On June 25, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 budget. It is a $6.24 billion budget that expands county staff by 441 and increases investment in mental health, public health and child welfare. It has an additional $29.5 million, from the May County Administrative Officer’s budget proposal, mostly made up of Health and Human Services investment.
This was a very different budget than previous years and it shows that your hard work as part of the Invest in San Diego Families coalition has an impact on the Board of Supervisors. Without the more than 600 people who attended the Evening Budget Hearing – and more than 100 who testified – this wouldn’t have happened. It finally is moving the County away from the under-investment in services and staffing and toward helping County employees do their jobs, serving the most vulnerable San Diego residents.
Some highlights in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 budget
Congratulations to SEIU Local 221’s newest Executive Board member: Jennifer Esquivel representing Courts/Special Districts
“Fallbrook Union High School District is engaging in shameful treatment of its employees. After telling employees in May that layoffs would be avoided if seven members took a retirement incentive, members of management changed their story. They now propose cuts to 11 positions, many of which deal with the most vulnerable students. Members of management bargained unfairly with our members, and we will be coming to tell them so at the next board meeting on June 24.”
– David Garcias, President, SEIU 221
SEIU Local 221 represents more than 12,000 workers. It is a diverse, member-driven organization representing those working in many occupations to make our counties a safe and healthy place to live, work and raise our families. We represent public sector employees in San Diego and Imperial counties who work for county, city governments and school districts, as well as employees of Head Start, Red Cross, courts and clinics. We nurse our sick, educate our children, care for our seniors and provide a host of other important services throughout our communities.
The Evening Budget Hearing on June 13 was a milestone. More than 600 people from around San Diego County attended and more than 100 of them testified. Testimony was limited to two minutes and lasted more than three hours. It did not end until after 9 pm.
We appreciate everyone who asked the County to increase investments in staffing and services as part of the Invest in San Diego Families ten budget recommendations.
The Board of Supervisors will vote on the final budget at 2 pm, Tuesday, June 25, when we will find out if they listened to us. Follow this link to RSVP if you can join us. The meeting is expected to be between one-and-a-half and two hours.