Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar and Supervisors: Don’t take away our evening budget hearing

Our county budget should reflect San Diego’s values and the future we want to create for future generations. All San Diegans have a democratic right to participate in the budget process and our Board of Supervisors has an obligation to be transparent and accountable to us. The Board has the obligation to support and welcome our participation but instead they are shutting us out. 

Sign this petition to tell Chairwoman Kristen Gaspar and the Board of Supervisors we won't let you shut us out…again; San Diegans want an evening budget hearing.


Who's signing


For a short while, the County Board of Supervisors was moving in the right direction. In response to calls from the Invest in San Diego Families coalition, Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar and the County Board of Supervisors  held evening budget hearings in 2016 and 2017. In the past, the Board only held daytime hearings that were attended by a handful of residents who had free time or flexibility to take time away from work, school or caring for children.

Over the past two years, the evening budget hearing was an opportunity for working families, young people, and community groups to participate in our county’s budgeting process. Over 1,300 San Diegans attended one or both of the evening budget hearings. Hundreds of San Diegans testified – sharing their views and aspirations on what San Diego’s families need to thrive. Many of the Supervisors commented on how important it was to hear from more San Diegans about budget priorities. 

This past December, Supervisor Cox asked the board to schedule an evening budget hearing for the 2018 budget process. He got crickets, with no other Supervisor seconding his motion, and essentially quashing the evening budget hearing. 

Supervisors are elected and accountable to us, the people of San Diego County. How do you think they decide how to prioritize our county’s resources when we don’t have a chance to join the conversation? 

Chairwoman Gaspar, Supervisor Jacob, Supervisor Roberts, Supervisor Horn, and Supervisor Cox, San Diegans want an evening budget hearing. 


Will you sign?

  • signed 2018-03-14 17:44:58 -0700
  • signed 2018-02-27 00:44:44 -0800
    Thank you Greg Cox in this matter.

    And to the rest of you Shame on You, what kind of “representation” is this?

    Bah humbug 👎🏽
  • signed via 2018-02-25 11:11:55 -0800
    More proof that politicians do not support democracy! Vote them out!
  • signed 2018-02-20 06:35:49 -0800
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  • signed 2018-02-15 11:36:56 -0800
    Robyn Massey
  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-14 19:30:25 -0800
    Sign the petition: Stop the County from Ending the Night Budget Meeting
  • signed 2018-02-14 18:06:08 -0800
  • signed 2018-02-14 16:29:26 -0800
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  • signed 2018-02-14 13:18:12 -0800
    Transparency is key to building trust which is needed to heal our democracy. Creating a budget should be a participatory activity and thus take place when your constituents are more likely to attend. For this reason, it would ideally be done during the day in a workshop format that allows for open conversation by the County Supervisors and with input from the community.
  • signed 2018-02-14 12:35:29 -0800
    So much for your civic duties. Schedule these budget hearing at night so more people can attend. We don’t care if Kristin Gaspar, Bill Horn and the others don’t want to meet at night. It’s your job!
  • signed 2018-02-14 12:22:10 -0800
    Let’s improve our infrastructure, invest in mass public transit, affordable housing, and let’s take care of our homeless in a dignified way!!
  • signed 2018-02-14 10:32:39 -0800
    So disappointed that my Supervisor, Kristin Gaspar, Chair of the Board , refuses to schedule a night time meeting to allow her constituents to testify.
  • signed 2018-02-14 10:28:16 -0800
  • signed 2018-02-14 07:41:56 -0800
  • signed 2018-02-14 07:39:09 -0800
    These meetings need to be held in the evening so that those WHO ELECTED YOU can have a say in what is done WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS!!! Do not continue the practice of shutting out the public!!!
  • signed 2018-02-13 17:31:13 -0800
    Please, a budget hearing in the evening. Thank you
  • signed 2018-02-13 12:08:38 -0800
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  • signed 2018-02-13 08:25:44 -0800
    Linda Nelson
  • signed 2018-02-13 08:20:49 -0800
  • signed 2018-02-13 08:14:08 -0800
  • signed 2018-02-13 08:13:39 -0800
    If evening budget hearings are cancelled, working people who can only attend in the evenings after work, will no longer have a say in how their taxes are levied. This is not democratic and should not be permitted.
  • signed 2018-02-13 07:53:23 -0800