The San Mateo County Harbor District recently adopted a resolution that stated the district’s intent to move from at-large to district elections, according to a press release.

With the resolution adopted in June, the district has embarked on the process of establishing districts from which its five commissioners will be elected by voters within that district only. Until now, members of the Board of Commissioners were elected countywide.

City officials in Half Moon Bay, Menlo Park and South San Francisco are all moving toward a similar shift, following a threat from an attorney seeking to compel the change under the state’s voting law to increase community engagement among underrepresented groups.

A series of public meetings will help in the drafting, publication and discussion of potential maps and a final selection, by the commission, of both the map to be used and the process for implementation of the map over the elections in 2020 and 2022.

The meetings are 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the district office at 504 Avenue Alhambra, Ste. 200, El Granada; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Redwood City Downtown Library Community Room, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City; and 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, Municipal Services Building (Betty Weber Room), 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco.

The Harbor Commission will discuss the changes at its Aug. 15 meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the district office, 504 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada, followed by a similar series of opportunities for the public to review and comment on maps before a final decision is made by the commission in September.

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