County residents interested in deciding how the new supervisorial district lines are drawn have five opportunities this summer to make their voices heard at meetings with the committee that will make the final recommendations.
The first meeting is June 6 in San Mateo followed by four more throughout San Mateo County.
Each hearing will include the nine-member boundary adjustment committee named by the Board of Supervisors to carry out the remapping required by the charter change voters approved in November. The measure moved the county from supervisors being chosen by voters countywide to a system in which only voters in a specific district choose a supervisor that lives in that district. The county already has supervisorial districts drawn but is reviewing the lines and possibly making tweaks before the next election. Districts must be approximately equal in population and the supervisors may also consider other factors like topography, geography, cohesiveness and community interests.
The meetings will also include a report from a demographer and those interested can learn how to use an online mapping tool to review the current lines. The committee will also open the floor to public comment.
The meetings are:
6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 725 Monte Diablo Ave., San Mateo;
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at Cunha Intermediate School Library, 600 Church St., Half Moon Bay;
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at the War Memorial Community Center, 6655 Mission St., Daly City;
6:30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 in the East Palo Alto Council Chambers, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto;
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the Millbrae Community Center, 477 Lincoln Circle, Millbrae.
The committee members chosen by the Board are: Supervisors Adrienne J. Tissier and Warren Slocum; Gonzalo "Sal" Torres, a Daly City councilman; Laura Martinez, an East Palo Alto councilwoman; 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.
More information is available at www.smcgov.org/bos under "Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee."