Posts Tagged ‘redistricting’

Here’s How SFGov Views the People of San Francisco – Apparently, We’re All Monomaniacal Whiners – Todos Somos Rose Pak

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Here’s the latest from our Redistricting Task Force.

Did you know that the Tenderloin was this close to Japantown? 

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Do you know anybody, I mean a regular person, who goes around talking about the economic compatibility of the residents of one part of town with another?

I don’t.

OMG, It’s the “San Francisco Redistricting Webinar!” – “You Draw the Lines” on Friday, January 13th at 11:00 AM

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Do I think you should spend your time on redistricting? Not really, but You Make The Call on that one.

Hey, here’s how the first draft looks. Less of the Gerrymander, huh? (So far, anyway.)

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Oh, you’re still here? Well, take a look at what SFGov has for you, Dear Voter. It’s the San Francisco Redistricting Webinar.

All the deets:

“Your Turn to Draw the Lines, San Francisco!

Get trained on www.ReDrawSF.org to make your voice heard. Healthy City continues to support California redistricting by launching local redistricting GIS capabilities in San Francisco. We created a customized, user friendly website – www.ReDrawSF.org- for the public to participate in the process. On the website, you can draw your own ideas for district lines to submit and save or print your maps to present to the San Francisco Redistricting Task Force. As you adjust the district boundaries you will immediately see how demographics change and can make sure your proposals fit the redistricting criteria used by the Task Force. You can access redistricting data and a variety of other community data in order to create maps, tables, and charts to submit them as public testimony or to just stay informed. You will also be able to view official draft maps released by the Task Force and see the demographic affects they will have on communities.

San Francisco Redistricting Webinar – You Draw the Lines!
Join us for a Webinar on January 13
Date: Friday, January 13, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/702070978

Healthy City has created a customized website – www.ReDrawSF.org- for the public to participate in local redistricting. From the website you can draw your own ideas for district lines or a community of interest and present it to the San Francisco Redistricting Task Force.

In this webinar you will learn how to:
– Draw your own plans for a district, a part of a district or multiple districts
– View data related to your district to make sure you meet the redistricting criteria
– See how the data changes as the lines change
– See a wide range of additional data related to communities of interest to support your proposal
– View map plans drawn by others
– View the official draft and final maps when released by the Task Force and see the demographic effects they will have on communities.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Note: The Advancement Project, a non-profit that is partnering with the San Francisco Redistricting Task Force to promote public participation in redistricting.”

Tonight at 6:00 PM at Fort Mason: Your Chance to Speak at the Citizens Redistricting Commission Public Input Hearing

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Well, here’s your chance:

Citizens Redistricting Commission Public Input Hearing
Monday, June 27, 2011
Fort Mason Center, Cowell Theater
Entrance at Marina Blvd. and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

View the Live Broadcast – 6PM to 9PM

And don’t worry, no matter how it goes, everybody in San Francisco will be represented by a state Senator at all times…

The 14 members of your Citizens Redistricting Commission. Seated, left to right: Connie Galambos Malloy and Michael Ward. Standing, left to right: Jodie Filkins-Webber, Gabino Aguirre, Vincent Barabba, Michelle DiGuilo, Maria Blanco, Peter Yao, Cynthia Dai, Lilbert “Gil” Ontai, Jeanne Raya, Angelo Ancheta, Stanley Forbes and M. Andre Parvenu:

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“The 14 member Independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a public input
meeting in San Francisco on June 27, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Fort Mason Center. The
Commission was created by California voters to draw state Congressional, Assembly, Senate and Board
of Equalization Districts.

“Public participation in drawing these districts is critical to ensuring that communities have the strongest
voice possible to express their preferences. When voters with similar interests are drawn into a district
together, their voices multiply giving them a greater opportunity to express their views, elect candidates
of their choice and hold their leaders accountable.”

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Hey Marin County: You All Can Just Suck Eggs – Here’s Why You Will Never Have Political Power, Redistricting or No

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Former Mill Valley Mayor Dick Spotswood* heps us to the California Redistricting Commission’s sneak peak of redistricting of political boundaries Up North.

The fundamental problem for Marinites is that there aren’t that many of them. Because AFATAC, the best thing in the world is high property values and the worst is multitudes of black and brown people.

So no, you can’t have your own state senator the way you think you so richly deserve, Marin, sorry. But, everybody else in the bay area will continue to subsidize your public transit, so at least you’ve have that to hold onto while you fret about about completely safe SmartMeters and completely harmless Target Stores and pretty much safe, more or less, student vaccinations.

In short, Oh Marin, You So Crazy and that’s why you don’t have pull in Sac-town and D.C.

And you never will.

Here’s what you needed:

Marincello is the City That Never Was.

“Marincello was a failed development project in Marin County, California that would have put a metropolis full of homes, apartments, and hotels in a planned community atop the Marin Headlands, overlooking the Golden Gate. Its upheaval set the precedent for Marin County’s rigid anti-development stance and push for open space.”

See lots of large posters like this at SPUR’s new Urban Center at 654 Mission in the SoMA.

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It would have been like another Sausalito:

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Ancestry

According to the 2006-2008 American Community Survey, there were sixteen ancestries in Marin County that made up over 1.0% of its population. The sixteen ancestries are listed below.

So, increase your population 300% (you know, stop using water to keep out the undesireables) and then you’ll have your very own state Senator. Until then…

*Two words for you, Dick: Chrome Browser. The always-on spell-checker is totally sweet – it spots a lot of my transposed letter tpyos…

Your Independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission Wants to Hear From You on Saturday, May 21, 2011 in Oakland

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Your Citizens Redistricting Commission is avoiding San Francisco County (and Marin and San Mateo and Santa Clara, for some reason, for now, anyway) so you’ll have to hoof it over to Oaktown if you want to give them your 2 cents before they have the chance to turn California’s electoral districts upside-down.

And actually, they have a whole state tour going on these days. Deets below.

14 members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission. Seated, left to right: Connie Galambos Malloy and Michael Ward. Standing, left to right: Jodie Filkins-Webber, Gabino Aguirre, Vincent Barabba, Michelle DiGuilo, Maria Blanco, Peter Yao, Cynthia Dai, Lilbert “Gil” Ontai, Jeanne Raya, Angelo Ancheta, Stanley Forbes and M. Andre Parvenu:

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First up is the meeting in Oakland and then the full sked, below:

Citizens Redistricting Commission – Public Input Hearing – Saturday, May 21, 2011

City Council Chambers – 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza – Oakland, CA 94612 – 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The 14 member Independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a public input meeting in Oakland on May 21, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.  The Commission was created by California voters to draw state Congressional, Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization Districts.  Public participation in drawing these districts is critical to ensuring that communities have the strongest voice possible to express their preferences.  When voters with similar interests are drawn into a district together, their voices multiply giving them a greater opportunity to express their views, elect candidates of their choice and hold their leaders accountable.The Commission is taking testimony from local area residents before drawing its first round of draft maps which will be released in June.  Final district maps must be certified by the Commission and presented to the Secretary of State by August 15, 2011. Citizens wishing to provide testimony to the Commission can learn more about how to effectively present information by going to www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov .  To assist you in providing your presentation, we have developed a “Toolkit” which you will find on the home page under “Upcoming Events.”All public input hearings are ADA accessible.  Any person who wishes to request auxiliary aids or services, including translation, to participate in the hearing of the Commission, in accordance with State or Federal law, should contact Janeece Sargis at 1-866-356-5217 not later than five (5) business days before the noticed hearing date.”

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The San Francisco Elections Commission Wants YOU to Serve on the Great 2011-2012 Redistricting Task Force

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Now I’ll tell you, all I know about electoral redistricting is on the state and Federal level. Like remember when Willie Brown cooked up a plan to have a Senate district go right down the middle of Castro Street back in the day as a kind of F to the U to any potential gay candidates (like Carole Migden) what might have opposed Willie Brown:

At a fundamental level, it’s a symbolic issue, and using Castro Street as a dividing line is really a slap in the face of the community,” said Paul Hogan, chair of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club.”

Good times.

Or this purple thing Down South, crafted so that San Luis Obispo-type cowboys wouldn’t be in the same district as beach-side hippie types. It’s as narrow as 150 yards wide at high tide, our 23rd Congressional is:

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Now don’t you want to get in on the fun? Well then answer the Call put out this AM by your City and County of San Francisco Elections Commission. Deets below.

Now I’ll tell you, I’d apply for this thing, you know, just to mess with peoples’ heads (by putting the houses of three sitting supes all in the same district, stuff like that) but it turns out that criterion #2 is “represent[ing] San Francisco’s diverse population.” And I’m the least diverse person you could possibly imagine so I’m DNQ’ed from the get-go.

But you, they’d love to have you.

All the deets:

THE ELECTIONS COMMISSION CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE REDISTRICTING TASK FORCE

What is redistricting?

Every ten years, the Federal Government conducts a census to determine the number of individuals living in the United States. After the census is completed, the Charter requires the Director of Elections to determine whether the existing supervisorial districts meet the legal requirements established by federal, state and local law. If the existing supervisorial districts no longer comply with these legal requirements, the Charter requires the Board of Supervisors to convene an Elections Task Force to redraw the supervisorial district lines. The process of redrawing the supervisorial district lines is known as redistricting. The Director of Elections has not yet made this determination (as of March 28, 2011), but in the event that he finds that the districts must be redrawn and if the Board of Supervisors convenes a task force, the Elections Commission wants to find outstanding candidates as quickly as possible.

How Does Redistricting Work?

If convened, the Elections Task Force will consist of nine members. The Mayor, the Board of Supervisors and the Elections Commission each appoint three members. These nine individuals work with City staff and outside consultants to determine how the supervisorial district lines should be redrawn so that the districts comply with the legal requirements established in federal, state and local law. As part of this process, the Elections Task Force holds multiple community hearings to receive input from the people of San Francisco. Throughout this process and based on community input, the Elections Task Force will make several changes to the existing supervisorial district lines. The Elections Task Force must present a final plan outlining the new supervisorial district lines to the Board of Supervisors in April 2012.

What are the legal requirements for supervisorial districts?

The members of the Elections Task Force must consider federal, state and local legal requirements when redrawing supervisorial district lines. For more on these legal requirements, please see http://www.sfgov2.org/index.aspx?page=270

What are the criteria for appointment to the task force?

Each of the three appointing authorities – the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and the Elections Commission – probably have different criteria. By unanimous approval at the March 16, 2011, meeting of the Elections Commission, it has selected the following minimum criteria for its three appointments. Applicants must:

(1) Be registered to vote in San Francisco and have voted in San Francisco at least once since January 1, 2006;
(2) Represent San Francisco’s diverse population;
(3) Have not been paid by a political campaign since January 1, 2006;
(4) Not currently a direct-hire employee of an elected official of the City and County of San Francisco;
(5) Have general knowledge of San Francisco’s neighborhoods and geography;
(6) Have flexible schedule for attending meetings; and
(7) Not have a conflict of interest that is prohibited under conflict laws applicable to other City officers.

How can I apply to be appointed by the Elections Commission?

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Meet Your New California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission! – Includes Cynthia Dai of SF – All Members went to UC!

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Well, your California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission is mostly picked now, so brace yourselves for some changes, political boundaries-wise.

Turns out that all the members, so far, have degrees from the University of California, for better or worse.

And is it possible that 20-something percent of the first commish will be Asian-American? Well, it’s 37.5% AA right now and the bulk of the selecting is done, so there you go.

All the deets are below.

Should your California Congressional District be more than 150 yards wide at high tide? Maybe.

DEMOCRATS

Cynthia Dai: Asian, female, lives in San Francisco and earns between $75,000 and $125,000. Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science, UC Berkeley; master’s of business administration, Stanford Graduate School of Business. Chief executive officer of Dainamic Consulting Inc. Lecturer at UC Berkeley, teaching leadership and teamwork.

Elaine Kuo, Asian, female, lives in Mountain View in Santa Clara County and earns between $125,000 and $250,000. Bachelor’s degree in organizational studies and international studies, Northwestern University; master’s and doctorate in higher education and organizational change, UCLA. Caregiver for her elderly father.

Jeanne Raya, Hispanic, female, lives in San Gabriel and earns between $125,000 and $250,000. Bachelor’s degree in English, USC; law degree, UC Davis. Insurance broker.

REPUBLICANS

Vincent Barabba, white, male, lives in Capitola in Santa Cruz County and earns more than $250,000. Bachelor’s degree in advertising, Woodbury Business College; bachelor’s in marketing, Cal State Northridge; master’s of business administration, UCLA. Founder and board chairman, Market Insight Corp. Former director, U.S. Census Bureau (1979-81).

Jodie Filkins Webber, Asian, female, lives in Norco in Riverside County and earns between $125,000 and $250,000. Bachelor’s in political science, law and society, UC Riverside; law degree, Whittier Law School. Attorney.

Peter Yao, Asian, male, lives in Claremont and earns between $125,000 and $250,000. Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, UC Berkeley; master’s in electrical engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo; master’s in business administration, Cal State Fullerton; master’s in management, Claremont Graduate University Drucker School of Management. Claremont mayor.

UNAFFILIATED

Stanley Forbes, white, male, lives in Esparto in Yolo County and earns between $35,000 and $75,000. Bachelor’s degree in history, USC; master’s in history, UCLA; law degree, Vanderbilt University School of Law. Co-owner, The Avid Reader bookstore in Sacramento; and owner-operator of Forbes Ranch.

Connie Galambos Malloy, black, female, lives in Oakland and earns between $75,000 and $125,000. Bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish, La Sierra University; master’s in city planning, UC Berkeley. Director of programs, Urban Habitat.

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