Dear Fellow Asian Americans,
We, Asian Pacific Americans in San Diego, have been again ignored and discriminated by the special interest members of the Redistricting Commission even though we are the first one to present our case to the Commission with the loudest voice and have presented over 2,300 petition signatures to the Commission. The Commission is dividing our community into three ( 3 ) separate City Council Districts. That means it further dilutes our representation, our self determination and our voting rights in this city we called home for another 10 years. We are not SICKMAN OF ASIA of the 19th Century whom can be bullied at will. We will stand up for our rights protected by our Constitution or we and our children will continue to be treated as 2nd class citizens. Asian countries are becoming more and more affluent like Japan in the 60s and more jobs are out-sourced to Asia. Do we need to have another case of brutal murdering of Mr. Chen, Guo-Ren before we will act and stop such unfair treatment by the Commission? ( Mr. Chen was murdered by a Detroit auto worker who blamed the Japanese for taking their jobs and because of Mr. Chen looked like a Japanese.)Please join us at the Asian Pacific American Coalition Protest against unfair and biased treatment by the Commission. It is going to be on Thursday 7/28 at 5:00pm at Thurgood Marshall Middle School Theater, 9700 Avenue of Nations in Scripps Ranch. Attached are a list of media coverage, mostly have shown their sympathy to API, and comment from one Commissioner with the conscience, Commissioner Theresa Quiroz. The following are the request from and my response to John Lamb, reporter from City Beat regarding APACs response to the Pre-Map approved by the Commission which, despite of the original goal to unite communities of interest for minorities, actually divides our community of interest from the current 2 city council districts into 3 districts. I have just made minor additions for clarification purposes for those who are not quite familiar with the redistricting process and the recent developments: On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 1:31 PM, wrote:Hi Dr. Chan,Hope this finds you well. First, any news about how Mitz is doing? I know surgery was planned for today, but not sure what time. Hope shes doing OK.Second, just wanted to see what youre thinking as you head for the first post-map hearing this Tuesday. Are you still hopeful? There also seems to be this question about the 13% deviation that Dave Potter mentioned. Vince Vasquez sent me a spreadsheet that puts the number at 0.85%, a clear difference of opinion. And also, wondering what response youve received since APAC Facebook posting about Commissioner Potters luxury comment.My deadline is tomorrow at 10 a.m.Much appreciated!John LambSan Diego CityBeat___Good Morning John. Thanks for your caring. Mitz had under gone surgery yesterday around 5:30pm that lasted 5 hours. She is now in ICU for 24-48 hours. I dont know the extent of her disease yet. Because of fighting for Asian representation in San Diego, she had been ignoring serious signs of cancer and had been delaying seeking medical attention. We pray for her speedy recovery. Mitz has been an inspiration and role model for us. She has told us not to send flowers but to donate to our APAC Legal Fund. We are very much disappointed and concerned that the Commission has bent over backwards to please the other minority and special interest community yet would not even consider the 3 adjacent and most populated API neighborhoods of RP, MM and north UC as community of interest. Commissioner Theresa Quiroz has said it all about this unjust treatment to the API in San Diego.We dont know how Potter came up with the 13% deviation and how a small corner of Linda Vista with API was added to the district in order to increase API % in the district which in fact has decreased the %. It clearly shows and proves that the Commission has never seriously considered empowering San Diegos API community of interest and has not spent any time in considering anything that we have stated and requested. During the last hearing one of the requests that I have made was to give us back the 2 parcels at the intersection of 805 and Miramar Road where the water treatment plan is. Even I had reminded Commission-Chair Dalal, it was deliberately ignored and was not addressed at all while they spent 45 minutes on just 1 athletic field to be united with the rest of University of San Diego, and spent hours on all the other issue that the public had put forth except mine. Is the request to carve out this two parcels of land into La Jolla by one single lady in District 1 carries more weight than the 3,000 comments in various forms from the Asian Pacific community? Are the comments from 5 people representing the Penasquitos Town Council, who claimed that NO ONE in Penasquitos wants to unite with Mira Mesa, are more convincing then the petitions to unite our API neighborhood from the 200+ Penasquitos signatories attended the July 4th celebration in Mira Mesa? And for the people from NDC(hired experts to draw the map) to say that or for the Commissioners to think that Asian Pacific Americans are not united and are fragmented communities therefore can be ignored is just clearly showing that how ignorant and/or discriminating are some of the Commissioners and the so called hired expert toward the API in San Diego. All they have to do is Google search and will find how united and cohesive are the Asian Pacific community in San Diego. If we are fragmented and dispensable then why there are Asian Business Association, Asian Film Festival, Asian Heritage Foundation, Asian Cultural Fair, Asian Heritage Month and so on and on. Why not just call them Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino events only? How many Cuban or Porto Rican events have the Mexican Americans joined. Yet there are considered as a Latino community of interest. I have lived in the three largest cities in California and have not yet seen a city where the people from various Asian countries are more united than San Diego. APIs in San Diego are no longer the stereotypical quiet Asians and would not ask what we want. Nor are we the Charlie Chans who would take abuses and still be apologetic. It is sad to see that there are people on this Commission still living up to that model citizen stereotype and just go along with everything that others proposed every time. We are not Sick Man of Asia of the 19 century. We are Americans just like others. We are not demanding special treatment but Fair Treatment like the Commission has given to the African American community and the Gay community that are only 1/3 our size. Are the APIs with 16% of the Citys population less important than other minorities? We will not accept deliberate neglect and discrimination to the 200,000+ Asian Pacific Islanders in San Diego. Commissioner Potters luxurycomment is not worth commenting.We will continue going to state our case at the rest of the Hearings and are staging a demonstration at the Scripps Ranchs Post-Map Hearing site at 5:00 pm this Thursday 7/28/11 against the unfair treatment to San Diegos Asian American community. Press release will be sent shortly. No one is perfect. We think there is still time for the Commissioners to correct their mistakes, to recognize and grant a true Asian Influenced District where the most densely Asian populated, compact and contiguous neighborhoods of Mira Mesa, Penasquitos, & north University City as Asian American community of interest and be united in one district as we have proposed. This is not a luxurious request but to be able to exercise our basic constitutional civil rights and have a district that is mandated according to the City Charter, Section 5.1 and Federal Civil Rights Act of 1965. We are also considering filing a lawsuit against the Commission for such unfair treatment to 16% of the Citys population.Thanks for your support all this time. Dr. Allen ChanCo-founder of APAC
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AUG 23 I live in a community because it has similar interest to mine. Its not about white, brown, red or black. Its about people with similar views and interest. if I thought Mira Mesa met my views and interest better than Rancho Penasquitos , I would be living in Mira Mesa.
I am tired of special interest groups saying they know what best for me. The 200+ RP signatures collected in favor of grouping RP with Mira Mesa is a very small number compared to the thousands that oppose this marriage.
Go find another community.
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