Community Leader’s View: Redistricting, budget, potholes keeping us busy

By Sherri Lightner

Councilwoman, First District

This is a pivotal time that will shape San Diego politics for years to come. Every 10 years, city council district boundaries are redrawn based on the latest census data by a Redistricting Commission made up of San Diego citizens. This year, the Redistricting Commission will also create a new ninth council district, which voters approved along with the strong mayor form of government in 2010.

The Redistricting Commission is holding hearings to gather public input on future council district boundaries. Residents of Council District One are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming hearing on May 11 at 6 p.m. at the La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave., to speak out and ensure our community’s interests are respected with the drawing of the new district boundaries. For more information on redistricting, please visit www.sandiego.gov/redistricting

Meanwhile, the hearings for the Fiscal Year 2012 budget are fast approaching. The mayor recently released his proposal, and I will be working to reduce negative impacts to neighborhoods before the final budget is approved in June. Many of us value our rec centers and libraries dearly, and preserving their hours of operation is a priority, along with protecting public safety and restoring browned-out fire engines.

Additional information about the budget is available on my website, www.sandiego.gov/cd1 If you have ideas, suggestions, or comments on other alternatives for closing the city’s budget gap, please let me know.

Finally, the condition of our streets continues to worsen after years of deferred maintenance and the winter and spring storms. We are holding a pothole event in La Jolla and University City today where multiple crews will be filling potholes on major streets, such as La Jolla Parkway, Torrey Pines Road and La Jolla Village DriveTo report individual potholes, please call 619-527-7500 or visit www.sandiego.gov/streetdiv and click on “Service Request”. By notifying us immediately of potholes, you can help us address these problems more quickly. We are holding a pothole event in La Jolla and University City on April 28 where multiple crews will be filling potholes on major streets, such as La Jolla Parkway, Torrey Pines Road and La Jolla Village Drive. To report individual potholes, please call 619-527-7500 or visit www.sandiego.gov/streetdiv and click on “Service Request” or call our office at (619) 236-6611 or e-mail sherrilightner@sandiego.go By notifying us immediately of potholes, you can help us address these problems more quickly.

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