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Frequently Asked Questions

Download and print the information on this page by visiting the "Redistricting Resources" page.

What is redistricting?

Every 10 years, City Council district boundaries are re-drawn to account for population changes. The Redistricting Commission has the sole and exclusive authority to adopt the City’s redistricting plan that sets the boundaries of City Council districts. This year, in response to a vote of the people, a new 9th district will be added.

Why is it important?

How and where districts are drawn can shape communities’ ability to elect the representatives of their choice. Districts must be made as equal in population as possible and practicable so that communities have equal access to political representation.

Why is a ninth district being added?

In June 2010, San Diego voters approved Proposition D, which made the strong mayor form of government permanent. Proposition D amended the City Charter, adding a new ninth Council District. The ninth Council District is not being added due to population growth.

Who are the Commissioners and how were they selected?

Information on the seven Commissioners and their duties, appointment, and term.

How will the Commission encourage public input?

The Commission welcomes comments at any of our public meetings, as well as by telephone, letter, or email. More information on submitting comments. In addition to regular meetings, at least 20 public hearings will be held throughout the redistricting process. At least two public hearings will be held in each current Council district.

When and where will public hearings be held?

Public hearings will be held March through July 2011 in anticipation of adopting a final plan in August 2011. The current schedule is available on our website. Suggestions for facilities locations are welcomed and encouraged.

How can my community stay informed and get involved?

We encourage you to request a community presentation, attend a meeting, public hearing, submit comments, and contact us anytime throughout this process. More information on how to get involved.