Process to Redraw City Council Boundaries in Place
SAN DIEGO - City residents are being asked to tell the Redistricting Commission where to draw boundaries for new City Council districts at public hearings that begin next week. The City of San Diego Year 2000 Redistricting Commission announced the first two community meetings at the Tubman-Chavez Cultural Center on Monday, April 23, and at the Normal Heights Community Center on Wednesday, April 25. Spanish translation services will be available at Monday's meeting and Wednesday's will be videotaped for replay on the City's Cable Access Channel. The Public Hearings are scheduled citywide through May 16. A complete schedule is on the City's website at www.sandiego.gov/redistricting. All meetings run from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Public Comment Period Set to Begin Next Week
"By participating in the Public Hearings residents can help the Commission identify communities of interest and let us know what is important to retain common activities, social and life style patterns within a community," said Ralph Pesqueira, the panel's chair. Participants at the hearings will be asked to comment on what they like about the current districts and what changes should be made.
Since a change in the boundaries of one district could affect the boundaries of an adjacent district, residents, especially those who live closest to the current boundaries of a council district, should consider attending the hearings in neighboring districts as well. In addition to attending the community meetings, members of the public may also communicate their preferences to the Commission by submitting written comments, alternative plans, or maps based on redistricting rules in the City Charter, U.S. Constitution, federal and other statutes.
The City Charter requires that the boundaries of the eight council districts be redrawn every ten years to equalize population in the districts after the latest census. The U.S. Census Bureau released population data for San Diego late last month. Most of the population growth has been in the northern part of the City so districts in the north are expected to lose geographic territory to those in the south. The City's Redistricting Commission has the sole and exclusive authority to adopt plans which specify the boundaries of districts for the City Council.
For more information, call the Commission's Operations Director, Staajabu Heshimu, at (619) 533-3401.
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