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San Diego GOP Sends Detective to Weho on Redistricting

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A controversy has developed regarding the San Diego City Council’s Redistricting Commission based on a private investigators report that says a openly gay commissioner resides in West Hollywood, not San Diego.

On Thursday, the Redistricting Commission referred questions about the residency of Commissioner Carlos Marquez to the City Attorney’s Office for investigation.

A private investigator hired by the Republican Party of San Diego County undertook an investigation that they say conclusively determined that Marquez actually lives in West Hollywood, and that makes him ineligible to serve on the commission.

The investigator followed Marquez in West Hollywood, obtaining photos, video and documents that they say support their claim. Republicans have called for him to resign.

Marquez has said that he plans to relocate to West Hollywood once he is finished with his work on the commission. Until then, he says that his primary residence is San Diego, but that he is commuting back and forth to West Hollywood.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that he “stepped down as the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center’s director of public affairs recently to become executive director of Honor Fund, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that works to connect the Latino and LGBT communities. The Center announced his departure March 10, and he began his new job April 8.”

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  1. Joey D

    May 23, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    I think the dude should resign his commission post. He is not a SD resident anymore, and he should not try to finesse the issue with vague technicalities and obfuscation.
    It’s clear cut.
    Funny thing though, I expect gays and lesbians to cry foul, and claim bias, or slam eveil Republicans And that would be wrong.
    We want to fold into all aspects of society and culture and be seen as professionals, who just happen to be gay. That being the case, we need to call out someone who is not playing by the rules or who may be out of compliance.
    Marquez willlikely be replaced by another gay individual, who actually does live in san Diego, and that’ll be just fine.

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