By Carol Pearlman
Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.
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THANK YOU to Participatory Budgeting and the 1216 people who voted for INDEPENDENCE PARK.
THANK YOU, most of all to my neighbors in Mariner’s Landing who supported me & Dave from the outset, and the 700+ signers of the petition that impelled us to take the project to the Mayor & City Council, and to the people of Vallejo, for creating an awareness & causing the need to make this park happen.
It may not be the park I imagined when I wrote the petition, nor is it the park designed by the great landscape artist I brought in for the job, nor is it the park I’ve been talking about with the mayor for so many months. It’s the people’s park, it’s what the people want, and it got more votes than any other project on the ballot and the most money.
I don’t know why they’re calling it a “History Arts Park” but the City Manager’s office assures me the items listed on the ballot are only “options.” To be determined. I’ll do my best to make sure the options selected will meet the needs & desires of the people who live beside the park, as well as those who walk, run, sit, loll, bike, fish, picnic, fly kites, kick balls, drive by, sail by, ferry by, just care about Vallejo, and, like me, like to gaze at the river and dream.
I’m proud of this great & wonderful victory and grateful to the people of Participatory Budgeting who brought it home.
Democracy is so exciting when it works.