“The Board of Supervisors, there’s only 5 of them, that’s it, 5. And they represent a broad, diverse, geographical area. Each vote is really important, and Alameda County has an annual budget, they just voted on it, it’s $3.8 billion.” – Jose Bernal

Jose Bernal from our partner organization Ella Baker Center joined us to discuss why the open Board of Supervisor (BOS) seat in this upcoming election is so critical. Watch to learn how the BOS makes funding decisions that impact mental health services, children and families services, housing, public services, and so much more.

To hear directly from the candidates, tune into the Virtual BOS D3 Candidate Forum organized by Faith Action East Bay next Wednesday, 10/12 from 6:30 to 7:30PM. Register now.

Alameda County… has one of the largest reserves in the entire state of California..  We’re talking massive amounts of money just sitting there…. Have you been outside, have you seen the food lines, have you seen how many folks are sleeping under a bridge, are sleeping on the concrete, have you seen what’s out there? Have you not experienced the pandemic with us? Why aren’t you spending that money?– Jose Bernal

Besides setting the budget for the county, Jose points out other key decisions impacting our communities like deciding whether or not the county cooperates with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.