Community leader’s view: Thanks for getting involved in redistricting effort

By Sherri Lightner

Councilwoman, First District

After more than 10 months of outreach and hours upon hours of deliberation, the City’s Redistricting Commission approved the final map for the newly configured Council districts on Aug. 25.

Because District 1, which I currently represent, had the largest population, it needed to be redrawn both to account for population growth and to accommodate a new ninth Council district.

The new District 1 will consist of La Jolla including the section currently located in District 2, University City, Carmel Valley, Del Mar Mesa, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Torrey Hills and Torrey Pines.

While not everyone in the city was happy with the outcome, the new boundaries for District 1 closely matched what those in the La Jolla community wanted. For the first time in more than a decade, all of La Jolla will be represented in a single district. Also, University City, with its close ties to La Jolla, remains intact and is part of the new District 1 as well.

This result could not have happened without the hard work of those of you in the community. Many of you faithfully attended every meeting, giving thoughtful and reasoned testimony about what the new District 1 should look like. Others sent letters or emails detailing both how District 1 should be configured and why.

The Redistricting Commission listened. When it came time to draw the final map, the new District 1 looked very much like the Coast and Canyons plan that you in the community had proposed.

I am especially proud of the result because this is how the process should work. As a longtime community activist, I have always believed the best decisions happen when those in the neighborhoods have a say.

It is part of why I ran for office in the first place. I wanted to give those in the community a real voice at City Hall, and I am proud that you made your voices heard during the redistricting process.

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