Carmel Valley planning board rejects new redistricting plan

Karen Billing

Staff Writer

At its June 23 meeting, the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board voted unanimously to send a letter to the city’s 2010 Redistricting Commission opposing a new proposal that splits Carmel Valley from La Jolla and realigns it instead to the east with Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Bernardo and as far as San Pasqual.

The proposal, called “Empowerment Through Equality,” drawn up by Ryan Trabaco of the Clairemont Town Council, “severs” the Carmel Valley community, leaving out neighborhoods 10, 6, 8 and divides a school district.

Not only does it leave out a chunk of Carmel Valley but the plan doesn’t appear to make sense geographically, according to the Carmel Valley planning board.

“The east to west link doesn’t make sense with the character of our community,” said board member Rick Newman, who said it makes more sense to align with coastal areas.

In the letter, the board will reiterate its support for the Coast and Canyons map which keeps both La Jolla and Carmel Valley in District 1, preserving a district composed of communities that share like interest.

The seven-member commission is in the process of creating its proposed map, which will be followed by a round of public hearings before being finalized in August.

Open seats on planning board

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board is looking to fill two vacant seats on its board: a representative for neighborhood 5 and a representative for Pacific Highlands Ranch district 12.

Neighborhood 5 includes the area near Carmel Del Mar School. It encompasses the area north of SR-56, east of Carmel Creek Road and south of Carmel Country Road.

District 12 in Pacific Highlands Ranch is the neighborhood south of Del Mar Heights Road and east of Village Center Loop.

Candidates are exempt from the two-meeting attendance requirement and will be appointed by Chair Frisco White rather than participate in an election. If interested, contact White at white@wwarch.com.

   
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