Tell us what you think

The Care First Budget Survey

The County needs to hear from YOU – what do you and your family need? What does a “Care First” budget look like? What services do you want to see funded in your community?

Presupuesto Cuidado Primero

El Condado necesita escucharle A USTED: ¿qué necesitan usted y su familia? ¿Cómo sería un presupuesto “Care First” (que sitúe al cuidado primero)? ¿Qué servicios quiere que se financien en su comunidad?

Care First Budget Rally – May 2024

What an incredible show of support the community gave outside of the Board of Supervisors’ Office on May 15!
CF Budget Rally

We are so grateful to all of the Reimagine LA coalition members, TransLatin@ Coalition members, Youth Justice Coalition, and so many other incredible partners from our community for pulling up, throwing down, and showing the Board what a Care First budget MUST look like!

KCAL News covers the Care First Budget Rally on May 15. Featuring Megan Castillo, who says “We cannot continue to pour billions into systems that perpetuate harm and violence…” Watch the clip above.

We practiced what many folks have called prefigurative politics –– or building the world that we want to live in –– by doing everything from healing massage, sound therapy and a drum circle, and fresh cuts for young folks, to letting the community know about our demands for a CareFirst LA County budget in a rally and press conference.

Our community members’ voices were heard on media platforms from Telemundo and NBC to Univision’s evening news. The grassroots independent media also showed out in full force to amplify community voices. We were joined by the incredible folks at CALÓ News, and the transnationally broadcast We The Unhoused podcast, as well as by LA Press Club-nominated journalist for Afro LA, Eliza Partika. Our community members’ voices were also heard on KNX news throughout the entire day.

In this clip from KNX News, our comrades in this work stand up at the budget hearing to make passionate public comment. Featuring Makeen Yasar and other familiar faces. 

After we got our messages out on the airwaves, on TV, and in print, we had to let the Board know a thing or two. There were over 60 community voices giving public comment about the importance of centering Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and Intersex lives in the budget, and about the importance of defunding probation and investing in Youth Justice Reimagined and the Department of Youth Development. Still more voices protested the fact that we will spend ONE in SIX dollars from our Net County Costs (the money the Board has discretionary control over) on the Sheriffs Department -– if we allocate what the CEO has recommended for the fiscal year 2024-25 LA County Budget. We say NO!

As the community told the Board, it’s time to change course and fund the future we want to see — and that our communities deserve.


CBS News coverage of the Budget Rally, featuring Joey Williams: “For all those billions of dollars that are going to LAPD and the LA County Sheriffs, we could be investing into schools; we could be investing into our trans brothers and sisters; we could be investing into the healthcare for people in LA County. We could be investing in our youth…” Watch the clip above. 

This is what community looks like: building a Care First future, while creating Care First moments in the present. We couldn’t be more proud of our community for uniting forces to build a collective vision, or for the intersectional solidarity that we centered, working towards gender justice, racial justice, youth justice, and class equity in our fight.

There are so many ways to keep the momentum going. In light of the huge show of public outrage at the horrors of the recommended budget, the Board has agreed to keep public comment open until May 24 (that’s end of day on Friday). 

  1. Use the click-to-send email tool at Reimagine.LA/take-action
  2. You can also submit your comment directly on the county website – and check “Public Comment” at the bottom of the list of agenda items.


Stay tuned for more ways to plug in to the fight as the budget cycle continues. We need each other in this work. 

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This includes what programs and services are prioritized for Measure J (also known as Care First) funding.  The implementation process includes community engagement where the public gets to voice what matters to us, having a say in what gets recommended for the Board’s approval.

Despite a clear voter mandate to invest $900 million annually in affordable housing, good-paying jobs and mental health, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and County CEO have only invested 21% of this amount in community services to date.

Our communities are struggling and can’t tolerate any more delays. We need direct investment and services now.