L.A. REPAIR Participatory Budgeting

Los Angeles experiences some of the widest wealth inequality in the United States. Years of systemic racism and underinvestment have left many L.A. neighborhoods with higher rates of poverty, unemployment and environmental hazards. Building a stronger future for L.A. requires us to reckon with this inequity, and give every neighborhood a seat at the table.

The Los Angeles Reforms for Equity and Public Acknowledgment of Institutional Racism (L.A. REPAIR) will fund L.A.'s first participatory budget pilot program. L.A. REPAIR will distribute roughly $8.5 million directly to nine L.A. City neighborhoods, called REPAIR Zones. 

How those dollars are spent will be decided entirely by the community through a democratic process known as participatory budgeting. Community members of each REPAIR Zone will submit ideas that everyone in the neighborhood can vote on, empowering individuals to decide how public dollars are spent in their community.

L.A. REPAIR Participatory Budgeting is run by the Civil + Human Right and Equity Department (L.A. Civil Rights). Click here to learn about L.A. Civil Rights and its work.

Join an L.A. REPAIR Committee!

We are currently accepting applications for the Advisory Committee in the following three REPAIR Zones:

Boyle Heights
Mission Hills - Panorama City - North Hills
Southeast LA (South LA, East of the 110 Fwy)

Each of these REPAIR Zones will be served by an Advisory Committee of 7-9 community members who work to implement the participatory budgeting process in their respective communities. Anyone over 16 years of age in these Zones is welcome to apply now.

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The L.A. REPAIR Zones

Type in your address at the top of the map to find out if you live in a REPAIR Zone!

  1. Arleta - Pacoima
  2. Mission Hills - Panorama City - North Hills
  3. Westlake
  4. West Adams - Baldwin Village - Leimert Park
  5. Skid Row
  6. Boyle Heights
  7. Southeast LA (South LA east of the 110 Fwy)
  8. Southeast Los Angeles
  9. Wilmington + Harbor Gateway

What is Participatory Budgeting?

Participatory Budgeting is about giving real people real power over real money.

LA REPAIR Cycle timeline graphic

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget.

PB started in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1989, as an anti-poverty measure that helped reduce child mortality by nearly 20%. Since then PB has spread to over 7,000 cities around the world, and has been used to decide budgets from states, counties, cities, housing authorities, schools, and other institutions.

Cities like New York, Chicago and Oakland have all used some form of participatory budgeting to shape their city budget. The L.A. REPAIR pilot program dedicates $8.5 million toward participatory budgeting in nine underserved communities. Click here to learn more about how Participatory Budgeting works.

Participatory Budgeting is Designed To:

Deepen Democracy

Increase the volume, quality, and longevity of residents’ engagement in city governance.

Expand Transparency

Improve trust in government and accountability in budgeting decisions.

Emphasize Public Ownership of Government Resources

Direct available resources in a manner which residents feel is most urgently needed; trust grassroots groups to manage projects.

 

Build Stronger Communities

Connect funding to community based organizations and local context by incorporating on-the-ground community knowledge ー improving chances of successful and sustained outcomes that matter most to people.