SF Redistricting Task Force Public Comment

Redistricting Task Force Meetings are coming to a fast conclusion. If we don’t act the results are going to be bad for Labor. Let’s remember what we have won with this Board: Covid sick leave, a city-wide PLA, healthcare for contractors at the airport — and the list can go on and on. We need to beat back the narrative or our allies on the board will lose.

The maps in question are here:  

Current Map: https://sfgov.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=57159538a9a3422a9d22ef75d66565b6 

The Map that our foes are pushing is 5A: https://sfgov.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=57159538a9a3422a9d22ef75d66565b6

Map 4D, which makes minimum changes, is the map we need to push. Though it’s not perfect, it is manageable to win elections for pro-labor candidates. Map 4D was voted on over a week ago with a vote of 8-1. Then in the wee hours of the morning, the task force did an about face and a detrimental map was voted on 5-4 at 2 AM. Folks have been sunshined since that vote and the emails have been really damning.     

There is another meeting today at 3 PM, and one on Saturday. If we each can turn out a handful of people to testify, we may be able to push back enough to avoid costly lawsuits and an election. It’s time for Labor to chime in and make a difference. We must act now, or we could lose a lot of ground over the next 10 years.     

Sample testimony: 

Hi! My name is ____________________ and I am a member of  (union name). I am asking you all to reconsider Map 4D to keep communities of interest together and to help our working families continue to have a voice in our city. Dividing communities of interest is detrimental to all of San Francisco. Please reconsider Map 4D in order to make minimum changes to our current maps and keep working families together.  Map 4 D, as in democracy for working families.    

If you want more in depth talking points, contact Kim Tavaglione at kim@sflaborcouncil.org or 415-740-4461.  

Meeting times are as follows: 

Today (Friday) at 3 pm 

Saturday at 10 am 

REMOTE ACCESS VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE

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PUBLIC COMMENT CALL-IN
1 (415) 655-0001
Meeting ID 2490 411 4569 # #
(Press *3 to enter the speaker line) 

Please call in at these times and get some of your members to call in as well. Public testimony can go on for hours so if the line is long try calling back in an hour. 

Thank you for your support and engagement on this! 

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