June 2019

Budget adds 441 positions to County staff

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

  • 143.5 Behavioral Health Services positions -177 long-term beds and a total behavioral health budget of $708 million, a $54.7 increase from last year
  • 125 Child Welfare Services positions
  • 29 Aging and Independence Services positions
  • 27.5 Public Health Nurses and oversight positions, and $1 million added to support services
  • 15 self-sufficiency outreach positions to enroll people in vital County services
  • 11 Housing and Community Development Services positions – $25 million added to Innovative Housing Trust Fund
  • 9 additional Air Pollution Control District positions and $19 million in funds for Community Air Protection Program for Portside Environmental Justice Communities
  • 6 homeless services positions
  • 5 administrative and facility support service positions for Health and Human Services
  • 4 veteran services positions
  • 3 new staff to support the Climate Action Plan implementation
  • An additional attorney and 4 support staff for the Fresh Start Program. This program puts ex-offenders directly in touch with a Public Defender who is working to determine if they are eligible to have their criminal record cleared
  • An Environmental Grant Writer
  • A Certified Nutritionist
  • An additional Refugee Health Coordinator
  • $200,000 to the Office of Public Defender to provide specialized immigration counsel to those in legal proceedings
  • $300,000 to expand the San Diego Nights Program to 10 more locations
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SEIU Local 221 adds new Executive Board member

Congratulations to SEIU Local 221’s newest Executive Board member: Jennifer Esquivel representing Courts/Special Districts

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Fallbrook Union High School District is treating employees shamefully

“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.

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Our voice was loud at Evening Budget Hearing

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.

Follow this link to watch video of the testimony.

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.

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Evening Budget Hearing is June 13

The Evening Budget hearing on June 13 is a critical time to ask the County to increase investment in staffing and services, in ten key areas.

We have made it easy to prepare for it

  1. Make sure you RSVP by following this link. By signing up we will make sure there is pizza for you at 5 pm in the fourth floor cafeteria of the County Administration Center at 1600 Pacific Highway. We have transportation pickups you can sign up for in both North and South County as well.
  2. Prepare to testify on Thursday. We have created talking points that you can personalize and practice with. Follow this link to download the talking points and get started.
  3. Spread the word on social media. Follow Invest in San Diego Families Twitter and Facebook Instagram. Hashtags: #InvestinSDFamilies #SDCountyBudget. Facebook event – please share widely.
  4. Most importantly – show up at 5 pm on Thursday, June 13. We will check you in and make sure you are prepped and your speaker slip is submitted.
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