Santa Ana Community Budget Survey/Encuesta Comunitaria del Presupuesto de Santa Ana

COMMUNITY BUDGET SURVEY SUMMARY

Purpose

Over the course of two months, we surveyed 231 Santa Ana residents from across the City in both Spanish and English to learn their budget priorities. It is our intention that this survey aide and inform the Santa Ana’s budget development process, more specifically, how Measure X dollars are allocated. Ultimately, our survey found that residents would rather see Measure X dollars be used for services for youth, homeless individuals, seniors and for street infrastructure.

Background

In 2018, Santa Ana voters approved the passage of Measure X, a 1.5 cent sales tax increase, with the promise that these funds would fund a variety of homeless and youth programs and services. Measure X is projected to raise $60 million each year over the next 10 years and then $40 million each year for another 10 years for the City’s General Fund - in total this measure will have raised $1 billion over its 20-year existence.

Survey Findings 

Resident Budget Priorities

#1 Youth Investments was the highest rated budget priority, this includes funding free programs and services for youth and connecting them with internships and jobs.  

#2 Housing and Homeless Prevention services that include, renter protections, rent control enforcement, eviction defense, and homeless prevention efforts.

#3 Park, Recreation, and Library Services came in third with residents seeking well-maintained parks, extended operating hours, and free senior community programs.

#4 Public Works more spending on bike lanes, street maintenance, and clean water.  

#5 In cases where public safety is needed, residents favored Comprehensive Crime Reduction which includes non-police first responders, social workers, and community intervention works over suppression-based activities.

#6 The least favored priorities were City Management-related discretionary spending and Police Salary Increases. 

Issue Specific Priorities

Keeping Families Together

  • 97% of respondents believe the City should be involved in keeping families together. This can be achieved by protecting the due process rights for immigrants facing separation in the legal system.
  • 66% felt like the City could spend $200,000 or more a year on helping 50+ individuals fight their deportation cases.

Develop a Comprehensive Youth Strategic Plan

  • 96% of responders want a Comprehensive Youth Strategic Plan. The City is home to one of the youngest youth populations in the nation, however, it is operating without a plan in place.
  • Residents want a plan in place that calls for more youth centers, city-funded mental health services, career pathways for undocumented and formerly incarcerated youth, and transportation supports to name a few.

Protect Vulnerable Renters from Evictions.

  • 90% of responders believe that Santa Ana City should support a Legal Defense Fund to protect vulnerable renters from evictions.
  • Support for renters includes renter protections through policies such as Just Cause Evictions, rent control enforcement, eviction defense, and homeless prevention efforts.

Redefining Public Safety

  • Likewise, 66% of respondents felt like the Santa Ana jail should be closed in order to eliminate the $10 million deficit the facility is incurring annually.
  • In the instances where more public safety spending is called for, respondents preferred the City take a comprehensive crime reduction approach that focuses on social workers and community intervention specialists over methods that rely on incarceration and suppression.

Santa Ana Community Budget Survey Results

Encuesta Comunitaria del Presupuesto de Santa Ana 

 


SANTA ANA THE CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT SEEKS INPUT FROM PARTNERS FOR FUTURE OF PROGRAM

Dear Grantees, Partners, Colleagues:

I REALLY need 20 minutes of your brain’s time. We need your input in deciding on how to spend our next billion dollars. Now, is your chance to provide input, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TransitionPlanningSurvey.

On October 12 our Board of Directors released a visioning statement for the work of TCE beyond 2020, when the ten-year Building Healthy Communities (BHC) campaign draws to a close. In that statement, which was inspired and shaped by many of you during our BHC journey, the Board affirmed its support for a healthier, inclusive California, and put forth Three Bold Ideas to build a strategy around. Those Three California Ideas were, in short: 1) People Power, 2) Reimagining Our Institutions, and 3) 21st Century “Health for All” system. We believe a racial equity lens to this work is critical. These ideas have flowed from our experience with you as grantees and as our partners.

We have also heard from a number of you about the importance of support for the development of a shared vision or narrative for a healthier, more just, and equitable California, and we welcome your reaction to the idea of a community-driven “Social Contract” for our state and nation.

We want to assess the relevance of this vision and accompanying ideas to your work as you see it, and begin to gather some wisdom about the strategies needed to get there.

This survey represents a first step for us in a participatory design process in the months ahead; we’ll also embark on smaller group regional- and issue-based strategy sessions and conversations that we hope many of you can participate in.

This survey is due by December 14, and we pledge to share the highlights and findings of this survey with you by May 2019.

In closing, I’d like to convey, on behalf of our Board, our appreciation for the work of wellness, equity, and justice that you do. If the past two years of our divided nation’s political discourse has taught us anything, it is the role that philanthropy must play in being more intentional about voice, civic participation, youth engagement, and community organizing – what we have learned as People Power -- in pursuit of a vision of wellness for our state. We need your thinking to help more this vision and ideas forward.

Robert K. Ross, M.D.
President and CEO, The California Endowment


SANTA ANA NECESITAMOS TU OPINIÓN Y SUGERENCIAS PARA FUTUROS PROGRAMAS

Queridos beneficiarios, socios, colegas:

SINCERAMENTE necesito 20 minutos de su mente y de su tiempo. Necesitamos su opinión y sugerencias para que nos ayuden a decidir cómo utilizar nuestros próximos mil millones de dólares. Ahora es la oportunidad de decirnos lo que piensan, https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/TransitionPlanningSurveySpanish.

El 12 de octubre nuestra Mesa Directiva dio a conocer la declaración de visión sobre el trabajo de TCE para la próxima década — más allá del 2020 — cuando la campaña de diez años de Building Healthy Communities (BHC) llegue a su fin. En esa declaración, que fue inspirada y desarrollada por muchos de ustedes durante nuestro trayecto juntos en BHC, la Mesa Directiva enfatizó su apoyo por una California más saludable e inclusiva, y presentó Tres Ideas Audaces con la finalidad de elaborar una estrategia efectiva para lograr este objetivo. Esas tres ideas de California fueron: 1) El Poder de las Personas, 2) Reimaginar nuestras Instituciones y 3) Un Sistema de Salud para Todos en el siglo XXI. Creemos que tener un enfoque claro de equidad racial es realmente crítico para poder realizar este trabajo. Estas ideas han surgido como resultado de nuestra experiencia con ustedes como nuestros beneficiarios y nuestros socios.

También hemos escuchado de varios de ustedes sobre la importancia de recibir apoyo para ayudar a desarrollar una visión o narrativa compartida para poder lograr una California más saludable, más justa y equitativa. También agradecemos su opinión sobre la idea de un “Contrato Social” enfocado en la comunidad para nuestro estado y nuestra nación.

Queremos evaluar la relevancia de esta visión y las ideas que la respaldan, con su trabajo de acuerdo a su punto de vista, y de esta forma comenzar a adquirir cierta sabiduría sobre las estrategias necesarias para poder lograr este objetivo.

Esta encuesta representa un primer paso para nosotros como parte de un proceso de planificación participativo en los próximos meses. También nos embarcaremos en sesiones estratégicas basadas en temas clave y conversaciones con grupos pequeños, y esperamos que muchos de ustedes puedan participar.

Esta encuesta debe completarse antes del 15 de diciembre, y nos comprometemos a compartir con ustedes los puntos destacados y los hallazgos de esta encuesta en mayo de 2019.

Para terminar, me gustaría compartirles en nombre de la Mesa Directiva nuestro agradecimiento por el trabajo de bienestar, equidad y justicia que usted realiza diariamente. Si hay algo que nos han enseñado los últimos dos años del discurso político dividido de nuestro país, es el papel clave que debe desempeñar la filantropía para lograr ser más intencional en resaltar nuestra voz, la participación cívica, la participación y compromiso de los jóvenes, y la organización comunitaria, lo cual hemos aprendido por medio del Poder de las Personas, todo con la finalidad de alcanzar una visión de bienestar para nuestro estado. Necesitamos saber lo que piensa para hacer más efectiva esta visión, y ayudarnos a llevar a cabo estas ideas para seguir adelante.

Atentamente,


Residents and Renters Rights Groups to Rally In Support of Leader Facing Displacement

Santa Ana, CA - Residents and renter’s rights groups in Santa Ana will rally in support of Reyna, a community leader facing displacement.

Reyna and her three daughters have lived in the same house with other families for the last 26 years. This year, without warning, the property owners sold the house to a developer who is now evicting Reyna and the other families.

Reyna is being supported by resident groups and tenant rights organizations, who have seen the alarming number of evictions increase in Santa Ana,* and made a call to city leaders to address the crisis through a series of policy proposals under the platform to Remain and Thrive.

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