REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to adopt new boundaries for the County’s five supervisorial districts.
“The map we selected takes into account the public input we received from every corner of San Mateo County,” said Don Horsley, president of the Board of Supervisors. “We heard from many interests and we are pleased that we were able to select a map that limited the number of cities that would be divided while at the same time uniting communities.”
Following a public hearing, the Board voted to introduce an ordinance adopting the map “Community Unity B” as the official district boundaries. The vote followed an extensive months-long public outreach process that included a citizen’s advisory committee. Prior to the Board’s October 8th meeting, the advisory committee recommended the Board consider maps called “Community Unity” and “Equity,” which were both supported by members of the public.
The Board ultimately blended the two maps, adopting the recommendations of the “Equity” coalition in the North County and the “Community Unity” coalition in the South County. The approved map also attempts to minimize city divisions while keeping communities of interest like the coast together in a single district.
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The federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 calls for each district to be as nearly as equal in population as possible. With a total population of approximately 736,068 residents, the ideal target population per district would be approximately 147,000 residents. Under the map approved today, population shifts between districts and range from minus 2.93 percent to plus 2.65 percent.
The adopted map divides four cities between districts: Belmont (Districts 2 and 3), Menlo Park (Districts 3 and 4), San Bruno (Districts 1 and 5) and South San Francisco (Districts 1 and 5). Belmont, South San Francisco and Redwood City were divided between districts in the existing map. The new map unifies Redwood City, which under the previous map had the Redwood Shores area in a separate district.
Key provisions of the adopted map:
District 1: 147,020 residents
Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough and the unincorporated San Mateo Highlands along with 71.9 percent of South San Francisco (mostly east of Junipero Sera Boulevard) and 74.6 percent of San Bruno (south of Sneath Lane and west of Interstate 280).
District 2: 151,033 residents
San Mateo, Foster City and 79.1 percent of Belmont.
District 3: 151,121 residents
Atherton, San Carlos, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, Woodside, Portola Valley and 41.1 percent of Menlo Park (mostly west of El Camino) and the unincorporated communities of Emerald Lake Hills along with the coastside.
District 4: 142,903 residents
Redwood City, East Palo Alto and 58.9 percent of Menlo Park along with the unincorporated community of North Fair Oaks.
District 5: 143,991 residents
Brisbane, Colma, Daly City, 25.4 percent of San Bruno (northwest section of the city) and 28.1 percent of South San Francisco (west of Junipero Serra Boulevard) along with unincorporated Broadmoor.
The Board of Supervisors began studying potential boundary adjustments 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.
The map approved today by the Board will govern elections for two Board seats up for election in 2014. Those seats are for Districts 2 and 3.