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Vallejo City Council to consider downtown, gardening, traffic issues

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Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#1 Feb 10, 2013
Vallejo City Council to consider downtown, gardening, traffic issues
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2256...

Vallejo may soon see increased downtown police security, a narrowing of Sonoma Boulevard downtown and a new community garden.

These issues and more are scheduled for Tuesday night's Vallejo City Council meeting.

The council is scheduled to vote on leasing about 13,000 square feet of land at Ohio and Marin streets for up to 10 years to St. Vinnie's Community Garden, and the Global Center for Success.

The agreement would waive most fees and charge the tenants $1 a month, according to a city staff report.

The agreement also would allow the city to save $3,740 a year by removing rented fencing around the site. Once the garden is up and running, organizers would be on the hook for a $8,300 water connection fee, per the proposed lease.

Not too far away, a portion of the vision for the improvement of Vallejo's Sonoma Boulevard corridor soon may take its first baby steps.

The council will take the first of two votes to accept a Highway Safety Improvement Program grant aimed at reducing Sonoma Boulevard to one lane in each direction between Florida and Georgia streets, and installing bicycle lanes.

The city found that the area "was found to have collisions that could be mitigated by lane reductions and addition of bike lanes," according to a council report.

The project is expected to cost about $347,000, with the city footing nearly $36,000 of the bill.

Following acceptance of the grant, city Public Works staff would hold public meetings on the project's design, go through the environmental review process and aim for completion between 2015 and 2016.

Just before the council's regular meeting, members will consider casting its vote in favor of re-establishing a downtown property tax, designed to maintain, improve and promote local business.

Given the Council's approval Tuesday, the matter will officially be voted on at an April 9 Council meeting. Funds from the tax district in the coming 10 years are scheduled to go toward paying for Vallejo police officer patrols during business hours on week days, website operation and promotions, signage improvements, holiday decorations, general beautification and streetscape enhancements and district property owner advocacy.

In other issues, the council will consider:

* Modifying city zoning laws regarding residential view districts, following a public hearing (first of two votes)
* Approving the Vallejo Safe Routes to School local plan
* Supporting the federal Food and Drug Administration's proposed ban menthol and other flavorings in tobacco products
* Funding the John F. Kennedy Library's renovation project with a budgeted $250,000 -- about half the project's cost -- to consolidate the children's and adult libraries on the second floor and install new bathrooms. The project is expected to take six months and start next month.
* Approving the relocation of city water main near Green Valley Road, due to pending Interstate 80 expansion work.
its on now

Vallejo, CA

#2 Feb 10, 2013
here again is that constant effort to improve the downtown visuals like the saturation of subsidized housing, and resultant criminal content, around the area does not even exist. the mere fact that this tax district is dedicated to police patrols speaks to the condition. and what about if another situation somewhere else requires more officers? seems like this dedicated police presence will only last as long as service calls elsewhere dictate.
Wanglow

Vallejo, CA

#3 Feb 10, 2013
Can anything be more indicative of the level of comprehension and intelligence of Vallejo's city council than the idea of choking down a State Highway into a two-lane mess compounded with bicyclists and pedestrians wandering back and forth?
xing

Vallejo, CA

#4 Feb 10, 2013
Wanglow wrote:
Can anything be more indicative of the level of comprehension and intelligence of Vallejo's city council than the idea of choking down a State Highway into a two-lane mess compounded with bicyclists and pedestrians wandering back and forth?
As long as they include the "negro crossing" signs in this new plan.
gimmie gimmie gimmie

Los Altos, CA

#5 Feb 10, 2013
make those freeloading bastards pay for the water up-front, if they can't come up with the money then they are not serious. liberals love to piss away other peoples money on bullshit projects tham make them FEEL good and accomplish nothing
arkie

Vallejo, CA

#6 Feb 10, 2013
lol! so here is another land giveaway for a dollar.
"oh, that's different!"
GEE

Lafayette, CA

#7 Feb 10, 2013
Don't know where exactly I read that the Staff Reports for the upcoming council meeting are not available on the city's website, but.....

Staff Reports are available for review directly following the Agenda for a total of 529 pages.

Trying to get them by clicking Staff Reports will not produce them, simply go to Agenda and keep scrolling!
Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#8 Feb 10, 2013
Vallejo needs to get into the Carnival spirit...it's Carnival time, people. Samba and carnival girls. Easy moneymaker for Vallejo, brings in the tourists and tourist dollar, promotes the arts with Vallejo samba schools working year-round, and carnival parades 24/7 all downtown. Look at the Brasil example here......
http://www.google.com/search...
Wanglow

Vallejo, CA

#9 Feb 11, 2013
Judging from the carnival spirit and all the Sambo's I see in Vallejo I'd say we're already there...............
Im Talking Now

Vallejo, CA

#10 Feb 11, 2013
They will adjust the affordable housing programs with ANOTHER budget increase to feed the monster common to all of us. This is what is frustrating, the energy and focus directed at changing the culture of the PD while at the same time continuing to grow the criminal potential associated with affordable housing. And it is on the CONSENT CALENDAR AS BUSINESS AS USUAL!
gimmie gimmie gimmie

Los Altos, CA

#11 Feb 11, 2013
Im Talking Now wrote:
They will adjust the affordable housing programs with ANOTHER budget increase to feed the monster common to all of us. This is what is frustrating, the energy and focus directed at changing the culture of the PD while at the same time continuing to grow the criminal potential associated with affordable housing. And it is on the CONSENT CALENDAR AS BUSINESS AS USUAL!
liberalism is a mental disorder !
Green Grocer

Vacaville, CA

#12 Feb 11, 2013
Can't wait until this is done.
GEE

Lafayette, CA

#13 Feb 11, 2013
With respect to the community garden idea:

The idea to utilize an empty lot that has otherwise a snowballs chance in Hell to be built on by any developer due to our dastardly history of not knowing what we really want to become, branding wise, this may be a good thing, not just for the "Historic District" but all of us.

Did any of you read the terms of the lease? Staff Report, City Council Agenda, anyone??

Water connection fee/meter and use of water during the time of the lease will be born by those signing on the dotted line. How they will come up with $5000 to $8700 connection fee(quotes vary, why I do not know) is not my concern, but they will not get the property if they can not pay for those items. The lease is for $1 and 5 years, with the option to renew after that, but there is nobody else willing to touch it at even that token price, but this organization.

So we have a choice:
Hand over this leased property to some people who are willing to use it to benefit the community for a specific time or let it set fallow surrounded by a rented fence that is costing the taxpayer.

This is not a new concept and works well in other communities. So why not here?…unless of course there are better suggestion for use of this particular property!
Free broccoli

United States

#14 Feb 11, 2013
arkie wrote:
lol! so here is another land giveaway for a dollar.
"oh, that's different!"
Where are our tax dollar watch dogs (firebug or the enraged -t-urd) to shed light on this? Oh! It's their friends ...... Nevermind
gimmie gimmie gimmie

Los Altos, CA

#15 Feb 11, 2013
can anyone imagine a bunch of pantsdraggers tending a garden, yeah right !
DUI Criminal Tony

Vallejo, CA

#16 Feb 11, 2013
LOL, looks like "the people" want more subsidized housing programs. This is great! That's where the money is, ask Robert McConnell.
cry dan cry

Vallejo, CA

#17 Feb 11, 2013
lol, dan levin is flipping his wig about fairgrounds development. you can't win dan, but try, then stfu.
Wanglow

United States

#18 Feb 11, 2013
Who will administer the garden and guarantee the neighborhood will not be inversly damaged by the "gardeners" (will they be growing weed?)? Why doesn't the city just donate the land and let the new owners proceed with their plans JUST LIKE THE REST OF US would?
finnasay

Vallejo, CA

#19 Feb 11, 2013
i hope they be growin' melons, yahmsane?
GEE

Lafayette, CA

#20 Feb 11, 2013
City of Vallejo 1200/1220 Marin Street/13000 sq.ft.
to St. Vinnie's Community Garden and the Center for Global Success 501 (c)(3)

Page 493 through 528 Staff Reports for Council Meeting 2/12/2012

Rental $1 per month
Waived or deferred costs
Site Development Fee $ 5976
Tree Removal Fee $ 433
Water Connection Fee $ 8290

Not having studied this whole thing thoroughly, this is what I believe are the basics.

The city leases the property to St Vinnie's & Center for Global Success for $1 per month for 5 years.
St. V & Global will clear the land, install fencing and garden beds etc and can rent plots to private parties who in turn will pay rent for it. St. V & Global will manage the whole property and pay for expenses like water,etc. with the proceeds derived from renting out the individual plots.

There is a site plan at the last page.

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