For Immediate Release
March 11, 2019

Christina Ramos – Chief of Staff for Councilmember Peralez: (408) 535-4903 or

District 3 Community Projects to be Funded by Third Year Participatory Budgeting Program

Downtown Residents Select Twelve Neighborhood Projects as part of “D3 Decides” Program for the Third Year.

San José, Calif. – Councilmember Raul Peralez is proud to announce that 12 neighborhood projects will be funded as part of the third District 3 Participatory Budgeting program with a budget of $200,000.

The project kicked off in spring 2018 with the submission of over 190 project proposals by District 3 residents. The submissions were then vetted by a group of  “Budget Delegates,” District 3 residents who volunteered to research and analyze each proposed project to ensure that it could be implemented on city property and funded with city dollars. All District 3 residents ages 15 and over were then given an opportunity to vote on the final list of qualified projects, with ballots available online, at numerous District 3 community locations. Altogether, more than 500 District 3 residents participated in the process.

After an extensive year long process that culminated in an online and hand-ballot voting process by District 3 residents, the following twelve projects were chosen for funding:

Idea Cost
Youth grant for Roosevelt Community Center $21,000
Laptops and virtual augmented reality equipment for Joyce Ellington Library $21,000
Improve lighting on San Fernando Street under Hwy 87 overpass $3,000
Improve lighting on Auzerais Ave under Hwy 87 overpass $10,000
Street mural in crosswalk at North 13th Street and both Empire and Jackson Streets $27,000
Expand Biblioteca Latinoamericana Library’s outdoor playspace $3,500
Mural at Backesto Park $10,000
Improve basketball backboards at Backesto Park $12,000
Install median islands on North 21st Street by Jackson and Empire Street intersections $40,000
Install speed radar sign on North 11th Street just north of East Taylor Street $20,000
Install speed radar sign on West Alma Street between Vine and South 1st Street $20,000
Basketball court improvements at Columbus Park $12,000

The twelve identified projects will be scheduled for implementation in the coming year.  The D3Decides Participatory Budgeting Program will be continuing into its fourth year during the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

The City’s Participatory Budgeting program is designed to more directly engage San José residents in making budgetary decisions. In 2015-2016, Mayor Liccardo and Councilmember Peralez launched a Participatory Budgeting pilot program with over 500 Council District 3 residents allocating $100,000 for eight neighborhood projects.

For more information on San José’s Participatory Budgeting Program, please visit: