RANCHO SANTA FE – The San Diego County Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) recently approved new constituencies for the county’s constituencies for the next decade.
In one of the big changes, Rancho Santa Fe moved from District 5 to District 3, which is represented by Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer.
District 3 extends north along the coast and includes the city of Coronado, the coastal areas of the city of San Diego, the cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Carlsbad. It also includes the census-designated locations of Harmony Grove, Elfin Forest, and Rancho Santa Fe.
“As a resident of Encinitas, I know this new district shares many of the same priorities,” said Lawson-Remer. “Sea level rise, coastal erosion, rainwater pollution, rising housing costs and traffic are all important to this district, and I will continue to fight for aggressive action by our district government as a representative of District 3.”
The district’s total population is 58.7% whites, nearly 18.9% Asians, 13.5% Latinos and 1.8% blacks.
One of the main tasks of the 14-member independent commission is to ensure that minority communities are represented in the districts in order to maintain their ability to vote for candidates they prefer.
“The IRC’s Special Voting Rights Adviser has argued that the IRC’s final reallocation plan does not appear to have the purpose or effect of diluting minority voting power. Eligible minorities are not numerous enough to form a majority in District 3, ”reads the IRC’s final report.
Rancho Santa Fe is a censored location with a population of approximately 2,500 people. About 88 percent of the area is white, and in 2019 the median household income in Rancho Santa Fe was about $ 137,000.
The affluent suburb was previously home to celebrities such as Bill Gates, Janet Jackson and Bing Crosby.
The demographics of the area is similar to the overall composition of District 3, suggesting why the commission decided to relocate Rancho Santa Fe from District 5, a district made up of 43% whites and 41% Latinos.
Lawson-Remer is currently facing a recall launched by the local Undivided San Diego Political Action Committee. The initiative must collect more than 40,000 signatures by May 2022 to force a special election to recall Lawson-Remer.
With the new borders not going into effect until the 2024 election cycle, the recent redistribution is unlikely to have any impact on the current recall, which is intended to replace Lawson-Remer.