Keeping the Tenderloin and SoMa Together

I’m asking my family and friends to take immediate action to stop the task force from splitting up the TL/SoMa neighborhoods

Juanita & Jackson in the Tenderloin — Photo courtesy of Juanita MORE! by Gooch

How You Can Participate in Voicing Your Opinion on These Changes

You can give feedback on the changes you want made to draft map 4-B at the next Redistricting Task Force meeting on Wednesday, April 6, 5:30 p.m.

In-Person Meeting

City Hall, Room 416 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, CA 94102

Public Comment Call-In

1 (415) 655–0001

Sample Public Comment Talking Points

You should feel free to speak from your heart about why you believe the Tenderloin and SoMa should stay together. Many of you have personal experiences in both neighborhoods that link them and know why these two neighborhoods should continue to be kept together. However, feel free to use these talking points, copy them, and then edit them to make your own to tell your own story. Try not to just read the talking points verbatim so we don’t hear the same thing over and over again. Personalize them if you can! But if you can’t, that’s OK too. Every public comment will help, and here are a few formats to help guide you below:

  1. Good afternoon, my name is _____ and I am calling to ask the Redistricting Taskforce to keep the Tenderloin and SoMa together in District 6. The Tenderloin and SoMa are both neighborhoods with great importance to the LGBT community. Historically many LGBT bars and venues have existed in both neighborhoods, and even today, many LGBT people currently live, work, and go out here in the Tenderloin and SoMa. This is especially true for our more working-class and low-income community members who may not be able to afford to live in the Castro. It is really important that our community not be split up, that we preserve the historic link between the Tenderloin and SoMa, and make sure that the LGBTQ community’s voice remains united. We ask that you please move forward with Map 4D and please keep the Tenderloin and West and Central SoMa together. Thank you.
  2. Good afternoon, my name is_____ and I am calling to ask the Redistricting Taskforce to please make sure that SoMa and the TL do not get split up. The Tenderloin and SoMa have a lot of similarities and a history of working together as a community. What impacts the TL impacts SoMa and vice versa. Many of the issues we face are the same, from high-density housing, a lack of access to greenspace, issues related to poverty and displacement, quality of life issues, and also a shared history of nightlife, arts, and culture. Splitting up these two neighborhoods would split up many communities of interest including the LGBTQ, African American, Filipino, Arab, South East Asian, Chinese, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. Please do not tear these communities apart by splitting up the TL & West and Central SoMa. We ask that you please move forward with Map 4D and please keep the Tenderloin and West and Central SoMa together. Thank you.
  3. Hello, my name is_____ and I am calling to support keeping the Tenderloin and SoMa together. We absolutely cannot split up the Tenderloin and SpM. These two neighborhoods make up the heart of the city, and by splitting them up, we are ripping these communities in half. The LGBTQ, African American, Filipino, Arab, South East Asian, Chinese, Latinx, and Indigenous communities are all concentrated in these two neighborhoods and need representation in our local government. We shouldn’t be splitting these communities up, but making sure that we keep them together so that their voices can be heard. We ask that you please move forward with Map 4D and please keep the Tenderloin and West and Central SoMa together. Thank you.
  4. Hello, my name is _____ and I am calling to oppose splitting up the TL and SoMa. These two neighborhoods belong together. Anyone who walks the streets of the Tenderloin and SoMa can see that they are linked. Market st is not a boundary that separates our communities here. We share many of the same issues and constituencies, and splitting us up weakens our collective voice and power. Splitting up the Tenderloin and SoMa will do real harm to our community and is completely unnecessary. We know that District 6 needs to shrink, but we have to keep the cultural integrity of the district intact, and we have to protect the votes of the special interest communities that live here including the LGBTQ, African American, Filipino, Arab, South East Asian, Chinese, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. We ask that you please move forward with Map 4D and please keep the Tenderloin and West and Central SoMa together. Thank you.
  5. Good afternoon, my name is_______ and I am here to ask you to please keep the TL and SoMa together. Our communities are in danger of being split up. SoMa and the TL are two neighborhoods that hold special meaning for the LGBTQ community. We have both the SoMa Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District and the Transgender Cultural District located in these two neighborhoods. Splitting them up and cutting the Trans District in half will be extremely harmful to our communities. It will undermine all the work we have done so far to build and protect our spaces, and weaken our collective power. Please consider this when finalizing the redistricting map, and we ask that you please move forward with Map 4D, and please keep the Tenderloin and West and Central SoMa together. . Thank you.

Email San Francisco Redistricting Task Force Directly

You can also send your feedback to rdtf@sfgov.org, and feel free to use this letter template I created below:

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