Participatory Budgeting Cycle Two is Done

10/7/14 — The latest incarnation of Participatory Budgeting for the City of Vallejo concluded with an election night party at the Filipino Center at the corner of Amador and Florida St. with food provided by Earl’s Bar-B-Que. The people have decided how to spend $2.4 million in taxpayer dollars. The voting turnout was light, however with  3,744 total votes down from 3,917 last year. Voting eligibility included Vallejo residents from age 16.

The winning projects were:

    1. Help the Homeless Veterans, Seniors, Disabled $ Kids — $588,000 — 1,975 votes
    2. Prioritizing Street & Pothole Repair-Paving — $1,000,000 — 1,682 votes
    3. Improving School Meals — $18,000 — 1,429 votes
    4. Summer Youth Employment & Internship Program — $186,000 — 1,378 votes
    5. Sidewalk Repair and Street Tree Preservation — $162,000 — 977 votes
    6. Strike up the Bands — $90,000 — 905 votes
    7. A.B.C. Arts, Beautification, Community Development — $96,000 — 842 votes
    8. Special Fire Rescue Vehicle Replacement — may be partially funded at $282,500 of $488,000 — 725 votes

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'Participatory Budgeting Cycle Two is Done' have 14 comments

  1. October 8, 2014 @ 5:57 am Salty Dog

    Way to go,Vallejo. The warm passions of community speak.

    Now we need a similar companion procedure to reflect community education and direct public needs/wants…call it Participatory Education…a regularly scheduled board event to identify and prioritize community passions, concerns and action plan.

    Or, does the status quo fear the wisdom of community.


    • October 8, 2014 @ 7:55 am Vet

      Dog. Your statement shows a part of the disconnect. 3,744 (votes) / 117,000 (population) = 3.2% is not at all representative of the “community” wisdom. The top vote getter represents only 1.6% of the population. Plenty of reason for the council and CM to vet the results. IMHO


      • October 8, 2014 @ 1:01 pm I'M PEACHy

        Say the commentator who probably didn’t vote. The cognitive dissonance is strong in this one.


        • October 8, 2014 @ 1:41 pm Vet

          If you are speaking to me (?), I did vote. I would have also preferred a choice ✅ Do not fund, for all the items. No conflict on my part, disappointment in the process, yes


          • October 8, 2014 @ 3:47 pm Salty Dog


            Yes it is too bad that only 4% cared enough to get off their apathetic duff, turn off Jeopardy ,and show some interest.

            Doesn’t matter. The point is that there is opportunity for participatory democracy. I certainly expect Council to take a second sober look, after all. its their job/responsibiliry.

          • October 8, 2014 @ 3:52 pm Salty Dog

            Oh, and by the way, the other 97% are dummer than a box of rocks, or simply don’t care.

          • October 8, 2014 @ 4:22 pm Vet

            An ad hom argument ? Tch tch. Doubt if they are dumb. Don’t care. Probably. More reasons than “apathy” can make that happen.

          • October 8, 2014 @ 9:07 pm Salty Dog

            Ad hom is no argument but feels good once in a while when not personalized.

          • October 9, 2014 @ 12:41 pm decentamerican


            Your disappointment is understandable, but do you recognize and understand that THIS LOW VOTER TURNOUT IS THE CURSE OF OUR GREAT NATION ? Example: Congress approval rating — 5% or so; voter turnout…30–40% or lower; Vallejo City’s 12–15%

            Considering these real-world apathy towards public issues and politics, some 4000 Vallejoans in 2013 and nearly the same in 2014 have CONSISTENTLY ENGAGED & PARTICIPATED IN A GREAT DEMOCRATIC PROCESS.

            That counts for something….you please mobilize all our Veterans in Vallejo for the next cycle and may be we will have 5000,,,6000 voters. And do not stop telling your Councilmembers that.

            THAT IS AN IMPROVEMENT, MY FRIEND. We all have to do our part. I salute your service to the nation. Thanks for caring.

          • October 9, 2014 @ 8:59 pm VET

            You are welcome for the service. I spent 21 years serving in the armed forces expecting my small contribution would strengthen/support our representative form of government. I am not about to try and mobolize “our” veterans for the next cycle of an Orwellian ‘Animal Farm’ type of particapatory democracy. I prefer my elected officials to be the ones with the responsibility, accountability, power and authority to spend my tax dollar. Leaving the process to the 16+ yr. old demographics takes away responsibility and accountability. IMHO

          • October 9, 2014 @ 9:37 pm Salty Dog

            @ Vet:

            I, too, thank and congratulate you for 21 years service- no small contribution to the ideals you believe in.

            And, including 16+ yr olds does seem a bit over the top. I am more forgiving in assuming the organizers were trying to be all inclusive of the community and to maximize participation.

    • October 9, 2014 @ 12:36 pm decentamerican

      Brilliant Salty Dog!

      So, please bring this up as an IDEA for Cycle-3, with all its components: WHOM it benefits most, HOW, HOW MUCH MONEY NEEDED and some structural/organizational details.

      If you need help, you can contact some of the current budget delegates who helped ideas blossom into proposals. Then, it becomes an Expo Project where people can see it in all glory.

      Then, you lobby with the community — BAM, get it voted……Thanks.


  2. October 8, 2014 @ 12:30 pm Ravi

    YES, it was am improved exercise in engaging Vallejo’s citizens to brainstorm, qualify, vote for their communities most beneficial projects while expanding the community outreach.

    We are grateful to Marti Brown & all the PB staff+ Volunteers … our passionate activists who threw a flood of light on the city council and involved our youth better this year.

    We have work to do, going forward: Primarily, at the Steering Committee and then some in making the Rule Book more just and fair and PARTICIPATORY.

    Congratulations and thanks to all that contributed to this great work of Democracy — Thank you Marc Garman, Jessica York (Times Herald), OZCAT Radio, ThisisVallejo.Org, Vallejo Community Gardens, The Hub and Vallejo’s now amazing Arts Community

    To the entire city council, let’s hold you to the promise and put some money in the Cycle-3 PB…….Thank you.


  3. October 10, 2014 @ 6:58 pm Vet

    If there is any cognitive dissonance in this thread it stems from praise for a prior service (Vietnam Nam) which drew scorn and derrision while serving. Any thing appearing as a compliment for military service is taken ‘with a grain of salt’.


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