DISTRICT 2 BERNAL TO BAILEY CALPINE METCALF GRANT PB RULEBOOK
ABOUT THIS RULEBOOK
This rulebook was developed by borrowing examples from past Participatory Budgeting (PB) programs in Vallejo and San Jose’s District 3. As well as, lessons learned from PB process Round 1. Our goal is that the San Jose District 2 Bernal to Bailey PB process reflects the special characteristics of our community. These guidelines and rules are based on our understanding of community needs, issues, and interests. This Rulebook is divided into four categories: (1) Background, (2) Timeline, (3) Roles and Responsibilities, and (4) Round 2 Rules.
WHAT IS PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING?
Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process that was first developed in Brazil in 1989 and is now practiced in over 1,500 cities around the world. Though each PB initiative looks different, the process generally involves several months of public meetings, discussions, and voting, so that the public has time to make wise decisions. Cities that do PB usually follow a similar basic process: residents brainstorm spending ideas and propose projects, proposals are vetted and filtered, residents vote on proposals.
GOALS: WHAT IS IT FOR?
We hope to accomplish three main goals through PB within the areas south of Bernal, north of Bailey, east of Santa Teresa Foothills, and west of Highway 101:
PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING IN SAN JOSE D2 BERNAL TO BAILEY CALPINE METCALF GRANT
Through Amendment No. 3 to the Cooperation Agreement (Metcalf Energy Center), a $1,000,000 grant has been secured for the neighborhoods within the areas south of Bernal, north of Bailey, east of Santa Teresa Foothills, and west of Highway 101. The following text from Provision B in the Amendment No. 3 to Cooperation Agreement (MEC) clarifies the City’s role and jurisdiction over the PB process:
“The Payment Amount shall be used by City, the City intends to utilize a participatory budget process with the residents directly surrounding MEC, which is bounded by the area south of Bernal, north of Bailey, east of Santa Teresa Foothills, and west of Highway 101, for the following purposes: (1) To make infrastructure improvements in the community directly surrounding the MEC that will enhance the safety, security or physical health of the residents living in such communities; (2) To provide a grant program that will make funds available to the residents in the areas directly surrounding the MEC for the purpose of funding construction of improvements that will enhance the safety or security of the residents; (3) To provide funding for the acquisition or expansion of parks, park equipment, recreation services or parks and open space and development in one or more of the neighborhoods directly surrounding the MEC; and/or (4) For any other use that CITY determines will provide a benefit to the residents in the communities directly surrounding the MEC, provided, however, that CITY agrees that none of the Payment Amount shall be used to oppose Calpine Metcalf or operation of the MEC.”
1. Project Eligibility
2. Idea Collection
3. Project Submission
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
There is a role for everyone in PB, but different people have different responsibilities, based on their stake in the community and their time commitment to the process. The following roles and responsibilities are specifically for the Round 2 PB process.
To lay the groundwork for PB in District 2, Councilmember Jimenez selected residents to sit on the Steering Committee. Our Steering Committee represents five neighborhoods bounded by the area south of Bernal, north of Bailey, east of Santa Teresa Foothills, and west of Highway 101. Our Steering Committee members live within the boundaries of the neighborhoods they represent. These individuals have helped design this Rulebook, chosen a voting structure for the final round of PB, and are overseeing the PB process in the district. The Steering Committee has a 4-6 week commitment to meet regularly in preparation for Round 2 of the District 2 Bernal to Bailey Participatory Budgeting. The Steering Committee is responsible for the following:
STEERING COMMITTEE RULES
CITY DEPARTMENT, STAFF, AND CONSULTANTS
DISTRICT 2 OFFICE
ROUND 2 RULES
The following rules apply specifically to the D2 Bernal to Bailey Participatory Budgeting Round 2 process.
The goal of Round two is to create a standardized process for project promotion to limit confusion and guarantee that the information shared is accurate, and approved by the City of San Jose. In order to accomplish this goal, the following rules apply to all projects: