Board elections and voting

Uptown Planners holds an election for board positions most years in March. Below you’ll find information about running for a board seat and participating as a voter in our annual election.

Candidate Qualification

Board members are elected to four-year terms in March in accordance with City Council Policy 600-24 and our bylaws.

Board members must either reside or own a business within the boundaries of Uptown, or be sponsored by a licensed business in Uptown, and provide proof of address.

How to Run for a Board Seat

1 – Attend at least 2 meetings of Uptown Planners in the year prior to the March election meeting to qualify to run. Attendance is typically verified by reference to the meeting sign-in sheets. So if you don’t sign in, make sure to speak using a Speaker’s Slip or get your name recorded into the meeting minutes. You must have some kind of evidence of having attended prior meetings. NOTE: When meeting via Zoom, sign in using the Chat feature.

2 – Complete the Candidate Application Form and email it to the elections chairperson stating your desire to be a candidate for the election.

3 – After receiving a reply from the Elections Sub-Committee indicating that you’ve qualified to run for a board seat, send your short biography and demographic information to the chair. Your biography will be published for all voters to read and review.

4 – Election day speech: Each candidate is given two minutes to speak near the beginning of the balloting. No questions may be addressed to the candidates.

Voter Qualification

Residents, business owners, and property owners may vote in the annual Uptown Planners election. To qualify to vote, one must show either a residential address or proof of property ownership in Uptown. A drivers license, lease, utility bill, or other evidence of residence is acceptable. Businesses located within Uptown may also cast one vote per business.

Click the map at right to see the boundary of Uptown’s community plan area. →

What communities are within the Uptown planning area?

The map below shows the boundaries of Uptown Community Plan Area. The Uptown Community Plan Area is bounded on the north by the steep hillsides of Mission Valley, on the east by Park Boulevard and Balboa Park, and on the west and south by Old Town San Diego and Interstate 5.

The plan area and neighborhoods represented include: Bankers Hill/Park West, Middletown/Five Points, Mission Hills, the Medical Complex, Hillcrest, and University Heights neighborhoods.

Meeting Location

The Board meets the 1st Tuesday of every month (except January and July). We typically meet at the Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St, San Diego (located just east of the Trader Joe’s store in The Hub). Special meetings may be held at other venues located in Uptown. Committee meetings are held in other accessible public spaces such as the Hillcrest/Mission Hills Public Library. All meetings are posted on the Uptown Planners website at least 72 hours in advance.

NOTE: When meetings are held via Zoom, instructions for joining will be included with the meeting agenda.

Please contact the board chair via our contact form if you have any special requests or needs for a meeting.