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District 2 Bernal to Bailey Participatory Budgeting

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What is Participatory Budgeting?

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process that was first developed in Brazil in 1989 and is now practiced in over 1,500 cities around the world. Though each PB initiative looks different, the process generally involves several months of public meetings, discussions and voting so that the public has time to make wise decisions.

ROLE OF CITY DEPARTMENT, STAFF AND CONSULTANTS

  • Provide information on budget and past spending.
  • Provide cost estimates for eligible project proposals.
  • Offer feedback and technical assistance on project proposals, presentations and ballot text.
  • Implement and coordinate final projects.

ROLE OF DISTRICT 2 OFFICE

  • Provide information on the budget and past spending.
  • Offer feedback and technical assistance on project proposals, presentations and ballot text.
  • Secure spaces for meetings and voting events.
  • Serve as a liaison between budget delegates and city agencies.
  • Determine eligibility of projects in collaboration with the city and budget delegates.
  • Facilitate and oversee online participation.
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Bernal to Bailey PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING:

Through the Amendment No. 3 to Cooperation Agreement (Metcalf Energy Center), a $1,000,000 grant has been secured for the neighborhoods within the boundaries of the area south of Bernal, north of Bailey, east of Santa Teresa Foothills and west of Highway 101. After the first round was over, former Councilmember -- now Assemblymember -- Ash Kalra added $75,000 to the funds for the second round of voting. The first round of Participatory Budgeting voting took place between November 12, 2016 and November 19, 2016. The neighborhood’s C.A.L.M project, worth $595,000, won this first round of voting. The second and final round of voting will phase out the remaining $480,000 of the Calpine grant. The five neighborhoods are: Avenida Espana, Chantilley, Los Paseos, Metcalf and Santa Teresa. The residents in these neighborhoods will engage in PB over several months. Cities that do PB usually follow a similar basic process: residents brainstorm spending ideas and propose projects, proposals are vetted and filtered, residents vote on proposals.

GOALS: What is it for?

We hope to accomplish three main goals through PB in the five neighborhoods bounded by Bernal and Bailey, east of the Santa Teresa Foothills and west of 101:

  1. Create positive improvements within the neighborhood.
  2. Build community relationships and knowledge, skills, and experience in government and budgeting.
  3. Increase and diversify community participation in local government.

IDEA COLLECTION (COMPLETED)

  • The public will learn about the PB process through community meetings, social media, word of mouth, and other outreach strategies.
  • The public will be able to submit project ideas online or in paper form.
  • Anyone can submit project ideas if the projects meet the established criteria.

PROJECT SUBMISSION (COMPLETED)

Budget delegates (volunteers) will take eligible projects and develop them into project proposals. Budget delegates must reside within the boundaries of the neighborhood. The projects will be presented at neighborhood voting expos. Residents will have the option to vote in person at expos or online.

FIRST ROUND OF PB VOTING (COMPLETED)

The first round of Participatory Budgeting voting took place between November 12, 2016 and November 19, 2016. The $595,000 C.A.L.M.S camera project for the Chantilley, Avenida Espana, Los Paseos, Metcalf and Santa Teresa neighborhoods won this first round of voting. 

The Mayor’s Office and the City Manager’s Office are investing and implementing the $595,000 of the winning camera project with a local non-profit. The District 2 Office is not overseeing the implementation of this project, but will help facilitate the second and final round of voting.