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Participatory Budgeting Vallejo vote aims to bolster community pride

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Vallejo, CA

#1 May 9, 2013
Participatory Budgeting Vallejo vote aims to bolster community pride

Taking part in the upcoming Participatory Budgeting Vallejo voting, one Vallejo teenager said, has a lot to do with growing some community pride.

Mare Island Technology Academy senior Linette Guzman, along with three other Participatory Budgeting youth and nine adult budget delegates, had the chance to put some of that Vallejo pride on display over the weekend at the 2nd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting in Chicago.

"I think it was just a great experience because we got to know we were the first in the U.S. to do it citywide," Guzman said of the conference, which members personally financed with fundraising to attend. "We were the only youth members to go out there. People were really excited to see that we were interested in doing something like that."

The conference came in the midst of last-minute preparations for a massive week-long public vote, beginning this weekend, on more than 30 proposed community project ideas. All Vallejo city and unincorporated residents, who are at least 16, can choose their favorite six projects during public voting -- whether or not they are registered voters. For a complete list of proposed projects, visit .

"It's important to go out and vote because it's helping the city that they (voters) live in," Guzman said. "It's making the city look better and better for the people who live here. It's so people are proud to say 'I'm from Vallejo.' "

Fellow youth delegate member Jenny Aguiar, a Jesse Bethel High School junior, said she had no idea how important participatory budgeting was until arriving at the conference, which drew some 200 participants.

"(My perspective has) changed a lot," Aguiar said. "I used to be so interested,(for) when I got out of high school, I used to be interested in psychology. Now I want to major in something that's involved with the community like this."

"It's a chance to benefit your community," Aguiar added. "There's other cities dying to have what we have. Well, maybe not dying, but they would like it ...."

Beginning with Saturday's vote from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., voters will be asked to bring proof of age and residency.

Other polling locations include:

* Vallejo City Hall, 555 Santa Clara St., Monday through Friday, noon to 7 p.m.
* Vallejo Adult School, 2833 Tennessee St., Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Participatory Budgeting projects, thought up by hundreds of Vallejo community members last year and whittled down by volunteer budget delegates, are divided into six separate categories: streets and transportation; economic development; community and culture; public safety; parks and recreation; and education.

Funding for the projects comes from more than $3 million set aside in this year's city budget, from the 2011 voter-approved 1 percent sales tax hike known as Measure B. Community-proposed projects will ultimately be subject to approval by the Vallejo City Council, as early as May 28.

Community voting results are expected to be released at an evening celebration on May 19 at a yet-to-be-determined location. Paper ballots will be counted by community volunteers and Participatory Budgeting steering committee members who have not taken part in the project development efforts, said Community Engagement Coordinator Ginny Browne.
greedy union thug

Vallejo, CA

#2 May 9, 2013
gomes and her crowd designed a "better" police department, but there isn't enough money to implement some of the "improvements" because they ripped off over 3 mil to experiment with on this pb baloney!
oh, well, just cut deeper into the employee contracts to get it.

Vallejo, CA

#3 May 9, 2013
greedy union thug wrote:
gomes and her crowd designed a "better" police department, but there isn't enough money to implement some of the "improvements" because they ripped off over 3 mil to experiment with on this pb baloney!
oh, well, just cut deeper into the employee contracts to get it.
Predatory Budgeting has 23 (twenty three) projects. Anyone of those projects will, at best, help some of the people some of the time, but none will ever help all of the people at any time.

For those that complain about potholes. Check the suspension on your cars! I have three cars and the streets are unbearable in the car with 100,000+ miles. The streets are fine with the newer vehicles. New surfaces are a stupid way to fix worn out suspensions.
Im Talking Now

Vallejo, CA

#4 May 9, 2013
The out of control crime, gunfire, robberies, burglaries, doors being kicked in are foremost in the minds of citizens with a pulse. Marti Brown and her enablers for this folly should be righteously ashamed of themselves. We need that money to help push back against crime and truly improve the entire city, not just the quality of life issues for small groups. Most of the recommendations of the police commission cannot be implemented for lack of staff or lack of funds. These people need to get the boot in November and I am confident that the voters of this town have seen the damage stubborn idealists can inflict on us all. I have confidence that the clear renouncing of VIB candidate Tony Intintoli last year is an indicator of motivated voters that will not be apathetic, and suffer the consequences, any more.

Brisbane, CA

#5 May 9, 2013
hey dummy who is comiting most of these crimes you refer to ? thought you were leaving town .

Oakland, CA

#6 May 9, 2013
Tony, I'm bored, go refill your Viagra. Everyone knows it's me.

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