Preliminary redistricting plan could be approved Thursday afternoon

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A preliminary plan for re-mapping City Council districts could be approved by the Redistricting Commission when it meets Thursday afternoon.

The so-called July 19 Plan changes district boundaries based on 2010 census data and adds a ninth district which, if approved, would run from the College Area through part of City Heights to Southcrest.

The ninth district was necessitated by San Diego's change to a strong- mayor form of government, which resulted in the potentially unwieldy number of eight council members. Very few 4-4 tie votes actually have been recorded, however.

If commissioners approve the July 19 Plan, it would be open for public comment at a series of five meetings scheduled to begin next week. They would then consider the reaction before approving a final plan in late August.

Council members have no public say in the process.

A significant feature of the July 19 Plan is that it removes Kevin Faulconer from downtown, where he is one of the area's biggest boosters. Downtown would go to District 3, represented by Todd Gloria.

Wishes by activists for a second majority-Latino district and a seat favorable to Asian candidates, were partially granted.

The proposed ninth district is 50 percent Hispanic, according to commission demographic data, but only half of eligible voters are registered.

Alterations to District 6, represented by Lorie Zapf, increase the portion of Asian constituents to about one-third.

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