In a June 19 San Francisco Examiner article, Political Science Lecturer David Lee said that combining San Francisco's two Assembly and Senate seats into one as proposed by a redistricting commission, will make for an unpredictable 2012 election. Such a change could create competition between Asian-American and LGBT communities on the west and east sides. But, the communities "…come together when our interests are at stake," Lee said. "You may find an Assembly member on the other side of Mount Davidson, because they’re laying the groundwork for a Senate run."
In a June 1 San Francisco Chronicle article Cesar Chavez Institute Director Belinda Reyes expressed surprise at the 43 percent growth in Hispanic populations across the U.S. "There was a big campaign by many community groups to make sure the Census Bureau counted the population correctly, but these numbers came out bigger than I thought," she said.
Building up, not out
Associate Professor of Human Geography and Human Environmental Studies Jason Henderson was interviewed for a May 28 San Francisco Examiner report on growing acceptance of dense development in San Francisco. "The City is willing to absorb its share of growth….We'd have to buy a lot of new buses and a lot of new trains," Henderson said.
Pride and prejudice
Professor of Sexuality Studies Gil Herdt was the featured guest for KALW's June 5 Philosophy Talk on the topic of "Gay Pride and Prejudice." The discussion, which was recorded before a live audience at the Marsh Theater in Berkeley, Calif., explored the consequences of arguments for and against gay rights.
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