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San Diego's Redistricting Commission to meet before final vote on district boundaries

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - With just 10 days remaining before a final vote is to be taken on new City Council district boundaries, the city of San Diego's Redistricting Commission will meet Monday.

The commissioners are expected to view a new map that makes two adjustments, and proposes a third, to the preliminary boundaries:

-- Linda Vista had been divided into three districts, but commissioners asked that a portion north of Genesee Avenue be restored to the rest of the eastern part of the community, while the western end remains in a district that includes the beach areas and Mission Bay;

-- a section of the East Village had been slated for a district that would include Logan Heights, Sherman Heights and Grant Hill, but the commissioners requested to have the area placed back with the rest of its neighborhood and downtown; and

-- the commissioners asked to look at alternative maps that had the neighboring communities of Southcrest and Shelltown in the same district and different districts.

The council boundaries are redrawn every 10 years in accordance with updated census data. The process is more difficult this year because a ninth district is being created as a result of the change introduced some years ago to San Diego's form of government.

The commissioners are required to keep the districts roughly equal in population and in a state of geographic integrity but reflective of community needs under the Voting Rights Act. The new map is scheduled for adoption by the commissioners, who have the final say, on Aug. 25.

How the new maps are implemented remains to be seen.

Council President Tony Young has proposed that members begin serving their new districts 30 days later after they're approved by the commissioners, with the residents of the new ninth district represented by their current council member. However, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith issued an opinion that the city Charter calls for the current district boundaries to remain in place until Dec. 3, 2012, when the winners of next year's elections are seated.

The possibility also exists that the adopted map could be challenged, either in court or in a referendum.

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