Communities of Interest
Update as of October 2021
After a robust community outreach initiative, the City Council selected Map 3b as San Mateo's new district elections map. The information below was shared with the community to gather public input. At this time, community of interest testimony is no longer being collected. Visit the related documents page to review public submissions.
The San Mateo City Council has begun the process of transitioning to district elections. U.S. Census data was used to balance the population of each San Mateo City Council District.
One of the primary goals of this process was to keep communities together within each district. That’s why it was so important to hear from you! Residents were encouraged to fill out this form or use this map to tell the City Council about your community of interest – so it can be preserved in the new district lines.
How You Can Participate in the Process
- Use our online Communities of Interest form to provide comments
- Complete the pdf version of the COI form (English, Spanish, Chinese) or COI Map (English) and return it by email to email@example.com or return it by mail to City Clerk Patrice Olds, 330 W. 20th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403.
- Attend one of the City's Public Hearings and Community Workshops on districting.
What is a Community of Interest?
What criteria will help the City Council understand the importance of your community in the districting process?
When documenting your community, it is important to outline the following topics to assist the City Council in the districting process:
- The shared culture, characteristics, or bonds of your community.
- The distinguishable geographic boundaries of your community and the number of people living in your area.
- Your community’s relationship with the City and how it is affected by policy decisions made by the City Council.
The public can submit any feedback, but it is important to remember that your input can be best used if it addresses all three of these topics.