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

patricia murrin
Rebecca Modesto
Mary Polston
Anne Barron
Mary Lou Lindegren
Alexandra Kogan
Caitlin Bashaw
Kara Wimberly
Henok Getaneh
Cassandra Purdy
Maryan Osman
Francis Ramos
Emily Cottrell
Tareq Hiadari
Susan Duerksen
Anjleena Sahni
John McReynolds
Gaia Croston
Ashley Rodriguez Thompson
Michelle Jaramillo
Jeremy Bloom
Lori Saldaña
Monica Montgomery
Gregory Bartow
Jessica Hayes
Mark Leo
Kirin Macapugay
Ally Presskreischer


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?

  • patricia murrin
    signed 2018-02-01 08:21:10 -0800
  • Rebecca Modesto
    signed 2018-02-01 08:20:54 -0800
  • Mary Polston
    signed 2018-02-01 08:17:54 -0800
  • Anne Barron
    signed 2018-02-01 08:01:00 -0800
    Anne Marie Barron
  • Mary Lou Lindegren
    signed 2018-02-01 07:59:57 -0800
  • Alexandra Kogan
    signed 2018-02-01 07:48:01 -0800
    Alexandra Kogan
  • Caitlin Bashaw
    signed 2018-02-01 07:45:06 -0800
    Caitlin Bashaw
  • Kara Wimberly
    signed 2018-01-31 19:01:36 -0800
  • Henok Getaneh
    signed 2018-01-31 16:29:41 -0800
  • Cassandra Purdy
    signed 2018-01-31 15:50:36 -0800
  • Maryan Osman
    signed 2018-01-31 14:57:46 -0800
  • Francis Ramos
    signed 2018-01-31 12:57:20 -0800
  • Emily Cottrell
    signed 2018-01-31 12:56:51 -0800
  • Tareq Hiadari
    signed 2018-01-31 12:46:54 -0800
  • Susan Duerksen
    signed 2018-01-31 12:25:04 -0800
  • Anjleena Sahni
    signed 2018-01-31 11:40:08 -0800
  • John McReynolds
    signed 2018-01-31 02:49:42 -0800
    John F. McReynolds
  • Gaia Croston
    signed 2018-01-30 17:20:02 -0800
  • Ashley Rodriguez Thompson
    signed 2018-01-30 15:04:37 -0800
  • Michelle Jaramillo
    signed 2018-01-30 13:21:16 -0800
  • Jeremy Bloom
    @ tweeted link to this page. 2018-01-30 04:10:46 -0800
    Sign the petition: Stop the County from Ending the Night Budget Meeting
  • Jeremy Bloom
    signed 2018-01-30 04:09:56 -0800
  • Lori Saldaña
    signed 2018-01-30 00:33:43 -0800
  • Monica Montgomery
    signed 2018-01-29 18:01:11 -0800
  • Gregory Bartow
    signed 2018-01-29 16:24:15 -0800
  • Jessica Hayes
    signed 2018-01-29 15:46:15 -0800
  • Mark Leo
    signed 2018-01-29 11:17:17 -0800
  • Kirin Macapugay
    signed 2018-01-29 10:56:57 -0800
  • Ally Presskreischer
    signed 2018-01-26 20:09:52 -0800
  • Lindsey Lee
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-01-26 20:02:36 -0800
    Sign the petition: Stop the County from Ending the Night Budget Meeting