The City’s nine council districts have been redrawn according to the population by an independent redistricting commission, which has shifted Pacific Beach to District 1 with La Jolla while placing Mission Beach and Clairemont along with Ocean Beach, Midway, and Point Loma in District 2.
Fred Kosmo, chair of Peninsula Community Planning Board and one of nine San Diego independent redistricting commissioners, said the commission submitted its final map showing the reconfigured council districts on Dec. 15, 2021.
“The map becomes final 30 days after we voted to approve it on Jan. 15,” said Kosmo, who declined further comment until after the new district map becomes final.
Redistricting commissioners in their months-long deliberations with extensive community participation ultimately rejected one proposed council district boundary change that would have put all or most of San Diego’s coastal communities in a single council district.
Local reaction to the reshuffled boundaries of District 2, which previously included Clairemont, Linda Vista, Pacific Beach, Midway, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, and Point Loma, was upbeat.
“It's been an honor serving every community in District 2 since I was elected in 2018,” said District 2 Councilmember Jennifer Campbell. “While some big changes are coming to District 2, I will continue to support the residents of communities that won't be a part of the new district, like Pacific Beach and Linda Vista, until that time. To the new parts of District 2, including Old Town and more of Clairemont, know that I'll be honored to serve them after the 2022 election.”
“Unfortunately, we are no longer in a district with Pacific Beach, as I had developed many relationships with community leaders there,” said Andrea Schlageter, Ocean Beach Planning Board chair. “However, I am excited to get to know my neighbors in Clairemont, and am looking forward to working together to make the quality of life better for everyone.”
“Uniting Clairemont in the same council district recognizes its identity and is a step forward,” said Mandy Havlik, a Peninsula Community Planning Board member speaking for herself. “It borders the bay and shares the challenges facing District 2: vacation rentals without real regulations, an alarming rise in police response times, and a shortage of parks and park rangers.”
Noting Clairemont is a single-family neighborhood, Havlik pointed out that the community has “concerns that the state's changes to zoning will allow unlimited lot splits, granny flats and mid-rise buildings next door. Clairemont voters were not convinced that overturning the coastal height limit and allowing high rises, or redeveloping the Midway District in violation of state law, is a good idea. We are together in this, and we can work together to make our community better.”
The City Charter requires the creation of a Redistricting Commission at the beginning of each decade, after the U.S. Census, to adopt plans, which specify the boundaries of districts for the City Council. This process takes place independently of the City Council and the mayor’s office.
Districts must be comprised of contiguous territory and made as equal in population as shown by the Census reports, and as geographically compact as possible. It also requires that the districts shall, as far as possible, be bounded by natural boundaries, street lines, and/or City boundary lines.
The Charter requires that the districts be drawn to provide fair and effective representation for all citizens of the City, including racial, ethnic, and language minorities. Additionally, to the extent possible, they preserve identifiable communities of interest. The redrawing of district boundaries is designed to ensure local legislatures are representative of the City’s diverse population.
The final map for the redrawn districts is at