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New District Map To Be Finalized Today

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Aired 8/25/11

The city of San Diego will soon be dealing with a new political landscape. A new district map will be finalized this afternoon.

— The city’s redistricting commission has been working on redrawing the city’s district boundaries for ten months. The commission is scheduled to approve a final map this afternoon. The process happens once a decade, but it was more complicated this time around because a ninth council district had to be carved out.

The final map the San Diego Redistricting Commission approved.
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Above: The final map the San Diego Redistricting Commission approved.

Commission Chief of Staff Midori Wong says the commission is satisfied with the final map.

"We are happy with the plan and we feel we have had a transparent, open and fair process," she said. "We will be prepared if there are any legal challenges. But we are prepared to adopt the plan."

The map remains largely unchanged from the version released to the public earlier this month. The Asian Community was vocal during the redistricting process but did not receive everything it had hoped for. Still, community organizer Cindy Chan said the community does view District 6 on the final map as a victory.

"We now have a new Asian empowered district, which we never had before," se said. "And a lot of Asian Americans have become more aware of this process and the political process in San Diego."

The new district boundaries go into effect 30 days after the commission approves them. However, the city attorney has issued an opinion stating city council members should continue to represent their current districts until December of 2012.

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Avatar for user 'PVMom'

PVMom | August 25, 2011 at 9:12 p.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

Interesting report. From Lucky Seafood to the area where Andy Berg is standing is OVER TWO MILES! Since when did that equal "right down the street"? The media is just as bad as the Commission. Get your facts straight! This redistricting came down to nothing more than race while the needs and desires of a community were outright ignored. Over 2000 Asians signed petitions stating that they did not want to be part of this so-called "Asian empowered" district and the Commission ignored them and put them in a district they didn't want to be in so their voices could be heard. Ironic?

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Redistricting | August 26, 2011 at 12:26 p.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

Some of the competing input provided to the commission were over 2000 petitions submitted stating wanting the unification of pq and mira Mesa and also, if you look at the hearing transcripts, statements by pq town council and planning board members supported the preliminary map as proposed. It was only at the end that people like Andy berg changed his opinion that park village should remain with the rest of pq. I don't know why the change maybe just public pressure, laziness, or politics in action.

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Hobbes | August 26, 2011 at 1:17 p.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

Redistricting, Here are the facts:

The PQ town council tried very hard to convince the redistricting commission to not split PQ and keep it whole with District 5, from day 1. However, the commission was charmed by the notion of an API district in San Diego as supported by APAC.

In an attempt to please both sides, the commission split PQ, putting the northern half in district 5 and southern half (PV + neighborhood west of Salmon river road) in district 5. The residents of PV found out about this after the preliminary map was released, and showed up in huge numbers to the public comment hearings expressing their opposition to the split. 5300 signatures opposing the split and wanting to be with District 5 were submitted within 48 hours. 1300 signatures from the Asian community from PQ opposed the idea of a so called "Asian empowered" district.

If anyone can be accused of laziness/public pressure/city pressure/, it is the commission not Andy Berg. The commission had until September 15th to rework the map, but chose to do otherwise. If they felt there was conflicting testimony, they could have asked for more hearings, they could have visited PQ themselves and found out first hand what the "API" residents wanted. They still have $90,000 of their budget that can be spent.

This is a harsh lesson for PV residents, but we have learned for this episode. Never again will we let any organization hijack our interests.

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whocares | August 26, 2011 at 2:35 p.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

It's disgusting seeing all this finger pointing. I've been observing everything that has been happening and the bottom line is this: the redistricting commission makes the decisions, not the people providing testimonies.

From what I understand, the following is the history of the whole story (please somebody tell me if I'm getting this wrong- and show me PROOF):

Before the prelim map approval:
- The PQ Town Council advocated for a whole PQ
- APAC asked for the unification of PQ w/ Mira Mesa

After the prelim map approval, before residents of Park Village came out:
- The PQ Town Council and Planning Board wanted to move the line from Salmon River Rd to Black Mountain Rd.
- APAC asked for the unification of PQ w/ Mira Mesa

After the prelim map approval, while PV folks mobilized:
- The PQ Town Council and Planning Board wanted to move the line from Salmon River Rd to Black Mountain Rd.
- APAC asked for the unification of PQ w/ Mira Mesa
- PV folks rallying to be united w/ the rest of PQ, and to be in a district that would not include Mira Mesa because they believed (falsely, IMO) that by being in the same district that contained Mira Mesa, it would bring down their property values, their kids would go to a different school, and their overall social status would suffer (I didn't know Mira Mesa was that powerful!)

After the prelim map approval, after the PV folks came out the first time:
- The PQ Town Council and Planning Board reacted by starting petition drives
- APAC asked for the unification of PQ w/ Mira Mesa
- PV folks argued that they should be re-united w/ the rest of PQ at the cost of splitting up Scripps Ranch

In the end, the RC was the one to decide against uniting the whole of PQ into one district.

IMO, the PQ folks should have strategized so that neither PQ nor Scripps Ranch would need to be divided by combining forces and advocating for a map such as Theresa Quiroz's "TQAPI" map north of 8. I'm sure APAC would have advocated for that and given more power to it. Sure, PQ would be in a district that would have included MM, but at least they would be together with the rest of PQ. Unfortunately, PQ's main reasons for being in one district over another were preposterous, and everyone else could see that. Over time, they will see that really nothing they were afraid of has come to fruition.

Moving forward, these PV folks better play nice because whether they like it or not, Mira Mesa is in their district, has always been their neighbor, and they've got A LOT of people. It's a good thing that MM hasn't taken PQ's false criticism seriously thus far.

And who cares about the race or no race issue? I see a major inconsistency issue in San Diego. It's ok to help bolster the Latinos, African Americans and even the LGBT communities, but what's this? It's not ok to help the Asians??? Such hypocrisy.

Wake up, San Diego! It's 2011, and it's time to see what the rest of California sees in embracing diversity.

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Hobbes | August 26, 2011 at 3:03 p.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

whocares, you have got some of the facts right.

It was indeed unfortunate and I quote you, "PV folks rallying to be united w/ the rest of PQ, and to be in a district that would not include Mira Mesa because they believed (falsely, IMO) that by being in the same district that contained Mira Mesa, it would bring down their property values, their kids would go to a different school, and their overall social status would suffer (I didn't know Mira Mesa was that powerful!)"

That is true. We collected petitions over the weekend in PV neighborhood, and all of us spent a lot of time correcting these false perceptions. I can personally attest to this. I will be harsher on PV residents and say that these are the very kind of ugly insinuations that tear apart neighborhoods. Going forward we will work on dispelling them.

Next, I quote, "Unfortunately, PQ's main reasons for being in one district over another were preposterous, and everyone else could see that."

This is false: PQ wanted to be with district 5 because our interests coincide with those neighborhoods. If you look at the presentations made by PQ to the commission on August 22nd, a strong case was made for keeping PQ whole in DQ 5.

PV residents have always been good neighbors of Mira Mesa and will remain so.

As for your comment: "And who cares about the race or no race issue? I see a major inconsistency issue in San Diego. It's ok to help bolster the Latinos, African Americans and even the LGBT communities, but what's this? It's not ok to help the Asians??? Such hypocrisy."

The question is whether the Asians want the help, and whether creating an API influenced district is the best way to help the Asians! Can you provide me proof that Asians have been discriminated against as far as being denied a seat on the city council? District 4 consistently elects an African American representative to the council - it has an African American population of 16%.

How many Asians are eligible to vote, how many turn up? How many Asian candidates stand for elections? These are more germane questions in this discussion!

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