Redistricting Advisory Committee
The City of Half Moon Bay is seeking applicants to serve on a seven (7) member advisory committee that will advise the City Council on re-drawing the City’s district-based election map. The applicated deadline is May 31, 2021.
Applications are now open for residents who want to serve on the City of Half Moon Bay’s Redistricting Advisory Committee, which will study and recommend updated draft boundaries for City Council districts based on results of the 2020 Census. This is a once-a-decade opportunity to help revise district boundaries to ensure they reflect new population data and demographic changes in Half Moon Bay.
WHAT’S EXPECTED OF YOU
Once formed, the Committee will hold a series of public meetings and workshops to study the boundaries of the City’s districts, election sequencing, and district model. The Committee’s work will be supported by a professional demographer and City staff. Following an extensive public engagement and input process, the Committee will recommend two draft maps to the City Council, which will review, approve, and adopt a final district map.
Meetings will primarily be held on weekday evenings with some weekend workshops. It is anticipated that the Committee’s work will be completed by early 2022. However, applicants should be willing and able to serve longer if necessary.
The City Council is anticipated to select seven residents to serve on the Committee. Applicants who are appointed may not serve on the City Council or the Planning Commission for four years following adoption of the final map by the City Council. The Committee will be subject to the Ralph M. Brown Act and Public Records Act. Additionally, applicants will be required to fill out a Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Form 700 within 30 days of appointment.
The City Council will assess applicants using the following guidance:
- Committee members must be residents of Half Moon Bay, and at least 18 years old.
- Half Moon Bay elected officials, their family members, staff members, or paid campaign staff are not eligible to serve on the Committee.
- The selection process will consider applicants associated with good government, civil rights, civic engagement, and community groups or organizations that are active in the City with the goal of forming a Committee with membership that is geographically diverse and consistent with the City’s emphasis on valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Please note that all information provided on this form becomes a public record after it is officially filed.
Members will be selected at the June 15, 2021 City Council Meeting. Applications will be numbered, and names and other identifying information will be redacted allowing Councilmembers to each announce their top seven applications, after which the City Clerk will tally the rankings and announce the top seven at-large to be appointed and the names of each member to be appointed.
If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (650) 726-8271.