I wrote earlier this week about leaders in the Asian community who want to influence the redistricting process that will establish boundaries for San Diego’s ninth City Council district.

They want to create a seat on the council that will be an Asian seat, much like the District 4 and District 8 seats in southern San Diego that are considered African-American and Latino.

So they’re focusing their push on carving out a new district in a chunk of northern San Diego they think will give them the best shot of electing an Asian representative to the council. The area includes Mira Mesa, Rancho Peñasquitos, and possibly parts of University City and Carmel Valley. Those four neighborhoods have large and growing populations of Asian residents.

So what do the numbers look like? Here’s a snapshot from data compiled by the San Diego Association of Governments:

Mira Mesa

Overall population: 78,102

Asian population: 35,296

Total: 45 percent

Rancho Peñasquitos

Overall population: 49,833

Asian population: 15,453

Total: 31 percent

University City

Overall population: 62,509

Asian population: 14,441

Total: 23 percent

Carmel Valley

Overall population: 36,089

Asian population: 6,860

Total: 19 percent

Total Asian population in those four communities: 72,050

According to Sandag estimates, there are about 215,000 Asian and Pacific Islander residents across the city. Those four neighborhoods account for almost 34 percent of the Asian population citywide.

Mitz Lee, a former school board member and one of the leaders of the effort to establish an Asian district, said the numbers and the requirement that a council district be geographically compact make those communities of northern San Diego the most logical place to try to create an Asian seat.


Scott Lewis oversees Voice of San Diego’s operations, website and daily functions as Editor in Chief. He also writes about local politics, where he frequently...

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