San Bruno, CA – The City of San Bruno, like hundreds of other cities across the state, is forming City districts to elect Council members. The City is launching the district formation process with the first of four Public Hearings scheduled to take place via Zoom on September 28 at 5:30 p.m. To attend, please join the meeting:
Zoom Meeting Details
Webinar or Meeting ID: 822 9482 2527 Webinar or Meeting Password: 071078 Zoom Phone Line: 1-669-900-9128 (same webinar ID and password as above)
Beginning in 2022, voters will vote for one City Council Member who lives in their district, as opposed to voting for all City Council Members in the current system of “at-large” citywide elections. The districting process being launched now will determine who on the City Council represents which San Bruno community members moving forward.
San Bruno invites residents to participate in the district formation process to ensure district lines respect neighborhoods, history, and geographical elements. Community members can participate by attending a Public Hearing, sharing their specific thoughts, submitting a proposed map, or eventually providing feedback on draft maps.
During the process, mapping tools will become available for residents to draw what they believe should be the new district lines that define their communities of interest. Communities of interest can include shared interests, social and civic networks, racial and ethnic compositions, cultural identities, socioeconomic status, etc. The City anticipates first-hand insight from residents on their communities of interest during the process and at upcoming hearings.
To help share information about the district formation and collect public feedback, the City of San Bruno has launched a dedicated district formation website: DistrictingSanBruno.org. The new website includes background information on district formation, the schedule of upcoming hearings, and frequently asked questions.
The switch to district-based elections is a process that many cities in California are undergoing to meet the standards of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) of 2001. The CVRA gave more robust legal backing to minority groups in California who have expressed that “at-large” elections have diluted their voting rights.
For additional information as the districting process continues, including details on future Public Hearings and other events, new FAQs, and more, please visit DistrictingSanBruno.org.