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?

The People Behind the Budget


The Approval Process

The County CEO presents multiple iterations of the budget to the Board of Supervisors (BOS): the proposed budget (January), the recommended budget (April), and the finalized budget (May). The Board approves or revises the budget in each round of approval, and ultimately will approve the budget the CEO presents in its final form. 


The CEO’s Office is responsible for creating the budget and making sure all the departments in the County are upholding the direction the BOS has committed to. 

For instance, the BOS has committed to a “Care First, Jails Last” vision, so the CEO should be increasingly directing funding toward community-based providers in alignment with that vision — toward housing, youth development, mental health, and more. However, we know this doesn’t happen in practice, as we have seen law enforcement budgets increase every year, while community investment is continually underfunded.

The current County CEO is Fesia Davenport. 

What is the LA Board of Supervisors (BOS)?

The Board of Supervisors is a body of five elected representatives who make decisions for all of LA County and broadly oversee the actions of all government departments. These five people each represent one Supervisorial District (SD). There are approximately 9.8 million LA County residents living within these five districts.  

The current Board of Supervisors:

  1. SD1: Hilda Solis
  2. SD2: Holly Mitchell
  3. SD3: Lindsay Horvath
  4. SD4: Janice Hahn
  5. SD5: Kathryn Barger

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.