Contentious redistricting process leaves S.F.’s J-Town relatively unscathed

San Francisco’s nine-member Redistricting Task Force has made headlines during its final weeks of deliberation in April, but the city’s Japantown has largely stayed out of the spotlight, despite sitting on the border of the heavily impacted District 5. Every decade, the city must redraw its 11 supervisorial districts based on the latest U.S. Census […]

S.F. redistricting process preserves Japantown in District 5

The San Francisco Redistricting Task Force released the final draft of its 2012 Supervisorial Lines for the city’s 11 supervisorial districts in mid-April. In initial drafts of the borders, the task force split Districts 2 and 5 at Geary Boulevard, placing a majority of Japantown in District 2. The Japanese American community partnered with the […]

S.F. J-Town group spearheads redistricting campaign

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts the national census. Once it has been completed, the San Francisco Director of Elections must determine whether the existing supervisorial districts meet the legal requirements. If the existing districts no longer comply with these legal requirements, the Redistricting Task Force (RTF) must redraw the 11 supervisorial district lines. […]

Community fine-tunes city redistricting draft

A little more than a dozen people met at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) on the evening of Feb. 15 to discuss the redistricting process in San Francisco’s 11 city districts. Japantown community members first became involved in the redistricting process when early drafts of the district boundaries drawn by […]

THE GREAT DIVIDE: Community discusses redistricting in S.F.’s Japantown

Concerned members of the Japantown community and those of neighborhoods surrounding the ethnic enclave met on Feb. 3 to discuss the potential redistricting boundaries of San Francisco’s voting districts. One of the proposals suggested drawing a boundary that would result in the area north of Geary Boulevard leaving Japantown’s District 5 for District 2, which […]

Redistricting: Bad news for J-Town

The latest Redistricting map for the Supervisor Districts in San Francisco is BAD news for J-Town. It places J-Town north of Geary in District 2 and south of Geary to remain in District 5. 1. J-Town does not start north of Geary Boulevard; it starts from Ellis Street where Rosa Parks Elementary School and the […]

Redistricting to divide S.F.’s J-Town

What is the impact of moving the voting boundary lines by dividing the Japanese community of San Francisco? That is precisely the intent of the new redistricting lines being drawn between District 2 (D2), Supervisor Mark Farrell’s district, which includes Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Seacliff and the Marina. And if the people promoting this idea […]

Latest CA redistricting maps satisfy most minorities — but not Latinos

LOS ANGELES — Now that the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has approved new political boundaries for the state, civil rights groups are weighing what impact the maps will have on communities of color. On July 29, the commission voted 13-1 to approve final maps for the state Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization and 12-2 […]

APA Legal Center’s campaign to protect communities during redistricting

Los Angeles — The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, has launched a campaign to engage Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in redistricting, the process of redrawing voting district boundaries every 10 years based on census data. APALC anchors a statewide network of AAPI […]