Mayor's Message

June 29, 2020

Dear Fellow Vallejoans,

This week I want to spend a little time talking about the increased importance of continuing to be vigilant of the spread of coronavirus. Yesterday afternoon Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Solano County is one of four counties on the state’s watchlist for coronavirus. The reason Solano County is on the State watchlist is because our COVID-19 numbers are on the rise again. While we still have open bed capacity at our hospitals, testing numbers have stayed the same, yet our positive cases have increased. This increase in positive cases could result in a rollback of the phased re-opening for our county. This could create yet another economic blow to our community. Additionally, Solano county has noted that the contagious age range is from 16 to 36 years old. I’m really speaking to our younger community when I say that we have all been there, we understand that this lockdown has been difficult in such a social-era for our younger generations, but please, do your part to help flatten the curve, if not for yourselves, then for your parents and your grandparents so that they might continue to live a long healthy life.

On a more positive note, the spread of this virus is completely avoidable. Together we can fight COVID-19 by continuing to social distance, wearing our masks, and washing our hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20-seconds.

Turning to another explosive matter (yes, the pun was intended), I want to extend more words of caution about fireworks. Not only are fireworks illegal in the City Of Vallejo, but they are also very dangerous, especially now when we are in a time of high fire danger. Myself and other councilmembers have been receiving massive amounts of emails and phone calls from residents with concerns about fireworks being ignited all night long. Not only is it disruptive to their sleep it also creates anxiety and fear in their pets.

I’d like to refer you back to my Mayor's Message from last week which talks about fireworks, fires, and defensible space and how fireworks negatively affect our fur companions. You can find last week's message below.

While this Fourth of July isn’t quite like all the ones we’ve enjoyed in the past, I’d like to wish you the most joyous and relaxing Fourth of July, as we celebrate our Nation’s independence together, but from a distance.

Happy Fourth of July,
Your Mayor, Bob Sampayan

#Togetherwecan #VallejoStrong #VallejoProud

Mayors Message - June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020

Events That Changed Us All.

The events of the past few weeks have challenged our community in a way it has never been challenged before. Senseless acts of violence and looting warped the messaging of peaceful protests meant to express the pain of the death of George Floyd. Another tragic event followed by this senseless death occurred in our very own community, the shooting of San Francisco resident Sean Monterrosa. I want to express my deepest condolences to both families in this very difficult time.

We Hear You.
Our community has been jarred by the recent events across the nation and in our very own backyard. Over the last week, I have received over 2,600 emails asking for change, and your voices have not fallen on deaf ears. We hear you.

Change is Coming.
In the last seven days, Council and City Staff have made accomplishments, undoubtedly fueled by the intense desire to bring a high level of transparency and accountability to the City and VPD. In the case of the shooting death of Sean Monterossa, Council, working together with VPD and City staff, have requested that the criminal investigation for this incident be elevated from the Solano County District Attorney's Office to the California Attorney General for a thorough review. Additionally, Chief of Police, Shawny Williams, has requested that the internal investigation into the Monterossa shooting be reviewed by an outside, nonpartisan consultant, the OIR group.

OIR Assessment report.
In addition to these requests for elevated investigations, City Council agreed that the community must have access to an assessment report on the practices, policies, and procedures of the Vallejo Police Department, which was completed and prepared by The OIR Group. This report shines light on where our Police Department is failing and where the department is performing well. This OIR report will help to hold us accountable for the necessary improvements that must be made.

Collaborating on a Better Future.
Finally, it is important to mention that last night, my Council colleagues and I unanimously voted to ratify the agreement with the California Department of Justice. I am confident that we are making positive steps in the right direction for our City and PD by entering into this agreement with the Cal DoJ.

I have always known in my heart that Vallejo is strong, and Vallejo is resilient, and together we will rise.

- Your Mayor, Bob Sampayan

Mayor's Message - June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020

This week I want to take a moment to remind you that we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Many issues have swept through our Nation these last couple of weeks, placing COVID19 on the back-burner. It's important to remember that COVID19 is still a concern for our community. As we cautiously transition into reopening our City, protecting ourselves and others from the virus should still be at the forefront of all of our minds.

There are a few actions that Vallejoans can continue to take to help keep our community healthy.

Social Distancing: If you are like me, you enjoy shared time with others. Staying 6-feet apart can feel challenging at times, but this is still one of the easiest things we can do to stay safe and healthy.

Don't Cluster/Gather: Gathering together in large groups can increase your chances of exposure to COVID19. The best way to avoid possible exposure is to avoid large groups. In light of current events, I understand the necessity for raising your voices in peaceful protest; I humbly ask that our community members be mindful when exercising their First Amendment rights and wear a mask when participating in these important peaceful protests. This eludes to the last action...

Wear a Mask: Wearing a mask sends a signal to others that you care about them and their health just as you value your own health. While wearing a mask or face covering may not completely prevent the spread of COVID19, it is a precaution recommended by the CDC that can significantly reduce the risk of spreading the virus. It also a requirement by Emergency Order in the City of Vallejo when in public spaces where social distancing isn't possible.

Some of the ways that businesses can help residents social distance and control the spread of COVID19 is to offer outdoor seating. The City Planning and Permitting Department has expeditiously put together a permitting system that allows for temporary outdoor dining permits. If you are a business owner interested in offering outdoor dining, you can find more information on obtaining a temporary permit by clicking HERE.

The Economic Development Team has also created a guide for businesses that contains numerous resources and suggestions on how to reopen safely within State and County guidelines. You can find that free guide HERE.

Residents can also do their part by continuing to get tested for COVID19 at the Vallejo testing site. You do not need to have symptoms, and testing is free. The service is by appointment only, and you can book an appointment online by visiting https// or over the phone at 1-888-634-1123.

Until my next update Vallejo, stay strong and be well.

Your Mayor,
Bob Sampayan

#Togetherwecan #VallejoStrong #VallejoProud

Mayor's Message - June 22, 2020

Hello Vallejoans,

This week I want to focus on a couple of significant topics that have been flooding my inbox, Fireworks, and COVID19.

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, I have heard from concerned residents about the sounds of massive fireworks being ignited around Vallejo. Because of these concerns, I need to remind all of our community members that fireworks are illegal in Vallejo. Most people love a good firework show but let's leave those shows to the professionals and here are a few reasons why;

Fire season in California has become increasingly dangerous, especially in places like the North and East Bays, where we have beautiful rolling hills and farmland that unfortunately are filled with dry brush and grasses during this time of year. Even the smallest fireworks can create a deadly situation in these areas. It's also important to remember that you do your part by keeping your defensible spaces clear of dried grasses and vegetation. You can find out more information about maintaining your defensible space HERE.

Many residents have expressed their concern about fireworks and the mental health of their furry companions. Many animals become stressed and anxious when they hear explosions or loud sounds. Some will flee for safety while others are paralyzed with fear in closets and under beds. If you have a pet that is triggered by these loud noises, there are a few things you can do to help ensure their safety on the Fourth of July. If you can, keep your pet inside and give them a safe, comfortable place to "hide" if they feel anxious. Make sure that your fence line and gates are secure. Many pets, especially dogs, will attempt to flee if they are afraid of fireworks and loud noises. They will push out of weak fence boards or take advantage of unlatched gates.

9-1-1 calls regarding fireworks tax our fire and police personnel if they are running back to back calls for fireworks. While we encourage the public to report the use of illegal fireworks, I must stress to those who are lighting fireworks that they are unlawful. Illegal fireworks calls can create response delays for residents who have serious, life-threatening calls that need to be attended to.

While fireworks are a beautiful sight and commemoration of our independence, they are also very dangerous. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that, on average, 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. The most common places for injuries are on the hands, fingers, eyes, and head. The easiest way to avoid these injuries is to avoid lighting off illegal fireworks altogether.

Finally, I want to remind everyone that we are still in a pandemic. COVID19 continues to be a concern in our community. Last week, the State of California created an order that requires all Californians to wear a face-covering when in public spaces. You can read more about the statewide order HERE. Please continue to social-distance, wash your hands, and wear a face-covering to keep the curve flat. Vallejo continues to offer free COVID19 testing to anyone who wants it, regardless of whether you have symptoms or not. You can book an appointment online by visiting https// or by phone at 1-888-634-1123.

Wishing you all good health.

Your Mayor,
Bob Sampayan