Supervisorial District Advisory Committee Update: Draft District Maps Now Available

July 30, 2013

A series of draft maps that show potential changes in the boundaries of San Mateo County’s five supervisorial districts are now available for public review and comment.

The maps represent a preliminary attempt to redraw boundaries based on comments by the San Mateo County Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee and input by the public to date.

Current Districts

Click on the map to view current districts

The maps are available for review at www.smcdistrictcommittee.org and are accompanied by demographic data regarding each draft district, reflecting factors such as income, education and ethnicity.

The maps will be discussed at the committee’s next meeting, scheduled for August 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the East Palo Alto City Council Chambers, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto.

Following the August 8 meeting, the committee will hold four additional meetings: Sept. 10, 11,  12 and Sept. 24, all from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. See below for locations.

At each meeting, the committee will take public comment on the maps and may direct the consulting demographer to make further adjustments to the draft maps or draw additional maps.

The public is encouraged to draw and submit maps during this process at www.smcdistrictlines.org.

SMCDistrictLines.org is a free, user-friendly redistricting website for the County of San Mateo. The current deadline to submit maps is September 20.

It is anticipated that at the Sept. 24 meeting the committee will recommend one or more alternatives to the full Board of Supervisors. The Board would then consider possible district boundary adjustments at its October 8 meeting with a decision on any such adjustments by its November 5 meeting.

The public is invited to send comments on the draft maps by e-mail to districtlines@smcgov.org or by mail to: San Mateo County Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, c/o District Lines Advisory Committee, Redwood City, CA 94063.

Future meetings – all from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.:

Sept: 10: Daly City: War Memorial Community Center, 6655 Mission St.

Sept. 11: Half Moon Bay: Cunha Intermediate School Library, 600 Church St.

Sept. 12: Millbrae: Chetcuti Room, 450 Poplar Ave.

Sept. 24: Location to be determined.

The Board of Supervisors created the nine-member District Lines Advisory Committee after voters changed the County Charter in November 2012 to provide that a supervisor may only be elected by voters within the district in which he or she lives. 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 appointed 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.

Questions? Contact Marshall Wilson, Communications Director, County Manager’s Office.

(650) 363-4153 office

(650) 464-2899 cell


Artists with Disabilities Encourged to Enter Showcase Exhibit

July 29, 2013

Artists with disabilities who live in San Mateo County are encouraged to submit works for inclusion in the 2013 Art Showcase.

"Pegasus" from the 2012 Showcase

“Pegasus” from the 2012 Showcase

Featuring works by local artists with disabilities, the 2013 Showcase is an excellent opportunity to exhibit works and bring greater awareness about disabilities in our community. The deadline is Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the Commission on Disabilities are co-sponsoring the exhibit, which will be on display from October 1 through October 22 at the Caldwell Gallery on the first floor of the Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, Redwood City.

This is a juried exhibit and details for entering artwork can be found at this link or on the Commission’s website http://smchealth.org/smccod. For additional information call the Commission staff at 650-573-2480 or the California Relay (711) for those who are deaf, or have hearing or speech impairments.

Media Contact: Juda Tolmasoff: 650-599-1005.


Dates Set for Supervisorial District Lines Committee Meetings

July 18, 2013

A committee formed by the Board of Supervisors has been holding meetings since June to hear from the public on the current boundaries of the county’s five supervisorial districts and ideas for potential adjustments.

Five additional meetings have now been scheduled. They are:

August 8 in the East Palo Alto City Council Chambers, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

September 10 Location to be determined.

September 11 Location to be determined.

September 12 Location to be determined.

September 24 Location to be determined.

All four meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. We will post information on this site when we secure meeting locations.

The Board of Supervisors created the nine-member District Lines Advisory Committee 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 that 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.

For more information, visit www.smcdistrictcommittee.org

 

 


Court: San Mateo County Parks are Gun-Free Zones

July 16, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors today praised a state appeal court’s ruling that the County’s ban on firearms in County parks is legal.

“No one needs a gun in a park,” said Don Horsley, President of the Board and a former San Mateo County Sheriff.edgewood7

Horsley reacted to a Monday ruling by the California Court of Appeal that upheld the County’s ban on the possession of firearms in County parks and recreation areas.
The court dismissed arguments by the Calguns Foundation and National Rifle Association that visitors with concealed-carry permits should be allowed to carry guns in the County’s 17 protected parks and recreation areas.

“Our parks are a refuge not only for wildlife but for visitors,” Horsley said. “The presence of guns ramps up the chances of deadly accidents and no one should have to worry that just around the corner some hiker with a gun is going to mistake you for a mountain lion.”

Opponents of the long-standing ban filed suit in 2011 claiming that the ban was preempted by state law. A San Mateo County Superior Court judge upheld the ban in a July 2012 ruling. The opponents then appealed to the state courts.

Monday’s ruling by the State Court of Appeal found that the decision to ban firearms in parks was within the powers of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. The ban, the court said, is “very narrow” – affecting parks and recreation areas only — and “clearly bears no resemblance” to broader bans that have been struck down by the courts.

“This is a big victory for local government agencies around the state who wish to use their local police power to restrict firearms,” said John Beiers, San Mateo County Chief County Counsel. “The country has seen that beating the NRA even post-Newtown is not easy, so we are very pleased with the outcome.”

The ruling may be found here:
http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/nonpub/A136092.PDF

Media Contact Information:
Board President Don Horsley: 650-363-4569
County Counsel John Beiers: 650-363-4250
Communications Director Marshall Wilson: 650-363-4153


Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee Meets Thursday in Millbrae

July 8, 2013

The San Mateo County Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, July 11, in the Millbrae Community Center, 477 Lincoln Circle, Millbrae.

The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors created the nine-member committee after voters changed the County Charter in November. The change requires that only voters within a district can elect a supervisor who lives in that 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.

View the committee’s Millbrae Agenda.

The committee will hear public comment and presentations on the redistricting process and a map-making tool followed by public comment on what factors should be considered in the redistricting process.

The committee is then expected to provide direction to a mapping consultant in drawing draft maps. These maps along with those submitted by members of the public will be discussed at a second round of meetings that will be scheduled to start in early August and conclude in September. These meetings have not yet been scheduled.

Visit the committee’s website — http://www.smcdistrictcommittee.org — to find background information, agendas, minutes, meeting presentations and other information.

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Visit Junipero Serra Park with Take A Hike on Saturday, July 6

July 3, 2013

Enjoy the long holiday weekend with a hike at Junipero Serra Park in San Bruno on Saturday, July 6.

This small park offers 106 acres of meadows and hills. Visitors enjoy the trails, picnic areas, two playgrounds and spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. junipero3

Take A Hike is a monthly program that features guided visits to San Mateo County’s diverse parks. This Saturday’s hike begins at 9 a.m. in the main parking lot at 1801 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno. Google map.

This month’s hike will traverse through the park’s diverse habitats, from stands of coast live oak and buckeye, to Monterey cypress, pine and California laurel. After the hike, we encourage you to stay for a picnic and top off your visit with a trip down the double 54-foot-long slide in the Meadow View Playground.

It’s a good idea to bring water, wear hats and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

The Park’s address is: 1801 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno. For driving directions and more park information, visit www.SMCoParks.org

What’s Take A Hike all about? Take a look:

 


County Offices Closed July 4 for Independence Day

July 3, 2013

Most San Mateo County offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Emergency services will be available, as always.

County offices will resume normal business hours on Friday, July 5.

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