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?

Participatory Budgeting


Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over real money. 

When we show up at Board of Supervisors meetings to offer criticism of current policies and spending, and to uplift community recommendations for how we’d like to see our money allocated, this is one powerful way we are participating in PB in LA County.

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Our coalition is currently working with SD2 (Holly Mitchell’s Office) in development of a participatory budgeting pilot for residents of that supervisorial district. 

If you’re interested in getting involved or want to learn more about our ongoing efforts in participatory budgeting, please join our mailing list and follow us on social media. 

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.