District Elections

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May 18, 2018 update: This page will be updated frequently, check back for the most up-to-date information.



The city received a certified letter (view Español, Tagalog, Simplified Chinese) from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes on March 6, 2018 claiming the city is violating the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) because Council members are elected at-large rather than by districts. Dozens of local government agencies in California have faced similar challenges in recent years.


At the City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, the Council adopted Resolution 52-2018 to adopt district elections, taking advantage of a legal protection, the Safe Harbor Law AB 350, that enables cities to have a say in district boundaries and avoid costly litigation.

This protection applies only to cities that pass a resolution within 45 days of receiving a demand letter alleging a violation of the California Voting Rights Act. The resolution must indicate the city’s intent to move to district elections.

The Council’s resolution set forth a schedule of public hearings in connection with the drawing of the electoral districts. A total of six public hearings have been scheduled between April to July. All Public Hearings will be held at the Municipal Services Building in the Council Chamber at 33 Arroyo Drive at 7:00 P.M.; the June 20th Meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. Please view the schedule in the table below.


The City will hold six public hearings to receive public input, draw district boundaries, and adopt an ordinance to transition to district-based elections. The full timeline is provided below. No maps will be drawn until public input is received on the district boundaries at the first two public hearings. As part of the process, all residents will have the opportunity to draw district lines via an online mapping tool or via paper mapping tools. Paper Only Map - Population Units with Total Population Counts (en Espanol) can be used to draw paper maps. Visit "Map the Districts" for more information about drafting maps. Paper maps are available at City Libraries, the Magnolia Senior Center and at City Hall.


All public meetings will take place at the Municipal Services Building at 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco, Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m, except the June 20th meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

 DE Timeline Rev. 5.18.18


If you would like to view this website in additional languages please use the "Translate" feature in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage. The City will have Spanish interpreters available at each of the City Council meetings listed above.  Hard copies of related staff reports and supporting documentation will be provided at these meetings in Simplified Chinese, Tagalog and Spanish.  If you would like to request additional assistance please contact the City Clerk's Office at (650) 877-8518.

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Email: districtelections@ssf.net

Phone: (650) 829-6616

400 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080