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Vallejo Participatory Budgeting voting begins strong

International PB Confence coincides with event

By Irma Widjojo

iwidjojo@timesheraldonline.com @IrmaVTH on Twitter


The period for Vallejo residents to have a say on how their city will spend $2.4 million began Saturday.

Hundreds cast their votes at the Vallejo waterfront on the first day of the city’s Participatory Budgeting cycle two voting period.

“The energy is a little different today,” Vallejo Administrative Analyst Will Morat said. “We wanted to make it more of a celebration, and not just about paper work.”

Saturday’s voting station was also an expo for the public to learn about the projects included on the ballot through talking to the project delegates. There was also live music, as well as food available for attendees.

Moray said more than 400 people voted Saturday, and about 1,200 people turned up for the expo. Nearly 4,000 people voted in Vallejo’s first cycle of PB.

This year, Vallejo residents can vote for up to five of the 25 project proposals, addressing issues like at-risk populations, economic development, arts and community, transportation, safety, parks and recreation, natural and historical resources, education and workforce development.

Those receiving the most votes will be considered for the proposed funding, up to $2.4 million, which was available through the 1 percent sales tax increase passed by voters in 2011.

Whaleboat Regatta in Vallejo helps cool off community

Event also includes car show, dunk tank, chili cook-off

By John Glidden

jglidden@timesheraldonline.com @glid24 on Twitter

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Members of the Napa Fire rowing team digs in as they race members from Vallejo Fire and Vallejo Police during the Public Safety Race which was part of the Whale Boat Regatta at the Vallejo Waterfront weekend on Saturday. Napa Fire edged Vallejo Fire to take first in the heat. (CHRIS RILEY—VALLEJO TIMES-HERALD)

It’s only fitting that Vallejo’s professional baseball team placed first in the miscellaneous division of Saturday’s Whaleboat Regatta.

They are admirals, after all.

The Whaleboat Regatta was one of many activities available to the community during the Vallejo Waterfront Weekend, which also featured a classic car show, celebrity dunk tank, a chili cook-off, an art windows walk and a 5k and 10k waterfront glow run.

“We have an awesome crew,” said Vallejo Admirals General Manager Kathy Beistel after the first race the team competed in on the day.

During that race, the Admirals held a slim lead over “The Legends,” a group that had practiced leading up to the day’s regatta. The Admirals were unable to hold their lead over “The Legends.”

“Up until the turn (around a buoy) we were in first place,” Beistel said laughing as she and other members of her “crew” lounged on the patio of the Mare Island Brewing Co. “This is the first time we’re (all) in a boat (working together).”

Also in competition were the Vallejo police and fire departments, which both competed with each other and the Napa Fire Department.

The first round went to the Napa Fire Department as they eked out a win over second-place Vallejo Fire Department.

A&E Source Restaurant Review: China Wok

Price, quality, taste and service have led to ‘Best of Solano County’ honors

By Matt Larson

Special to A&E Source

POSTED:   10/03/2014 09:00:35 AM PDT0 COMMENTS

For authentic Chinese cuisine, there are quite a few options wherever you go. But if you’re looking for Chinese food in Vallejo, China Wok has emerged as the go-to Chinese restaurant in town.

A wide range of menu options with reasonably priced items, plus great quality, taste and service have helped China Wok attain two “Best Of Solano County” accolades from the Times-Herald.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find something you don’t like at China Wok, but their most popular items include their Chow Mein. It’s always cooked to perfection, featuring Mongolian Beef with just the right amount of spice and flavor, and their Honey Walnut Prawns that are so sweet and creamy you could save them for dessert and be fully satisfied.

Kung Pao Chicken is also a fan favorite and definitely worth trying if you’ve never been.

If you have any question about that term “authentic”, you don’t have to worry about that when it comes to China Wok. Chef Mark Lee leads the kitchen staff and brings with him his truly authentic expertise. Chef Lee is an award-winning chef from China and has been perfecting his culinary art in both China and the United States for more than 20 years. With Chef Lee’s expertise honing his craft across the two cultures, you can taste the authenticity with every bite.

A popular time to visit China Wok is on weekdays from 11-2:30 p.m. for their lunch special.

Served with an appetizer, salad, fried or steamed rice, you can pick a main course at a great price. You can try the Kung Pao Chicken or Mongolian Beef for only $6.50 each, as well as a variety of prawn and fish dishes for just $7.25. There are a few vegetarian options as well. Keep in mind this is only offered on non-holiday weekdays.
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The Central Core Restoration Corporation  provides a wealth of valuable services in the downtown, coordinating with property and business owners, city agencies and community organizations in administering the Property and Business Improvement District.  Here are a few of our past year’s accomplishments, as well as current services provided by the CCRC.  

Business Directory

A Lincoln Loan
  • Phone: 707-642-6719
A Man and his Hat
  • Phone: 707-643-1575
Alex Catering
  • Phone: 707-643-1711
Artiszen Cultural Arts Center
  • Phone: (707) 649-8984
B & J Food and Liquor
  • Phone: 707-642-5100
Bert Vega Law Offices
  • Phone: 707-558-9375
Burstein Attorney at Law
  • Phone: 707-643-8405
Calco Gas Station and Mini Mart
  • Phone: 707-648-8025
Cecy’s Hair Salon
  • Phone: 707-557-2356
Charlie's Cuts
  • Phone: 707-649-0601
China Café
  • Phone: 707-648-0797
China Wok
  • Phone: 707-645-2008
Class Act
  • Phone: 707-552-6382
Crown Tailor
  • Phone: 707-644-1022
Crystals Salon of Beauty
  • Phone: 707-644-2412
Design by David
  • Phone: 707-319-0626
Dong’s Muffler Shop
  • Phone: 707-557-9020
Dots in Common
  • Phone: (707) 334-0072
Dunphy’s Tavern
  • Phone: 707-648-9022
Dynasty Nail
  • Phone: 707-552-7796
El Nopal
  • Phone: 707-557-0456
Elegant Event Enterprises
  • Phone: 707-655-1292
Empress Theater
  • Phone: 707-552-2400
Exit Realty
  • Phone: 707-644-7653
Face It Beauty Day Spa
  • Phone: 707-552-4021
Farmers Insurance
  • Phone: 707-553-1311
Fishers of Men Bible Bookstore
  • Phone: 707.561.2888
For Your Eyes Only
  • Phone: 707 450 8678
Gallery Barber Shop
  • Phone: 707-648-1975
Georgia Street Appliances
  • Phone: 707-552-6797
Good Day Café
  • Phone: 707-557-4745
  • Phone: 707-553-2254
Hair Seductions
  • Phone: 707-649-2420
Harmony Beauty Salon
  • Phone: 707-554-8835
Harry’s HD Cycle Repair
  • Phone: 707-642-0918
Haute Dogs Boutique & Barkery
  • Phone: 707-641-3085
Indian Alley Antiques
  • Phone: 707-644-6703
  • Phone: 707-652-2171
Jackson Buckman
  • Phone: (707)554-3177
Java Jax
  • Phone: 707-645-9556
Jazzy Jen’s Hair
  • Phone: 707-554-1474
Jeff Snell Studio
  • Phone: 510-223-3692
  • Phone: 707-554-1696
  • Phone: 707-648-1951
Law Offices of Scot D. Shoemaker
  • Phone: 707-552-1000
Marin St. Smog
  • Phone: 707-644-8378
  • Phone: 510-223-3692
Modern Warrior Arts Academy
  • Phone: 707-656-5239
  • Phone: 707-558-8815
Morton Russo Law
  • Phone: 707-644-4004
Mustico’s Tailoring
  • Phone: 707-644-6707
My Homestyle Café
  • Phone: 707-552-9090
Opus in Oils
  • Phone: (707) 656-3150
P's Cuts
  • Phone: 707-648-7288
Pacific Rim Gallery
  • Phone: (707)647-3314
Pieced on Earth
  • Phone: 707-644-6768
Primavera Boutique
  • Phone: 707-644-1991
  • Phone: 707-648-2787
  • Phone: 707-552-7177
ReLeaf Collective
  • Phone: 707-980-7868
San Pablo Lodge
  • Phone: 707-642-1391
School of Chinese Martial Arts
  • Phone: 707-643-2205
Shelby’s Style for You
  • Phone: 707-652-5449
Snap U Clear
  • Phone: 707-552-9603
Sonoma Auto Electic
  • Phone: 707-648-1277
Stephanie’s Boutique
  • Phone: 707 704 3834
Sylvia Fashion
  • Phone: 707-647-1136
T & T Hair Studio
  • Phone: 707-643-6703
The Unconventional Garden
  • Phone: (707) 642-1255
The W.O.R.K.S
  • Phone: 707-551-3400
Thelma’s African Connection
  • Phone: 707-649-8667
Tommy Nails
  • Phone: 707-649-0359
Tortilleria Pinto
  • Phone: (707) 642-7486
Townhouse Cocktail Lounge
  • Phone: 707-553-9109
Tucker Tire
  • Phone: 707-642-7125
USA World Classics Event Center
  • Phone: 707-644-5551
Vallejo Antiques
  • Phone: 707-645-1295
Vallejo Chamber of Commerce
  • Phone: 707-644-5551
Vallejo Fun Center
  • Phone: 707-515-0804
Vallejo Main Street
  • Phone: 707-655-6246
Vallejo Yoga
  • Phone: 707-590-0669
Victory Stores
  • Phone: 707-642-0467
William Sievert Gallery
  • Phone: 702 704 3422
Ye Olde Briar Shoppe
  • Phone: 707-642-2324
Yesteryear’s Marketplace
  • Phone: 707-557-4671

NEW HOURS SATURDAY MARKET, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm The market has been extended from 1 pm to 2 pm.  Year-round

Location: Georgia  Between Sonoma and Sacramento Street

NEW: WEDNESDAY MARKET,  3:00 pm to 7 p.m., August and September

Location: JFK Plaza, Georgia and Santa Clara Street. This 8-week pilot market will run through August and September. Sponsored by Vallejo Main Street.

In addition to providing a wonderful source for healthy food choices, both markets are seeking hand-crafted items from art and craft vendors. For information on how to become a vendor, please contact John Silveira at (925) 825-9090.



 The Vallejo Certified Farmers’ Market

The Vallejo Certified Farmers’ Market is a proud member of the Vallejo community and a supporter of the Vallejo Main Street Partnership through the market’s sponsor, Central Core Restoration Corporation.

The farmers’ market offers the freshest and best locally-grown fruits and vegetables, direct from the fields and orchards of California’s family farms.fm2[1]

The Saturday market is open year-round, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, with the season’s freshest fruits, vegetables, greens and nuts along with freshly caught seafood and fresh-cut flowers!

Gifts from the Farmers’ Market

‘Tis the season for giving, and there’s no better place to find interesting and tasty gifts than your local farmers’ market. Use your imagination and put together a selection of fresh local products that are sure to please the special people on your gift list, from gourmet cooks, to gardeners, to overworked moms and dads.Email newsletter distributed on December 1, 2012 – Read More..

Proud Member of the Pacific Coast Farmer’s Market Association (PCFMA):

The mission of the PCFMA is to establish and operate community-supported certified farmers’ markets and other direct marketing outlets that provide: viable economic opportunities for California farmers and food producers, local access to farm fresh products, support for local businesses and community organizations, and education concerning food, nutrition and the sustainability of California agriculture.

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