The fault lines in the California Legislature can be immense: Democrats vs. Republicans, coastal lawmakers vs. valley lawmakers, Giants fans vs. Dodgers fans.
Assemblymen David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, will try to repair the latter divide when they swap districts for three days this week to visit with local politicians, business leaders and community organizations.
“We were trash-talking about the Giants-Dodgers standings” when the idea for the swap emerged, Gomez said. “We acknowledged that our districts are more similar.”
For starters, they are the homes of the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers stadiums, respectively. They also both have large immigrant communities, growing tech industries and affordable housing crises.
Chiu will meet with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, tour Fox and Sony studios, and kayak on the LA River during his trip. He is looking forward to learning more about how Los Angeles has been addressing its affordable housing needs.
“I have heard they have been doing different, innovative things,” Chiu said.
Gomez is set to meet with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, tour Twitter and Google’s offices, and visit the Castro. His goals range from mastering the phrase “hella” to gaining a better understanding of the city’s transportation infrastructure.
“San Francisco has done a lot of stuff when it comes to cycling,” he said. “We’re trying to find that balance in Los Angeles.”
Both trips will, of course, include a baseball game. Gomez has accepted that he’ll have to temporarily root for the Giants, but Chiu is not making any concessions.
“I’m looking to keep a low-profile in Dodger Stadium,” he said. “I don’t know if we’ll ever bridge the baseball rivalry.”