The Salinas community came together to celebrate Mexican independence at the El Grito Festival on Sunday, September 16, 2018. The festival, hosted by the included dancing, music, shopping and traditional Mexican food vendors.
The event involved the community in a new and unique way. There were a variety of community organizations that shared and handed out information. Among the many organizations the City of Salinas Development Department staff was there to engage the community to participate in a few activities that focused on the economic development topic for the Alisal Vibrancy Plan.
Many thanks to all who participated, including our staff and especially to the organizers –the event demonstrated great community spirit and brought together many of those who work in the area. If you missed a chance to stop by our booth we will be at the Ciclovia event on Sunday, October 7th hope to see you there!
The Alisal Vibrancy Plan Steering Committee will soon conclude its first review of Working Group content. Five community-led working groups worked from last November to June on creating the ideas and actions that will form the bulk of the plan’s recommendations. So far in August the Steering Committee has reviewed the work from the Transportation, Housing, and Economic Development groups, and still has Quality of Life, and Community Health and Safety to go.
All of the draft content from the Working Groups can be found on the AVP website at the following link: https://www.alisalvibrancyplan.org/working-groups-1. You can also use the website to find out about other plan documents and events, sign up for more information, or to find out how to contact us about the plan.
Next steps for the plan include continuing outreach through small group discussions, surveys, and pop-ups, as well as getting all materials to the consultant team to produce a first draft of the plan, due for release in late Fall.
The City of Salinas launched its Open Data Portal on July 31st, at cityofsalinas.org/data. The City's goals for this new web tool are to create a more transparent government, make valuable data accessible to all, including innovators and entrepreneurs, and give residents greater insight into how government decisions are made.
Community Development is excited to welcome two new Administrative Aides! Carla and Crystal will support community engagement for several planning efforts, including the Alisal Vibrancy Plan and Vision Salinas. Both are from Salinas, and bring local outreach experience and strong organizational support skills to our team.
Carla was born in Houston Texas, raised in Salinas, CA since the age of 3. Carla is a graduate of California State University Monterey Bay, where she received a BA in Sociology and a minor in Global Studies.
While Carla attended Cal State Monterey Bay, she was involved in a variety of nonprofit organizations where she helped youth and homeless women in the Monterey County. She is looking forward on working alongside the Alisal Vibrancy Plan team to advocate for the Community of East Alisal, and building working connections with her colleagues and the community residents Salinas. When not working in the office, Carla enjoys hiking, rock climbing, biking, wine tasting and traveling with her family.
Crystal is a bilingual Salinas native and received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Davis. She's looking forward to assisting our Alisal Vibrancy Plan team and continuing to be the bridge that connects valuable information to our community. When not in the office, Crystal enjoys hiking, biking and kayaking with her dog and whole-heartedly believes pineapple belongs on pizza.
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Below are the latest design concepts:
Elevation of the New El Gabilan Library
New El Gabilan Library's Site Plan
The front entrance of our new Salinas Police Service Headquarters
Visión Salinas introduced the Draft Guiding Principles to Salinas residents for the first time at Take it Outside, 2018! The Guiding Principles were developed based on community feedback from the Economic Development Element, Housing Element Update, Chinatown and Alisal Plans, and Visión Salinas pop-ups.The Guiding Principles are universal values and aspirations that will be the basis for the upcoming General Plan Update for Salinas.
At Take it Outside, participants asked to vote "Green for go" or "Red for no," for each Guiding Principle, to ensure that the City captured the bredth of their concerns from our outreach processes. If they had any comments or wanted to emphasize a particular priority for the city, they were given post-its to write comments.
**For materials in Spanish, please visit the Spanish Website at www.visionsalinas.org/es
Reporting a pothole, abandoned vehicles, tree trimming, graffiti, or variety of other issues is now as simple as pulling out a smartphone, making a phone call or logging into a computer in the City of Salinas. The City is taking residents to the next level with the implementation of SalinasConnect (QAlert). Residents can now submit their own service requests any time and staff can easily manage all resident service requests more efficiently.
SalinasConnect which integrates directly with the city's installation of QAlert, a community request management software, residents can notify the City, complete with comments and photos, as soon as they discover an issue. Through SalinasConnect, submissions are routed to the appropriate departments or individuals for handling and resolution. Residents can also review their existing requests, send updates, and receive phone and email notifications of status changes on their issues.
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To see photos of the Chinatown Block Party, click here.
To see El Grito Photos, click here
To see Ciclovía photos, click here
To see Alisal Community Resource Fest photos, click here
The Alisal Vibrancy Plan's Steering Committee has been created and are meeting for an orientation on June 7th. Stay tuned for more updates!
You told us what you love about Salinas and why you call it home! Click here to see photos of the "I Salinas Activity."