New Latina Planning Commissioner, Myrna Melgar, brings years of Mission activism an Urban Planning background and work in Newsom’s office to the job. She is expected to keep the power balance on the Commission.
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez :sfexaminer – excerpt
Many weeks see Latinos from the Mission lambaste the San Francisco Planning Commission.
From the Monster in the Mission to the Beast on Bryant, the neighborhood is home to some of the most contested housing developments in The City, which, neighbors fear, spur evictions.
Now their voice may grow.
On Guard has learned the Planning Commission’s newest potential commissioner is a Latina woman with decades of experience in Mission District activism: Myrna Melgar.
She’s a recent Democratic Party board candidate and current commissioner at the Department of Building Inspection. Melgar told me, “Planners like to think we’re neutral, but nothing could be further from the truth.”
She added, “We have to be mindful of power imbalances and equity issues.”
Her approval comes by way of Board of Supervisors President London Breed, and is pending approval by the full board.
In a statement…
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