Half the city probably doesn't realize there is such a thing as the Democratic County Central Committee, and most of the other half doesn't realize how powerful it is. The daily papers never cover the DCCC meetings and rarely write about the elections that choose the members of an organization that runs the local Democratic Party -- and controls local party endorsements. But it's a serious factor in local politics -- the party slate in a Democratic town is one of the most influential endorsements around. And a lot of the city's current elected leaders started off as members of the DCCC.
For the past few years, progressives have held a majority on the DCCC, but it's always up in the air, particularly since every elected state and federal Democrat who lives in SF is automatically an ex-officio voting member. So Senator Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Nancy Pelosi both get to vote (actually, the never show up; they send proxies). Gavin Newsom had a vote until he moved to Marin. You get the picture.
And now, with reapportionment, the part has to change its rules. Under the current system, 12 members are elected from each of the city's two Assembly districts -- but under the new lines, Tom Ammiano's Assembly district will expand beyond the eastern side of town and he'll now represent 61 percent of the Democratic voters in the city. Fiona Ma's district moves south into San Mateo, and she'll only represent 39 percent of the Democrats.
So now the state has to reapportion the DCCC. Three LGBT members describe the process in a B.A.R. piece here. It seems to me that the easiest thing to do is to add five more members on the east side of town. Good for getting more San Franciscans involved in local politics. Good for the diversity of the DCCC. And good because the more directly elected members you have, the less the ex officios influence the committee.
Seems like a fair easy fix.
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