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News - June 12, 2013

Meetings set on supes districts

San Mateo County voters decided last year to have county supervisors run for election within their districts rather than county-wide. Do current district boundaries need changes? The Board of Supervisors recently appointed a committee to engage the public in a series of meetings on this question.

The meetings are set for:

• Saturday, June 15, at 9:30 a.m. in the Cunha Intermediate School Library at 600 Church St. in Half Moon Bay

• Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Community Center at 6655 Mission St. in Daly City

• 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the East Palo Alto council chambers.

• Thursday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Millbrae Community Center at 477 Lincoln Circle in Millbrae

The meetings will include public comment and a demonstration by a demographer on how to use an online mapping tool to review and redraw current boundaries. The agenda for the final meeting in Millbrae will include a draft set of boundary adjustments.

State law requires electoral districts to be approximately equal in population. In setting district boundaries, supervisors can consider these factors: "topography; geography; (the) cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity and compactness of a territory; and (the) community of interests within the districts."

Before recommendations are made to the board, another five meetings will be held later in the summer to gather public comment on proposed boundary changes.

The committee members are supervisors Adrienne Tissier and Warren Slocum, Laura Martinez of the East Palo Alto City Council, Gonzalo "Sal" Torres of the Daly City Council and five members of the public from each of the five districts: Rebecca Ayson of Daly City, Barbara Arietta of Pacifica, Hayden Lee of Millbrae, Raymond Lee of San Mateo, and William Nack of Menlo Park.

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