Redrawn Districts Could Transform SF

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Adam Smith
    The sexiest sexist scandal in City Hall since the mayor copped to copping feels looks to be settled by the Board of Supervisors today.

    Fresh census data could radically transform San Francisco politics, and with it all manner of city planning.

    Every 10 years, San Francisco has a chance to redraw its supervisor districts, and we may be faced with new borders by 2012,  according to the Chron.

    It's a highly complicated process. If the population of any district changes too much, officials must convene a panel to organize the redrawing. That nine-person panel will need to represent a broad range of interests, reflecting various minority groups, political factions, and neighborhoods.

    That means that we can anticipate a rough-and-tumble showdown between progressives and moderates, who tend to support more development.

    Ironically, the parts of town held by pro-development moderates are also the most suburban and least developed: the Marina, the Sunset, and Twin Peaks. Progressives rule in the Haight, SOMA, Mission, and Castro.

    A variety of factors could shift the balance of power. A growing or shrinking of the population could change voting tendencies, and the redrawn boundaries could connect hitherto-unaffiliated political ideologies.

    In any case expect plenty of complaining, from both sides, that they're not getting their way. Hopefully the process will be complete within a year of the new Census data being released in April.