A group of vocal UC San Diego students is lobbying city officials to sever the school’s longtime political and social connections to La Jolla so the university can align with the Convoy District and nearby areas with significant Asian populations.
The proposal, which is strongly opposed by many La Jolla community leaders, has become the most divisive issue among several in San Diego’s once-a-decade effort to redraw City Council district boundaries.
The proposal to separate La Jolla from UCSD, where Asians are the university’s largest ethnic group at 29 percent, is propelled by a desire to create a heavily Asian council district.
The students also contend they have more in common with inland areas than high-income La Jolla regarding concerns about affordable housing, transportation and jobs.
Community leaders in La Jolla and Carmel Valley are resisting the proposal, pointing to their longtime ties with the university and geographic…