Duties, Appointment and Term
San Diego City Charter Article II, Ssections 5 and 5.1 and San Diego Municipal Code Sections 27.1401 - 27.1415 outline the procedures for appointing the members of the Redistricting Commission. These documents are available online by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
The 2010 Commissioners were selected by an Appointing Authority comprised of retired judges of the San Diego Superior Court at a public hearing on October 1, 2010.
Any registered voter of the City of San Diego who wished to be considered for an appointment to the Redistricting Commission was required to obtain and complete the Redistricting Commission Application during the nomination period. The application included a 300-word statement regarding qualifications, transcripts, and a disclosure of economic interests. Applicants were also subject to a background check by the San Diego Police Department.
Each member of the Commission shall be registered to vote in the city of San Diego. Appointees are to give the Redistricting Commission geographic, social and ethnic diversity, and in his or her judgement have a high degree of competency to carry out the responsibilities of the Commission. The appointees shall include individuals with a demonstrated capacity to serve with impartiality in a nonpartisan role. Commissioners are not appointed to represent the district in which they live.
The City Charter requires that the City shall be redistricted no later than nine months after receipt of the federal census information. However, Commissioners must serve until all legal challenges and referendary actions have been resolved.