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The 2000 Commission is currently inactive. This site is for historical information only.

Please visit the 2010 Redistricting Commission web pages for current redistricting information.

What is the job of the Redistricting Commission?

The City Charter (PDF: 43K) requires the creation of a Redistricting Commission at the beginning of each decade, with the sole and exclusive authority to adopt plans which specify the boundaries of districts for the City Council.

Where will the boundaries be drawn?

The Charter requires that districts be comprised of contiguous territory and made as equal in population as shown by the census reports, and as geographically compact as possible. It also requires that the districts shall, as far as possible, be bounded by natural boundaries, street lines, and/or City boundary lines.

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Why do we need these boundaries?

The districts are used for all elections of Council members, including their recall, and for filling any vacancy in a Council office. The Charter requires that the districts be drawn to provide fair and effective representation for all citizens of the City, including racial, ethnic, and language minorities. Additionally, to the extent possible, they preserve identifiable communities of interest.

Who are the Commissioners?

The seven members of the Redistricting Commission are appointed by the Appointing Authority, a panel of three retired Superior Court judges, as provided for in City Charter section 5.1 (PDF: 43K). Appointments are made after the Appointing Authority thoroughly reviews the applications and nominations submitted by San Diegans interested in participating in the redistricting process. Each Commissioner is required to be a registered voter of the City of San Diego. The appointees give the Redistricting Commission geographic, social and ethnic diversity; have a high degree of competency to carry out the responsibilities of the Commission; and have demonstrated their capacity to serve with impartiality in a non-partisan role. View Procedure for Making Appointments to the Redistricting Commission (PDF: 124K)

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How will the Commission accomplish its task?

All Commission meetings are open to the public, and records, data and plans are available, at no charge, for public inspection during normal business hours in the office of the City Clerk. Copies of records and plans are also provided, for a reasonable fee.

The Commission will make every reasonable effort to give the public maximum access to its proceedings. It must hold at least four public hearings in various geographic areas of the City before it prepares a preliminary redistricting plan which includes a full analysis and explanation of its decisions.

Within the next 30 days after the Commission files this preliminary plan with the City Clerk, at least three more public hearings must be held in various geographic areas of the City before the Commission adopts a final plan. The final plan becomes effective 30 days after its adoption.

When will the new district boundaries be in effect?

According to the Charter, the City must be redistricted no later than nine months after the final Federal Decennial Census information is received.

How can I contact the Commission?

The Commission is currently inactive. The next Commission is expected to begin its work in 2010.

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