Update on Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee

PRESS RELEASE

Hello all,

Many folks have asked me for an update on the newly formed Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee. Thus, I have the following information for you:

“In-a Nutshell”:

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors created the nine-member District Lines Committee in April of 2013… after voters changed the County Charter in November 2012. The change requires that only voters within a district can elect a supervisor who lives in the same district to represent them. Under the prior system voters countywide elected all five supervisors.

With heightened interest in district-based elections, the Board of Supervisors tasked the Committee with hearing public comment, studying current and potential boundaries and recommending possible adjustments.

The committee members chosen by the Board of Supervisors are Supervisor Adrienne J. Tissier, Committee Chair, Supervisor Warren Slocum, Committee Vice-Chair, Gonzalo “Sal” Torres, a Daly City Council Member, Laura Martinez, an East Palo Alto Council Member, and public members: Hayden Lee of Millbrae, Raymond Lee of San Mateo, Barbara Arietta of Pacifica,
William Nack of Menlo Park, and Rebecca Ayson of Daly City. Each public member resides in one of the five current districts, ensuring that all geographic areas of the county are represented. Eric Reed and Isabel Annie Loya were selected as alternates.

The District Lines Advisory Committee has recently completed conducting its first series of  five Public Hearings, which were held in San Mateo, Half Moon Bay, Daly City, East Palo Alto and Millbrae.

The second group of Public Hearings, which will propose and receive public input on possible district lines map adjustments, based on ongoing public input, is now being planned. Information on that is due to be put up on the District Lines Advisory Committee’s website in August. (http://www.smcdistrictcommittee.org)

The next proposed Public Hearing date is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 8th. The location is yet to be announced. Check on the website in early August for information on exact time and location for that meeting.

MAP YOUR OWN DISTRICT

This project is about your goals, not ours. We have interactive maps and places for you to provide us with insight into your community.

SMC District Lines is a free, user friendly redistricting website for the County of San Mateo. Map your own district proposals or draw the boundaries of your Community of Interest.

REMEMBER:

To learn more about the features and data on SMCDistrictLines or to map your own district proposals or draw the boundaries of your Community of Interest, please visit: www.smcdistrictlines.org

To inquire about technical issues or receive information on training opportunities, email: SMCDistrictlines@healthycity.org.

To learn more about the Boundary Adjustment Committee and find out when hearings and events are scheduled, visit: http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/portal/site/bos/ under the Supervisorial District Lines Committee.

To learn more about who created ReDrawCA.org, visit: http://healthycity.org/  and    http://www.advancementprojectca.org/

To learn, in person, how to draw the maps, please attend one of these two scheduled workshops. However, space is limited and pre-registration is necessary. If there is quite a bit of public interest shown, there is a  possibility of having more workshops, but only these two workshops have been scheduled to date..

SMC District Lines Presentation and Test Drive
Tuesday, July 6, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Serramonte Library, 40 Wembley Drive, Daly City, CA 94015
Pre-register (free) at: http://www.smcdistrictlines.eventbrite.com/

and

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: JobTrain in Menlo Park 
Pre-register (free) athttp://www.smcdistrictlines.eventbrite.com/

Please pass this information on to anyone else that might be interested. Thanks!

BARBARA ARIETTA
Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee

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