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

Shirley Anderson
Olga Gonzalez-Silen
Teresa Barth
Loann Simon
Sandra Cooper
Nanci Oechsle
Mary Lou Schultz
Cathrine Greene
Nina Aguilar
Kevin Harvey
Patricia Gracian
Oscar Saez
Jono Shaffer
Tamara Tuttle
Michele McDougal
Jennifer White
Judith Descalso
Benjamin Wong
Janna Leoff
Claudia Pasillas
Ezra Adkins
Nathan Wollmann
Breck Schoch
Patrick Nelson
Crocker Price
Juan Cahue
Yurico Jimenez
Sylvia Coad


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?

  • Shirley Anderson
    signed 2018-02-10 18:01:19 -0800
    Hold an evening budget meeting.
  • Olga Gonzalez-Silen
    signed 2018-02-10 18:00:05 -0800
  • Teresa Barth
    signed 2018-02-10 17:59:14 -0800
  • Loann Simon
    signed 2018-02-10 17:58:29 -0800
  • Nanci Oechsle
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-10 17:55:34 -0800
    Sign the petition: Stop the County from Ending the Night Budget Meeting
  • Nanci Oechsle
    @dishesbite tweeted link to this page. 2018-02-10 17:55:28 -0800
    Sign the petition: Stop the County from Ending the Night Budget Meeting
  • Sandra Cooper
    signed 2018-02-10 17:54:35 -0800
  • Nanci Oechsle
    signed 2018-02-10 17:54:34 -0800
  • Mary Lou Schultz
    signed 2018-02-10 17:54:20 -0800
  • Cathrine Greene
    signed 2018-02-09 16:41:34 -0800
  • Nina Aguilar
    signed 2018-02-08 19:42:31 -0800
  • Kevin Harvey
    signed 2018-02-08 18:18:19 -0800
    The Board is to best serve the community. Evening meetings is an

    example of that.
  • Patricia Gracian
    signed 2018-02-07 23:20:49 -0800
  • Oscar Saez
    signed 2018-02-06 21:39:01 -0800
  • Jono Shaffer
    signed 2018-02-06 15:20:37 -0800
  • Tamara Tuttle
    signed 2018-02-05 18:56:45 -0800
    Tamara Tuttle
  • Michele McDougal
    signed 2018-02-05 18:45:13 -0800
  • Jennifer White
    signed 2018-02-05 17:48:15 -0800
  • Judith Descalso
    signed 2018-02-05 14:02:44 -0800
  • Benjamin Wong
    signed 2018-02-05 07:28:37 -0800
  • Janna Leoff
    signed 2018-02-05 06:33:46 -0800
  • Claudia Pasillas
    signed 2018-02-04 00:17:24 -0800
  • Ezra Adkins
    signed 2018-02-03 12:34:45 -0800
  • Nathan Wollmann
    signed 2018-02-03 08:46:05 -0800
  • Breck Schoch
    signed 2018-02-03 02:02:43 -0800
  • Patrick Nelson
    signed 2018-02-02 21:24:31 -0800
  • Crocker Price
    signed 2018-02-02 19:17:33 -0800
  • Juan Cahue
    signed 2018-02-02 17:55:46 -0800
  • Yurico Jimenez
    signed 2018-02-02 17:48:45 -0800
  • Sylvia Coad
    signed 2018-02-02 17:43:11 -0800