Our friendly (if somewhat less glamorous) comrades from the Portola Planet recently trekked to City Hall for a sit-down interview with District 9 Supervisor David Campos.
Portola Planet: Previously, for the past 10 years, the Portola was divided into two districts, 9 and 10. With it now all in 9, you are saying that instead of looking at each neighborhood, the Portola, Bernal and the Mission, but that it is more about looking at district nine as a whole to work together as a community.
David Campos: That’s what we are trying to do. I think that another challenge we had when the neighborhood was split was it was confusing for people to know which supervisor to go to. We saw that same confusion in the north Mission when it was split between district 6 and district 9.
PP: Ahh so it isn’t just the Portola that has been united into one district now, but also the Mission?
DC: Exactly. That’s a very positive thing. It allows people to know who the point person is. It brings a level of accountability that wasn’t there before. The fact of the matter is, if you look at the geographical distance between neighborhoods, it’s not that far.
The rest of the interview is definitely worth a read; it explains what a SF Supervisor actually does, how Campos got started in politics, and various Portola development and revitalization schemes. Check it out!
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