Dear Vallejo City Council :
We all feel the suffering from the mixed damage across the city homes and businesses/churches from the weekend’s earthquake.
The people of vallejo stand by their Mayor & Manager/Council at times of need to mobilize, coordinate and assist various gallant people who are bringing relief and safety. We all pray for swift success on your emergency actions to help people cope with this act of nature.
Having said that, as a member of Vallejo’s Community, I plead the following to each one of you with reference to the many inconsistencies with the recent PB process in progress so justly brought to your notice by Anne Carr (link) & Marti Brown (link) through their emails:-
1) PB Rulebook & City Manager Discretion:
Ann is Absolutely right, this is unacceptable and totally against the spirit and mission of PB
2) Interpretation of Private Property Clause:
Ann is right again…the City Attorney has an obligation to apply these rules consistently without compromise and bias, and can not be apparently pressured by the Mayor or the Manager.
3) Inconsistent PB Vetting Results, PB Steering Committee:
Ann is right again — What part of these clarifications (honor the goals of PB and engage the Community and Empower Citizens) doesn’t the PB staff and City Manager/Attorney DOES NOT UNDERSTAND? This is completely confusing and mysterious and sad to over 5000 PB volunteers — It will deeply demoralize many at the Expos and Voting + National Conference right here in Vallejo.
By his own actions on June-24th, the City Manager wants the delays from 2012 funding and the delays in getting agreements in place (faults on both sides) the City wanted to “TAKE TIME TO GET PB RIGHT”.
Current situation with the Vetting of Projects is NO EXCEPTION HERE — to suit the government’s convenience at the cost of the People – NOT ACCEPTABLE IN A DEMOCRACY, NOT IN VALLEJO, especially NOT NOW !!
1) Vetting criteria should be consistently applied (across PB & other City projects)
2) PUBLIC should be allowed to determine value, not City staff (staff just serves logistics, compiles data, communicates, coordinates, etc).
Thank you for your consideration. Please vote at today’s City Council Meeting to resolve this matter consistently, and postpone the Voting to bring justice to the people by balancing the criterion and public’s own value of projects for their neighborhood.
Note: All opinions expressed in the “Primal Scream” column are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the Vallejo Independent Bulletin.