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We are here to provide context and resources to make speaking up during the redistricting process as easy as possible. Sign up with your UC San Diego email to get updates on students' progress and future commission meetings.

POINT OF CONTACT

Leana Cortez, Advocacy Director

leana.cortez@ottaunited.org

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Next Commission Hearing:

Thursday (11/4) at 5:30pm

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Here is all the information for the next redistricting commission hearing.

REDISTRICTING INFORMATION

Every 10 years, San Diego must draw new city council districts. Our district determines our community, who we vote for, and how our voice is heard.

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CONTEXT
UC San Diego is grouped with La Jolla in District 1. As a result, District 1 representatives have consistently prioritized the needs of La Jolla over those of the student body. 
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  • The current housing crisis is a direct consequence of excluding students from decision-making. Lack of high density and affordable housing has constricted supply, raised rent, and forced students to take long commutes to campus.
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But during the 2020-21 redistricting process, there is an opportunity for change. Student activists have made progress with the San Diego Redistricting Commission––and relentlessly made their voice heard throughout the process.
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For context, La Jolla consists mostly of White (79.3%), older (56.1% aged 40+), and wealthier individuals ($116.9k median household income) while University City, where many students live on- and off-campus, is more diverse (49.0% White, 33.3% Asian, 10.9% Hispanic), younger (68.3% aged 0-39), and has a modest median household income ($79.8k). Information provided by the AS Office of Local Affairs.
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Visual representation of demographic data, taken from AS Office of Local Affairs' presentation to the San Diego Redistricting Commission on 9/8/2021 (timestamp: 37:46).

Now is the time for all students to take action.

There are new maps and they have huge implications for students.

 
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
With a vote of 8-1 on October 29th, 2021, the San Diego Redistricting Commission voted to adopt the "Chair's Preliminary Map," which does not adequately address the needs and voices of students.















The Chair's Preliminary Map fails to put all of the students (on- and off-campus) into District 6; however, it goes further by placing the UTC into District 6. As a hub for student living, recreation, and commercial activities, students and UTC should both go into District 6.

Our Time to Act United and the AS Office of Local Affairs, along with countless other community organizations, endorse the "SD Communities Collaboration Map," which focuses on empowering historically underrepresented and diverse voices in our city government.
















The SD Communities Collaboration Map was created by a diverse group of community leaders, including advocates for underrepresented communities (students, AAPI) and historically divided communities (Rancho Penasquitos, Clairemont).
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Chair's Preliminary Map (adopted 10/29)

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SD Communities Collaboration Map (endorsed)

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