The battle for the forgotten district - Page 7

The future of San Francisco will be written in District 10. Who's ready to be the next supervisor?

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The Bayview's attractive to developers, but some fear the price will be the community's diversity and affordability.
PHOTO BY JUDITH CALSON

"Folks in the eastern neighborhoods came up with a better revitalization plan than what the city proposed and community activists managed to close the power plant, after the city said it was impossible," Kelly recalled.

And there's no shortage of good ideas.

Kelly suggested that an urban agriculture center could immediately put low-skilled folks to work by erecting greenhouses on unused land. Smith said the industrial zone could be "incredible eco-park made from sustainable sources.

'D 10 is the dumping ground for everything, including all the city's waste," he said. "We could be a shining example, not just for D 10, but the rest of the state."

The D 10 candidate line up includes Calloway, Cohen, Donaldson, Smith, Enea: civil rights attorney Dewitt Lacy, Morris, Potrero View publisher Steve Moss; District 7 BART director Lynette Sweet, Wesley-Smith. Bill Barnes, who works for Sup. Michela Alioto-Pier, and Linda Richardson, who was appointed to the Human Rights Commission in 2007 by Mayor Newsom, have also expressed interest in the race.

In such a huge field, name identification will play a major role. Sweet is in office, but BART Board is not a high-profile job and won't give her a huge advantage.

Cohen has a slight edge right now in that she's raised $18,505, including $500 from former Newsom flak Peter Ragone, making her the first D. 10 candidate to qualify for campaign financing. The oldest of five girls, Cohen recalls how her mother got laid off from her city job as a school-based mental health worker and then rehired, as part of the city's budget cuts.

"We felt that pinch and the frustrating games that are played out between the leadership and the rank and file," she said.

Cohen who worked for Newsom in his first term as mayor, but has since left his administration , said she is uncomfortable at being framed as Newsom's candidate.

"Because I'm not, but I am one of the few candidates who has seen how the mayor and the Board work—and don't work—together," she said.

Moss sees the city's southeast as a "district in transition." Over coffee at Farley's in Potrero Hill, he told me that the southeastern neighborhoods could be "launching pads for environmentally sustainable growth."

"The district's been in a frozen period for 30 years, But despite the problems, people are deeply committed to and in love with their community.

"This district is the future of San Francisco and its social fabric—the diversity, income –and its problems are leftovers from the city's industrial age."

 

 


 

DISTRICT 10, BY THE NUMBERS

Total Acres: 5,650

Average household income: $85,000

Population: 73,000

Registered voters: 37,700

Average housing price: $335,000

Ethnicity (2003 figures): Asian 32%, African American, 27%, white 21%, Hispanic 17%

Development status of land: 18% residential, 38% is commercial, 38% undevelopable

All figures the latest available. Sources: SFGIS, Association of Bay Area Governments, U.S. Census, California Urban Issues Project. Ethnicity and income data is from 2003 and almost certainly has changed.