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

Rick Bramhall
Michael Melton
Denise Love
Joan Quinn
tony alfino
Kari Merritt
Margaret Baker
Laura Ferro
Carl Crider
Cindy Schuster
Carmen Barnard
Elizabeth Polston
Harvey Watson
Charles Kreuzberger
ami adkins
Linda Naters
Adam Richardson
Chelsea Andrade
Fernanda Loustaunau
Colleen Boyle
Sara Martin
Carol Huntsman
Anne Haule
Dolores McLean
Linda Engbrenghof
Kelsey Baird
Julie Castelloe
Tansy Woods
Jon Senour


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?

  • Rick Bramhall
    @RickBramhall tweeted link to this page. 2018-02-01 14:22:42 -0800
    Sign the petition: Stop the County from Ending the Night Budget Meeting
  • Rick Bramhall
    signed 2018-02-01 14:22:19 -0800
  • Michael Melton
    signed 2018-02-01 13:44:34 -0800
  • Denise Love
    signed 2018-02-01 13:42:43 -0800
    Denise Love
  • Joan Quinn
    signed 2018-02-01 13:11:13 -0800
  • tony alfino
    signed 2018-02-01 13:05:36 -0800
    tony alfino
  • Kari Merritt
    signed 2018-02-01 12:35:40 -0800
  • Margaret Baker
    signed 2018-02-01 12:27:11 -0800
  • Laura Ferro
    signed 2018-02-01 12:26:30 -0800
  • Carl Crider
    signed 2018-02-01 12:24:35 -0800
  • Cindy Schuster
    signed 2018-02-01 12:09:08 -0800
    Cindy Schuster
  • Carmen Barnard
    signed 2018-02-01 12:09:06 -0800
  • Elizabeth Polston
    signed 2018-02-01 11:47:35 -0800
  • Harvey Watson
    signed 2018-02-01 11:44:05 -0800
    Transparency is essential to representing us. Do the right thing and schedule an evening budget hearing.
  • Charles Kreuzberger
    signed 2018-02-01 11:41:53 -0800
  • ami adkins
    signed 2018-02-01 11:38:21 -0800
  • Linda Naters
    signed 2018-02-01 11:29:27 -0800
  • Adam Richardson
    signed 2018-02-01 11:00:48 -0800
    Adam Richardson
  • Chelsea Andrade
    signed 2018-02-01 10:59:46 -0800
  • Fernanda Loustaunau
    signed 2018-02-01 10:56:35 -0800
  • Colleen Boyle
    signed 2018-02-01 10:49:48 -0800
  • Sara Martin
    signed 2018-02-01 10:48:09 -0800
  • Carol Huntsman
    signed via 2018-02-01 10:44:13 -0800
  • Anne Haule
    signed 2018-02-01 10:12:12 -0800
  • Dolores McLean
    signed 2018-02-01 10:04:35 -0800
  • Linda Engbrenghof
    signed 2018-02-01 09:58:33 -0800
  • Kelsey Baird
    signed 2018-02-01 09:54:33 -0800
  • Julie Castelloe
    signed 2018-02-01 09:53:09 -0800
  • Tansy Woods
    signed 2018-02-01 09:42:09 -0800
    Tansy K Woods
  • Jon Senour
    signed 2018-02-01 09:42:02 -0800