SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The seven members of the city's Redistricting Commission will meet Monday to tackle still-unresolved issues dealing with the drawing of new maps for City Council districts.
The meeting, which was added to the original schedule, comes three days before the commissioners are slated to vote on the final plan.
The last two meetings attracted overflow crowds, mostly of residents of a section of Rancho Penasquitos who oppose being placed in a district with Mira Mesa instead of the rest of their community.
Park Village sits between state Route 56 and the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, and the current map has them set to join Mira Mesa to the south in District 6, to be represented by Lorie Zapf. The residents want to be in District 5, now represented by Carl DeMaio.
While the representatives have similar views on the issues, DeMaio is giving his seat up at the end of next year as part of his mayoral bid and Zapf is expected to switch to a coastal district when she faces re-election in 2014.
The residents say they have more in common with those who live in the rest of Rancho Penasquitos.
The commissioners also have been discussing whether to keep the adjoining neighborhoods of Shelltown and Southcrest in the same district, and have received flak over changes to the district Kensington will belong to.
The boundaries for council districts are adjusted every 10 years based on updated census data. This year has been more difficult than usual because the commissioners have to carve out an additional district, the ninth, to accommodate the recent change to San Diego's form of governance.
Once the commission makes the new map official, city officials will still face questions on implementation.
Tony Young, the City Council president, has proposed having council members begin representing their districts in 30 days. However, City Attorney
Jan Goldsmith has opined that the new maps won't become effective until next year's elections.
The maps, once they are approved, could also face lawsuits or referendums.
A local war hero is about to be laid to rest. Retired Navy Captain James "Duffy" Hutton spent years of his service as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before he settled down here in San Diego.
Sunday marked day two of the government shutdown - and with the work week beginning Monday - thousands of employees may not go back to work.
Temperatures are expected to rise slightly on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, but will remain cooler than normal.
A motorcyclist was suspected of drunken driving after causing a late-night car crash in Pacific Beach, police said Sunday, and hours later, a second crash occurred in the intersection while police were still investigating.
The San Diego County Planning Commission voted 6-1 last week to recommend that the County’s Board of Supervisors approve the County’s revised Climate Action Plan, with some modifications.
John Coleman, a long-serving San Diego weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, has died at the age of 83.
Several dogs were taken into the custody of San Diego County and put down, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.