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Public input needed at San Diego Redistricting Commission's final two meetings

SAN DIEGO -- The final set of scheduled meetings of the City of San Diego Redistricting Commission will be held Monday, Aug. 22, and Thursday, Aug. 25.

The commission is responsible for drawing the boundaries of San Diego's City Council districts, a map that will be in place for the next 10 years.

Carving out space for a new ninth council district was an additional challenge that this year's commission faced.

The commission's most recent map proposal can be viewed in advance online (scroll to page 26 of the document).

"Public participation has been a critical component of the work of the Redistricting Commission. Additional public input is encouraged and will be considered before the Commission votes on a final redistricting map at the August 25 meeting," the commission said in a news release.

A number of community groups have worked hard to advocate for versions of the map that they believe will best represent the interests of their communities.

The LGBT Redistricting Task Force, led by community activist Linda Perine, spent many hours drafting and proposing a map for the city's third district. The group wants to make sure that the LGBT community continues to have a voice at City Hall.

Perine said she hopes that members and supporters of the LGBT community will come to the final commission meetings to speak in favor of the map her group has proposed to the commission.

An additional meeting was set for 2 pm Monday, Aug. 22.

The Redistricting Commission meetings will take place at the City of San Diego Council Chambers, located on the 12th Floor of City Hall, 202 'C' Street in dowtown.

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