Vallejo council OKs Sonoma Boulevard plan to put corridor on road to success

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Jan 23, 2013
 
Vallejo council OKs Sonoma Boulevard plan to put corridor on road to success
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A newly approved Sonoma Boulevard plan won't immediately pave the way for improvements, but it does set the stage to make the corridor safer, more attractive and conducive to business, Vallejo officials said.

Amid kudos to city staff, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a framework for future developments on one of the city's main arteries.

"Great job," said Councilwoman Marti Brown, who cited a long public planning process resulting in little, if any, controversy surrounding the project.

The plan, impacting a 5.5-mile stretch between Curtola Parkway and Highway 37, is meant to present a vision and specific actions to improve the street.

Longer-range improvements for Sonoma Boulevard include landscaped medians, new businesses, wider and safer sidewalks, and encouraging pockets of new businesses to attract more people to the street.

Any future improvements are a long way down the road, even such "quick win" ideas such as adding bike lanes and new lights, plus using vacant parcels for temporary uses, city staff said.

Street-striping to denote bike paths and crosswalks, paid for with an already secured grant, could take between one and two years to complete, Senior Planner Michelle Hightower said.

Such delays led Mayor Osby Davis to call for city staff to focus on finding grants and create a detailed action plan for moving forward.

"I'm more concerned about the details," Davis said.

City Manager Dan Keen said the goal is to engage the city's grant writer to implement the plan as soon as possible.

A so-called "implementation committee" has already formed to meet monthly to consider what can be done quickly and will have the most impact, Associate Planner Bill Tuikka said.

Committee members include business owners, citizens who participated in the public planning process and other stakeholders.

Further, the city will look at ways to allow for interim uses while launching into creating a more detailed plan which will flesh out the overall goals contained in the framework.

Another aim is to engage businesses along the corridor to explore funding opportunities and quick measures that can be taken for the greatest impact and bolster economic activity, said Ursula Luna-Reynosa, economic development director.

No one from the audience spoke on this particular matter, but several residents, attending for other purposes, called out "Thank you" and "Thumbs up" after the plan was presented.
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Righto; this is so typical of the level of intelligence of our city council. Narrowing down a State highway, choking the traffic flow in order to construct "bike lanes" and "wider sidewalks" which no one will use, adding MORE stop lights and "businesses" which don't now exist; it never stops to amaze me just how Stupid OUR elected "representatives" really are. Marti brown has the iq and the morals of a chimpanzee, matching the rest of this failed group of egotistical, wannabe politicians. I don't think Caltrans will approve of reducing traffic flow on a State highway. This nonsense is all about "grant" money which they HOPE the Federal govt will send our way, money which will NEVER be used for the work described and will ultimately end up in the General Fund. Look at what happened to the Wilson st. corridor plan; originally sold to the taxpayers who paid for it as a four-lane, short-cut from the bridge to hwy 37, it finally ended up as a twisting two-lane city street clogged by traffic lights, crosswalks and plastic street lights, all contrary to the stated purpose. Recall 'em all.
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Jan 23, 2013
 
Wanglow wrote:
Righto; this is so typical of the level of intelligence of our city council. Narrowing down a State highway, choking the traffic flow in order to construct "bike lanes" and "wider sidewalks" which no one will use, adding MORE stop lights and "businesses" which don't now exist; it never stops to amaze me just how Stupid OUR elected "representatives" really are. Marti brown has the iq and the morals of a chimpanzee, matching the rest of this failed group of egotistical, wannabe politicians. I don't think Caltrans will approve of reducing traffic flow on a State highway. This nonsense is all about "grant" money which they HOPE the Federal govt will send our way, money which will NEVER be used for the work described and will ultimately end up in the General Fund. Look at what happened to the Wilson st. corridor plan; originally sold to the taxpayers who paid for it as a four-lane, short-cut from the bridge to hwy 37, it finally ended up as a twisting two-lane city street clogged by traffic lights, crosswalks and plastic street lights, all contrary to the stated purpose. Recall 'em all.
Sir, you have insulted chimpanzees!
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Jan 23, 2013
 
Wanglow wrote:
Righto; this is so typical of the level of intelligence of our city council. Narrowing down a State highway, choking the traffic flow in order to construct "bike lanes" and "wider sidewalks" which no one will use, adding MORE stop lights and "businesses" which don't now exist; it never stops to amaze me just how Stupid OUR elected "representatives" really are. Marti brown has the iq and the morals of a chimpanzee, matching the rest of this failed group of egotistical, wannabe politicians. I don't think Caltrans will approve of reducing traffic flow on a State highway. This nonsense is all about "grant" money which they HOPE the Federal govt will send our way, money which will NEVER be used for the work described and will ultimately end up in the General Fund. Look at what happened to the Wilson st. corridor plan; originally sold to the taxpayers who paid for it as a four-lane, short-cut from the bridge to hwy 37, it finally ended up as a twisting two-lane city street clogged by traffic lights, crosswalks and plastic street lights, all contrary to the stated purpose. Recall 'em all.
we have become very reliant on grants. the problem with them is they are usually one-time monies, then whatever it funded is forced to a halt.
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Jan 23, 2013
 
I apologize to our furry brothers.
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Jan 23, 2013
 
Wanglow wrote:
Look at what happened to the Wilson st. corridor plan; originally sold to the taxpayers who paid for it as a four-lane, short-cut from the bridge to hwy 37, it finally ended up as a twisting two-lane city street clogged by traffic lights, crosswalks and plastic street lights, all contrary to the stated purpose. Recall 'em all.
A product of Gomes and Brown good friend Babs Kondyliss. It is prettier but not more functional. Other than being smoother there is no improvement in traffic flow. But then, it was in the middle of Babs neighborhood who was more interested in what she thought best for her immediate area rather than what was best for Vallejo. No wonder she and Gomes and Brown connect so well (?), they all think alike.
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Jan 23, 2013
 
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A product of Gomes and Brown good friend Babs Kondyliss. It is prettier but not more functional. Other than being smoother there is no improvement in traffic flow. But then, it was in the middle of Babs neighborhood who was more interested in what she thought best for her immediate area rather than what was best for Vallejo. No wonder she and Gomes and Brown connect so well (?), they all think alike.
LOL!
Let's think back when the oozers approved of a now illegal 100 foot sign which was required to move some of the old corrupt car dealers to the duly named "auto boulevard". That was before Gomes and Brown..and what profits did this vote put in the shaggy pockets of Wilson (the owner of Ford and Toyota) and others? Oh that's right dickie that is different.
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Jan 24, 2013
 
Mayor Davis is doing great things for Vallejo.
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Jan 24, 2013
 
So, they are going to make it "prettier" for the hookers, thugs and drug dealers?! They aren't going anywhere. It will continue to be covered in trash and they can't stop the graffiti now....is that going to change? Of course not. We need more cops. Period. No discussion needed.
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Jan 24, 2013
 
Up the sammie wrote:
<quoted text>LOL!
Let's think back when the oozers approved of a now illegal 100 foot sign which was required to move some of the old corrupt car dealers to the duly named "auto boulevard". That was before Gomes and Brown..and what profits did this vote put in the shaggy pockets of Wilson (the owner of Ford and Toyota) and others? Oh that's right dickie that is different.
Oozers approved a sign? Who/ what are "oozers"? What sign? Was it "illegal" then? If not, so what? Whatever your problem was with a "sign", a "sign" is temporary, however, 2 miles of roadway is not. The businesses on the "duly named auto boulevard" are major contributing sponsors to quality of life venues such as the "Jazz Ramble" held 2x a month at the Empress. So the "shaggy pockets" keep giving back to the community in a greater way than the stop lights on the much narrower 'old Wilson Ave'. If you ever went and paid attention you would hear them thanked for their donations along with others.
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Jan 24, 2013
 
LOL!
Contributing sponsors? They sucked off of the taxpayers teet with the auto boulevard.

"Not content with this hold-up of the public treasury, the boys pressed for more. To “make it work,” they said, they needed to change the name of Columbus Parkway to Auto Mall Parkway; and a garish 100-foot high LED sign to advertise their three dealer “mall.” Shortly after the election, the Council approved the name change. To hell with the Sonoma Boulevard dealers, the Italian American community, and the rest of us!

The sign, however, would take a little longer, since it needed a zoning variance. That, in turn, would require a considerable – and probably illegal – variance to Planning Commission procedures. At a December 1 study session of the Commission, Ross and Wilson were told a variance could only be granted after a public hearing and subsequent vote. Ross objected that he and Wilson had been “promised” by city staffers Alan Wolken and Al DaSilva that they would get their sign. He added that, if he did not get Commission assurances to that effect before the December 17 closing date for the Northgate land deal, the deal was off. Each of the commissioners thereupon stated they would vote “yes” at the public hearing scheduled for January 21. Talk about chutzpah! At that hearing, to his credit, Commissioner Bob McConnell voted “no.” The others voted “yes,” including Linda Engelman, whose Council run had been supported by the Chamber of Commerce. Brand new commissioner Herminio Sunga gushed to the T-H that it was “quite exciting” to vote for the sign. Ahttp://www.vickigray.org/2004 /05/good-morning-vallejo.html
(t)urd enragement!fter the meeting, the ever-smug Kenny Ross added “Unless someone throws another curve, I believe we’re done.”
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http://www.vickigray.org/2004/05/good-morning...
http://www.vickigray.org/2004/05/good-morning...
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lol, so what? the sign is still there, esad.
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vicki gray? bwahahahahahahahahaaaaaaa!
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Up the sammie wrote:
LOL!
Contributing sponsors? They sucked off of the taxpayers teet with the auto boulevard.
"Not content with this hold-up of the public treasury, the boys pressed for more. To “make it work,” they said, they needed to change the name of Columbus Parkway to Auto Mall Parkway; and a garish 100-foot high LED sign to advertise their three dealer “mall.” Shortly after the election, the Council approved the name change. To hell with the Sonoma Boulevard dealers, the Italian American community, and the rest of us!
The sign, however, would take a little longer, since it needed a zoning variance. That, in turn, would require a considerable – and probably illegal – variance to Planning Commission procedures. At a December 1 study session of the Commission, Ross and Wilson were told a variance could only be granted after a public hearing and subsequent vote. Ross objected that he and Wilson had been “promised” by city staffers Alan Wolken and Al DaSilva that they would get their sign. He added that, if he did not get Commission assurances to that effect before the December 17 closing date for the Northgate land deal, the deal was off. Each of the commissioners thereupon stated they would vote “yes” at the public hearing scheduled for January 21. Talk about chutzpah! At that hearing, to his credit, Commissioner Bob McConnell voted “no.” The others voted “yes,” including Linda Engelman, whose Council run had been supported by the Chamber of Commerce. Brand new commissioner Herminio Sunga gushed to the T-H that it was “quite exciting” to vote for the sign. Ahttp://www.vickigray.org/2004 /05/good-morning-vallejo.html
(t)urd enragement!fter the meeting, the ever-smug Kenny Ross added “Unless someone throws another curve, I believe we’re done.”
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http://www.vickigray.org/2004/05/good-morning...
http://www.vickigray.org/2004/05/good-morning...
This rant is based on events from 9-10 years ago? You don't lose gracefully, do you?
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Up the sammie wrote:
LOL!
Contributing sponsors? They sucked off of the taxpayers teet with the auto boulevard.
"Not content with this hold-up of the public treasury, the boys pressed for more. To “make it work,” they said, they needed to change the name of Columbus Parkway to Auto Mall Parkway; and a garish 100-foot high LED sign to advertise their three dealer “mall.” Shortly after the election, the Council approved the name change. To hell with the Sonoma Boulevard dealers, the Italian American community, and the rest of us!
The sign, however, would take a little longer, since it needed a zoning variance. That, in turn, would require a considerable – and probably illegal – variance to Planning Commission procedures. At a December 1 study session of the Commission, Ross and Wilson were told a variance could only be granted after a public hearing and subsequent vote. Ross objected that he and Wilson had been “promised” by city staffers Alan Wolken and Al DaSilva that they would get their sign. He added that, if he did not get Commission assurances to that effect before the December 17 closing date for the Northgate land deal, the deal was off. Each of the commissioners thereupon stated they would vote “yes” at the public hearing scheduled for January 21. Talk about chutzpah! At that hearing, to his credit, Commissioner Bob McConnell voted “no.” The others voted “yes,” including Linda Engelman, whose Council run had been supported by the Chamber of Commerce. Brand new commissioner Herminio Sunga gushed to the T-H that it was “quite exciting” to vote for the sign. Ahttp://www.vickigray.org/2004 /05/good-morning-vallejo.html
(t)urd enragement!fter the meeting, the ever-smug Kenny Ross added “Unless someone throws another curve, I believe we’re done.”
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http://www.vickigray.org/2004/05/good-morning...
http://www.vickigray.org/2004/05/good-morning...
There is really nothing wrong with the sign or name change. How was the Italian -American community disrespected?
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At a December 1 study session of the Commission, Ross and Wilson were told a variance could only be granted after a public hearing and subsequent vote. Ross objected that he and Wilson had been “promised” by city staffers Alan Wolken and Al DaSilva that they would get their sign. He added that, if he did not get Commission assurances to that effect before the December 17 closing date for the Northgate land deal, the deal was off. Each of the commissioners thereupon stated they would vote “yes” at the public hearing scheduled for January 21 .....

At that hearing, to his credit, Commissioner Bob McConnell voted “no.”

The others voted “yes,” including Linda Engelman, whose Council run had been supported by the Chamber of Commerce. Brand new commissioner Herminio Sunga gushed to the T-H that it was “quite exciting” to vote for the sign. Ahttp://www.vickigray.org/2004 /05/good-morning-vallejo.html
(t)urd enragement!fter the meeting, the ever-smug Kenny Ross added “Unless someone throws another curve, I believe we’re done.
" To his credit"? So, it sounds like McConnell was the only one to lie to Wilson and Russell, the rest did exactly what they said they would do. You have a perverted sense of "to his credit". Maybe it's to his credit because he lied directly to their faces? That makes it alright?
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" To his credit"? So, it sounds like McConnell was the only one to lie to Wilson and Russell, the rest did exactly what they said they would do. You have a perverted sense of "to his credit". Maybe it's to his credit because he lied directly to their faces? That makes it alright?
LOL!

"Nope. Why not? Because Gary Mandarich has been having trouble filling his Northgate Business Park along Columbus Parkway, bought on spec and having attracted only Toyota Vallejo. Enter Jack Wilson, Toyota’s owner and Cornelius’ partner at Wilson-Cornelius Ford. Together, the boys cobble together the “Auto Mall” scheme, which will co-locate the Ford and Chevy dealerships with Wilson’s Toyota operation. But they need a “sweetener” and ask the City Council to allow them to amortize $1.3 million in development fees over 20 years and hold back the bulk of sales taxes. On August 19, the Council approved the scheme unanimously – against the objections of the Sonoma Boulevard dealers and at a tight budget time, when the City is laying off union workers and cutting CBDG funds for community organizations."
(t)urd enragement!
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<quoted text> But they need a “sweetener” and ask the City Council to allow them to amortize $1.3 million in development fees over 20 years and hold back the bulk of sales taxes.
They were astute businessmen well aware of the risks. As evidence by the state of the economy that followed and the fate of the Ford dealership. Asking for help was smart.
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<quoted text> On August 19, the Council approved the scheme unanimously – against the objections of the Sonoma Boulevard dealers and at a tight budget time, when the City is laying off union workers and cutting CBDG funds for community organizations.
So what. Sonoma Bouelevard dealers had nothing at risk and the "deal" had no financial impact on them.

Rhetorical question: you think anybody believes you cared what happened to city union workers?Ans.= NO

Again, how was the Italian-American community disrespected?

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