A Note from Stephen...
Greetings District 3 neighbors,
Here at City Hall, we are in the midst of budget season, working hard to finalize a budget for fiscal year 2023 (FY23). Many of you have shared with me what you would like to see in the budget, and I am working to include as many of those priorities as feasible.

There is still time for you to weigh in! Our office is hosting two budget forums, in collaboration with the Independent Budget Analyst, to share an overview of Mayor Gloria's proposed budget and hear your feedback. Details on these sessions are in this newsletter and I hope you will join us.

More information about the entire FY23 City of San Diego Budget process can be found here. Thank you for your continued engagement in making our our city the best it can be!
Free Transit for Youth 18 & Under 
I serve on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and was proud to support free transit for youth 18 years and younger.
This has been in effect since May 1 for anyone aged 18 and under with a PRONTO account
This program is a partnership between SANDAG, MTS, NCTD, and the County of San Diego and connects youth to school, jobs, entertainment, and more with the SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program. This includes unlimited rides on the bus, Trolley, COASTER, and SPRINTER at no cost through June 30, 2023.

SANDAG is funding this pilot program, with support from the County of San Diego, as part of its Transit Equity Initiative, which is guided by the 2021 Regional Plan.

To learn how to ride free with the SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program, click here.

District 3 Budget Forums
The City of San Diego is in the midst of budget season and we want to hear what you would like to see prioritized in this year's budget.
Our office will host a series of forums in collaboration with the city's Independent Budget Analyst who will share an overview of this year's proposed budget. 
  • Friday, May 20 from 6-7 pm
  • Monday, May 23 from 6-7 pm
Register for a forum here.
Make Your Voice Heard: Cannabis Equity
The City of San Diego’s Cannabis Business Division is partnering with the Department of Race and Equity to host in-person listening sessions citywide to hear from residents and communities disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs on how to reduce barriers to entry into the regulated cannabis market equitably. 
In District 3, a session will be held at the North Park Recreation Center on Wednesday, May 25 at 5:30 pm, as well as virtual session on Wednesday, June 15.
For more information or to RSVP click here.
A new power option in town
San Diego Community Power (SDCP), a not-for-profit public agency that provides clean, renewable energy at competitive rates, began providing service to the City of San Diego this month. 

SDCP’s standard PowerOn service offers 50% renewable energy and a slight savings compared to SDG&E’s standard generation service, which is around 31% renewable.
Everyone has the option to opt up to 100% renewable energy for a slight premium of less than a penny per kWh. The City of San Diego facilities and offices have already moved over to SDCP for 100% renewable energy.

For more information, click here.

Around The District

April 2022 was a busy month but Councilmember Whitburn made plenty of time to get out in the district to meet with community members and celebrate special events. 


Left to right: Rotary Club Peace Pole Dedication in Balboa Park; North Park Salsa Fest; Imperial Court de San Diego's Children's Easter Egg Hunt.


Left to right: Golden Hill Spring Egg Hunt; San Diego Earth Fair; Kicking off Arts, Culture & Creativity Month.


Left to right: Golden Hill Community Cleanup; National Center for Conflict Resolution's Peacemaker Awards; Taste of Hillcrest.


Left to right: Dining Out For Life with District 3 team; Urban Mo's 30th Anniversary; 30th on 30th in North Park.


Upcoming Community Events

The Center's Harvey Milk Tribute VideoImage
Premiers Friday, May 20 at 11 am
Although the community is not gathering in person this year for the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, The Center is proud to present a tribute video to honor Harvey Milk and all of the LGBTQ leaders who have, and are, fighting for our rights, our families, and our future. View the video on The Center's website.
North Park Music FestImage
Saturday & Sunday, May 21-22
This two day San Diego Music Fest will highlight San Diego’s best in local music, unique food vendors, live art, craft beer, and spirits. Get tickets and more information here.
ImageHistoric Streetcars of University Heights
Saturday, May 21, 12 noon to 1 pm
Historian and archaeologist Doug Mengers will present about San Diego’s own cable car system and the Pavilion at the Bluffs, the forerunner to Mission Cliff Gardens. Learn more and RSVP here.
Community Meetings
Check out our District 3 Communities webpage to get information on upcoming meetings hosted by neighborhood town councils, community planning groups, business associations, and more.

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