SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento is proud to announce Sacramento Councilmember Katie Valenzuela as the featured speaker at our Feb. 4 membership meeting. Valenzuela will be presenting for the People’s Budget Sacramento, an organization that promotes participatory budgeting (PB) for both the City and the County of Sacramento.
According to the Participatory Budgeting Initiative, PB is “a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget.” They further add that PB “gives people real power over real money.”
People’s Budget Sacramento plans to promote PB by presenting an alternative budget to the City Council of Sacramento that reflects the community’s priorities. They are also promoting more engagement in the budget process as well by recommending changes including participatory budgeting for the City and County but are not seeking formal charter changes at this time.
“The foundational principle of the People’s Budget is simple: residents deserve more of a voice in how our money is spent, and budget spending should reflect community needs and priorities,” said Valenzuela on behalf of the organization. “Since our inception, we’ve engaged thousands of residents through our survey tool, and advocated at the City and County for spending decisions that reflect community priorities. This year, we’re hoping to work with decision makers to build a participatory, community-led budget process for the 2021-2022 budgets, and hope for support from the progressive community in Sacramento to make that vision a reality.”
The program is scheduled to begin at the start of the membership meeting at 7 p.m. The presentation is expected to last approximately 40 minutes and will be followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers.
The meeting will be held over Zoom due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For security reasons, the meeting credentials will only be sent to subscribers of the club’s email list. Guests are welcome to subscribe by going to wellstonedems.club.
More information about People’s Budget Sacramento may be found on their website at peoplesbudgetsac.com.