I am excited to announce a new initiative called participatory budgeting, which will engage District 9 community members in deciding directly how to spend at least $250,000 of the city budget.
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is an innovative, democratic process that gives community residents the opportunity to help decide how to spend a portion of a public budget. While it is relatively new in the U.S., the White House has already recognized PB as a best practice of civic engagement. PB gives District 9 community members real power to make real decisions over real money.
Through participatory budgeting, District 9 residents and stakeholders will brainstorm projects to improve their communities, vet those projects, and vote on their top projects.
Save the date for Saturday morning, August 23rd - location still to be determined. There we will formally launch Southern California’s first participatory budgeting process at District 9’s first Neighborhood Assembly.
Stay tuned for that location and other updates. And then come out August 23rd and learn more about the city budget and brainstorm project ideas to improve your community!
Councilmember Rex Richardson