Goodie’s work on display at Artiszen Cultural Center

02/03/17 by By Richard Freedman, Vallejo Times-Herald

Vallejo’s treasured artist Cleve “Goodie” Goudeau may be gone, but more than 100 pieces of his work remain — and many will be showcased through February as part of Black History Month at the Artiszen Cultural Center downtown.

Goudeau, a pioneer in developing greeting cards featuring African Americans, worked on his craft up to six months before he died at 83 on Jan.…

Citizens voice need for downtown post office

01/12/17 By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen, Vallejo Times-Herald

If the United States Postal Service is as responsive to public opinion as representatives say they are, the temporary post office at 629 Marin Street in downtown Vallejo will become a permanent location, likely within six months.

Anyone with an opinion on the matter is urged to put it in writing and mail it to Dean Cameron, the postal service real estate specialist who ran a meeting Wednesday on the issue at the new Valle Vista and Couch streets Vallejo Main Post Office.…

A boutique of another, more masculine color

12/21/2016 by RACHEL RASKIN-ZRIHEN — TIMES-HERALD

Christina McPherson of Vallejo said she thought it really made no sense that there aren’t boutiques for men, especially considering most of the ones she knows are at least as finicky about their wardrobe as women are. So, she opened one.

The result is Chrissy Mac’s Place at 1718 Sonoma Boulevard, which opened Nov. 11.

It’s not called a boutique, though, because that might sound too feminine, she said.…

SOMA sculpture arrives in Vallejo

Two blocks of Georgia Street — known as commercial and activity dead-zones — should benefit from a new Vallejo resident who is expected to bring more people downtown.

Her name is SOMA.

A crew of volunteers, more akin to a bee hive, have been working over the past week to install the 28-foot tall sculpture near the John F. Kennedy Library in Unity Plaza.

Work on huge Vallejo-celebrating mural begins downtown

By Rachel-Raskin-Zrihen, Vallejo Times-Herald 10/25/16

Andre Jones of Richmond preps a wall on the end of 301 Georgia Street where he will be painting a large mural of Vallejo. Jones won a contest to receive Participatory Budget money to create the piece of art.Chris Riley ‑ Times-Herald 

Andre Jones says he hopes to have his “feel-good” giant Vallejo mural finished before the holidays, assuming the weather cooperates.

Local woman hopes to open healthy food restaurant downtown

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen, Vallejo Times-Herald |06/15/16

Vallejo native Tirzah Love is all about helping people eat healthy and enjoy it.

The Benicia resident is already a popular caterer with a growing clientele and now she’s trying to open an eatery in downtown Vallejo. She’ll call it Tirzah’s Kitchen, she said.

The deli inside 301 Georgia St. had to close when the operator was diagnosed with cancer, building owner Jim Barcewski said.…

Vallejo Police Department receives substantial state grant

By Matthew Adkins, Vallejo Times Herald | 06/15/16, 5:19 PM PDT

Police say the streets of Vallejo are about to get safer thanks to a nearly half a million dollar grant.

In a recent round of grant approvals awarded by the California Board of State and Community Corrections, the Vallejo Police Department finished second in the process out of every police department in the state and received $447,589 to help strengthen law enforcement operations and community relations, according to a police news release.…

Large sculpture may come to Vallejo soon

By John Glidden, Vallejo Times-Herald | Photo by Meike Gugel

A large art piece currently installed at the San Francisco waterfront may soon make its way to the city of Vallejo.

The Vallejo City Council unanimously approved a motion Tuesday night to direct city staff to begin negotiations with a local artist about installing her SOMA sculpture in Vallejo.…

New Netflix series to star at least one downtown Vallejo building

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen, Vallejo Times-Herald

An iconic Virginia Street building is about to play the coffee shop in a new Netflix series that will prominently feature the downtown Vallejo structure, its owner said.

Local business and building owner Buck Kamphausen said a contract is already signed and arrangement details are being worked out with Paramount Pictures for the use of City Lights — the Virginia Street building that once housed the city’s power company.…

Farewell to Craig Whittom

Current and former City staff, elected officials, residents, friends and family gathered for a luncheon on May 12 to celebrate the career of retiring Assistant City Manager Craig Whittom. He began his career in 1987 as an economic development analyst. Whittom worked for the City of Vallejo for 27 years, and will be fondly remembered as a public servant that defined professionalism, ethics and dedication.…

New Vallejo business network program launched

By Irma Widjojo, Vallejo Times-Herald, 03/25/16

A new program is set to launch in Vallejo to create a closer network among business owners and managers in the city.

Business Watch is the brainchild of the Vallejo Police Department Community Services Section unit.

“The concept is very similar to a neighborhood watch group,” Lt. Kenny Park said. “Business owners and managers in an area can all come together and pinpoint the issues that affect them and come with solutions.…

Green Hive Opens Downtown

A new business has arrived in downtown Vallejo!  Located at 425 Virginia Street, Suite B, Green Hive is an office co-sharing space for sustainability-focused businesses, and promotes collaboration among businesses and organizations. Marisela Barbosa, founder and creator of Green Hives, says, “Green Hive connects the ‘solopreneur’ to the vibrant business community resulting in an opportunity to work easier, connect, learn, and grow, while leveraging each other’s ideas and sharing collective activities and services.”  Among the many attendees of Green Hive’s grand opening and ribbon cutting on February 10 were Vice Mayor Rozzana Verder-Aliga, Councilmember Pippin Dew-Costa and Senior Community Development Analyst Annette Taylor.…

KQED discovers Vallejo’s Art Scene

It started as a day trip and ended with searches on Zillow. We — visual arts editor Sarah Hotchkiss and KQED Arts contributor Lakshmi Sarah — had lofty goals for our sojourn to Vallejo. We would take in the local flavor, visit arts organizations, meet artists, tour some studios, eat lunch and be back on the road by 3pm. We had no idea what we were getting into.

Capital City Pharmacy Brings New Retail Service to Downtown

Arthur Metu, RPh, opened the doors of Capital City Pharmacy at 339 Georgia Street on January 6, 2016. With a twenty year history working as a pharmacist in the Vallejo area, his original plan was to locate in the north east of downtown. Yet, as he began looking at sites, Metu become enamored with the downtown’s historic architecture. He named his business Capital City Pharmacy as a tribute to Vallejo’s proud history as California’s state capital for brief periods in 1852 and 1853.…

Reconnecting – Vallejo Police Department

The Vallejo Police Department is proud to announce the release of a new short length video which reflects upon contemporary policing and community relationships.

The police department worked with Dolphin Graphics Inc. to create this documentary style video which is just over 8 minutes in length. For several months, crews from Dolphin Graphics visited many local events, venues and community gatherings to document, record and capture various video footages and to interview local residents.…

New Business in Vallejo

Vallejo’s Boutique Classique — retro fashion for the modern woman

There’s a lot that’s unusual about the personal and professional partnership between Beth “Serenity” Holzman and her husband, Joel Lawrence Holzman — and the fact that they think they must have known each other in a previous life is only part of it.

The married couple’s latest venture — Boutique Classique, a Modern Vintage Clothing Store at 1711 Sonoma Boulevard, near Georgia Street — opened for business Aug.…

Streetscape Improvement Project

Starting in October 2015, and lasting at least half a year, the streets around parts of downtown will be more difficult to navigate as the third phase of the Vallejo Downtown Streetscape Improvement Project begins, city officials said.

Construction should take seven months, “but could be extended in the event of unforeseen conditions and inclement weather.”

The project includes streetscape and landscape beautification within a 14-block area bounded by Sonoma Boulevard to the east, Virginia Street to the north, Sacramento Street to the west and Maine Street to the south.…

Vallejo museum event thanks Lemke family, donors for contributions

Donors and members of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum came together Sunday in appreciation of Richard and Christine Lemke, who helped found the museum, and to unveil a plaque to dedicate the entryway rotunda to the couple. It was important to dedicate and rename the rotunda after the Lemkes “because the Lemkes had given so much to starting the museum 40 years ago,” Kathy Hoffman, president of the museum, said. “Over the years, they constantly contributed and now with their estate contributing as well, it was about time we honor them.” The reception, also meant to honor other museum donors and members, was held in the museum’s Hall of History, which displayed their latest art exhibit, “World War II Homefront Quilts.” The quilts depicted life in the United States during World War II and served as a backdrop to the event. Although the bronze plaque was still in the process of being made, the museum unveiled a representation of that plaque to museum members, including Dorothy Herger, Christine Lemke’s sister.

‘Unity, strength’ in Vallejo Business Watch program

Vallejo Police Sgt. John Garcia, center, outlines the objectives of an organizational meeting as residents, business owners and members of the police department gathered for Wednesday night’s ‘Business Watch’ meeting at the Temple Art Lofts. MIKE JORY — VALLEJO TIMES-HERALD

Vallejo Police Department Cpl. John Garcia said the working theory behind the city’s new Business Watch program — and, indeed, the entire Neighborhood Watch program — is “in unity there is strength.”

Police Department officials figured some 50 downtown business owners, managers, residents and others participated in Wednesday’s first-ever Business Watch meeting at the Temple Art Lofts on Marin Street.