Districting in San Bruno

In this next election cycle, the city will be moving away from the “at-large” election format to “district elections.” This means that instead of the entire city hosting an election for two out of the four seats on San Bruno City Council every two years, the city will be partitioned into four districts of approximately equal population which will each vote for their own councilmember separately. The four-year term of each councilmember will continue to be staggered, so the two districts which do not have an election this year must wait until 2024 to vote for their district’s representative.

This is a process that requires a great deal of community engagement, for no one knows the city and its various “communities of interest” like the residents themselves. To achieve this end, the city has employed the service of a consulting agency to provide the residents with an easy-to-use online tool for drawing their own district maps. This can be found here: https://districtingsanbruno.org/draw-a-map/


Step 1: Select the “DistrictR” tool.
Step 2: Select the option to draw 4 City Council Districts.
Step 3: Select a color to draw each one of the four City Council Districts. Note: For a map to meet state and federal law, the “Max Population Deviation” must be below 10%. Once you are done, make sure to save your map, and under “Team or Plan Name” I would be grateful if you said: “Jeremy Sent Me.”

My proposed San Bruno City Council District Map:

When I first set out to draw four distinct yet equal districts that together make up this “City with a Heart,” I began by dividing the city along 3 major thoroughfares: east and west of El Camino Real, east and west of the I-280, and north and south of Sneath Lane. This was unachievable however, as the population was not large enough in the district that would comprise Shelter Creek and Crestmoor. Furthermore, the district that would be to the east of El Camino would have too great a population. I decided to follow the SBPSD’s Elementary School Map (see below) which uses Cherry Lane as a boundary to increase the population of the first district, while splitting the would-be district east of El Camino in the north-south orientation instead. This would ensure that the neighborhood of Rollingwood remains undivided to preserve the integrity of this community of interest.


The timeline for how the City Council will ultimately decide on the final District Map can be found here: https://districtingsanbruno.org/Schedule/

Key dates to be aware of include the following:

January 18th: The deadline for district maps that will be considered and commented on by the City Council during its Public Hearing held on January 25th.

February 15th: The deadline for district maps that will be considered and commented on by the City Council during its Public Hearing held on February 22nd.

February 22nd: The date when the City Council finalizes their selection for the District Map to be used in this next Election.