As the deadline to create new dividing lines for the nine districts of San Diego City Council approaches, the District 1 United group’s desire to preserve as much of the existing District 1 council as possible is being met, bit by bit.
After lobbying for dramatic changes early in the process, such as moving UC San Diego to another municipal district or creating a “coastal district” where there are currently two, District 1 United is focusing on minor changes before the San Diego Redistribution Commission votes on a final map on Wednesday, December 15.
The committee will hold further meetings on Tuesday December 7 and Thursday December 9.
District 1 currently includes La Jolla and UCSD, University City, Torrey Pines, Torrey Hills, Carmel Valley, Del Mar Mesa and Pacific Highlands Ranch and is represented by Councilor Joe LaCava.
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Redistribution involves redrawing the municipal district boundaries every 10 years to reflect population movements, in accordance with federal law and the city charter.
At the start of this year’s process, big proposals were put forward, such as relocating UCSD from District 1 and condensing Districts 1 and 2 into a coastal district. Current communities in District 2 include Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, and Point Loma. He is represented by City Council President Jennifer Campbell.
A group of residents have formed District 1 United to fight these changes.
In a position paper, District 1 United said, “The communities in District 1 of the council have a 30-year history of working together. They share common interests in coastal access, environmental protection, managed growth, outdoor recreation opportunities, cultural activities, world-class educational and medical facilities, and vibrant economic enterprises that serve people. residents of San Diego and around the world. These communities have strong community planning groups that communicate well with each other, with local businesses, with developers, and with the city and who have overseen critical regional growth and infrastructure connectivity that benefits the entire region.
After District 1 United succeeded in maintaining UCSD in District 1 and maintaining two coastal districts, the District Commission approved a preliminary “compromise map” on November 13. This map would move University City and Torrey Hills from District 1 to District 6. The latter district, represented by Councilor Chris Cate, currently includes
Clairemont Mesa East and West, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Rancho Peñasquitos and the Sorrento Valley.
The plan would also bring most of Pacific Beach to District 1.
Representatives from District 1 United have said they support the change to University City as it will keep the entire community in one district after an earlier proposal suggested splitting it in two. But the group wanted Torrey Hills to stay in District 1.
The preliminary map underwent a few small revisions during the last half of November. On December 1, the Redistribution Commission approved the installation of Torrey Hills in District 1.
Depending on the city, council districts should be made up of contiguous territories, have approximately equal population based on U.S. Census data, and be as compact as geographically possible. Neighborhoods should also be demarcated by natural boundaries, street lines and / or city lines as much as possible.
San Diego has about 1.39 million people, so each of its nine city districts will need about 154,400 people. However, District 1 currently has a population of around 166,600, which is an increase of 12.8 percent from the 2010 census and almost 8 percent from the desired number.
According to the most recent map, District 1 would have a population of approximately 154,385.
Going forward, District 1 United will seek to have all Rancho Peñasquitos, including the Los Peñasquitos Canyon reserve, in District 1. Representative Janie Emerson said demand “shouldn’t be a problem”, with little change in population by integrating these areas.
The attempt to have the reserve in District 1 could be to ensure that there is community feedback if there is any development planned for the area.
At the La Jolla Community Planning Association meeting on December 2, District 1 United Administrator and Member Helen Boyden said it was important to have the reserve in District 1 because “it there is a lot of potential for industrial and biotechnological development ”. She has not developed.
“We’re not homeless, but… we’re pretty confident that District 1 won’t be completely destroyed,” Boyden said.
Emerson said the commission “is moving in the right direction. We’ll see. We don’t know anything until the final vote.
To find out more, visit sandiego.gov/redistricting-commission. ??