On July 3, the two-week voting period opened for District 7 Participatory Budgeting, a program where community members propose and democratically select public projects for funding.
During the Board of Supervisors “add-back” process for the annual budget cycle, District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee placed $300,000 for general projects, $250,000 for pedestrian safety projects and $50,000 for disaster preparedness projects.
While a number of projects appear to benefit the entire district, four proposed projects are for Ingleside:
- The Ocean Avenue Crosswalk Safety Project is a proposal to improve pedestrian safety along Ocean Avenue at Geneva Avenue and Frida Kahlo Way, Granada Avenue and Miramar Avenue by adding artistic crosswalks and landscaping.
- The Sidewalk Gardens for Ocean at Junipero Serra is a proposal to beautify Ocean Avenue at Junipero Serra Boulevard with sidewalk gardens planted by Commodore Sloat Elementary School kindergarteners.
- The Ocean Avenue Public Posts proposal calls for the installation of four repurposed utility poles adorned with artist-crafted neighborhood branding for the posting of informational flyers and notices. [Disclosure: The Ingleside Light’s publisher and editor wrote this application.]
- The Aptos Middle School Shared Schoolyards Upper and Lower Play Yards Upgrade proposal calls for new basketball court equipment, new bench and table seating, a mini skate park, a traversing boulder, hydration stations and new debris containers.
In 2019, Ingleside had funded projects to install decorative lights at Unity Plaza, Ingleside Community Center’s Academic and Basketball Summer Program, Family Fun at Ingleside Library and Shade Structure for Outdoor Classroom and Lunch Area at Commodore Sloat Elementary School.
“The District 7 Participatory Budgeting Project aims to establish an inclusive way to identify projects within the district to improve the quality of our neighborhoods. These projects may range from bold, new and lasting, to simple, useful and thoughtful. The essence of the Participatory Budget is to involve as many community members as possible, regardless of age, race, and socio-economic background,” according to a statement on the program’s website.
For more information, contact Legislative Aide Erica Maybaum at email@example.com or (415) 554-6517.
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