City of San Diego Redistricting Commission
SAN DIEGO - The City of San Diego Year 2000 Redistricting Commission adopted a Final Redistricting Plan for City Council boundaries on a 5-1 vote at its meeting yesterday. The seven-member Commission had been making changes to the preliminary plan it adopted on June 29 since hearing from the public at eight community meetings in July.
In developing the new Council district boundaries, the Commission has focused on uniting communities of interest, according to Commission Director Staajabu Heshimu. Highlights of the new plan include:
Other boundary changes made to equalize the population each district include:
The City Charter requires that the boundaries of the eight Council districts be redrawn every 10 years to equalize population in the districts after the latest census. The City added more than 112,000 people during the 1990s, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, which is the basis of all redistricting. In order to equalize the population in each district at approximately 153,000 residents, some districts had to lose geographic territory while others gained. In the final plan, District 5 remains the largest with 159,524 people and District 7 is the smallest with 146,853. The Redistricting Commission has the sole and exclusive authority to change the Council district boundaries.
The new boundaries will be in effect within 30 days unless there is a public referendum, which requires the petition signatures of at least 5 percent of San Diego voters. According to Heshimu, 31,631 valid signatures must be delivered to the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 in order to initiate a successful referendum.
For more information, call the Commission at (619) 533-3401. Information is also available on the City’s web site (www.sandiego.gov) by clicking on "City Hall" and finding Redistricting Commission under "Agencies and Commissions."
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