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June 8, 2018 was the last deadline to submit draft maps for consideration by the City Council. On July 11th, City Council adopted an ordinance to transition to district-based elections using Map 109. Districts 2 and 4 will have elections in November 2020, and Districts 1, 3, and 5 to have elections in November 2022.

DRAW YOUR OWN MAP

The deadline to submit your own map has passed, however, there were three tools available to help the public with this process. 

  1. Paper-only maps (print at home or copies are available at City Libraries or at City Hall) (en Espanol)
  2. An Microsoft Excel supplement for the paper maps (links below)
  3. A powerful, but also complicated, online map-drawing tool (Click "new user" and create an account)

The public was encouraged to draw a map for the Council to consider and submit it in any of the following ways: (1) Deliver to the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 400 Grand Avenue South San Francisco, CA 94080, (2) Fax: (650) 829-6641 (3) Scan or take a photo with your smart phone and Email to districtelections@ssf.net (4) Draw a map using the online mapping tool and click "submit". Then the City’s demographic consultants generated the population and other demographic details for your proposed map.

All maps submitted by the public are published on the Draft Maps page.

When drawing a map, what criteria is used?

Many factors could be considered, but an equal population among the districts is one of the most important components.

For a five-district map, each district should be as close to 12,726 as possible, and the largest should be a maximum of 1,273 larger than the smallest.

Other factors to consider include the following:

  • Consider communities of interest
  • Be compact
  • Be contiguous
  • Have visible (natural and man-made) boundaries
  • Include respect for past voter selections
  • Plan for future growth

COUNCIL ADOPTED MAP 109 ON JULY 11

Draft district maps submitted before the May 11th deadline were posted on the City's website on May 16th. These initial draft maps were considered at the third public hearing on May 23rd. Draft district maps submitted before the June 8th deadline were posted on the City's website on June 13th. These subsequent draft maps were considered at the fourth public hearing on June 20th and the Council selected map 109.

June 8, 2018 was the last deadline to submit draft maps for consideration at the fourth public hearing. On June 27th, the City Council introduced an ordinance adopting district-based elections using Map 109. Districts 2 and 4 will have elections in November 2020, and Districts 1, 3, and 5 to have elections in November 2022. On July 11th, the ordinance was adopted. 

THREE MAPPING TOOLS

Paper Only Map Tool - PDF-Based Map Drawing

The simplest approach to drawing a map proposal is to draw your proposed map on any city map or use the Paper Map Only to draw your proposed districts and calculate the total population.

One-Page Map Kit     (En Espanol)

This detailed map in Adobe PDF format is designed for printing on 11x17" paper, but works 8.5x11" too. 

Microsoft Excel Map Tool - Supplemental

Are you familiar with the basic functions of Microsoft Excel? Then you can let Excel do the total population and demographic math for you. If you click on the link in English or in Spanish you can save the Excel file to your computer. Then use the Excel file and the Map of Population Unit ID Numbers to assign the Population Units to your desired districts, and Excel will provide the resulting demographics for each district.

Excel Kit for 5-district map (Click and then save the file to your own computer) Excel en Espanol

Designed to be used with the map of Population Unit identification numbers this Microsoft Excel file will add up the demographic data for each proposed district. The user need only enter the desired district assignment for each Population Unit.

This greatly simplifies the math of drawing plans for users already familiar with Microsoft Excel, but anyone unfamiliar with Microsoft Excel can still draw plans with the Paper Map Only (en Espanol)

Online Mapping Tool

The most powerful map-drawing tool, but also the most difficult to use, is the online districting tool. This tool enables you to draw districts Census Block by Census Block, just like the professional demographers. You can fine-tune your district lines and see, in detail, the resulting demographics as you draw your map.

But with this power comes complexity: this tool can be challenging to figure out at first. So before you log in, be sure to review the following helpful guides:

Questions About How To Use Mapping Kits

For any questions about using the kits, contact Douglas Johnson or Justin Levitt from NDC: PO Box 5271, Glendale, CA 91221; phone: 310-200-2058; fax: (818) 254-1221;  E-Mail: djohnson@NDCresearch.com.

 

SUBMIT YOUR MAPS

Submit your proposal via Email (scan or take a photo of your map with your smart phone): districtelections@ssf.net

Submit your proposal In Person to the City Clerk: 400 Grand Avenue, First Floor, South San Francisco, CA 94080 

Submit your proposal via Fax: (650) 829-6641

Submit your proposal using the online mapping tool