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District 3, Dave Roberts/Pam Slater-Price

Supports the fund increase?“Yes. In addition, I am working on enhancements to make the program even more open and transparent to the public”– Supervisor Dave Roberts

Supervisor Dave Roberts, elected in 2012, was the first newcomer to the Board of Supervisors since 1995. That means Supervisor Pam Slater-Price gave the grants in District 3 during most of the program’s history. For fiscal 2014, Roberts gave 80 grants of relatively small amounts, from $10,000 to $35,000. The exception was $155,000 to the San Dieguito River Valley JPA. Over the past 16 years, Slater-Price and Roberts have given grants to almost 500 different organizations.


Slater-Price, a large supporter of the arts, gave the San Diego Opera more than $2.6 million. It was the most frequent recipient of District 3 grants.


Slater-Price gave other organizations, such as Spirit of the Fourth Inc., multiple grants, but many of those didn’t make the top 10 in total amount received.


Slater-Price did not appear to change her giving priorities during election years. There was a steady increase in the number of organizations she funded from 1998 until her last few years in office, when the numbers declined.

Dave Roberts & Pam Slater-Price

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Leonardo Castañeda was a reporter and economic analyst for inewsource. To contact him with tips, suggestions or corrections, please email leocastaneda [at] inewsource [dot] org.

6 replies on “Who benefits from Supervisor grants?”

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  2. If you search the database that goes with the story — turns out it’s almost all Ron Roberts, 15 years in a row. Also, Bill Horn gave a 100k grant in 2009/2010.

  3. I don’t think it is fair to call Pro Kids a golf academy, although that is the name. It is a youth services organization in City Heights, and it does a great job. I’ve spent a lot of time there, and I think it is a great use of these funds.

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