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

Kindra Green Carson
Nancy Yuen
Linda Nelson
We Scott Roleson
angela Jensen
Margaret Peill
Cynthia Dickinson
Xochitl Poblano
barbara schiffler
Jeffrey Brown
Bonnie Baranoff
Patricia LaChapelle
nancy gordon
Sarah Lifton
Irene Vecchio
Joanne Tenney
nielsine Archibald
Christine Zahner
John Thompson
Kimberly Barron
Cornelius Bowser
Lilia Villasenor
Cathy Rowan
Alice McNally
Scott Soria
Elizabeth O'Toole
Laura OBrien
Nancy Hardwick
Marcia Woolf
Donald Omsted


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?

  • Kindra Green Carson
    signed 2018-02-13 11:41:51 -0800
  • Nancy Yuen
    signed 2018-02-13 08:36:08 -0800
  • Linda Nelson
    signed 2018-02-13 08:25:44 -0800
    Linda Nelson
  • We Scott Roleson
    signed 2018-02-13 08:20:49 -0800
  • angela Jensen
    signed 2018-02-13 08:14:08 -0800
  • Margaret Peill
    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.
  • Cynthia Dickinson
    signed 2018-02-13 07:53:23 -0800
  • Xochitl Poblano
    signed 2018-02-13 06:03:53 -0800
  • barbara schiffler
    signed 2018-02-13 05:56:21 -0800
  • Jeffrey Brown
    signed 2018-02-13 05:44:27 -0800
  • Bonnie Baranoff
    signed 2018-02-13 02:17:27 -0800
  • Patricia LaChapelle
    signed 2018-02-12 22:48:52 -0800
    United States
  • nancy gordon
    signed 2018-02-12 22:05:58 -0800
  • Sarah Lifton
    signed 2018-02-12 21:58:46 -0800
  • Irene Vecchio
    signed 2018-02-12 21:49:49 -0800
  • Joanne Tenney
    signed 2018-02-12 21:26:15 -0800
  • nielsine Archibald
    signed 2018-02-12 21:24:39 -0800
  • Christine Zahner
    signed 2018-02-12 21:19:48 -0800
    Christine A Zahner
  • John Thompson
    signed 2018-02-12 21:06:39 -0800
    Especially in this Era, making democracy work, does not mean excluding constituent input.
  • Kimberly Barron
    signed 2018-02-12 21:02:56 -0800
  • Cornelius Bowser
    signed 2018-02-12 21:02:27 -0800
  • Lilia Villasenor
    signed 2018-02-12 20:59:57 -0800
  • Cathy Rowan
    signed 2018-02-12 20:57:04 -0800
  • Alice McNally
    signed 2018-02-12 20:40:42 -0800
    Protect working peoples right to participate in the evening hours!
  • Scott Soria
    signed 2018-02-12 20:28:32 -0800
  • Elizabeth O'Toole
    signed 2018-02-12 20:03:52 -0800
  • Laura OBrien
    signed 2018-02-12 19:53:23 -0800
    YOU work for US.
  • Nancy Hardwick
    signed 2018-02-12 19:47:49 -0800
  • Marcia Woolf
    signed 2018-02-12 19:42:15 -0800
  • Donald Omsted
    signed 2018-02-12 14:13:56 -0800