City Continues to Seek Residents to Lead Alisal Vibrancy Plan

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News Date: 
March 22, 2017
Salinas Residents looking at Alisal Map

The Alisal Vibrancy Plan will be a community-created plan designed to improve the quality of life for East Salinas families by creating a safer, healthier, and thriving neighborhood. The Plan also will enhance business and career pathways.

On March 1, the City released Steering Committee applications in English and Spanish for the Alisal Vibrancy Plan and invited the community to lead this planning effort for East Salinas. The City continues to seek applications by March 31 from Alisal residents, parents, business owners, workers, youth, seniors, faith leaders, and others with strong ties to the area. To help spread the word in addition to a press release and newsletter story, the City distributed physical copies at Cesar Chavez Library and the community centers around the Alisal and conducted a March 7, interview on Univision.

To ensure a community-driven process, at least two-thirds of Steering Committee members will be Alisal residents, reflecting the area's demographic and geographic composition. The Steering Committee will be responsible for guiding the content of the plan and helping the City achieve deep-reaching outreach to make sure the plan reflects the ideas of the community. Between meetings and other work, this opportunity will include a time commitment that will vary over the course of plan development, but occasionally will average between 6 to 10 hours per month. The City recognizes that meals, transportation, childcare, and language differences could be barriers to participation, and will work collaboratively with residents and stakeholders to overcome these and other challenges. Committee meetings will be held in the Alisal, after work hours in the evening, with food, childcare, and translation services provided. 

The application was developed in collaboration with a group of community organizers and agencies that work with Alisal residents every day, who have been working closely with the City since last November on the engagement strategy. This group will review applications and is responsible for selecting members.

The City is also using this network  to go beyond typical communication methods. For example, Building Healthy Communities East Salinas has promoted the plan and Steering Committee on Radio Bilingue in one interview already, with two more scheduled before the March 31, application deadline.

For more information, please contact Lisa Brinton at 831-775-4239 (lisab [at] ci.salinas.ca.us (lisab [at] ci.salinas.ca.us)), or Maria Orozco at 831-775-4243 (mariao [at] ci.salinas.ca.us).