The New District 9 Boundaries
On Saturday, April 14, 2012, the redistricting task force finalized the new San Francisco district boundaries for the next ten years. I am very excited about the outcome as I now represent three unified neighborhoods - The Mission, Bernal Heights, and Portola! I am truly honored to represent what I believe are three of the most vibrant, diverse, and down to earth neighborhoods in San Francisco. I thought it would be useful to recap some of the main issues and outcomes of the redistricting process.
The most recent US Census showed that the population of San Francisco grew in the last ten years by 28,502 people. Our population now stands at approximately 805,235 people. Because the population change did not occur uniformly across districts, the San Francisco Department of Elections launched the redistricting process. Nine San Francisco residents were appointed by the Board of Supervisors, Mayor, and Elections Commission to serve on the Task Force, conduct community outreach, receive public comment, and redraw the district boundaries. The Task Force held a total of 30 meetings and redrew the district boundaries while attempting to equalize the population in each district and ensure that communities of interest (i.e. common geography, social, economic or political history, etc.) are preserved.
There were several difficult decisions that the Redistricting Task Force made when considering the District 9 boundaries:
1) It moved the North Mission to District 9 rather than keeping it in District 6;
2) After considering whether the Valencia Street corridor should remain whole, it decided to keep the corridor split between Districts 8 and 9;
3) It reunified the Portola neighborhood into District 9 rather than District 10;
4) It kept San Francisco General Hospital in District 10 rather than move it to District 9; and
5) It split McLaren Park between Districts 9 and 11 rather than keeping the park whole in one district.
I now represent 76,720 District 9 residents - the District with the second highest population size in San Francisco. I look forward to meeting the new District 9 residents and continuing to work with the old timers.
Click here to see the map of San Francisco with the new district boundaries.
LGBT Senior Task Force
This month I introduced legislation together with the Board's LGBT Caucus to create an 11-member task force to formulate policies to best serve LGBT seniors. LGBT seniors face many challenges including discrimination at senior housing facilities and absence of children to help provide care. Once approved, the task force will have 15 months to gather information and make policy recommendations to the Board of Supervisors about the various problems affecting the community.
See Bay City News Article.
Payroll Tax Break For Small Businesses
I cosponsored legislation with Supervisor Farrell that allows any business with a payroll under $500,000 to expand its payroll by $250,000 without having to pay the city's 1.5 percent payroll tax. I believe if the City of San Francisco is going to offer payroll tax exemptions to large and widely profitable businesses like Twitter, than it has an obligation to help small businesses that struggle to remain afloat in this economy.
COMMUNITY MEETING ABOUT THE
MISSION ALCOHOL SPECIAL USE DISTRICT
For decades, there has been special controls limiting the number of establishments that call sell Alcohol in the Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use District. The Special Use District was formed with the intention of preserving the residential character and the neighborhood-serving commercial uses in the Mission. The District includes the area generally bounded by Guerrero Street, San Jose Avenue, Randall Street, Mission Street, Cesar Chavez Street, Potrero Avenue and Fourteenth Street.
There is currently a lot of talk in the City about making changes to the Mission Alcohol Special Use District, including individuals that have mentioned getting rid of it all together. Supervisor Campos, who supports the Mission Alcohol Special Use District, is considering making minor changes to the law in order to preserve its intent but also address the concerns of those who criticize it. He would like to discuss these changes with you and get your feedback.
Please come to a community meeting on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at The Mission Cultural Center - 2868 Mission Street (close to the 24th Street BART station).
Feel free to contact Hillary Ronen (415) 554-7729 with questions.
YOUTH WORKS IS HIRING
Become an intern with San Francisco YouthWorks for the Summer 2012 session! Our Summer application is now available.
San Francisco YouthWorks is now hiring youth for summer internships in city government. Please consider applying if you are a youth who lives and goes to school in San Francisco, will be entering 11th or 12th grade in the fall, can work 20 hours per week this summer, and are interested in getting work experience while learning about careers in city government.
To apply click here or pick up an application at 2012 Pine Street, 2nd Floor. Application deadline is April 26th by 5:00 p.m.
Event: Sunday Streets in the Mission
Organizer: MTA & Livable City
Location: Valencia Street from 14th to 24th and 24th Street from Valencia to Hampshire
Date: May 6, 2010
Time: 11 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Description: Sunday Streets is a series of events put on by the City of San Francisco to encourage health, community and fun, inspired by similar events in cities throughout the world. A Sunday Streets event creates a large, temporary, public space by closing off stretches of a neighborhood's streets to automobile traffic, and opening them to pedestrians, bicyclists, and activities for several hours on a predetermined Sunday.
Date: Sat, May 26, 2012 and Sun, May 27, 2012
Time: All day long
Location: San Francisco Carnaval Festival will take place on Harrison Street between 16th and 23rd streets; The Sunday Parade starts at the corner of 24th and Bryant streets
Description: San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade is an extraordinary, must-see event that is represented by and honors cultures from around the world. Alongside brilliant floats, lavishly dressed performers and musicians will entertain as the parade makes its way through the Mission District. A vast variety of cultures will be represented, featuring old and new traditions by way of music, dance and artistry.
As one of the Bay Area's most beloved two-day events, the free, family-friendly San Francisco Carnaval Festival showcases a diverse array of food, live music and activities for all. Revelers are invited to lose themselves among a multitude of booths offering everything from handmade jewelry and international bites to colorful face painting. Additionally, beer gardens will be available for those who wish to indulge, as well as an exciting lineup of live entertainment to be presented on three different stages.
For more info click here.
Event: Loco Bloco's Annual Celebration - Blocura 2012
Organizer: Loco Bloco
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Location: Patio Espaņol, 2850 Alemany Boulevard
Description: Loco Bloco's annual event will feature cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, awards, DJ spinning Caribbean, Latin & African dance music. There will also be live performances by Los Chile Verdes and Loco Bloco's Performing Ensemble.
The organization will be Honoring Susan Cervantes, Founding Director Precita Eyes Muralists, the Mission Beacon, and
Alexandra Garcia. Supervisor Campos is the event host.
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
COMMUNITY OFFICE HOURS IN BERNAL HEIGHTS
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND TIME
Please join us for our next community office hours. It's an opportunity to bring your ideas, concerns and comments directly to Supervisor Campos, while supporting a local business. Thanks to those of you that joined us at our last community office hours in the Mission neighborhood.
Date: Friday, May 18th
Location: Nervous Dog Cafe, 3438 Mission Street
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights