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.
The Fallout
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 Resolution
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.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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