MINUTES

FOR THE REDISTRICTING COMMISSION
OF THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO
FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2001 - 4:00 P.M.
IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS
202 C STREET 12TH FLOOR
SAN DIEGO, CA

CHRONOLOGY OF THE MEETING:

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Ralph Pesqueira at 4:03 p.m. Chairman Pesqueira adjourned the meeting at 5:35 p.m. to the next scheduled meeting of the Redistricting Commission on January 24, 2001 at 4:00 p.m.

ITEM-1: CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Ralph Pesqueira at 4:03 p.m.

 
ITEM-2: ROLL CALL

Analyst Bonnie Stone called the roll:

(C) Chairman Ralph R. Pesqueira-present
(VC) Vice Chairman Leland T. Saito-present
(M) Mateo R. Camarillo-not present
(M) Charles W. Johnson-present
(M) Marichu G. Magaña-present
(M) Shirley ODell-present
(M) Juan Antonio Ulloa-present
(EO) Deputy City Attorney Lisa Foster-present

REDISTRICTING COMMISSION ACTION (Tape location A005-010.)

ATTENDANCE DURING THE MEETING:

(C) Chairman Ralph R. Pesqueira-present
(VC) Vice Chairman Leland T. Saito-present
(M) Mateo R. Camarillo-not present
(M) Charles W. Johnson-present

(M) Marichu G. Magaña-present
(M) Shirley ODell-present
(M) Juan Antonio Ulloa-present
(EO) Deputy City Attorney Lisa Foster-present

 
ITEM-3: APPROVAL OF COMMISSION MINUTES

Approval of Commission minutes for the meeting of November 29, 2000.

It was suggested by Chairman Pesqueira that the minutes be placed on the agenda as a consent item for future meetings.

MOTION BY ULLOA TO APPROVE THE MINUTES. Second by Johnson. Vote unanimous; Camarillo not present.

REDISTRICTING COMMISSION ACTION (Tape location A014-020.)

 
ITEM-4: NON-AGENDA COMMENT:

This portion of the agenda provides an opportunity for members of the public to address the Redistricting Commission on items of interest within the jurisdiction of the Commission.

Comments are limited to no more than two minutes per speaker. Pursuant to the Ralph M. Brown Act, no discussion or action, other than a referral, will be taken by the Redistricting Commission on any issue brought forth under "Non-Agenda Comment.".

COMMENT 1:

Les Pierres Streater informed the Commission that he believes it is contrary to Robert's Rules of Order for the Chair to make a motion or participate in voting unless there is a tied vote. He stated that he had reviewed the minutes of the previous meeting and found an instance where the Chair had actually made a motion and other instances where the Chair participated in voting.

REDISTRICTING COMMISSION ACTION (Tape location A044-062.)

 
ITEM-5: PEREZ ET. AL. V. CITY OF SAN DIEGO

This 2 and a half year voting rights lawsuit coordinated by the Chicano Federation alleged that the City's electoral system diluted minority voting strength. Attorney Michael Aguirre, who represented the Chicano Federation during the lawsuit, will discuss its history and impact.

Bonnie Stone informed the Commission that Mr. Aguirre was unexpectedly detained in San Francisco, to testify at the PUC hearing. He expressed his regrets that he was unable to attend the meeting. This item will be rescheduled for a future Commission meeting.

REDISTRICTING COMMISSION ACTION (Tape location A066-074.)

 
ITEM-6: COMMISSION BUDGET

Update on action taken by Appointing Authority regarding Commission budget. Discussion regarding submitting budget to City Council; possible action.

Kathy Mayou of the City Manager's Office briefed the Commission on what happened at the meeting in late December with the Appointing Authority. She informed the Commission that the 12-month budget was reduced to $500,000 and left to the discretion of the Commission as to how it would be reduced. Ms. Mayou outlined her and Chairman Pesqueira's recommendations.

Chairman Pesqueira informed the Commission that they did not have to vote on the budget today. He explained that the budget was brought forward in draft form. Chairman Pesqueira asked the Commission for permission to seek out law firms that specialized in redistricting and would be interested in serving as a consultant.

Chairman Pesqueira appointed a subcommittee to work with City staff to draft an RFP for redistricting consultant services and have it ready for the next meeting on January 24, 2001. The subcommittee was appointed as follows:

Chairman - Juan Antonio Ulloa
Marichu G. Magaña
Leland T. Saito

Motion by Johnson that this Commission continue to look for a chief of staff, look for three or more qualified law firms that specialize in redistricting, request a proposal, and select a consultant. No second.

MOTION BY ULLOA TO CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR A CHIEF OF STAFF; GO OUT TO COMPANIES THAT WE KNOW AND ASK THEM TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL; ORGANIZE A SUBCOMMITTEE WHO WILL WORK WITH CITY STAFF, AND PUT TOGETHER AN RFP THAT COVERS ALL THE FACETS OF REDISTRICTING THAT ARE NECESSARY AND ADVERTISE FOR CONSULTANT SERVICES TO ALLOW ALL WHO ARE INTERESTED TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL. Second by Magaña. Yeas-Saito, Magaña, Ulloa, Pesqueira; Nay-Johnson; Abstain-ODell; Not present-Camarillo.

REDISTRICTING COMMISSION ACTION (Tape location A075-B166.)

 
ITEM-7: COMMISSION STAFF

Discussion of hiring the Commission's chief of staff; possible action in establishing interview subcommittee.

The City Charter requires that the Commission employ a chief of staff, who shall serve at the Commission's pleasure, exempt from Civil Service, and shall contract for needed staff, technical consultants and services, using existing City resources to the extent possible. Aye votes by five members of the Commission are required for the appointment of its chief of staff.

Bonnie Stone briefed the Commission on what has been accomplished, where the Chief of Staff job opening was advertised and the number of applications received to date. She requested that the final day for applications be extended to January 16, since January 15 is a holiday. She expressed appreciation to Glenn Encarnacion and Toni Peace of the City's Personnel Department for their assistance.

Commissioner Ulloa requested that the applications be made available to the Commission as soon as possible for review.

Commissioner ODell requested that a notice of appreciation be sent to the City's Personnel Department for all their help.

City Attorney Lisa Foster suggested that the Commission notice a closed session meeting to discuss the hiring of a chief of staff.

Chairman Pesqueira requested that the Commissioners bring their calendars to the next meeting for planning purposes.

Commissioner Saito expressed his concern about creating maps without the public's input and requested a meeting out in the public before drawing up the maps.

Commissioner Johnson stated that he received a letter requesting a public meeting. Chairman Pesqueira requested that Bonnie Stone be made aware of any such letters.

Commissioner Magaña suggested a Website that would allow input from the public. Chairman Pesqueira responded that it may be cost prohibitive.

Commissioner Johnson requested that planning groups, town councils, and the general public be informed of Commission meetings through their council districts as well as other sources.

Bonnie Stone requested on behalf of the Clerk's Office that because the nominating period for the 2002 elections in Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 opens in early November, 2001, the target date to finish redistricting should be mid-September.

REDISTRICTING COMMISSION ACTION (Tape location: B174-C100.)

 
ITEM-8: ADJOURNMENT

Chairman Pesqueira adjourned the meeting at 5:35 p.m. and reminded everyone that the next meeting will be on January 24, 2001.

 

Ralph Pesqueira, Chairman
2000 Redistricting Commission

Esther Ramos
Legislative Recorder