Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Vallejo Starts Participatory Budgeting Process

Call for Facilitators - Participatory Budgeting Vallejo Vallejo is currently launching a new and exciting process called Participatory Budgeting (PB), in which community members will help decide how to spend over $3 million in Measure B sales tax revenue! PB will officially kick off in October and November, when Vallejo residents and stakeholders will attend a series of assemblies across the city to learn about the budget, talk about projects they'd like to see happen in Vallejo, and volunteer to help turn these ideas into full proposals for a public vote. Watch this video to see how the process works. While there are many ways to be involved in PB, we are currently recruiting people to serve as facilitators for small group discussions that will take place at assemblies. Facilitators will elicit project ideas from participants, and make sure that everyone is heard and all ideas are considered. You will be asked to remain neutral and not advocate for ideas while you facilitate. If you want to propose an idea, you can bring it to another assembly or submit it online. If you are interested in joining the facilitation team, please send a brief letter of interest, highlighting your facilitation experience, to Ginny Browne at ginny (at) participatorybudgeting.org. To serve as a facilitator, you must attend one of two upcoming trainings, scheduled for Thurs. 10/4 and Wed. 10/17 at the Mare Island Conference Center, 375 G St., Vallejo CA. We hope you will be interested in joining us to make participatory budgeting a big success in Vallejo! Please feel free to share this information with anyone else you think would make a good facilitator. Thank you! best, Ginny -- Ginny Browne Community Engagement Coordinator, PB Vallejo The Participatory Budgeting Project

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