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New downtown Vallejo signs point way, provide history

Posted:   02/15/2014 12:54:23 AM PST

This is an example of one of the new signs that will be installed in downtown Vallejo to direct residents, and also provide historic facts.

This is an example of one of the new signs that will be installed in downtown Vallejo to direct residents, and also provide historic facts. (Courtesy photo)


Vallejo has a rich past and new directional signs will combine a bit of history while also pointing the way to downtown points of interest, sign promoters said.

The Central Core Restoration Corporation finally won city approval for new way-finding signs after nearly five years of delays.

They will be installed in the next few months and will direct people as well as highlight Vallejo history.

The city of Vallejo’s Beautification and Design Review Board unanimously approved them Thursday.

CCRC Executive Coordinator Erin Bakke said the signs are beneficial for the downtown. “Having way-finding signs is huge, especially after they’ve been held up so many times,” she said.

The blue and white signs will feature the city’s logo, historical photos along with a short description, plus arrows pointing to the Vallejo Ferry building, Empress Theatre, Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, Civic Center and parking.

Artistic Intent: Adaptive Reuse in Vallejo, Calif.


Affordable housing for artists helps revitalize a struggling Northern California city.

By Chris Warren | From Preservation | April 1, 2014 

The Temple Art Lofts is part of a historic urban fabric that attracts small business owners such as Rar Farmer (pictured here with daughter Opal), who recently opened Koham Press bookstore.
Credit: Photo by Leah Nash

When Bettie Nicole Flowers applied to lease an apartment in the Temple Art Lofts in 2012, she was asked to supply something that stuck her as unusual. In addition to the typical personal and credit information, the management company invited her to furnish a portfolio of her artwork.

Though surprised, Flowers welcomed the request. “I love being around other artists,” she says. Flowers speaks in a soft voice and has a smile that begins hesitantly but quickly gains momentum. A longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Michigan native has spent much of her time over the past few years writing rap lyrics and shooting music videos and short films — all of which the impossibly youthful-looking great-grandmother says are made to supply positive messages to African-American kids, especially the great-grandchildren that she helps homeschool.

While a lack of artistic credentials isn’t disqualifying, the 29-unit Temple Art Lofts are designed to provide an inspiring and affordable home to as many writers, painters, sculptors, and musicians as possible. The project combines two meticulously preserved and modernized buildings: the former City Hall, built in 1872, and a Masonic temple dating from 1917. Its opening speaks volumes about how Vallejo, pop. 118,000, is turning to its history-filled past in order to define a brighter future.

Vallejo panel OKs new downtown office building

By Jessica A. York/Times-Herald staff writer
Posted: 02/14/2014 12:54:35 AM PST

A Vallejo commission, with some apparent misgivings, cleared the way Thursday night for a city developer to build a four-story office building and parking garage downtown.

Developer Joe Callahan wrangled for more than an hour with a clearly dubious Beautification and Design Review Board over his project request, which would require a deviation from the city’s long-term downtown growth plan. The project calls for parking on the ground level and a set-back from the property’s edge, both issues in conflict with city plans.

By meeting’s end, however, Callahan secured five of seven votes in his favor, with two board members visibly pausing before casting their vote and a third announcing that he “still hated the building,” but would approve it anyway.

The audience, on the other hand, met the vote with hearty applause and cheers.

Resident Tom Ovens asked the board to begin the process of turning around Vallejo’s downtown.

“If not this, what and when,” Ovens said. “How long do you want to wait for the perfect thing to come along?”

Thursday’s vote can be challenged to the Vallejo City Council within 10 days. If no challenge is made, the effort may move forward.

A smiling Callahan said afterwards that he plans to begin drafting a purchase agreement for the city-owned property — where the city Housing Authority now resides — at Georgia and Santa Clara streets. Callahan said he initiated efforts to build an office building near the downtown transportation hub around April 2012, after hearing that a potential federal client would be launching a search for such a locale.

The City Council turned Callahan away from the waterfront, and he received strong criticism of his proposal from the

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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

5 Rics
  • Phone: 707-642-6569
A Lincoln Loan
  • Phone: 707-642-6719
A Man and his Hat
  • Phone: 707-643-1575
Alex Catering
  • Phone: 707-643-1711
All Medical Supply & Equipment
  • Phone: 707-554-6701
Art Department
  • Phone: 707-647-3022
Artiszen Cultural Arts Center
  • Phone: (707) 649-8984
B & J Food and Liquor
  • Phone: 707-642-5100
Bay Respite Care
  • Phone: (707)644-4491
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
Downtown Mini Mart
  • Phone: 707-557-6278
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
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
Johnson Deluxe Shoe Service
  • Phone: 707-642-6780
Koham Press
  • Phone: 510.472.4732
  • 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

Schedule: Saturdays, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Year-round

Location: Georgia & Marin Street

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 Vallejo Certified Farmers’ Market

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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