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Vallejo cleans up Participatory Budgeting project proposals

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Vallejo, CA

#1 Aug 28, 2013
Vallejo cleans up Participatory Budgeting project proposals

Zooming through a massive meeting agenda, the Vallejo City Council moved forward on the city's Participatory Budgeting program Tuesday night.

In particular, three projects out of 12 approved by voters were set aside for further study earlier this summer over city officials' different concerns.

Of the three projects, the Council unanimously voted to approve formation of a new low/no-cost pet spay and neutering clinic. The city funds will be used to reimburse joint efforts by Any Dog Rescue and Spay Neuter Imperative Project California, paying for an estimated 1,650 procedures.

The organizations will need to pay for upgrades and improvements to their facility, a cost originally requested from Participatory Budgeting funds.

A number of changes to the proposed $320,000 high school student college scholarship program, College Bound Vallejo, drew ire from two audience members. The speakers, associated with the Vallejo Hope Scholarship Fund, 10,000 Degrees and the Willy B. Adkins, said they felt snubbed by city staff members because they were not consulted on the proposed changes.

The Council, with exception of Councilwoman Marti Brown, voted to delay a vote on the issue until city staff could meet with the speakers. Brown said the process has been a long one already, and felt it was unfair to delay further.

A third project included a proposal to dissolve plans to form a senior "conversation lounge," duty to city officials' inability to contact those who initially pushed for the project. In a 5-3 vote, the Council voted to reserve the $34,000 for potential cost overruns on another Participatory Budgeting project, to make repairs on the Florence Douglas Senior Center building, which is city-owned. Remaining funds will be rolled back into this year's Participatory Budgeting fund.

Earlier in the evening's meeting, the first in more than a month, 23 "consent calendar" items were approved in a single vote, with no items pulled for further discussion. Also, Bayard Rustin was honored for his civil rights contributions to the country, while last year's Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee members were honored for partaking in the process.

A discussion on updating the 2013-2014 Participatory Budgeting Rule Book was ongoing at press time.

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#2 Aug 28, 2013
I thought Kurshan said he was going to disrupt the meeting. The loon didnt keep his word

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