Debby Norman and Ana Isabel Lopez, members of the King City Safe Routes to School Steering Committee, explain what participatory budgeting is and the role of the steering committee in the process:
Anyone who lives or works in King City, age 12 and older, can vote now through November 12, 2023 on which safe routes to school projects to recommending funding and implementing to their City Council.
The Salinas Valley Safe Routes to School Plan
The Salinas Valley Safe Routes to School Plan, developed by the Transportation Agency, Monterey County Health Department, Ecology Action, and the cities in South County, will identify barriers to safe access to all K-12 public schools in South County cities and recommend infrastructure and non-infrastructure improvements.
An important component of the Plan is the participatory budgeting process that is designed to fast-track funding and implementation of safe routes to school projects that are meaningful to community members. Through this participatory budgeting process, the community helped determine how to spend $250,000 allocated for program safety improvements through the Transportation Agency’s Safe Routes to School Program.
The Salinas Valley Safe Routes to School Plan was funded through a Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant ($64,127) and Measure X Safe Routes to School fund ($126,501).