PB San Francisco Launches!

The Participatory Budgeting Project is thrilled to serve as technical assistance partner for a new participatory budgeting process in San Francisco! David Chiu, President of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors (the equivalent of City Council) today announced the launch of a participatory budgeting process in District 3, with support from the Office of the Controller, PBP, and our friends at the Right to the City Alliance.

During this abbreviated pilot program, residents will directly decide how to spend $100,000 of discretionary funding. Programs and activities will be eligible, along with capital projects. The initiative will serve as a model for potential broader application, including for the tens of millions of dollars allocated through the city’s controversial “add-back” process. While this initial program is small, the potential is big.

See the press release here.