Letterhead

Redistricting Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Staajabu Heshimu
April 27, 2001 (619) 533-3401

City Redistricting Commission Releases Council District Population Numbers
Public Hearings Set for Clairemont, Tierrasanta and University Towne Centre

SAN DIEGO - The City of San Diego added more than 112,000 people during the 1990s according to recently released Census numbers. The northern parts of the City, especially Council Districts 1 and 5, grew the most, according to preliminary estimates developed for the City's Year 2000 Redistricting Commission. Primarily due to reductions in defense spending and the closure of the Naval Training Center, the population in Council District 2 declined compared to a decade ago. District 8, which includes most of the south bay, gained about 4,000 people. The other four council districts added between 7,000 and 11,000 people each.

This differential growth is the main reason City Council district boundaries need to be revised, according to Redistricting Commission Chair Ralph Pesqueira. The Commission must define new boundaries so that each district will have 1/8 of the City's 1,223,400 people. In order to equalize the population at about 153,000 residents, some districts will have to lose geographic territory while others will gain.

The most dramatic boundary changes are expected in Council Districts 2 and 5. District 2 must expand to add 22,300 persons while District 5 needs to lose almost 20 percent of its current City population, a reduction of 36,000 residents. Districts 6, 7, and 8 each need to gain 7,000-8,000 people and District 1 needs to lose about that many. Districts 3 and 4 are within one percentage point of the optimum population.

The seven-member Redistricting Commission is in the midst of a series of community meetings designed to hear public comment about where residents think the new district boundaries should be drawn. San Diegans are encouraged to attend at least one of six remaining Public Hearings. The next hearings are scheduled for Monday, April 30 at the Clairemont Community Service Center, 4731 Clairemont Drive; Friday, May 4 at Tierrasanta Recreation Center, 11220 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.; and Monday, May 7 at the Forum Hall in University Towne Centre, 4545 La Jolla Village Drive. All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.

For further information, visit the commission's web page at www.sandiego.gov/redistricting or call Redistricting Commission Operations Director Staajabu Heshimu at (619) 533-3401, or email her at Redistrict@sandiego.gov.

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