San Diego County is in the midst of redistricting. Certain communities have been growing and are now larger than the 669,000 residents that are allotted on average per district in the current map.14 independent citizens have been tasked with the difficult job of adjusting district boundaries for the five supervisorial districts. They have worked very hard and come up with a variety of possible maps and they are trying their best to come up with a solution that will make everybody happy. Unfortunately that is never going to happen.
eComment :I live in Santee and am horrified at the draft maps. Santee belongs with East County communities like El Cajon, La Mesa, Lakeside, and similar areas. Santee does not belong with coastal communities or areas like Hill Crest. Santee shares similar demographics with East County, we are Chambers of Commerce, traffic issues, roads, water ways, school districts, health care districts, water districts, the list goes on. Lakeside and Santee even share a Sheriff resources as we actually neighbor each other. The attempt to put Santee with any other areas of San Diego is a clear attempt to gerrymander San Diego County in favor of political party. Leave East County with other East County cities so that we actually have a fair chance at having someone who represents our values and shared community.
Members of the public have called for a supervisorial district encompassing North County cities along the State Route 78 Corridor and northern backcountry communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow and Valley Center.They also expressed interest in a district extending east-west along the U.S. Mexican border, a coastal district covering the beach communities from Coronado to Encinitas and a district encompassing the Black, immigrant and refugee communities in Lemon Grove, La Mesa and El Cajon.Some described a desire to see Asian Pacific Islander communities grouped together in central county areas that could include Mira Mesa, Sorrento Valley and Rancho Peñasquitos, or Claremont Mesa and Kearny Mesa.
Commissioner Ramesses Surban proposed swapping some communities between a coastal district and an East County district on draft map 7.
That could entail moving Alpine and Pine Valley from the border to the East County district, and placing the working class communities of Logan Heights, Sherman Heights and Barrio Logan in the border district, where they could be part of a majority Latino voting bloc.