IF NEWSOM LEAVES, expect Districts shakeup

BY C.W. NEVIUS
The San Francisco Chronicle

Gavin Newsom’s run for lieutenant governor could have political reverberations that go far beyond who would be chosen to fulfill the rest of his mayoral term.

The city charter requires supervisorial districts to be redrawn every 10 years, which would be 2011. The redistricting is done by a nine-person Elections Task Force. Three of the members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors, three by the Elections Commission and three by – wait for it – the mayor.

If Newsom leaves, and the six left-leaning supervisors elect a like-minded mayor, the progressives will be in a position to appoint at least six of the nine task force members. If that happens, it will be a golden opportunity to gerrymander the districts for the next decade.

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