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Morning Report: It’s Budget Season

The San Diego County administration building / Photo by Brittany Cruz-Fejeran

San Diego County is in the middle of its budget process for the fiscal year that starts in July 2021. It’s planning on doling out more than $7 billion dollars on COVID-19 response and recovery, public safety, homelessness services and more. 

Our latest San Diego 101 video breaks down the county’s budget process [1] and how the public can get involved.

The county will hear public comments [2] on the budget on June 14 at 9 a.m. and on June 16 and 5:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will deliberate and vote to adopt the budget on June 29.

Mark Your Calendars for VOSD Panel on Tijuana River Sewage Crisis

Join Voice of San Diego reporter MacKenzie Elmer and collaborator Vicente Calderón of TIjuanapress.com for an unpacking of the most pressing environmental crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The polluted Tijuana River regularly spills trash and raw sewage from Tijuana into San Diego, and for decades no international treaty or action has stopped it. We can’t totally prevent a river from flowing but we can unpack the reasons why it’s such a problem.

Calderón and Elmer spent the last year following [4] how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to spend $300 million promised toward finding a solution to the problem, a solution which hasn’t yet been reached. 

The evening includes a panel composed of San Diego County Supervisor Nora Vargas, a native Tijuanese and newly elected San Diego leader, will join Fay Crevoshay, an environmental advocate at WILDCOAST, and environmental researcher and professor at Mexico’s Colegio de la Frontera Norte. There will be live Spanish translation. 

The participating public will have a chance to ask both journalists and panelists questions during the event. Register here [5] for the event. 

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The Morning Report was written by Maya Srikrishnan and MacKenzie Elmer, and edited by Sara Libby.