New D-6 leader starting from ground up

San Francisco’s downtown expansion, creation of a major regional transit hub and the massive redevelopment of Treasure Island — these large-scale changes are part of the job for whoever wins the Nov. 2 election to fill the seat being vacated by District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly.

Daly leaves office with a looming sea change.

District 6, along with District 10, is where The City is slated to expand through development. This urban setting is not faced with the question of whether to develop, but instead in what way.

“The next supervisor will have to enforce smart growth,” said Michael Nulty, a longtime resident of the

That includes paying attention to below-market-rate housing, open spaces and protections to ensure existing residents are not pushed out of the community, according to Nulty.

Development is planned along the waterfront, Treasure Island, in the South of Market area and on Market Street. The effort to revive mid-Market Street through construction was recently illustrated by approval of CityPlace, a shopping center planned along the thoroughfare between Fifth and Sixth streets. The newcomer will have to shepherd the massive undertaking of the Transbay Transit Center at Mission and First streets, which is envisioned to one day be a transportation hub that will include the high-speed rail connecting Northern and Southern California. 

For the past 10 years, SoMa, the Tenderloin, North Mission, South Beach and Treasure Island have been represented on the Board of Supervisors by Daly, a progressive stalwart who is termed out of office Jan. 8.

Should a more moderate candidate prevail, it could take away the influence of the board’s progressive bloc, which has often battled Mayor Gavin Newsom and his moderate allies on land use, social policies and spending priorities.

“[District 6 is] where some of the biggest changes in The City have been happening and will continue to happen,” said Gabriel Metcalf, director of the public policy think tank San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. “It’s where downtown will expand if we ever enter the economic cycle where we are adding jobs.”

Pedestrian and bicycle safety and adequate Muni service are among the challenges that come with the planned growth.

Metcalf said the incoming supervisor will have to “make sure the change is as good as it can be,” with a focus on being well-designed and fitting in properly with the urban setting.

It’s a district that has been plagued by drug dealing and crime for years in the heart of the Tenderloin and along Sixth Street. Last year, police Chief George Gascón aggressively targeted criminals in the Tenderloin, which drew both criticism and praise, and a year later the problem persists. Some merchants want the incoming supervisor to reduce the high concentration of social services by relocating some of the programs to other neighborhoods.

Residents spoke of the need to unite the diverse voices and groups in the district. 

“When it comes to the needs of Rincon Hill, South Beach, South Park and Mission Bay, we have felt invisible,” said Gary Pegueros, a South Beach resident for six years. “Our part of District 6 has yet to be recognized as a ‘residential’ neighborhood with a growing population, increasing number of restaurants and businesses, and a need to be heard by our elected representatives.”

An incoming supervisor who is open to working with residents will yield great benefits, Pegueros said.


District 6 demographics

Tenderloin · South of Market · North Mission South Beach · Treasure Island

Population: 82,909

$31,060: Median income per capita

$38,905: Median household income

8,405: Children 17 and under

11,207: People 65 and older

Source: Department of Public Health, May 2009 data




Voter statistics

43,647: Registered voters in District 6

24,349: Registered as Democrats

3,389: Registered as Republicans

879: Registered as American Independent Party

978: Registered as Green Party

312: Registered as Libertarian Party

207: Registered as Peace and Freedom Party

73: Registered as other

13,460: Declined to state

Source: Department of Elections, as of July 29.




Candidates for San Francisco Supervisor District 6

h. brown

Date of birth: April 4, 1944
Neighborhood: Tenderloin
Occupation: Retired teacher/political satirist

Campaign platform in 20 words or less: Elected police chief. Open Tenderloin parks. Replace all benches. Free parking for mentors for SFUSD at-risk kids. Go Giants!

What is the most significant issue facing your district? Crime. Give us single-officer foot patrols, open parks and plenty of benches, and relocate all SROs in the Care Not Cash program to Treasure Island.


Dean Clark

Date of birth: Nov. 10, 1965
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Occupation: Teacher/business owner

Campaign platform in 20 words or less: Our residents of San Francisco deserve better education, health care, housing opportunities, government, jobs and social programs.

What is the most significant issue facing your district? The homeless situation.


George Davis

Date of birth: Sept. 17, 1946
Neighborhood: 16th and Valencia streets
Occupation: Writer

Campaign platform in 20 words or less: Freedom of expression. Freedom from censorship. Free dental, vision and hearing care for seniors.

What is the most significant issue facing your district? My target electoral demographics are “free thinkers” and seniors and voters that are concerned about a secure retirement. We are not losing the focus on this campaign by taking inflexible positions on other issues.


Matthew Drake

Date of birth: Dec. 22, 1971
Neighborhood: South of Market
Occupation: Attorney for a technology startup

Campaign platform in 20 words or less: I want to make The City friendlier to business, ensure safe streets and bring efficient, effective government to City Hall.

What is the most significant issue facing your district? The economy. Too many people are out of work, and because the economy is poor, The City receives less tax revenue. Additionally, some parts of District 6 are not safe. Our streets should be safe for everyone and they should be clean. It is not acceptable for children in the Tenderloin to have to walk past used needles on their way to school in the morning.


Glendon ‘Anna Conda’ Hyde

Date of birth: Sept. 18, 1967
Neighborhood: South of Market
Occupation: Drag queen/community organizer

Campaign platform in 20 words or less: Decriminalizing the homeless and finding solutions to create sustainability within District 6 while cutting money wasted by inefficient practices.

What is the most significant issue facing your district? Housing and displacement.


Jane Kim

Date of birth: 1977
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Occupation: Board of Education president and civil rights attorney

Campaign platform in 20 words or less: Bringing people together to strengthen our local economy and make our neighborhoods more vibrant and livable.

What is the most significant issue facing your district? Making neighborhoods more complete and livable. This means getting our streets to be safer and cleaner. It means fixing Muni. And it means creating more green, open spaces in the district. Development encompasses everything from job creation and housing to implementing community benefits like transit, schools and innovative use of public space.


Jim Meko

Date of birth: Feb. 13, 1949
Neighborhood: South of Market
Occupation: Print shop owner (The Best Impression, 366 10th St.)

Campaign platform in 20 words or less: I respect the opinions of our residents. They deserve to play a role in deciding what our community will look like 20 years from now. Everyone deserves a great neighborhood.

What is the most significant issue facing your district? The huge amount of change with Treasure Island, mid-Market, Transbay, Rincon Hill and most other parts of SoMa. Pedestrian safety, rectifying the deficiencies in public parks and open spaces in the district, and ensuring that those without a car can access vital services are all planning issues. Almost all the characteristics that shape a great neighborhood emanate from the planning, zoning and land-use decisions that we make. As chair of the Western SoMa Citizens Planning Task Force since 2005, I am by far the most knowledgeable candidate about these issues.


Nate Payne

Date of birth: Jan. 24, 1979
Neighborhood: Mission Bay
Occupation: Small-business owner

Campaign platform in 20 words or less: Safe neighborhoods and controlled spending equals quality of life.


Theresa Sparks

Date of birth: April 8, 1949
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Occupation: Director, Human Rights Commission

Campaign platform in 20 words or less: Create jobs, structurally balanced budget, safe neighborhoods, civility at the board and represent the entire district, not just one constituency.

What is the most significant issue facing your district? Quality of life, public safety and unemployment. We need to address the chronic homelessness in this district, make sure all neighborhoods are safe for families, children, residents and visitors, and create more jobs. It is imperative that the next supervisor not follow the legacy of the current one and encourage new business creation, innovation, smart development, affordable housing for all levels of income and drug-free, safe neighborhoods. 


George Vazhappally

Date of Birth: June 19, 1949
Neighborhood: Yerba Buena Island
Occupation: Small-business owner

Campaign platform in 20 words or less: Looking out for the best in San Francisco.

What is the most significant issue facing your district? Unemployment, homelessness, drugs, truancy and schools.


Debra Walker

Date of birth: April 23, 1953
Neighborhood: North Mission
Occupation: Artist and small-business owner

Campaign platform in 20 words or less: Working to ensure development doesn’t destroy our neighborhoods, and brings real community benefits. Prioritizing public safety and protecting affordable housing. 

What is the most significant issue facing your district? Land use and development. Over the past 10 years, District 6 has seen more new units of housing developed than any other part of town. I believe that’s a good thing. As old uses like light industry diminish, we must address current needs, like housing. But we must also make sure we have the space for our economic engine, to actually produce goods and create jobs for our residents and to generate the revenue we need to keep our city running.


Elaine Zamora

Date of birth: Dec. 12, 1951
Neighborhood: Tenderloin
Occupation: Attorney and district manager of the North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District

Campaign platform in 20 words or less: Neighborhoods’ voice on housing, public safety, business and economic development. Legislate on pragmatic grounds, not ideological partisanship. Work collaboratively and effectively.

What is the most significant issue facing your district? Land use, which goes to the issues of housing development, open space, safety and quality of life.

– Matthew Ashe*
– James Keys*

* These candidates are also running but did not submit information.


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