In 2012, the City of Vallejo became the first local government agency in the United States to launch the PB process city-wide. The democratic process gave Vallejo residents and stakeholders the opportunity to decide how to spend their tax dollars to better their city and community.

Last year, nearly 4,000 residents and stakeholders proposed and approved 12 projects, including pothole and street repairs, funding for community gardens, scholarships for high school students and “Light Up Vallejo!,” a program that has now lit up trees in the downtown area on Georgia Street and will place new light poles in the more dimly and higher traffic areas in Vallejo.

This year, the City Council has allocated $2.4 million toward projects during its second cycle. This community-led process is funded by Measure B, the 10-year, one-percent sales tax approved by voters in 2011. Vallejo residents are encouraged to attend Budget Assemblies in February and March to share their ideas on how to create a better Vallejo for all.

Mare Island Brewing Co. is opening a Tap and Tasting Room in the Vallejo Ferry Building – Waterfront Rotunda, 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, CA 94590. Their first beer, Saginaw Ale, is now available. The new brewery in the historic Coal Sheds on Mare Island and the Ferry Building taproom on the Vallejo side of the Mare Island Straight are scheduled to open in April of 2014. Mare Island Brewing Co will be offering a simple gourmet menu, live acoustic music acts, wine, a pair of high-def screens for the big game, and one of the best patios and upstairs outdoor observations decks around.

-reposted from City of Vallejo Press Release with their permission

The Vallejo Police Department is pleased to announce that Highway 37, from Highway 80 to Highway 29, fronting the Country Club Crest neighborhood where he died, has been officially renamed the Vallejo Police Officer James Capoot Memorial Highway. At the request of the Vallejo Police Department, Senator Lois Wolk introduced the bill to the California State Senate, where it was approved. Members of the Vallejo Police Department, Vallejo residents, Vallejo service organizations and businesses provided the funding for the signs.

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