District Elections

Selected Map - Draft Map D

At the December 6, 2021 Fourth Public Hearing on the Transition to District Elections, the City Council selected Draft Map D.  The Council then directed staff to bring back an ordinance that would:
1.   formally adopting Draft Map D for district elections
2.  determine the numbering of the districts, and
3.  outline the sequencing of  district elections. 

The proposed ordinance will be on the January 3, 2022 City Council Agenda.  

Staff is proposing the following sequencing for district elections:

November 2022 Election
District 1
District 3
District 5

Individuals who wish to run for one of these seats must be a registered voter and live in the district.  

November 2024 Election
District 2
District 4

To review the districts and the selected map:

Map D

Draft District Maps For the December 6 Council Meeting

The City Council will be holding the fourth public hearing on the transition to district elections on December 6, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (login information is listed below under Public Hearing Schedule).  At this hearing the City's consultant, Redistricting Partners, will present on the four draft district maps they drew.  These maps are based on community of interest forms, maps submitted by the community, and the 2020 Census Data.  Additionally, the maps must  abide by State regulations :
1. relatively equal population size
2. contiguous - districts should not hop/jump
3. maintain "communities of interest
4. follow city/county/local government lines
5. keeps districts compact in both appearance and function

At the November 1st hearing the Council and public discussed three draft maps.  From that discussion an additional map was created by Redistricting Partners: Draft Map D.  As well, all four of the maps were updated so that in general the district letter was in the same area, and the same colors were used in the same area.  This will make it easier to discuss the different shapes of districts between maps.

This hearing is a chance for the public to ask questions, give input, and voice support or critique of any/all of the four draft maps.   If you'd like to submit comment ahead of the meeting please email publiccomment@burlingame.org and the City Clerk at mhasselshearer@burlingame.org. 

Additionally, if you have questions, reach out to the City Clerk at mhasselshearer@burlingame.org or at (650) 558-7203.

Draft Map Plan A
Draft Map A with Street Names and Address Search 

Draft Map Plan B
Draft Map B with Street Names and Address Search

Draft Map Plan C
Draft Map C with Street  Names and Address Search

Draft Map Plan D
Draft Map D with Street Names and Address Search 

Maps at the November 1st hearing:
Draft Map Plan A  

Draft Map A with Street Names 

Draft Map Plan B

Draft Map B with Street Names

Draft Map Plan C

Draft Map C with Street Names

Transition to District Elections

The City of Burlingame is transitioning from at-large elections to by-district elections.  The following information is provided so that you can learn about the process, submit comments, and stay informed about the proposed district boundaries.  We encourage you to participate in this process and contact us prior to the meetings if you have any questions.


On January 17, 2020, the City received a letter from Kevin Shenkman, of the law firm Shenkman & Hughes, alleging that the City's at-large election system violated the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (CVRA)   The letter alleged that the City's current voting system "dilute[d] the ability of Asians ... to elect candidates of their choice or otherwise influence the outcome of the City's council elections."  This argument is based primarily on the fact that while Asian-Americans comprise around 20% of the City's population, an Asian-American has never been elected to the City Council.  The population data used is based on the 2010 census.

The CVRA, which was passed in 2002, prohibits at-large elections when it can be shown that they impair the ability of a protected class to elect candidates of their choice or to influence elections in a significant way.  The law was passed in part due to a lack of success by plaintiffs utilizing the CVRA's federal counterpart, the Federal Voting Rights Act, to show that "racially polarizing voting" exists in the jurisdiction; they do not need to show any intent of voters or City officials to discriminate against the underrepresented class.  They also do not need to prove that changing to district elections would increase representation on the elected body in question.  

On March 2, 2020 the Council met in closed session to consider the letter and the various options available to the City.

On March 16, 2020, the Council adopted Resolution Number 032-2020 reflecting its intent to transition from at-large to by-district for Council elections.

To assist with the transition, the City hired Redistricting Partners, a firm that specializes in drawing district lines for jurisdictions.  At the January 4, 2021 City Council meeting, Paul Mitchell of Redistricting Partners gave a presentation on the districting process and the factors that are taken into consideration when drawing district boundaries. 

Please explore the following links to learn more about Burlingame’s transition to district elections: 


Staff Reports and Meeting Minutes

All staff reports and meeting minutes concerning the transition to district elections.  

Public Hearing Schedule

First Public Hearing was on February 1, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Recording of First Hearing

Flyer for First Hearing in English Flyer for First Hearing in Spanish Flyer for First Hearing in Chinese

Second Public Hearing on May 3, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. 

Recording of Second Hearing

Flyer for Second Hearing in English  Flyer for Second Hearing in Spanish Flyer for Second Hearing in Chinese 

Mapping Tool Workshop on July 21 at 6:00 p.m.

July Mapping Tool Workshop

Mapping Tool Workshop on August 21 at 10:00 a.m. 

August Mapping Tool Workshop

Third  Public Hearing on November 1, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. 

Mailer Sent to All Households 

Fourth Public Hearing on December 6, 2021 
To Access the District Hearing by Computer: To Access the Districting Hearing by Phone:
Go to: www.zoom.us/join
Meeting ID: 857 8685 0581
Passcode: 768511
Dial 1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID: 857 8685 0581
Passcode: 768511

How to Submit Comments for a Public Hearing

  1. Email publiccomment@burlingame.org with your question/comment
  2. Raise your “Zoom” hand during the meeting to comment live
  3. Utilize the Zoom chat feature to submit your comment to the City Clerk

Who to Contact for Questions

Should you have any questions, please contact City Clerk Meaghan Hassel-Shearer at 650-558-7203 or by email at mhasselshearer@burlingame.org