About Us

Leadership with a heart. Family ties to Vallejo. 100% volunteers. Faces-All2

Fresh Air Vallejo is a group of volunteer residents working together for a healthy environment and economy. We embrace positive change, and are building a better tomorrow, today!

Many of us have contributed to Propel Vallejo, a new vision that respects our history and builds on it for the 21st century. Read more about the General Plan Update . On March 1st, City Staff and the General Plan Working Group presented the preferred scenario – a River Bay City – to the City Council where is was approved unanimously.

Independently, we volunteer on a wide range of issues from housing for the homeless and caring for our wildlife and environment, to fostering new business, promoting the arts and educating our children.

Together, we volunteer at Fresh Air Vallejo. We are researching all sides of the issues that face Vallejo and bringing our professional expertise to the discussion.

This website will expose the facts that businesses like VMT and ORCEM try to conceal. Facts that are profitable for a corporation, and harmful to people.

We are not alone. Many cities and towns across America are fighting for their future. Please join us combating heavy industry in residential neighborhoods. Join us opposing VMT/ORCEM.

PAULA BAUER

PAULA BAUER

Fresh Air Vallejo is possibly the best thing to emerge from the Orcem/VMT debacle. The threat of that potential disaster drew together an AMAZING group of people, dedicated to ensuring that Vallejo continues to grow and prosper in the right direction—toward the 21st Century with businesses that lift Vallejo up and don’t cover us with toxic particulate matter and cement dust. The people I have met in this fight will be my friends to my dying day, which I hope to be a long way off in a cement dust-free future. I encourage everyone to get involved. If you live in Vallejo or along the Napa River, this is your fight too. Own it. Take a stand. Your future depends on it. (Plus, we are just really nice people.)

PETER BROOKS

PETER BROOKS, President, FAV

My commitment to Vallejo goes beyond stopping the cement factory. When we beat Orcem—and we will—Vallejoans will have sent a strong message to the world that Vallejo has paid its dues and we’ve joined the ranks of like-minded Californians who want the best possible life for our families and ourselves. Toxic industry—and toxic thinking—is not welcome in Vallejo and we invite all who agree to join me by becoming a volunteer at Fresh Air Vallejo.

 

JENNIFER GOHEEN

JENNIFER GOHEEN

I grew up in the Bay Area and spent some years living overseas, only to bounce back to Vallejo. It’s a great place to be, with a beautiful balance of people, a very special geographical setting, and a sense of history. What matters to me about Vallejo’s future is that it should be a decent, pleasant, and livable place for all its citizens. To make that happen, the city’s leadership has to seek out good industries, ones that provide solid jobs benefitting the community. The Orcem and VMT proposals will bring few jobs while placing burdens on the city and particularly on the residents of South Vallejo. We need some serious action on good jobs to build Vallejo, not harm it. I hold my BA in Russian Language and Literature and am MA in English / Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

JEANETTE HINOSA

JEANETTE HINOSA

I’m a happy resident of Vallejo. Vallejo is my home, where I go to church, walk, and bike ride. I go to the local gym, restaurants, and quaint shops and have several family and numerous friends to share this beautiful town. My grandson enjoys starting his morning visits at the nearby coffee shop. We’re comfortable knowing that we can encourage each other’s lives, hopes and dreams starting with fresh air, which we all need for good health. Carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and fine particle toxic air contaminants including slag dust and soot are a few reasons why Orcem shouldn’t be in a residential neighborhood but in an industrial district. Not the Sperry Mills site. Thank you for consideration for the air we will sleep in and awaken to.

WANDA MADEIROS

WANDA MADEIROS

Vallejo’s waterfront is valuable and belongs to the people of Vallejo, not to offshore and non-local bandits. I became involved in Fresh Air Vallejo because of my love of the water, my deep connection to nature, and my concern for the residents in South Vallejo, both young and old. While I agree that Vallejo needs jobs, the VMT/Orcem proposed project location is wrong. Heavy industry and pollution do not belong in the middle of multiple neighborhoods that will be negatively impacted for decades. Creative reuse projects of old flour mills are popping up all around the country and world. We need to expand our collective minds and make something beautiful that the surrounding neighborhoods and greater Vallejo can be truly proud of.

LIAT MEITZENHEIMER

LIAT MEITZENHEIMER

We see communities all over the country now trying to stop or reverse the practice of approving companies that have the potential to being harmful for both the environment and people. Vallejo has spent decades now trying to clean up the toxins and pollution caused by the heavy industries of the past. So we should not consider adding more to that already burdensome and costly task. Vallejo should now take the opportunity to make the right decisions going forward that will provide a safe and healthy community for our residents and the environment. We need to remember that good business developers care about the full impacts to the community’s heath and well-being. Bad developers purchase offsets knowing that they are poisoning the community. We are not a community willing to be bought off to enrich the pockets of some and forsaking the health and well-being of others. I’ve lived in Vallejo for 30 years and looking forward to living in a cleaner, safer and healthier Vallejo.

MARIA MUNOZ

MARIA MUNOZ

Vallejo is home to me. I love the rich textures of life here, the beautiful waterfront and the people. Cement factories do not belong in residential neighborhoods for commonsense reasons that should be apparent to all, i.e., pollution, noise, increased rates of asthma in children, cancer and the impact of these on the quality of life of the residents. We have the right to breath fresh, unpolluted air. No Orcem / No VMT in Vallejo!

 

EILEEN RANDLE

EILEEN RANDLE

I was born and raised in Vallejo and have family and many friends who still reside here. I would like to see a Vallejo without the toxicity, associated heavy traffic, health problems, bad air quality, lack of employment that would result from the VMT/Orcem cement plant that is being proposed to the City of Vallejo. My hope is that our City leaders will see this for what it is: a bad investment that will further burden the citizens of Vallejo and exact a horrible long-term consequence. Please, city leaders, let’s do what is best for our community: Deny the Orcem cement plant/industrial port.

DON OSBORNE

DON OSBORNE

Propel Vallejo offered a remarkable framework in which we could imagine what kind of city Vallejo might become in the future. Fresh Air Vallejo offers hope that those dreams might become a reality and Vallejo a prosperous River and Bay City.

BRYAN ROSENTHAL

BRYAN ROSENTHAL

I believe in a fresh air Vallejo, because I believe we can have a thriving, culturally diverse, business-friendly Vallejo, without a cement factory that will bring pollution, emergency vehicle delays, and cost Vallejo in both money and lives.

JESSE SANTANA

JESSE SANTANA

I’m a Vallejo resident living with my family on Lemon Street since 2009 with my wife and daughter. We have learned to appreciate and love Vallejo and we are looking forward to a greater and better place called home. The idea of a cement plant and an industrial marine terminal on our street worries us so much. The decreased house property value, the pollution, the safety of my family on the streets when we walk our daughter to school—I cannot imagine the life we know and love disappearing just to allow the gain for a few people who don’t care about our community and obviously don’t live here.

JIMMY SARMIENTO

JIMMY SARMIENTO

Resident of Vallejo for 28 years. Insurance agent, and retired Certified Financial Planner® professional. Applying an old principle to always weigh “benefits and opportunities against risks and uncertainty,” I studied ORCEM/VMT applicant submissions to the City. I have concluded that risks to our health and property values far outweigh the promised jobs and economic development to Vallejo. A cement plant does not make a city more attractive to people considering to purchase homes in the area. Consequently, property values will suffer, and thousands of dollars will be picked from the individual pockets of existing homeowners whose home equity has just recovered from the great recession.

BOUDICCA TODI

BOUDICCA TODI, Social Media Maven, FAV

A 4th generation San Franciscan, I’ve lived all over the Bay Area and grew up working the Renaissance Faire across the 37 in Blackpoint. I moved east for graduate school at Yale, then lived in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. Faire family drew me home where I’ve been in the Vallejo theater arts scene since 2008. I fulfilled a dream and bought an historic 1898 home that’s an easy bike ride to the SF Ferry. I want Vallejo to prosper along with the entire Bay Area. I want mixed use residential/retail built in the vacant warehouses. I want plenty of jobs for all skill levels that last a lifetime. I want our schools to improve the quality of education we provide. And I really want all the RR tracks turned into walking/biking trails to better connect the neighborhoods. I hold my BA in Theater from SFSU and MFA from Yale.