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.…