Represent San Mateo – What Issues Are Important to You?
Council to Discuss Number of Future Council Seats on Sept. 13
New Online DistrictR Mapping Tool Now Available
You know your neighborhoods best, that’s why it’s important to share your thoughts about what matters most to your community! Join the Represent San Mateo initiative as we transition to district elections for future City Council positions. Your input will help to create a new map that will split the City into districts, and instead of voting for all five council members, residents would vote for one member who resides in their district.
Why Does This Matter?
The City Council sets policies and allocates funding that impact a variety of issues important to the San Mateo community. This includes everything from housing and childcare programs, to parks and transportation improvements. District elections will directly impact how you elect future City Council members to make these decisions for your community!
The City Council will hold Public Hearing #2 on Monday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. to continue collecting feedback about Communities of Interest, and the number of districts that should be created. You can provide input about what criteria should be used to create the districts and how many council seats there would be. The Council will also consider whether we should continue our current system of having the mayor be a position that rotates amongst council members each year, or if there should be a new at-large mayor that would be directly elected by all voters. Meeting agenda and staff report will be posted by Sept. 10.
Did you miss Public Hearing #1? Find meeting materials and video recordings online. There will be five public hearings and the goal is to complete the process by Nov. 15, 2021.
How Can I Participate?
Visit our District Elections web page for more information and to provide input today! Fill out your Communities of Interest form and mark your calendars to join an upcoming virtual hearing or in-person workshop. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Online Mapping Tool Now Available
Check out our new City of San Mateo DistrictR online mapping tool that’s now available for you to use when drawing your community of interest!
Starting in mid-September, you'll also be able to use the tool to draw where you think the district boundaries should be split in the City of San Mateo.