Dear Community Members and Leaders,
Thank you for your support and participation on our quest to have a City Council District that will give a fair representation of the common interests of the diverse Asian and Pacific American community in San Diego City.
During the November 4, 2010 Redistricting Commission hearing, Mr. Deven Patel, President of Federation of India Organizations of San Diego County, representing Asian & Pacific American Coalition (APAC), presented our newest proposed 9th Council District’s map that includes Rancho Penasquitos, Mira Mesa, Miramar Base West and Kearny Mesa (see posted maps and projected populations’ change). These maps are based on SANDAG projection on population growth on each Community Planning Area and not based on Census tract. We will make adjustment using the Census information as soon as it is released next year.
As you can see from the maps and based on the projected population, Rancho Penasquitos and Mira Mesa communities must be the heart of the new 9th Council District having a combined projected population of 128,257. The addition of Miramar Base West and Kearny Mesa make sense. These communities are truly communities of interest.
The bedrooms of this proposed district, Mira Mesa and Rancho Penasquitos share the same major infrastructures and services. I-15 and Hwy 56 are their key transportation corridors. They also share the city’s water and wastewater distribution systems. The safety of the residents in these communities is protected by the North Eastern Police Division stationed in Rancho Penasquitos.
Because of these two adjacent communities have such similar developmental histories, a significant number of the citizens have immediate families and relatives living and working in these communities, especially in Miramar Base, Sorrento Valley and Kearny Mesa. The children of those Marines who are protecting our country go to schools in Mira mesa. Many of the residents also have small businesses in Sorrento Valley and Kearny Mesa, making significant contributions to the local economy.
The familial, educational, social economical, commercial, recreational and spiritual ties in these communities are so intertwined that it is a shame to have kept them separated and placed into different districts for so long.
Please give us your input and comments about this proposed new 9th Council District. Send your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your presence at all the Redistricting Commission’s hearing is very important.
We will continue to reach out to other members of the community during the Redistricting process to make sure that this process is a success, fair and in the best interest of our respective communities and San Diego City.
Dr. Allen Chan and Mitz Lee
Co-conveners of APAC for fair representation