SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday will consider an effort to turn over redistricting in the future to an independent commission of retired judges.
To do so, the county will have to sponsor legislation to change the state elections code, which currently gives redistricting power at the county level to supervisors, according to Supervisor Greg Cox.
He plans to ask his colleagues to support changing the state code and have county staff develop a plan to create a panel of retired judges and appropriate amendments to the County Charter.
Redistricting is done every 10 years to adjust the boundaries of supervisorial districts in accordance with updated U.S. census data. The final product must meet provisions of the Voting Rights Act.
This year, a commission appointed by the supervisors ran the demographic numbers, held numerous public meetings and offered three tentative plans. The supervisors chose one and eventually approved a modified version.
The supervisors came under criticism for keeping power over the makeup of their districts in a year in which both the state of California and city of San Diego had independent commissions develop and give final approval to their new maps.
"The voting public has clearly indicated support for an independent redistricting process that precludes elected officials from establishing their own district boundaries," Cox wrote in a memo to his colleagues.
Two dogs attacked a woman and her toddler son on an East County roadside Thursday, leaving them seriously injured, authorities said.
A San Diego man who beat, raped and strangled a female friend after watching her have sex with another couple, then stuffed her body in a suitcase and put it out with the trash was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On Friday, more pups across the country will join their masters at the office, gym and other businesses for the 20th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris toured the Otay Mesa Immigration and Detention Facility Friday and visited migrant mothers who were separated from their children.
Three buildings on the campus of San Diego State University were briefly evacuated Friday due to a gas leak.
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As the weather heats up, County Animal Services says you may see more rattlesnakes out and about. The department has already received 656 rattlesnake calls since the beginning of the year, 100 more than last year at this time. Some 30 calls came in since last Wednesday.
A bleeding, gravely injured man banged on the door of a Lemon Grove home in an apparent last-gasp plea for help, and his death a short time later prompted sheriff's deputies to launch a homicide investigation, authorities said Friday.
High pressure over Northern Mexico will warm temperatures Friday. Coastal areas cooler due to weak onshore flow. Excessive heat warning in effect for San Diego County deserts through Friday evening.