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Panel set to finalize new SF political map

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The San Francisco Redistricting Task Force is set to vote Thursday one last time on a new map for the city's 11 supervisorial districts.

It will bring to a close a line drawing process that has upset LGBTQ leaders and likely make moot a lawsuit filed against the panel.District 8 will continue to have the Castro LGBTQ district at its center but will be losing parts of the Mission Dolores neighborhood and nearly all of the Valencia Street corridor to District 9.

It is expanding northward with the addition of Cole Valley and Ashbury Heights from District 5.Due to a carve out that saw his residence on Valencia between 24th and 25th streets remain in District 8, gay Supervisor Rafael Mandelman will be able to run for reelection in the fall without having to move."It is a much better map than the first one that came out, obviously," said Mandelman, referring to an initial proposal that removed his residence from the district and cut out Duboce Triangle from it. "I am sad to be losing a big chunk of that Valencia corridor, but I am looking forward to getting to know the residents and businesses of Cole Valley."Trans district splitSan Francisco's historic transgender neighborhood is getting a new supervisorial home due to the decision to move the Tenderloin out of District 6 and into a new District 5.

LGBTQ advocates lost their battle to see it remain in D6 with the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District in western South of Market.A small section of the Transgender District running along Sixth Street will remain a part of District 6.

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