SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Residents who end up in the new ninth council district will continue to be represented by their current council member until after elections are held next year, City Council President Tony Young said Thursday.
The city is in the midst of remapping council districts, using 2010 census data to balance populations and meet requirements of the Voting Rights Act.
If the current map under consideration by the Redistricting Commission is approved as scheduled in about three weeks, the new boundaries would go into effect on Sept. 25.
The ninth district -- which as proposed would run from the College Area through City Heights to Southcrest -- was necessitated by the city's switch to a strong-mayor form of government, which removed the mayor from the City Council and left eight members.
Though the even number has the potential to be unwieldy, there have been few 4-4 ties in actual practice.
The council member for the added district will be seated in December 2012, following next year's elections, Young said. Until then, he said, residents who need services can contact their current representative, either Marti Emerald, Todd Gloria or himself.
"There is no need for a costly special election or an interim appointment as some might suggest," Young told reporters.
Young said he will work with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to present a resolution on Sept. 26 that will spell out procedures for putting in the new districts. He said he does not plan to spend any more money than is already budgeted for City Council operations.
The implementation plan could be thrown awry if the new map results in a lawsuit or referendum.
An airline flight out of San Diego was diverted to Phoenix due to reports of an unknown odor in the cabin Sunday.
A 33-year-old woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday in the Oak Park community of San Diego.
A suspect remains at large after an argument led to a man being slashed with a knife in Lakeside on Saturday night, deputies said.
A 30-year-old man in the North Park community of San Diego suffered non-life threatening injuries Sunday when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist who abandoned his vehicle, police said.
Cooler than normal temperatures continued through the weekend. Warmer and sunnier conditions are expected Monday and Tuesday away from the coast.
In a ceremony at the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park, people paid homage to those who lost their lives in service to our great nation.
A soldier from the San Diego area died as a result of a "non-combat related" incident in Kosovo, the Department of Defense said Friday.
Authorities Friday released the name of a lawman who opened fire on an assault suspect who allegedly charged him with a machete over his head in a busy intersection near Grossmont Center mall.
Law enforcement agencies across San Diego County are planning to crack down on drunken driving over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.