Memo to Mayor Ed Lee Is Laced with Racial, Gender Quotas

At City Hall, being a black woman who is gay is like hitting a triple word score.

Ensuring that city commissions and boards have just the right mix of diversity is much more calculated than one might think. Based on a memo distributed to Mayor Ed Lee on Jan. 26, city leaders do in fact consider race, gender, and sexual orientation when making appointments to commissions. But they have to — the city charter mandates that boards and commissions are diverse enough so that they don't look like a company boardroom from the 1950s.

And apparently, city officials have taken to counting the beans to make sure City Hall isn't too white and male.

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