How to Participate in Vallejo Politics

Vallejo City Council

Mail or Email | Attend a Meeting

Don’t like the way the City is being run? Are there too many potholes? Is there too much trash on the streets? Or maybe you want to pay someone a complement. Do you know who to talk to? Here’s a quick guide:

Email or write to the Mayor and City Council:

The City of  Vallejo runs on a Council-manger form of government. The City Manager, appointed by the City Council, is the CEO of the city. Unlike cities with a Strong mayor system, our mayor is just one vote on the council and does not have veto power. Find out how the mayor voted on an issue before you blame him for the city’s failures.

It especially helps to communicate with the Council Member who represents your district.  They care because they need your vote. Some of the Council members are “At-Large” because Vallejo only recently established districts.  Elections for City Council Districts 1, 4 and 5 will be held in November, 2022. The districts are still in flux. View the current District Map and learn more about upcoming changes HERE.

Snail Mail can be sent to the Mayor and Council c/o City of Vallejo, 555 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo, California 94590.

City Council Meetings

City Council meetings are generally held at 7 PM on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. You can attend in person (COVID willing), or via Zoom at https://ZoomRegular.Cityofvallejo.net.

Participate by phone by dialing (669) 900-6833.  Enter meeting ID 914 0075 0676#. Use *9 to raise your hand and *6 to mute/unmute.

You can also watch online on the Agenda and Videos page or the V-CAT cable TV channel.

To address the Council during a meeting, submit a speaker card to the City Clerk  and specify the Community forum or agenda item you wish to address. Zoom attendees signal their desire to speak by raising their hand at the given time.

There are two Community Forums where you can speak about topics that are not on the agenda, one near the beginning of the meeting and one near the end. The Mayor may elect to limit these sessions to 15 minutes and allow only the first 5 people who submit speaker cards to speak. In-person attendees are given priority over Zoom attendees in the Community Forum.

Agendas and Staff Reports:

These must be made available at least 72 hours of a regular meeting and 24 hours of a special meeting and are posted on the Agendas and Videos page . You can find the link to the Agenda for each meeting by clicking the meeting name, such as “City Council Regular Meeting”.  A separate window will pop up that includes the Agenda, a menu item called “Agenda Items and Files”, and during or after the meeting, a live or recorded meeting video. You can find the detailed Staff reports and recommendations for each agenda item under the  “Agenda Items and Files” tab. It is helpful to read the Staff reports in advance if you plan to speak on an item. Knowledge is Power.

VOTE!

Voting in local elections is the best way to make a difference in your community!

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