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

Juan Carlos Davenport
Cynthia Burrascano
Monica Fernandez Gonzalez
Alan Paul
Lisa Dahl
Valerie Jaimes
Paul Watson Jr
Corinne Lytle Bonine
Geri Ingram
Margaret Akin
Elneda Shannon
Norma Sandoval
Elizabeth Senhen
Daniel Beeman
Georges Argoud
Neil Schneider
David Smith
Pam Clark
Jamie Wilson
Andrea Beth Damsky
Beverly Martinez
Sylvia Selverston
Beth Herman
Mary McKenzie
Anita Coolidge
Steven Wiener
Barbara Cohn
Sarah Garrison
Roger Asterino


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?

  • Juan Carlos Davenport
    signed 2018-02-02 17:17:09 -0800
  • Cynthia Burrascano
    signed via 2018-02-02 17:16:22 -0800
  • Monica Fernandez Gonzalez
    signed 2018-02-02 16:54:05 -0800
  • Alan Paul
    signed 2018-02-02 16:46:43 -0800
  • Lisa Dahl
    signed 2018-02-02 16:02:20 -0800
  • Valerie Jaimes
    signed 2018-02-02 11:29:10 -0800
  • Paul Watson Jr
    signed 2018-02-02 10:43:20 -0800
  • Corinne Lytle Bonine
    signed 2018-02-02 09:54:54 -0800
  • Geri Ingram
    signed 2018-02-02 07:21:38 -0800
    Geri Ingram
  • Margaret Akin
    signed 2018-02-02 06:35:00 -0800
  • Elneda Shannon
    signed 2018-02-02 06:20:04 -0800
  • Norma Sandoval
    signed 2018-02-02 05:01:43 -0800
    I find it appalling that county supervisors would deny us citizens the opportunity to voice our opinion about the county budget. Voters are not happy and will get you out for failing to provide transparency.
  • Elizabeth Senhen
    signed 2018-02-01 23:05:39 -0800
  • Daniel Beeman
    signed 2018-02-01 22:56:59 -0800
  • Georges Argoud
    signed 2018-02-01 22:25:13 -0800
  • Neil Schneider
    signed 2018-02-01 22:08:07 -0800
  • David Smith
    signed 2018-02-01 21:46:59 -0800
  • Pam Clark
    signed 2018-02-01 18:08:23 -0800
    Pam Clark
  • Jamie Wilson
    signed 2018-02-01 18:07:42 -0800
  • Andrea Beth Damsky
    signed 2018-02-01 17:41:40 -0800
  • Beverly Martinez
    signed 2018-02-01 17:16:56 -0800
    Beverly Martinez
  • Sylvia Selverston
    signed 2018-02-01 16:40:08 -0800
    Sylvia Selverston
  • Beth Herman
    signed 2018-02-01 15:42:52 -0800
  • Mary McKenzie
    signed 2018-02-01 15:40:56 -0800
  • Anita Coolidge
    signed 2018-02-01 15:38:35 -0800
  • Steven Wiener
    signed 2018-02-01 15:30:16 -0800
    Steven Wiener
  • Barbara Cohn
    signed 2018-02-01 15:29:15 -0800
  • Sarah Garrison
    signed 2018-02-01 14:54:42 -0800
  • Roger Asterino
    signed 2018-02-01 14:31:38 -0800
  • Rick Bramhall
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-01 14:22:47 -0800
    Sign the petition: Stop the County from Ending the Night Budget Meeting