U.S Census Data results in redrawing district lines

Every 10 years, the census counts every resident in the United States. Based on the data,  San Francisco reported 776,733 people in 2000 compared to 805,235 people (a 3.7 percent increase) in 2010.

Census information is used to decide many things including how to redraw district borders. A task force has already been established: San Francisco Redistricting Task Force.

Redrawing district boundaries is a delicate subject since it can alter or shift power in the city. Changing lines may split solidified communities and merge them with others.

Special Project coordinator Carlo De La Cruz (via San Francisco Examiner) further explains, “We’re simply trying to ensure that the voice of our community members are not diluted by lumping them together with other communities that do not share their working-class background.”

Larry Del Carlo, President and CEO of the Mission Housing says that Centro del Pueblo is a non-profit in District 6 that has helped the Mission community in District 9. Around the time of the 2000 U.S Census, district lines were redrawn, separating what he calls “North Mission” (the area around in between Mission & 14th to Mission and 18th) from the rest of the Mission. Carlo says,”We feel like the mission got divided geographically” and points out that District 9 lost 7,000 people as a result of redrawing the District lines.

To follow the progress and participate. Follow the work at The San Francisco Redistricting Task Force.

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About MiCoCo

The Mission Community Council (MiCoCo) is an organization of Mission District community organizations, faith groups, neighborhood associations, and public departments that have united to promote the well-being of San Francisco's Mission District. The Council strengthens the neighborhood by expanding the community’s skill bank and by increasing opportunities for the families, and residents, of this diverse, working class, immigrant, and Latino community.
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