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During the last round of City Council redistricting in 2011, people had competing ideas about what should happen in the community of Rancho Peñasquitos.
Some wanted it to be split apart in the service of creating a so-called Asian-empowerment district. (Empowerment districts are created so that various identity groups do not have their vote diluted. The driving philosophy is that you keep different groups like Black residents or LGBTQ folks in one cohesive district to ensure they have voting power.)
But many Asian-Americans in the community said they would rather maintain a voting bloc with their neighbors in Rancho Peñasquitos than other Asians, Maya Srikrishnan reports in a new story.
“We’re in the community and we’re Asian,” said one man. “We didn’t think the city was doing a bad job at race relations, but we thought they could do more to have cohesive communities.”
Ultimately, the Asian-empowerment district was created and Chris Cate, a Republican, became one of only a handful of Asian-American ever to be elected to the City Council.
The fight over whether to reunite Rancho Peñasquitos into one Council district or retain the current split shows how different interests wrangle to create a map that will ultimately play a big role in the city’s future over the next 10 years.
Once new census data is released later this year, a county redistricting commission will once again go through the process of drawing new district lines – and it’s likely many Rancho Peñasquitos residents will ask that their community be reconnected into one district, rather than split in half.
Some rural school districts in California have said they won’t enforce new state guidelines that say all students must wear masks next school year, regardless of vaccination status.
And now some North County parents are trying to push school districts like Poway, Vista and Carlsbad to do the same thing, reports Kayla Jimenez. A group called Let Them Breathe wants districts to give students the right to choose whether to wear a mask.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said students shouldn’t have to wear a mask if they’re vaccinated, but the California Department of Public Health took its guidance a step further, mandating that all students must wear masks.
The fight is reminiscent of earlier reopening debates, notes Jimenez, when some very vocal parents pushed schools to reopen, despite state guidelines to the contrary.
The Morning Report was written by Will Huntsberry and Andrew Keatts, and edited by Sara Libby.