The Redistricting Task Force released their first draft of a redesigned District 6 last week. The newly drawn boundaries shed 29% of excess population by eliminating Hayes Valley and the north Mission.
While most of South of Market and the Tenderloin would remain intact, Jane Kim, the current District 6 Supervisor, Debra Walker, her principle challenger in the 2010 election, and former Supervisor Chris Daly would all find themselves moved into David Campos’ District 9.
The SRO hotel residents of the north Mission will also find themselves orphans in District 9. Because of their shared concerns with residents of the Tenderloin and the 6th Street corridor, they might justifiably argue that the task force is diminishing the political clout of a group that constitutes a “community of interest.”
The realignment favors the geographic coalition the Supervisor Kim knit together to win election last year. Kim’s winning margin was solidified in eastern SoMa and the Tenderloin, while Walker dominated western SoMa and the north Mission.
The public will have an opportunity to react to the proposal on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at a special meeting of the Task Force that will be held at the Bayanihan Center at 1010 Mission Street. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Supervisors created the task force to carry out the required redistricting with members appointed by the Elections Commission, the Board of Supervisors, and the Mayor.
Jim Meko, chair
SoMa Leadership Council