Letterhead

Redistricting Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Staajabu Heshimu
May 11, 2001 (619) 533-3401

City Commission to Hold Final Two Public Hearings on May 14 and 16
Last Meetings to be Held at Pacific Beach and Scripps Ranch Libraries

SAN DIEGO - The City's Redistricting Commission will hold its final two public hearings on May 14 and 16 before beginning to consider various configurations for new council district boundaries. Creating new boundaries is necessary because of uneven population growth and shifts in the City reflected in the 2000 census. Both meetings are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Citizens who missed meetings held in districts where they live are encouraged to attend.

The commission has been meeting in various areas of the City since April 23. "We've received some excellent ideas and also some strong opinions about where the new boundaries should be set," said Ralph Pesqueira, chair of the seven-member commission. "Now the commission must mesh these ideas into a cohesive plan for the entire City, not likely to be an easy task."

The May 14 meeting will be at the branch library in Pacific Beach, 4275 Cass St., in Council District 2, which includes downtown San Diego and the beach communities. According to census data, the district lost population over the last decade and must be expanded to include an additional 22,000 people. Residents are expected to discuss which areas should be added to make up the new district.

The May 16 meeting will be held at the Scripps Ranch Library, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive, in Council District 5, which stretches from the northernmost communities in the City, south along the Interstate 15 corridor, ending in Linda Vista. District 5 has experienced the largest population growth in the City since 1990 and will need to be reduced by nearly 36,000 people to achieve the optimal district population of about 153,000. Residents there will be asked to comment on which communities in the current district could become a part of other districts.

Individuals and groups will have additional opportunities to submit oral and written testimony and even to submit their own maps for consideration when the commission resumes its weekly Wednesday meetings on May 23 in the Council Chambers on the 12th floor of the City Administration Building, 202 C St., in downtown. The public meetings begin at 4 p.m.

The Redistricting Commission has the sole and exclusive authority to create new council districts boundaries and will adopt a Final Redistricting Plan by Sept. 3 so that the new lines will be in effect for the March 2002 elections in Council Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8. For more information, visit the Redistricting Commission web page on the City's web site at www.sandiego.gov/redistricting.

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