City of San Diego Redistricting Commission to Hold Final Public Hearing
SAN DIEGO - On Aug. 9, the City’s Redistricting Commission will hold what is expected to be its last public hearing before a Final Redistricting Plan is adopted. The hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the City Administration Building, 202 C St., on the 12th floor.
On Aug. 3, the seven-member Commission created two versions of the Preliminary Redistricting Plan it originally adopted on June 29. The new versions were created in response to a series of eight public hearings the Commission held throughout the City in July, and after the Commissioners reviewed maps that were presented by the public over the last two weeks. The Commission requests public feedback on the two versions at the public hearing.
One of the new versions of the plan, known as the "Revised" version, has three minor changes: the Census tract that includes the College Grove Shopping Center is returned to Council District 7; the communities of Ridgeview and Webster are returned to Council District 4; and the east bank of the San Diego River is returned to Council District 7.
The other new version of the plan, known as the "Evolution" version, creates a completely new Council District 2 that includes the communities of Rancho Peñasquitos, Mira Mesa, and Carmel Valley in the northern part of the City. Also in this version, Council Districts 1 and 5 extend further south into Pacific Beach and Serra Mesa, respectively. The new Council District 6 is moved to the west and includes Mission Bay, Ocean Beach, and Point Loma. Council Districts 3, 4, 7 and 8 remain virtually the same under both versions of the plan.
Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of the City Council districts in order to equalize the population in each Council district using data from the 2000 U.S. Census. The Final Redistricting Plan will become effective 30 days after adoption but is subject to a referendum by the public. If the adopted plan is rejected by referendum, the City Charter requires the same Commission to create a new plan. Once the Final Redistricting Plan is adopted, the new City Council boundaries stay in effect for 10 years.
In keeping with its commitment to involve the public, the Commission held a total of 16 public hearings. Two meetings were held in each of the eights council districts, one in the spring before the preliminary map was drawn, and another in July. The purpose of the hearings was to receive public input on how the new boundaries for City Council districts should be drawn. The public was also invited to attend regular Commission meetings that began in October 2000. Based on public comment and the rules set forth in the City Charter, the U.S. Constitution, the Voting Rights Act, and other statutes, the Commission will produce a Final Redistricting Plan for the City.
The Redistricting Commission has the sole and exclusive authority to create new council district boundaries and will adopt a Final Redistricting Plan by Sept. 3 so that the new boundaries will be in effect for the March 2002 elections in Council Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8. For more information, call (619) 533-3402. To visit the Redistricting Commission web page, go to the City's web site (www.sandiego.gov), click on "City Hall," and find the "Agencies and Commissions" section.
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