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|From the Reporter|
|The Big Picture|
|To create a heavily Asian City Council District, San Diego’s Redistricting Commission had to draw a line through one of two neighborhoods, Rancho Peñasquitos or Scripps Ranch.|
|Residents of both neighborhoods opposed being split, saying their neighborhoods should not be divided to advance a racial agenda, fearing a split would dilute their ability to influence their elected representative.|
|The commission chose to split up Rancho Peñasquitos. The process highlighted the political push and pull of redistricting, which requires convincing the commission’s seven appointees that one interest, like race, is more important in defining a community than another, like income or crime rates.|