Beautification Design Review Board
City of Vallejo
Foreword to full report by Doug Darling
We sell our lands, with what we have left, we farm the vision’s of Government Agencies such as HUD, MTC and ABAG. We let others decide what is best for our community.
We harvest what we sew, our crops are the result of watering the seeds of others. So much so, we are constantly occupied plowing the fields we have leased to others, for a lifetime. I tell you, we have lost our way.
When I began researching some missing Art from the early 60s, my goal was purely these physical Artifacts that you could, see and touch. They were made of steel, granite, acrylic, aluminum, redwood, bronze and more. It was a simple focus, expecting a simple and planned outcome, find them, restore them and return them to the Public, to the Community.
But, it didn’t turn out that way. What I considered a simple task of civic stewardship, turned into an into an unexpected History lesson. The more I researched, I couldn’t help but appreciate and respect the efforts and the results of the 1960s Redevelopment of Downtown Vallejo.
Lets face it, Vallejo has an amazing History! Going way back!
But this report is not just about history. It is also about harnessing the intent to Salvage it! This City is not just abusing physical property. It is manipulating and dismissing History. It is in my opinion, Municipal Malfeasance by way of ignorance and arrogance.
If you want something done in Vallejo, you better be prepared to do it yourself! Lately I have been referring to Vallejo as the City of Excuses. The words Underfunded and Understaffed are becoming our new Mantra. These are the go-to responses in the City Staff Handbook of Dealing with Progressive Citizens.
We, City of Vallejo, have to stop thinking in this way in order to stop operating in this fashion! As City Manager Dan Keen said during a City Council Budget Session earlier this year, “there will always be a crisis situation” when referring to the ability to address Council priorities. If we choose to believe that, than we might as well change the City Limit signs to read, WELCOME to VALLEJO the CITY of CRISIS.
Lately, staff has canceled 3 out of 4 of the last BDRB (Beautification Design Review Board) meetings. That is the reason I must come out from under that legislative rock, staff can stall items by canceling meetings. The BDRB is not the only Board or Commission to recognize this. This Public Report comes out because Civic Stewardship should not be tabled at the sole discretion of City Staff.
Public Works Dept. has not replied or respond to repeated requests to store the Hollow Bronze Posthumous Edition, “The Genius” safely indoors. Today, Oct 8, 2014, 5 months later, it is still outside.
As though it is none of my business. As though it is none of your business. Vallejo needs to create a Communications Policy. Simple transparency, honesty and communication would serve Vallejo much better than treating citizens as though its none of their business.
At what point was it determined that being Underfunded and Understaffed overrides Accountability and Obligation?
This Electronic Public Report is a condensed (yet complete) version of what was submitted to the City Clerk Oct 6th, to supplement a report from Staff to Council, a report on the Marina Vista Collection/Georgia Street Extension project.
Staff is to submit a report to Council on Oct 14th.
Since Staff is underfunded and understaffed, this report is intended to supplement the information being disseminated to staff on the 14th.
If, after reading this report, you would support the creation of a Public Arts Advisory Group, write to your Council members or come and speak to the matter on the 14th.
The complete 100+ page report is below as 3 downloadable PDF files: