COUNTY OF SAN MATEO

Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Board of Supervisors

 

DATE:

April 4, 2011

BOARD MEETING DATE:

April 12, 2011

SPECIAL NOTICE/HEARING:

No

VOTE REQUIRED:

Majority

 

TO:

Honorable Board of Supervisors

FROM:

Supervisor Carole Groom

SUBJECT:

Appointments to a Board ad hoc committee for the purpose of recommending adjustments to supervisorial district boundaries

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Adopt a Resolution appointing Supervisors Adrienne Tissier and Rose Jacobs Gibson to a Board ad hoc committee for the purpose of recommending adjustments to supervisorial district boundaries.

 

BACKGROUND:

In March 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau delivered census data to California. The data will be merged into a much larger database containing voter registration and the statement of the vote and it is anticipated that it will be available by May 2011.

 

California Elections Code 21500 addresses the adjustment of supervisorial district boundaries. This section provides that following each decennial federal census, and using that census as a basis, the Board of Supervisors shall adjust the boundaries of any or all of the supervisorial districts of the county so that the districts shall be as nearly equal in population as may be and shall comply with the applicable provisions of Section 1973 of Title 42 of the United States Code, as amended. In establishing the boundaries of the districts, the Board may give consideration to the following factors: (a) topography, (b) geography, (c) cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory, and (d) community of interests of the districts.

 

DISCUSSION:

Elections Code 21501 provides, in part, that: “The boundaries of the supervisorial districts shall be adjusted by the Board before the first day of November of the year following the year in which each decennial federal census is taken.” A redistricting plan is done by the adoption of an ordinance after the Board has held at least one public hearing on any proposal. Because ordinances are not effective until 30 days after adoption, the recommended schedule is for the Board to adopt such an ordinance by October 1, 2011. Based upon the current 2011 Board meeting schedule, the Board could introduce the ordinance at its September 13, 2011 meeting and adopt the ordinance at its meeting of September 27, 2011.

 

To enable the Board to meet the October deadline, it is recommended that a Board ad hoc committee be formed to recommend a redistricting plan for the full Board’s consideration. It is also recommended that the ad hoc committee engage in a process that allows for public input throughout the county.

 

County Counsel has reviewed and approved the Resolution as to form and content.

 

Formation of a Board ad hoc committee formed to recommend a redistricting plan for the full Board’s consideration contributes to the Shared Vision 2025 outcome of a Collaborative Community by allowing more flexibility and public input in connection with the consideration of the reapportionment of supervisorial districts.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

None.