Communities of Interest Worksheet
Your input is needed to shape the new voting districts for the City Council, and one way you can participate is by assisting the City in developing a list of "communities of interest" or "COI" that can be utilized in the process to develop districts.
What is a Community of Interest (COI)?
A Community of Interest, as defined by Article 21 Section 2d(4) of the California Constitution is a group of people that: share common social or economic interests, live in a geographically definable area, and should be included within a single district for purposes of effective and fair representation in future City Council elections.
There are some Communities of Interest that are considered "protected classes" in that they have rights through State or Federal civil rights or voting rights laws. Some examples of protected classes in districting include Latinx, Asian, or Black individuals.
There are other potential COI that can also be considered in districting, such as: senior citizens, people who live in a particular neighborhood, people who share concerns such as parents with young children, bicycle enthusiasts, renters, homeowners, etc.
COI does not include relationships with political parties, incumbents, or political candidates.
What You Can Do to Participate in the Process
- Provide comments on your Community of Interest by completing the online COI Worksheet
- Complete the pdf version of the COI worksheet and return it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or return it by mail to City Clerk Hassel-Shearer 501 Primrose Road Burlingame, CA 94010
- Attend one of the City's Public Hearings and Community Workshops on districting.
Community of Interest Worksheet Available in Three Languages: