Last night (Tuesday, June 27) the Redistricting Commission held a public meeting for comments on the first draft of the redistricting map at Fort Mason. I sat in the audience of about 100 people for about 2 hours not intending to make any comments. There seemed to be four separate areas of the Bay Area first draft maps that people were commenting about. One was American Canyon, another was Sonoma, Napa and the vineyard areas and the third was Contra Costa and Alameda counties. However, the most interesting to those of us who live in San Francisco, involved how San Francisco was being divided or not in the Congressional, State Senate and State Assembly Districts. In the Congressional District, most of SF is being held as one district except a small part on the southwest side which includes Ingleside and Lake Merced, etc. There wasn’t too much objection to this draft map, but the State Senate and Assembly District maps were what caused the most controversy. The Eastern San Francisco Assembly District seat now held by Assemblyperson Ammiano, show a split moving Glen Park, Upper Market and Cole Valley into the Western Assembly District. There was much talk about how this was not appropriate because it takes away some progressive parts of San Francisco and adds them to a more conservative (which is highly relative considering that it is San Francisco) part of the city. The State Senate District map moves the part of Marin County that is currently being served by Senator Mark Leno to a district with Sonoma and adds Daly City, Colma, part of Pacifica and all of San Francisco to the District that is now being served by Senator Leland Yee. I assume that unless this draft map is revised the two State Senators would run against each other for the new San Francisco Senate seat.
The Commission was extremely patient. A couple of times the Chair asked people who were submitting the same comments as their predecessors to either step aside or come to the mike and introduce their topic and say “ditto” in the interests of time. I have to admit that after two hours of hearing pretty much the same testimony from the speakers and not hearing any “dittos” I decided to leave. It wasn’t that it wasn’t interesting, but it was getting near to 8:30 and I needed to get the number 49 bus before it got too late.
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