Vallejo tries to attract tourism

Vallejo tries to attract tourism

There are 91 comments on the Vallejo Times-Herald story from Jun 5, 2008, titled Vallejo tries to attract tourism. In it, Vallejo Times-Herald reports that:

Though new figures show the number of foreign visitors to California is up, they don't seem to be coming in droves to Vallejo, a local tourism expert said.

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A Voice from Afar

King Of Prussia, PA

#1 Jun 5, 2008
Perhaps, the City Council could send notices to graduate schools in government and public administration throughout the land and offer to open council meetings disguised as seminars on topics such as "Scapegoating: How to use Public Safety Unions to Hide Utter Ineptitude" or "The Idiot's Guide to Municpal Bankruptcy" and, finally, "How to use Faux Enivronmentalism to make sure No New Investments are made in an Urban Environment".

The hotels would fill up, restaurants would be booked 24/7 until, of course, one burned down or too many visitors were mugged because of the criminally inept staffing levels.

But, it wouldn't be a total loss because, again, all could be blamed on the local cop and fireman trying to do their job. And, city council could breathe easy knowing they escaped responsibility again.
bustacap

United States

#2 Jun 5, 2008
come see the largest bankrupt city in California..........
maybe some rich muslim country will buy vallejo
XMI

San Francisco, CA

#3 Jun 5, 2008
One Mare Island dredge pond for dedicated use of the battleship Iowa caretaker group=one battelship museum=400,000 annual visitors=percentage of revenue to Vallejo=commercial growth in downtown and Tennesses Street corridor=no conflict with Touro project.
What stands in the way? Only the 2003(?) agreement the city signed to never use the dredge ponds. At this point, I'm wondering if the pipeline from the shore connection across from the Yacht Club is still intact to the ponds. This would be the best berth for the ship, not near the drydocks as Lennar has indicated.
Is anyone on this council curious enough to ask the CM if the pipeline is undisturbed?
darwin

San Jose, CA

#4 Jun 5, 2008
"Though new figures show the number of foreign visitors to California is up, they don't seem to be coming in droves to Vallejo, a local tourism expert said".
I'm speechless... Tourists? Worry about your citizens first. Make Vallejo a place that people are not ashamed to call home.. Vallejo can't hold onto to it's citizens.. let alone wanting to attract tourists? Many of my friends and others that came here (buying houses) hoping this gem of the North Bay would take off are really regretting their decision now and are leaving Vallejo in droves. Or wish they could. Try fixing the sidewalk in front of your house so one of those tourists doesn't fall and sue.. The permit went from $79 last year to $540 today! You got to be kidding.. and we're concerned that tourists are not coming to Vallejo... Please..
GetReal

Vacaville, CA

#5 Jun 5, 2008
bustacap wrote:
come see the largest bankrupt city in California..........
maybe some rich muslim country will buy vallejo
A Vallejo hating PSU member. Stop spewing your vile self-loathing on the people of Vallejo.
Marianne

Lafayette, CA

#6 Jun 5, 2008
If I were to come from a foreign country, or even another state, why would I want to see Vallejo? Galway, Ireland is 2/3 the size of Vallejo but it has a vibrant city center, two thriving theater companies, lots of little restaraunts, cafes and pubs. So basically, it is a wonderful city to live in and so it is fun to visit. What does Vallejo have to offer to its residents? Pleases let me say that I love Vallejo and I think the people here are friendly, kind and caring. But historically, the management of the city (and the school district) has left much to be desired. Vallejo has so much to offer and its resources have been squandered..I mean, it would make you think people were getting paid off..
bustacap

United States

#7 Jun 5, 2008
The business of liberals is politics, the business of politics is to empty the treasury and use tax money to buy votes and stay in office
Bankrupt to the Bone

San Francisco, CA

#8 Jun 5, 2008
Other than Six Flags, Vallejo has no significant attractions that will interest the visitors nationwide. In fact Bay Area tourist guides point the visitors to the Wine Country and the Anhauser Busch beer factory in Fairfield so that means Vallejo may have to think about converting the MI shipyard into a historical museum and hopefully the young generations of Americans will be attracted at the war making capacity that made this shipyard famous.
GetReal

Vacaville, CA

#9 Jun 5, 2008
bustacap wrote:
The business of liberals is politics, the business of politics is to empty the treasury and use tax money to buy votes and stay in office
Just like our local PSUs, right?
The Historian

Oakland, CA

#10 Jun 5, 2008
To increase tourism:

1. Do what is necessary to get a vibrant old downtown. Secret: do not repeat all the prior failed attempts.
2. Promote the historical nature of Vallejo: Mare Island, old downtown, heritage district, etc.
3. Promote the location of Vallejo: gateway to Napa Valley, Sonoma County wine country, California delta, San Francisco Bay.
4. Link ferry terminal with: Napa, Benicia, old downtown and heritage district, Six Flags and Mare Island.
5. Create a vibrant and activity centered waterfront.

That and more can get the job done. However it takes real leadership, something lacking for a very long time.
Truth be told

San Francisco, CA

#11 Jun 5, 2008
A great way to get lots of people visiting Vallejo, staying in it's hotels (ah, if we just had one good bed & breakfast!) and eating in the few good restaurants we have - Make Vallejo the Gay & Lesbian marriage capital of California! This is exactly the type of tourism that would work here. They could get married on Mare Island at Alden Park and have the reception at one of the officers mansions.

We're perfectly located near SF but with far better weather, so close to Napa for visiting wineries or the Calistoga springs.

If Vallejo's CVB and Mike Brown could think outside the old box of Discovery Dreck Park and our lame county fair, we could really get something going with this idea. And this guy makes $60k a year?
Erika H

San Francisco, CA

#12 Jun 5, 2008
The Historian wrote:
To increase tourism:
1. Do what is necessary to get a vibrant old downtown. Secret: do not repeat all the prior failed attempts.
2. Promote the historical nature of Vallejo: Mare Island, old downtown, heritage district, etc.
3. Promote the location of Vallejo: gateway to Napa Valley, Sonoma County wine country, California delta, San Francisco Bay.
4. Link ferry terminal with: Napa, Benicia, old downtown and heritage district, Six Flags and Mare Island.
5. Create a vibrant and activity centered waterfront.
That and more can get the job done. However it takes real leadership, something lacking for a very long time.
I have to agree with you Historian, this will be a good start.
kvp7544

United States

#13 Jun 5, 2008
Interesting for atown that has little money, misguided development plan and inability to bring the entire community together to form a complete revitalization plan for the downtown core and surrouinding areas. I especially smiled at the comment that most visitors don;t spend the night....duh!
Shay58

Vacaville, CA

#14 Jun 5, 2008
The Historian wrote:
To increase tourism:
1. Do what is necessary to get a vibrant old downtown. Secret: do not repeat all the prior failed attempts.
2. Promote the historical nature of Vallejo: Mare Island, old downtown, heritage district, etc.
3. Promote the location of Vallejo: gateway to Napa Valley, Sonoma County wine country, California delta, San Francisco Bay.
4. Link ferry terminal with: Napa, Benicia, old downtown and heritage district, Six Flags and Mare Island.
5. Create a vibrant and activity centered waterfront.
That and more can get the job done. However it takes real leadership, something lacking for a very long time.
I agree. Vallejo's historic role in the making of our state should be a no-brainer when it comes down to how to sell our city as a tourist attraction. Vallejo's waterfront was key to the economy of our city and state from the 1850s on. Our maritime roots should be at the center of Vallejo tourism. But first and foremost, Vallejo city leaders and residents must know our history. As a first stop, I would suggest area leaders and residents visit the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum where director Jim Kern has gathered a great deal of information on our city's history. It's all too apparent that Vallejo leaders continue to be stymied in how to move our city forward because many aren't aware of our history. Let's stop comparing ourselves to other Bay Area cities. We have our own great histor, so let's use that history to move forward.
wtf

Vallejo, CA

#15 Jun 5, 2008
Why in the world would people across the nation want to travel in Vallejo?! Our downtown looks like crap with stores that arent even worth going into... I mean Six Flags is great and all but it is probably one of the worst Six Flags around! Dont get me wrong I love this place but there isnt much for even the people who live here. So how would vallejo attract people across the nation?
Heather

Napa, CA

#16 Jun 5, 2008
I'd be upset if I read Vallejo was a good place to visit, and then realized how dangerous it is.
bustacap

United States

#17 Jun 5, 2008
GetReal wrote:
<quoted text>Just like our local PSUs, right?
Pat yourself on the head, you finally get it.
vtownpisser

San Carlos, CA

#18 Jun 5, 2008
Vallejo is a crime ridden, dirty, ugly and decaying city in the armpit of the bay area. Why the hell would anyone want to come here. Especially since most other cities group us in the "just keep driving catergory" like Richmond and Pittsburg. The only way that will ever change is if the community stands up and changes things for themselves. not likely to happen any time soon. Ive lived here for 8 years and it has just progressivly gotten worse....
Stop Hating

Vacaville, CA

#19 Jun 5, 2008
vtownpisser wrote:
Vallejo is a crime ridden, dirty, ugly and decaying city in the armpit of the bay area. Why the hell would anyone want to come here. Especially since most other cities group us in the "just keep driving catergory" like Richmond and Pittsburg. The only way that will ever change is if the community stands up and changes things for themselves. not likely to happen any time soon. Ive lived here for 8 years and it has just progressivly gotten worse....
What is it like to hate the place where you live? Things can't be going well for you. Get out and start helping our city and stop fouling your own nest.
Sam Kurshan

United States

#20 Jun 5, 2008
GetReal wrote:
<quoted text>A Vallejo hating PSU member. Stop spewing your vile self-loathing on the people of Vallejo.
First of all, what makes you think these folks are PSU?

Second, whoever it was, they are correct. Why would anyone want to come to Vallejo? We are bankrupt. We have city leaders who do not want to advance the city. Just take a hard look at the last 20yrs. Nothing but talk.

This city council and past councils have been big talkers and no action. Mayor Curtola was the only member to bring any big business into Vallejo.

Now, we have Shively, Gomes, Pearsol and some others who are completely fascinated with the PSU's and losing grip on the city.

Unless our city leaders stop waisting millions of dollars on wild goose chases, we are going to sink even further.

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