A state assemblyman from Yuba City is floating a plan that he says would end the constant complaint that Los Angeles and the Bay Area have an oversized influence in California politics. Assemblyman Jim Gallagher wants to do away with California's 40 Senate Districts and replace them with 8 regions of the state that would each elect 5 representatives.
Those 8 districts would be created from what Gallagher calls “geographically and culturally distinct regions of the state” and would give the central Valley and Northern part of the state more clout in the Senate. The plan would leave the current state Assembly intact. The Sacramento Bee calls the proposal "a very, very, very long shot."