FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2019
Meghan Horrigan, City Manager's Office
City Council Moves to District Elections
District Map Selected for 2020 Elections Following Extensive Community Engagement Process
REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.---The City Council on Monday, May 6, voted to move to district elections by adopting an ordinance and approving demographer revised district map 13H and election sequencing that both complies with federal and state laws and addresses community concerns. The City Council vote followed the seventh public hearing on the districting process, which establishes seven districts for the election of City Council members. The second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for May 20. The City has until May 31 to transition to district elections.
Selected Map Elements
The final approved map 13H reflects community input received throughout the district elections transition process. Over the last six months, the City Council oversaw an extensive community engagement process and received substantial community comments related to district maps. Many residents expressed preferences for keeping Redwood Shores as a separate and distinct district, retaining the Centennial neighborhood together as part of an overall district, maintaining the Downtown neighborhood as part of an overall district, connecting the East Bayshore neighborhood with the Friendly Acres neighborhood, and connecting the Bair Island neighborhood with the Downtown neighborhood. Feedback also included using Neighborhood Association boundaries as reference, aligning major roadways together where possible, establishing two majority Latino districts, and choosing a map that allows the Farm Hill neighborhood to vote in 2020. With district sequencing including elections for Districts 1, 3, 4, and 7 scheduled in 2020 and Districts 2, 5, and 6 scheduled in 2022.
New District Elections Process Following the 2020 Census
The first City Council election under the new district elections system will occur in the year 2020. Following the 2020 Census in 2021 the City will redraw the district map for the 2022 election process and beyond.
Extensive Community Feedback on District Maps
Over the last six months, the City Council oversaw an extensive community engagement process and received substantial community comments related to district maps. The process included four community meetings in different areas of the City; established mapping tools for the community to draw their own maps; seven public hearings to discuss district elections; an established dedicated email to share input; and various presentations at Neighborhood Association meetings to discuss the district elections process. Key communications efforts to share details about the district elections process included ; a dedicated webpage in Chinese, English and Spanish; information shared through several City communications channels; and advertising in local print publications in Chinese, English and Spanish.
Other Helpful Links
Frequently Asked Questions:https://www.redwoodcity.org/departments/city-clerk/district-elections/district-elections-faq
Frequently Asked Questions, Spanish Translation:https://www.redwoodcity.org/home/showdocument?id=17098
Frequently Asked Questions, Chinese Translation:https://www.redwoodcity.org/home/showdocument?id=17258
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About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 85,992 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep-water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience.
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