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Your City, Your Priorities

The health and safety of our residents is our top priority – the City is committed to keeping you and your family safe. Now more than ever, residents are relying on our local 911 emergency preparedness, public health and safety, and local business support services so critical to maintain in these uncertain times. 

Our City team is working hard to ensure Vallejo continues to be prepared for any medical, economical or catastrophic emergency. Find COVID 19 updates at cityofvallejo.net/NCOV

It is more important than ever that we continue to communicate with you as we plan for the hard recovery ahead.  In recent community outreach and conversation, the public has provided the following feedback on what our priorities should be:  

Maintaining emergency and disaster preparedness 
Supporting residents and local businesses on the road to recovery 
Enhancing fire protection and emergency medical response times 
Recruiting and retaining qualified police officers 
Preserving the City’s fiscal stability 

It’s more important than ever the city be self-reliant and prepared for any disaster. In these challenging times for us all, we want to continue hearing from you about your priorities for ensuring Vallejo is a safe, prepared community.

Please add your voice and join the conversation by completing a Community Feedback Form today. 

If you are a member of a local organization and would like to receive an online informational presentation regarding Vallejo’s current challenges and service priorities in the context of current events, please contact jtc@cityofvallejo.net

Q: Where can I access information about COVID/what I can do to keep my family safe?
A: We are working hard to keep our community healthy and safe, and coordinating closely with county, state and federal officials.  Please visit cityofvallejo.net/NCOV for updates on the City’s response, resources and information on what we can do to help.

Q: Were we prepared for this State of Emergency? 
A: As much as any of us are able to be, yes. Now more than ever, residents are relying on local services such as 911 emergency preparedness, public health and safety, and local business support critical to maintain in these uncertain times. We are laser focused on ensuring our community is prepared for any ongoing or future medical, economical or catastrophic emergency.

Q: Does the City have capacity to address emergency preparedness or health crises in the future?
A: Yes - if we plan for this in the future. Previous to the crises, emergency 911 response times had already increased in recent years, and now exceed national standards. We need to re-open fire stations closed during the recession, so our first responders can respond better to medical, wildfires and other emergencies to keep Vallejo residents safe. This crisis only reinforces the need for us to work together to ensure our firefighters and paramedics have the tools and equipment they need to protect our city and save lives, now and in any future emergency.   

Q: What other current City needs may impact Emergency Preparedness and Recovery efforts?
A: While we continue to focus on protecting the health and safety of residents by addressing immediate COVID 19 response needs, looking forward we need to ensure public safety and emergency preparedness is maintained and that residents and businesses are supported in the economic fallout. Additionally, we need to address our local roads – Vallejo has some of the worst roads in the Bay Area, with an overall rating of “poor.” In fact, approximately half of Vallejo roads are rated poor or very poor. We must make these essential repairs immediately. These hazardous conditions must be addressed so drivers, pedestrians, and residents are safe on our streets, and first responders can safely and quickly respond to people who need help.

Q: What about the needs of families or residents who are homeless?
A: Unfortunately, the economic fallout will hit many families and residents hard.  Like many cities, Vallejo’s homelessness was a growing problem that we are committed to address. The City has secured one-time funding to establish a navigation center to help people experiencing homelessness—including seniors and veterans—get access to services, emergency shelter or temporary housing, and support in getting back on their feet.  We need to continue operating the navigation center and compassionately address homelessness while keeping the City healthy and safe.

Q: Will the State help address these public safety, health and recovery needs?
A: While we appreciate the work the State is doing to address the health and financial impacts of the current crisis, our City must also continue to be steady and effective in addressing our own unique local needs, especially in these uncertain times. In recent years, the State has shifted responsibility for many programs to cities like ours without the necessary funding to provide our local residents the services they expect and deserve. Amid unfunded state mandates that strain local resources, and with no assurances Vallejo can count on federal or state funding, we need to determine how to best maintain fiscal sustainability and to address community priorities.

Q: Has the community had an opportunity to weigh in on these priorities?
A: Yes. In recent community outreach and conversation, the public has provided feedback on what our priorities should be. Feedback we have heard so far includes:
Maintaining emergency and disaster preparedness 
Supporting residents and local businesses on the road to recovery 
Enhancing fire protection and emergency medical response times 
Recruiting and retaining qualified police officers 
Preserving the City’s fiscal stability 

Q: Can I provide feedback on my priorities?
A:  These are challenging times for us all, and that means it is more important than ever for the City to engage with residents on current and future needs and priorities. In that spirit the City has launched an interactive community web page to hear from you. Please complete a brief community feedback form online today to share your views and let us know what community priorities are important to you.

Q: How will my feedback be utilized by the City?
A: In addition to current COVID needs, your feedback will help the City plan with the public’s input in mind, as we look to the future effects of the current crisis.