District 6, which saw a 35% increase in population since the last census, is going to experience the most dramatic changes when the boundaries of the city’s 11 supervisor districts are redrawn. A special nine member task force will have until April 15 of next year to complete its work. At stake is the progressive majority, for what it’s worth, on the Board of Supervisors.
The mayor, the Board of Supervisors and the Elections Commission have each made three appointments to the task force.
The biggest focus is expected to be on District 6, which includes the Tenderloin, parts of Hayes Valley and the Inner Mission, South of Market, Treasure Island and South Beach. Entire neighborhoods might find themselves in another district.
Quintin Mecke, currently serving in Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s San Francisco office, was part of the task force that oversaw the last redistricting following the 2000 census. Progressives got the edge in District 6 back then, with a solid base built on the Tenderloin, the Sixth Street corridor and the north Mission, which ensured Chris Daly’s reelection. But since then, moderates have gained strength, as shown by the results of the 2010 supervisors’ races, and they’re going to try to lock in those political changes for the next ten years.
Mecke joins us at next week’s meeting of the SoMa Leadership Council to reminisce about the grueling process last time, analyze the potential impacts this will have on the 2012 and 2014 district elections, and let us in on where all the bodies are buried.
The Mayor’s Office has also requested time to discuss the pension reform measure and a $248 million Road Repaving & Street Safety Bond Measure to repave crumbling streets, fix deteriorating bridges and overpasses and improve the safety of our streetscapes. Representatives from City Departments, including the Capital Planning Committee, the Department of Public Works and the Department of Human Resources, will be available to answer questions on both these measures.