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.