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Redistricting: Fighting for a Fair, Equitable San Diego County Map

On December 14, 2021, the San Diego County Independent Redistricting Commission voted to approve the final map that will be used to establish electoral districts for the County Board of Supervisors for the next ten years. You can view the final map here 

For months, CPI convened groups to discuss and strategize about County level redistricting and advocated for the fairest, most equitable map possible. Our primary goal was to keep communities of color together and give them a stronger and fairer voice in the election process. The approved map represents most of what we wanted, including:   

  • Coronado was moved out of District 1 into District 3, ensuring that district 1 is a majority Latino district. 
  • District 4 will move away from the coast and will span from Mission Hills and Hillcrest to La Mesa, uniting most of the Black community (including Southeast San Diego, Rancho San Diego, Helix, and Spring Valley) and creating a central district where Black, Indigenous, and people of color make up the majority of the voting age population. 
  • We achieved a partial win for AAPI communities by keeping Mira Mesa, Rancho Peñasquitos and UCSD in the Coastal District 3, while Linda Vista and Convoy will be in district 4. One proposal was to place all of these communities into a rural dominated East County district that would have been likely to dilute AAPI voice in the voting process. 

While it is not a perfect map, we are celebrating collective hard work over 20 organizations and hundreds of individuals committed to civic engagement. These organizations and individuals represented labor unions, faith traditions, advocacy organizations, and grassroots organizations from all corners of the county, advocating on behalf of hundreds of thousands of community members. Together, we raised awareness about the importance of redistricting. We were inspired by the level of engagement in the first San Diego County map drawn by an independent citizens’ redistricting committee. 

It was been a long, challenging process. We are extremely grateful to everyone who showed up, called in, and left e-comments in support. We hope to see you in ten years when redistricting happens again!  

Written by CPI San Diego

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