This Rulebook was developed by the Steering Committee and City Staff in December 2014, with assistance from the City's consultant The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP). While participatory budgeting is inspired by experiences elsewhere, we want our PB process to reflect the special characteristics of our community's needs, issues, and interests.  The City Council adopted the Cycle 3 Rulebook on January 13, 2015.

2015 Cycle 3 Rulebook

Delegate Information Sessions

In April, PB Vallejo held 2 briefings for delegates to learn more about the various City of Vallejo departments as well as many of the public agencies that operate in Vallejo. In case you missed these briefings, you can still watch video of the presentations here:

April 16 - City of Vallejo Department Briefings

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Opening Remarks - Joanna Altman, Administrative Analyst II         
Dan Keen, City Manager                               
Donna Mooney, Chief Assistant City Attorney                    
Deborah Lauchner, Finance Director                         
Anne Putney, Housing and Community Development Manager
Mark Sawicki, Community and Economic Development Director
Gregory Taylor, Chief Information Officer [download Greg's slide presentation here]
Nimat Shakoor-Grantham, Code Enforcement Manager
David Kleinschmidt, Public Works Director
Mark Sharpe, Acting Fire Chief
Joseph Kreins, Police Chief
Closing Remarks - Joanna Altman

April 23 - Public Agency Briefings

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[Download the Powerpoint Slides here]

Opening Remarks – Will Morat, PB Administrative Analyst         
Robert Bloom, Executive Director & President, Solano Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
Shane McAffee, General Manager, Greater Vallejo Recreational District (GVRD)
Stephan Betz, Assistant Director, Solano County Health & Social Services
Elizabeth Romero, Program Analyst II, Solano County Transit (SolTrans)
LaTonya Derbigny, Director of School & Student Accountability, Vallejo City Unified School District (VCUSD)
Diane White, Interim Vice President, Academic Affairs, Solano Community College
Dan Tafolla, Director of Environmental Services, Vallejo Sanitation & Flood Control District
Closing Remarks

Cycle 1 Summary

Vallejo was the first city in the United States to implement Participatory Budgeting on a city-wide scale, and the first to make programs & services eligible in addition to capital improvements. Read more about Vallejo's Cycle 1 process by downloading the summary report:

Cycle 1 Summary Report

PB Newsletters

Cycle One Archive


City of Vallejo Staff Contacts

Vallejo Departments and Non-City Agencies

PB Worldwide

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process that was first developed in Brazil in 1989 and is now practiced in over 1,500 cities around the world. In these cities, PB allows community members to decide how to spend part of a public budget. Though each PB initiative looks different, the process generally involves several months of public participation in meetings, discussions, and voting, allowing the public has time to make wise decisions. 

The Participatory Budgeting Project
A non-profit organization supporting PB in North America and serving as technical assistance partner to PB in Vallejo.

PB Chicago
Information about PB in Chicago.

Home of Participatory Budgeting in New York City.