Certainly at first glance it looks like a bad decision, but we suspect the commission's goal was to group the similar communities of East Palo Alto and Belle Haven with Redwood City, all of which have much more in common that they do with Atherton and the Menlo Park neighborhoods west of U.S. 101.
The separation applies only to the congressional districts, traditionally represented by Democrats who get along with each other. In the state Assembly and Senate districts, Belle Haven will continue to be part of Menlo Park.
In the long run, we doubt that Belle Haven and East Palo Alto will see much impact from the commission's decision on the congressional districts. The commission will issue its final report Aug. 15.
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