the Eureka District Office.
The phone number for Assemblymember Chesbro’s Capitol office has changed to (916) 319-2002. The address for Chesbro’s legislative website changes to: http://asmdc.org/members/a02/.
North Coast voters elected Chesbro to the Assembly in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Prior to his service in the Assembly, North Coast voters elected Chesbro to the State Senate in 1998 and 2002. California law at the time Chesbro took office in 2008 limited legislators to two Senate terms and three Assembly terms. Voters modified the term limits law in 2010, but the previous term limits apply to legislators who were already in office.