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.