Monday, May 13, 2013

2013-05-14 Northbay UpRising morning show

Wake up and Rise Up, with the Northbay UpRising morning show! Broadcast courtesy of, 89.5FM KZCT, out of Vallejo "the Gateway City to the Bay Area".With a broad assortment of family-friendly neighborhood news from across the San Pablo bay area, including upcoming events, and positive & inspirational topics! With your hosts, Mis.D. & Dr.G., community reporters, Tuesdays, 6 to 9am

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* Mothership Connection, Saturdays 5 to 5:30pm []
* Gathering of the Tribes, Thursdays 4 to 6pm []
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* Poetry Rising, Saturdays 5:30 to 6pm

Vallejo Residents 16 and Over to Vote Beginning This Week on How to Spend $3 Million in Tax Dollars on Neighborhood Projects
Between May 11 and May 18, Vallejo residents will help decide how to allocate millions of tax dollars on projects developed by community members
Voting dates and details:
Monday-Friday 5/13-17, Vallejo City Hall, 555 Santa Clara St. from 12-7pm
Saturday 5/18, Vallejo Adult School, 2833 Tennessee St. from 10am-6pm
For more information, visit: [] and go to the "Press" tab.  

Recorded Live: []
Interviews with Vallejo Participatory Budgeting coordinators
Joey Lake, and
Gabriela Melano
, who writes:
Wanna make a HISTORICAL DIFFERENCE in the USA, starting with Vallejo?
Dear Vallejoans, Friends of Vallejo and the US of A,
In case you have not heard yet, Vallejo is making history in our country.
How so? Despite of the fact that Participatory Budgeting is a process that was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1989-- and has since then been making a difference in Latin America, Africa and Europe... it has just landed in our country in the past couple of years, or less. And, yes, Vallejo (not Berkeley, not New York, not even San Francisco! ;-) ... Vallejo is the very, very first city in the USA that is embracing this process!
Long story made short, 100+ residents (including yours truly) have been volunteering and putting together proposals on how to use $ 3.2 of Vallejo's City Budget. Yes, a minor sliver ( ~ 1.2%?) of the overall annual budget-- but, guess what? ... nothing more magical than having those directly affected by decisions to have a say in the process!
So... how can YOU make a difference? Well, letting anyone who lives in Vallejo know that NOW is the time to go and vote. Make sure stand-offish City Council Members know that Vallejoans DO care about the present and future of our city--- and that Participatory Budgeting is here to stay ( even in our 'democratic' US of A! ;-)
Vallejoan or not, you have a great opportunity in front of you to make a difference, in solidarity with a world that works for all, no exceptions! 

* Joey Lake, Steering Committee Chair [415-407-8995] []
* Ginny Browne, Community Engagement Coordinator [510-612-4826] []
* Marti Brown, City of Vallejo Councilmember [707-704-2688] []
 * Gabriela Melano, Ed.D. of Melano and Associates (Organizational Development Consultants Working for the Greater Good) [510-282-5736] [] []  

More info:
VALLEJO, Ca. – In an uncommon example of direct democracy – unique to this city, the state and the
nation – the City of Vallejo, ages 16 and over, will begin voting this weekend on how to spend
approximately $3.2 million in tax money on neighborhood projects developed entirely by the Vallejo
Vallejo – which just a few years ago was forced to file bankruptcy – is now doing something that only
much bigger cities like New York and Chicago have even attempted (on a smaller scale), becoming
the first city in the nation to allow a citywide vote on how to spend tax dollars. Vallejo's experiment in
"participatory budgeting" has set up voting on the following dates and locations:
> Monday-Friday, May 13-17, 12 Noon to 7 p.m. at Vallejo City Hall, 555 Santa Clara Street.
> Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Vallejo Adult School, 2833 Tennessee Street.
BACKGROUND: Residents have had the opportunity to view ideas created by volunteer budget delegates
representing the following committees: education, economic development, public safety, streets & transportation, community & culture, parks & recreation, and other segments of the community at Project Expos and online.
Delegates worked with fellow committee members, City of Vallejo staff and local non-profits to determine which projects are the most needed and meet predetermined guidelines approved by the Vallejo City Council.
More than 800 ideas were proposed by residents during the Budget Assemblies and online last Fall. Through the Budget Delegate process, a total of 35 of these ideas were developed into project proposals to be voted upon, including: street improvements, support for schools and parks, cultural events and public safety measures. The final voter approved ideas will be presented to the City Council for consideration in June. The City Council allocated 30 percent of Measure B sales tax revenue collected over a 15-month period from April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 for the Participatory Budgeting process. Voter-approved Measure B is a one percent sales tax to enhance City of Vallejo services, approved by voters November 8, 2011.

New Forum for Regional Residents, called "One Bay Area"
[],  designed to engage Bay Area residents, has been released by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). The goal of the forum is to enhance civic engagement on important regional transportation planning and land use/housing issues.
Plan Bay Area Town Hall is an online forum that invites comments from residents on posted topics to be reviewed by both agencies' (MTC and ABAG) Boards to be considered in the adoption of the final plan in Summer 2013.
With the ease of the internet, people of the Bay Area can conveniently participate in this conversation from home, without the stress of driving to various locations to provide their input. Residents are encouraged to read what others are saying, then share their own opinion on the topic.
The forum is hosted by Peak Democracy [], the same company that hosts the City of Vallejo's Open City Hall [].
Current topics on Plan Bay Area Town Hall include "Setting our Sights," "Bay Area in 2040," "Where We Live, Where We Work," "Investments," and more. Become part of the final product and visit Plan Bay Area Town Hall!

2013-05-01 "New Vallejo Ferry Facility to be built on Mare Island Waterfront; $22-million ferry facility
increased public access to waterfront and expanded ferry service part of deal between WETA, Lennar Mare Island and the City of Vallejo"

press release from from WETA liason Ernest Sanchez [510-289-2530] []:
A landmark $22-million maintenance, administration, and passenger facility for the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s (WETA) Vallejo service is set to be built by 2015, following an agreement announced today by the City of Vallejo, WETA and developer Lennar Mare Island (LMI). The facility, which is scheduled for construction beginning later this year, will also include maintenance, fueling and berthing facilities, administrative offices, improvements to the waterfront and enhanced public access.
Once the new facility is completed, WETA will offer ferry service from Mare Island to the existing Vallejo Terminal and beyond, allowing Mare Island residents, employees and Touro University students to embark on and disembark from the Vallejo Ferry on the Mare Island side.
“We want to thank WETA for making this significant investment in Mare Island and Vallejo, and LMI for their tireless efforts working with all parties to make this deal happen,” said Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis. “The new facility will create jobs, and improve public access and use of Mare (More)
Island waterfront. It will also give Mare Island residents and workers a new transportation option.”
 The project will retain the 42 full-time jobs that currently exist at the site, and the transaction provides WETA with the opportunity to expand its Mare Island operations as Bay Area ferry service continues to grow.
“The new facility reflects our commitment to our loyal North Bay passengers and will serve to improve upon our excellent service to the region,” said Nina Rannells, Executive Director of WETA.
The project will include the construction of five berths to facilitate daily operations, maintenance, repairs and future passenger access. As part of the agreement, LMI will continue its investment in improvements to the waterfront area by enhancing pedestrian access, including the installation of benches, lights, waste receptacles and signage. A parking lot that will accommodate both the Ferry’s needs and the surrounding businesses will be provided as well.
“LMI and the community collaborated on a long term vision for ferry service to Mare Island beginning in 1998 and this agreement reflects LMI’s, and the City of Vallejo’s, enduring commitment to implementing the community’s vision for Mare Island,” said LMI spokesperson Jason Keadjian.
The new ferry facility will transform historic Building 165, providing space for maintenance shops and offices. The facility will also house a more efficient fueling system, allowing for 48,000 gallons of diesel fuel storage and negating the need for costly daily deliveries. Project funding includes State Transportation Improvement Program funds previously secured by the City of Vallejo through the Solano Transportation Authority and State Proposition 1B funds available to WETA. System maintenance and passenger service operations are anticipated to begin at the new facility in 2015.

Call for Artists - Participate in Vallejo Open Studios 2013!
Vallejo Open Studios will take place during the second weekend of November, 11 9&10, 2013, from 11am to 5pm. Artists who live, work or create/exhibit their own original artwork in Vallejo are eligible to participate.
Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your art!
 Vallejo Open Studios will once again take place during the second weekend of November. That’s Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10, 2013, from 11am to 5pm.
 You are eligible to participate if you live, work or create/exhibit your original artwork in Vallejo. Each participant who pays the fee will be listed in the catalog, will have one image in the catalog and on the website, and will be included in a month long exhibit at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. The fee is still $50, however this year late fees will apply, so apply early! Applications received after the deadline of Sunday, June 30 will incur late fees.
 Can’t afford the fee? Hook up with an artist friend and share a space. We strongly urge you to go for the entry fee if possible, so that a sample image of your work may be included in the catalog and on our website.
 We also are working to provide shared space as we have in the past, but that space may be limited, so hurry up and submit your application! There will be an additional $10 fee for use of the VOS-sponsored shared space this year.
 If you know of any artist who may not have seen this notice, pass this on to them! We want all artists to have the opportunity to exhibit their art. No excuses please! Visit our website for details at:
LATE FEES WILL APPLY AFTER JUNE 30. You can send images later, but you must submit your application by June 30 to avoid late fees.
If you have financial issues, please contact us to discuss alternatives.
Our mailing address is:
Vallejo Open Studios
c/o Vallejo Waterfront Artists
PO Box 683
Vallejo, Ca 94590

2013-05-15 ACCE Fundraiser at Nevin Center
Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM
The Nevin Center [598 Nevin Avenue, Richmond]
 Fundraiser for the Richmond Chapter of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE).

ACCE works in California communities to support people, giving voice to issues that affect the community. ACCE is active at city council meetings and meets with city officials to discuss the needs and issues that face the community of Richmond. "For the past two years I have worked with ACCE and now I am the State representative for the Richmond Chapter. I am so proud to protect the people I live and work with in Richmond," explained Doug Gilbert, ACCE activist, at a recent press conference.
The two short documentary films, "Community Empowerment", and "The Real Estate Crisis: One Homeowners Story" produced by Sharon Collins, Stephanie Slade and Gini Graham Scott of United Media Productions, reflect the mission, vision and actions of ACCE.
Please come to this wonderful event and support ACCE!!
TICKETS: Call Dave Sharples of ACCE at 415-377-9037 or Sharon Collins at 510-693-7886 for tickets, community partner tables and sponsorship opportunity. Tickets are $20 (with no one turned away).

Message from Richmond  Mayor McLaughlin [510.237-1456] []: "Please come to ACCE's fundraiser this Wednesday. I am SO HONORED to be receiving an award from ACCE at this event. It is really ACCE that needs to be honored for their incredible work of raising consciousness, doing research on a grand scale, and outreaching big-time into our community on issues of importance to building a better and more equitable Richmond!"

Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
JFK Library, Joseph Room, 2nd Floor, 505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo
The City of Vallejo’s Code Enforcement Division invites the public to attend a community meeting to discuss the recent City Council approved Foreclosed Residential Property Registration Program.

Contact -
* Nimat Shakoor-Grantham, Code Enforcement Manager [707-648-4522], []
* Dong Yoo, Senior Code Enforcement Officer, [707-648-4389], []

2013-05-18 "Light Up Vallejo" wine, music, art gala
Message from  Marian Swanson:
Hello fellow community member,
If you have traveled to our downtown area in the evening recently you must of noticed our trees being lit up. Fred Menard, owner of Indian Alley Antiques has been working very hard in getting donations to help light them up for our community.
We will be hosting another fundraiser on Saturday May 18, 2013 from 6pm – 9pm in our downtown. There will be Boyz Under the Hood Car Club showing off their classic cars, as well as Art Cars, and The Fish Tank, a gourmet food truck will be on scene. Each merchant will keep their doors open to serve wines that have been donated from various wineries and finger food during the event and The Temple Artist Lofts will also be participating in our event.
Attached is the flyer and menu for the event and all of the proceeds will go to help light up more trees. The cost is $20.00 per ticket and you will received a wine glass, and a cookbook that the downtown merchants made of their favorite dishes.
Please help us to continue to light up all of our trees all the way from the 500 block of Georgia St to the waterfront, to Florida St & to the 300 block of York St. We raised over $3000.00 in our last event and we would love to continue to achieve our goal. If you are not able to attend this event, please consider a donation.

2013-05-18 "Scrumptious picnic brunch"
Saturday, 12-2pm
Motorcycle Wineries [787 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94103]
message from Motorcycle Wineries []:
This Saturday, we're pulling out all our 1950's waffle irons and raising some money for an art build-out for our warehouse.
Enjoy bottomless mimosas (!), fresh waffles with whipped cream, and warm strawberries while lounging on squishy cushions and blankets.
As always, food provided by our great chef Lucy (who I'm sure will be concocting additional morsels).
Lots of activities and music to be enjoyed. coloring books, anyone?
$15 at the door (bottomless mimosas & waffles!)
All proceeds support a new art build-out for the warehouse.

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