2022 District 7 Participatory Budgeting Winners Announced

Nine projects won enough votes from district residents to be awarded $50,000 each.

Precita Eyes restored one of the neighborhood's oldest murals with funds from District Seven Participatory Budgeting. Alex Mullaney/Ingleside Light
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District Seven Supervisor Myrna Melgar announced the winners of the Participatory Budgeting in late July.

Of the 11 project proposals put before the district's residents, nine garnered 400 or more votes which was required to win. 1,270 people voted in this year’s cycle. Each will be funded with $50,000.

This is also the comeback of the Participatory Budgeting since it was put on hiatus last year and replaced with District Seven Community Grants.

Tw0 winning proposals were for neighborhood projects.

Aptos Middle School proposed building a community vegetable garden with seating and memorial space along with an emergency response hub stocked with emergency supplies.

Commodore Sloat Parent’s Community proposed adding to the schoolyard benches, a volleyball net, basketball hoops and painting a baseball diamond on the blacktop.

It's unclear whether any "Neighbors Fests" will be held in the greater Ingleside. A representative from the supervisor's office could not be reached by press time.

Fund for the winning projects will be routed to the appropriate city departments over the next six to eight weeks.

The winning proposals:

  1. Teen Workforce Development Program
  2. Safety and Traffic Flow Upgrade: Intersection at Yerba Buena Avenue and Miraloma Drive
  3. More trash cans = less litter in Lakeside Village
  4. Creating space for communication, congregation and collective action for emergency preparedness
  5. Monterey Business District Public Space
  6. Sloat Community Sports Hub
  7. Teresita at Reposa: Preventing fatal pedestrian collisions
  8. Extend West Portal Monthly Recovery and Beautification Event
  9. Fund Neighbor Fests in D7 to Promote Community Building and Resilience

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