Latinx and Native American defenders want redistricting map to unify Valencia and keep Tenderloin in D6

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The city asked the community to comment on four possible redistricting maps that will affect politics and culture over the next decade, and a group of nonprofits Longtime Mission spoke up: Choose Map 4D with changes.

This design, like the others, combines all of Valencia Street into one neighborhood, which was a plus for leaders representing the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, La Raza Community Resource Center, and Native American Cultural District at a conference. press Friday. Map 4D also preserves historic Latinx and Native American spaces in District 9, which is critical to the Mission’s cultural identity and its history of displacement of Latinx and Native American residents, leaders said.

“We want to make sure we keep our communities of interest intact,” said Erick Arguello, who founded the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District.

But Map 4D is the only redistricting task force to keep the Tenderloin in District 6, which is a key reason why Latinx leaders support it over other plans. “I also want to say that we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Tenderloin,” Arguello said. “What affects one of us, affects all of us.”

The issue of uniting all of Valencia under one district has been a major concern for neighborhood leaders, as currently the west side belongs to District 8 and the east side to District 9. While many Latinx activists want it to be Joined, some Valencian merchants like Manny Yekutiel of Manny’s and queer actvisites asked to be in District 8. If adopted, Mandelman, who lives in Valencia and is gay, would be kicked out of his district.

Apparently, the redistricting task force has responded to calls from the mission, as all four designs unite Valencia in District 9. But Latinx leaders who spoke Friday reiterated the importance again. From 2000 to 2013, the Mission lost 12% of its Latinx residents and gained about the same percentage of white residents. In this post-dot-com era, Valencia Street was seen as the center of gentrification and lost much of its working class to higher-paying professionals and corporations, which now advocates the nickname “Valencia -ification”.

“We will never catch up with the population we have lost in the Mission with the boundaries we will draw,” said Gabriel Medina, executive director of La Raza. But “now, with these new lines proposed in Map D, we can truly unify Valencia Street and hopefully avoid massive gentrification.”

Medina said this could invite greater Latinx representation, which has been lacking since district elections were restored in 2000. David Campos has been the sole Latinx supervisor since district-wide elections were restored in 2000.” We must be able to have this autonomy for our people. We need to be able to have that voice,” Medina said.

Valencia is also home to a host of community resources such as La Raza, Mission Housing, and Dolores Street Community Services, all located on the District 8 side of the street.

“It’s really a tale of two cities, where you see District 9, just across the street. And technically right now we’re in District 8,” Kevin Ortiz, vice president of political affairs for the San Francisco Latinx Democratic Club, said from his location outside the La Raza Community Resource Center on Valencia and La 16th street.

But even Map 4D can still be improved. Arguello called for the boundary to extend past Guerrero at 17th and 18th Streets to Church Street, and to add Guerrero between 22nd and 24th Streets in District 9. Currently, this area falls under District 8.

Ortiz agreed and advocated including Guerrero Street through 24th. The current map picks up Mission High School, excluding other Latinx residents in the surrounding area, he said. The expansion to the church would place the majority of the Native American Cultural District, founded almost exactly two years ago on the point, in District 9 – thanks in part to the support of District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen.

American Indian cultural district map. Originally from the Native American Indian Cultural Quarter.

Adding the church and including Valencia would “prevent dividing the future area of ​​our Native American Cultural District,” Paloma Flores said at a recent redistricting task force meeting as a district representative. Native American culture.

Flores said she has worked for Indigenous organizations since 2007 along 16th Street and has witnessed the first-hand impacts of gentrification and displacement in the community for 15 years. The new map could “mitigate” those impacts, she said.

“Cultural quarters are more than just a place on the map. They provide cultural resources and give visibility to the past, present and future of our community.

Map 4B actually encompasses more of this area than Map4D, but changes to Church and Guerrero would make up for some of the loss. However, executives on Friday emphasized the need for Tenderloin to be in District 6, making Map4D the choice – with improvements.
The redistricting working group holds a community meeting on Saturday. April 2 at 10 a.m. and must make a decision by April 15.

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