Citizens for Vallejo considers the following Core Values are important for each candidate and incumbent for mayor and city council to demonstrate and address.



1. LEADERSHIP AND VISION


  • Promote a positive image of Vallejo.

  • Offer a viable Economic Development, Public Safety and Financial plan for Vallejo.

  • Take risks for Vallejo, but avoid gambling on Vallejo's future.

  • Apply their experience in taking or willingness to take unpopular position(s) to move a project/idea forward.

  • Experience working with individuals and groups with opposing views and building consensus.

  • Communicate effectively with all sectors of the public.

  • Demonstrated commitment to Vallejo and all of its communities.


  • 2. PUBLIC SAFETY


  • Present a plan for achieving a higher level of public safety services with a budget Vallejo can afford.

  • Plan and communicate to the public how the city will "do more with less".

  • Commit to exploring and delivering innovative, affordable, quality, public safety services.

  • Institute a public safety audit to ensure the city is providing appropriate and responsive public safety services.

  • Engage the community in the public safety of our city.

  • 3. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


  • Prioritize Economic Development as one of the top three priority activities for the city.

  • Establish a viable economic strategy for the City that builds on our existing assets, promotes living wage jobs, and creates a diverse economic development portfolio.

  • Demonstrate experience and willingness to research and implement economic development tools that attract new business to Vallejo and assist existing businesses to expand.

  • Articulate an Economic Development plan that demonstrates "doing more with less."

  • Promote inter-jurisdictional working relationships that maximize shared opportunities and resources.

  • 4. FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY


  • Vallejo has historically budgeted based on prior year spending. Budgeting for Outcomes allocates available revenue based on the services desired by the public.


  • Budget for outcomes:
    • Engage the public to determine desired services and what the community is willing to pay for.
    • Define the level of service, the cost of providing that service and the relative value of each service.
    • Match the cost of the desired services against available revenues.
    • Allocate available revenue based on the relative value of each service.
    • Budget for services based on responsible projections of future income and expenses.
  • Budgetary Goals:
    • Live within our means
    • Look to the future
    • Stop deferring expenses
    • Utilize one time sources of revenue to fund one time expenditure items.
    • Establish a minimum reserve fund of 15%
    • Commit to a 10 year budget plan

    5. TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT


  • Establish a public participation program that enables citizens to contribute to policy development.

  • Communicate regularly and consistently with the public.

  • Respond promptly to public requests for information.

  • Promote public outreach to inform the public.

  • Refrain from "back room" and "side" deals.


  • 6. EDUCATION


    Though the Vallejo School Board is responsible for K-12 education, there is an essential interrelationship of our schools and the development and growth of Vallejo. The latter of which is a responsibility of city council, and for that reason, a part of the Value Statement.

  • Forge partnerships with all institutions of higher learning in Vallejo.

  • Promote relocation of other higher learning and research institutions to Vallejo.

  • Advance support for students and schools, including foundations, fundraising, research, partnerships, scholarships, with businesses and the communities.


  • 7. CIVIL RIGHTS


  • Promote peace, understanding and create a healthy and productive community with the elimination of discrimination.

  • Treat everyone with dignity and respect regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, disability, nationality, religious belief and/or age.


  • 8. VALLEJO CULTURE


  • Improve the external perception of Vallejo.

  • Create and take advantage of opportunities to communicate Vallejo's story.

  • Promote policies that support Vallejo's communities, culture and diversity.

  • Demonstrate the value of public art and promote policies that support it.

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