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November 2nd, 2018

Upcoming Events

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October 26, 2018

Have you been to the Library Connection @ Northridge yet?

Next time you're at Northridge Mall, make a visit to our temporary facility at Northridge Mall, while the El Gabilan Library is being rebuilt. The Library Connection @ Northridge is right at the kid's play area - a short walk from Sears. To visit the Library Connection @ Northridge's Website, click here.

October 10th, 2018

Check Out Photos from our Outreach at Ciclovía 2018

Over 114 participants were engaged by at Ciclovía, 2018, about topics such as transportation and park access in the Alisal. Participants told us that lack of lighting and poor quality of sidewalks were some of their concerns. Check out photos of our activities by clicking here.

September 20th, 2018

Alisal Vibrancy Plan Activity at El Grito 2018

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!

August 28th, 2018

Alisal Vibrancy Plan Steering Committee Reviews Content for Draft Plan

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: 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.

August 13th, 2018

Community Meeting Dates and Flyer for the Carr Lake Park Planning Process

August 1st, 2018

City of Salinas Launches Open Data Portal

The City of Salinas launched its Open Data Portal on July 31st, at 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.

June 29th, 2018

Community Development Welcomes Two Administrative Aides to Assist with Outreach Efforts

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. 

May 25th, 2018

We're Building a new Library!! We're Building a new Police Station!!

Check out the news cast on KION by clicking here.

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


May 18th, 2018

May 10th, 2018

Check out photos and community input from our pop-up at Take it Outside, 2018!

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.


Click here to Download the Draft Guiding Principles


Click here to Download photos of our Pop-up at Take it Outside, 2018


**For materials in Spanish, please visit the Spanish Website at

April 3rd, 2018

Check out this Overview of Visión Salinas 2017 Outreach Efforts!

Check out this comprehensive outline of Visión Salinas Outreach Activities in 2017 by clicking here! This document is an overview of outreach efforts for Visión Salinas (community visioning in preparation for the upcoming General Plan Update); the Alisal Vibrancy Plan; the Chinatown Revitalization Plan; and the Parks, Rec, & Libraries Master Plan. In this document you can see photos and feedback from our numerous outreach efforts across Salinas such as the Chinatown Block Party, Alisal Working Groups and Ciclovia event, and see the status of each of the planning processes.


March 21, 2018

Salinas Connect App Launched!

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.

Download Salinas Connect by clicking here:



February 23rd, 2018

Parks, Rec, & Libraries Master Plan Update - February 2018


  • 3 Community Meetings in January (North, South, and East Salinas)
  • 26 Pop-up survey activities in the month of January
  • Six focus groups on varying topic areas in January
  • 800 residents participated in the month of January 2018!
  • Next step is to review data and input, and assemble the first draft of the City's Parks, Rec, & Libraries Master Plan!


February 17th, 2018

Alisal Vibrancy Plan STATUS UPDATE

  • 8 Steering Committee Meetings
  • 15 Working Group Meetings (among 5 Working Groups)
  • Alisal Visioning Workshop (November 2017)
  • Alisal Community Design Workshop (January 2018)
  • Pop-up Parklet on Alisal Street (January 2017)
  • Plan First Draft (August 2018)

November 20th, 2017

Browse photos and watch KSBW's Report on the Chinatown Block Party

 To watch the KSBW News Report, click here.

To see photos of the Chinatown Block Party, click here.


November 13th, 2017

Check out this video to learn about the City's efforts on homelessness and the Chinatown Revitalization Plan!


November 7th, 2017

Check out these photos of Visión Salinas outreach at El Grito, Ciclovía, and Alisal Resource Festival

To see El Grito Photos, click here

To see Ciclovía photos, click here

To see Alisal Community Resource Fest photos, click here


May 30th, 2017

A Steering Committee has been Created!

The Alisal Vibrancy Plan's Steering Committee has been created and are meeting for an orientation on June 7th. Stay tuned for more updates!

May 23rd, 2017

 I Salinas Because...

You told us what you love about Salinas and why you call it home! Click here to see photos of the "I  Salinas Activity."