You can go here to register your top three priorities for the spending of federal stimulus dollars in LA. Your choices?
- Infrastructure: Street lights, sidewalks, repaving
- Afterschool programs
- Gang intervention programs
- Community centers/senior centers
- Permanent housing for homeless
- Neighborhood beautification: medians, plantings
- Foreclosure prevention & counseling
- Career training centers
So. What will you vote for? I chose gang intervention, afterschool programs, and permanent housing for homeless.
There’s also a field where you can make suggestions–do you have a write-in idea for how to spend the stimulus cash? Ha. Hahaha. I just bet you do.
I’m on a mailing list for NorthEastLA (NELA) community issues and this came across my desk: the City of Los Angeles Budget Survey. I just completed the survey myself. I think it’s a good exercise and brings up a lot of interesting questions. Why no survey questions about subway funding or routes? And why do they even have to ask about what they call “needs based budgeting,” which would divert funding to areas that appear to need them the most? Is the city actually NOT “Repaving streets based on condition of the streets and the usage of the particular street?” or NOT “Focusing gang reduction services in communities where gang crime occurs most”…? Why do they even have to ask me if this is a good idea?! It made me think of a recent report I heard on local newsradio, where a representative from the Westside was bitching about higher-crime communities diverting his crime-prevention forces. “I know we don’t have as much crime as those areas,” he admitted, then went on to whine about the whole thing.
Well, ’nuff said. Go voice your own opinion here. The letter that came with the link is behind the jump.
Info on the current budget & process is here; the fiscal year 2008/09 budget itself is here. Continue reading LA City Budget Survey: Share your voice!