City of San Diego

City Council, 1st District

Joe LaCava

Joe LaCava

Democrat | Birthdate: Aug 17, 1954 (Age 69)

Councilmember, City of San Diego

District Analysis
District map

San Diego's 1st Council District is a unique and diverse area that encompasses several communities and neighborhoods, each contributing to its distinct character. The district is geographically contiguous and well-connected, with major transportation routes like State Route 56 and Interstate 5 linking various population centers.

Carmel Valley is a significant part of the district, known for its planned communities, top-rated schools, and family-friendly environment. It represents the modern suburban lifestyle within the district.

La Jolla, one of San Diego's most renowned areas, adds a blend of affluence, natural beauty, and academic prestige. Home to the University of California, San Diego, and several research institutions, La Jolla is a hub of education, research, and innovation. Its stunning coastline, with famous beaches and coves, makes it a key tourist destination and a prized residential area.

Pacific Beach, another vital community in the district, offers a more laid-back, beach-town atmosphere. Known for its vibrant nightlife, beach culture, and youthful energy, Pacific Beach appeals to both residents and visitors seeking a dynamic coastal experience.

Torrey Pines and Torrey Hills contribute to the district's natural appeal with their scenic landscapes and outdoor recreational opportunities. Torrey Pines, in particular, is famous for its state reserve and golf course, drawing visitors for both its natural beauty and recreational facilities.

Sorrento Valley, partially included in the district, is known as a center for high-tech, biotech, and scientific research. This area's business parks and research institutions contribute significantly to the district's economic landscape.

Del Mar Heights and Del Mar Mesa, while residential in nature, offer a mix of luxury living and open spaces. These areas are characterized by their upscale neighborhoods and proximity to natural attractions like Los PeƱasquitos Canyon Preserve.

The district's connectivity is further enhanced by State Route 56, which links communities like Torrey Hills, Carmel Valley, and Torrey Highlands, and Interstate 5, connecting Del Mar Heights, Torrey Pines, Sorrento Valley, La Jolla, and Pacific Beach. This accessibility facilitates easy movement between the district's diverse areas.

In summary, San Diego's 1st Council District is a microcosm of the broader San Diego region, showcasing a mix of suburban living, academic and research institutions, natural beauty, and coastal lifestyle. The district's blend of affluent residential areas, educational centers, natural reserves, and vibrant beach communities makes it a unique and dynamic part of the city.

Candidate Last Report Total Raised Total Spent Debt Cash-on-Hand Net COH
headshot Joe LaCava* (D)
Councilmember, City of San Diego
02-17-24 $45,127.00 $10,210.72 $0.00 $34,704.14 $34,704.14
* = Incumbent(s)
96,746 Registered Voters as of 01/19/24 D +19.66%
41,649 Voters
22,629 Voters
32,468 Voters
District Historical Candidate Performance
Election DEM REP Margin
2022 Gubernatorial Newsom - 62.34% Dahle - 37.66% D +24.7%
2020 Presidential Biden - 67.4% Trump - 30.2% D +37.20%
2018 Gubernatorial Newsom - 63.3% Cox - 36.7% D +26.60%
2016 Presidential Clinton - 63.4% Trump - 30.5% D +32.90%
2020 Census Data
Total Population Total White Hispanic Black Asian Native Pacific
156,628 62.3% 11.3% 2.5% 22.0% 1.3% 0.7%

2020 General Election Results (November 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Joe LaCava (D) 42,613 61.0%
Will Moore (D) 27,250 39.0%
2020 Primary Election Results (March 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Joe LaCava (D) 10,335 24.08%
Will Moore (D) 7,054 16.44%
Aaron Brennan 6,399 14.91%
Sam Nejabat 5,884 13.71%
Lily Zhou 3,910 9.11%
James Rudolph 3,505 8.17%
Harid Puentes 3,340 7.78%
Louis Rodolico 2,484 5.79%