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SATURDAY: Public invited to City Redistricting Commission meetings

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Redistricting Commission will host its next meeting today to discuss the development of its preliminary redistricting plan.

The public is invited to the meeting at 10 am on the second floor of the San Diego Concourse in the Silver Room.

The commission, which is comprised of seven citizens, is charged with adopting a redistricting plan that sets boundaries for City Council districts. The work of redrawing districts is done every ten years, and the current commission has the unique challenge of carving out a new ninth Council district for the city.

At the meeting, the commission will accept public comments and suggestions regarding the preparation of the preliminary redistricting plan. A number of groups, such as the LGBT Redistricting Task Force, have been working over the past several months to create their own versions of the map that they will present to the commission as a recommendation.

Following the morning meeting, a special meeting of the Redistricting Commission has been called for 1 pm.

The afternoon meeting will include a discussion and approval of authorization for the City Attorney's Office to negotiate and enter an agreement with the law firm of Remcho, Johansen & Purcell to provide specialized legal advice regarding redistricting and the Voting Rights Act. The commission's vote will include a motion to not allow the costs of this agreement exceed $50,000.

Remcho, Johansen & Purcell's firm general description and proposal is available HERE.

Following discussion of this matter, the commission will discuss the scheduling of post-map hearings

More information about the City of San Diego's Redistricting Commission is available online.

The San Diego Concourse is located at 202 C Street in downtown.