VALLEJO, CA – Recent public opinion research conducted in December 2019 by independent research firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) examined the community’s perspectives on life in Vallejo.
Amid these findings, residents identified their priorities for essential services. Top priorities include:
- Retaining existing businesses and jobs in the City
- Recruiting and retaining qualified police officers
- Maintaining the City’s fiscal stability
- Providing safe routes to schools for children
- Maintaining anti-gang and anti-drug programs
- Maintaining neighborhood police patrols
Residents also note top concerns regarding life in Vallejo include the number of people experiencing homelessness, the quality of public education, and illegal dumping.
Nearly half (48%) perceive there is great need for additional funding for city services and a total of 82% say there is at least some need for funding to address city services. Up to 78% indicated interest in enhanced locally-controlled funding to address community priorities and essential services.
“As 911 fire and emergency response times now exceed the national standard, our roads continue to get more dangerous and expensive to fix, and the homeless crisis continues to grow this feedback is invaluable and appreciated as we continue to address the community’s priorities,” said City Manager Greg Nyhoff. “We look forward over the coming months to gathering more community feedback about their priorities for keeping Vallejo safe, fiscally stable, and a great place to work and live.”
In order to continue to engage citizens, and ensure the City’s efforts and Council Goals and Priorities are reflective of the community’s priorities, the City of Vallejo has launched “Join the Conversation,” an effort to keep moving in the right direction, enhance quality of life, and provide services residents expect and deserve. Additional information and a link to participate in the community feedback survey can be found at www.cityofvallejo.net/jtc.