How To: Add a District Without a Councilmember

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    A general view of the San Diego skyline.

    The only thing certain about San Diego’s City Council district map is that it will soon look very different.

    Results from the 2010 Census will adjust the current eight City Council districts and will add a new ninth district.

    By the end of August, there will be a recommendation on the district lines. Thirty days after that, those boundaries must go into effect according to the City Charter.

    Question is, who will represent the new District 9 on the City Council?

    San Diego City Council President Tony Young said Thursday that he’s looking for a common sense solution.

    Young said he’s working with the City Attorney’s Office to present a formal resolution to outline a transition plan to the full council in the coming weeks but said he wants to avoid spending any additional money and avoid adding staff until the next scheduled general election.

    Young believes he and Councilmembers Todd Gloria and Marti Emerald should represent District 9 until the next election in June 2012. That date could move to November 2012 in the case of a runoff.

    Young, Gloria and Emerald each stand to lose communities in the redistricting process.

    “I would recommend that we step up as a council and provide the services with the current level of staffing we have now,” Young said. “That’s up for debate, but that’s what I would recommend.“

    There’s not even office space in City Hall Young said.

    Space is limited and “It’s getting crowded up there,” Young said adding that he's looking for a solution to fix that problem too. “It’s important for all of us to be equal.”