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Solano Together Coalition Sends Strong Message of Unity At Community Rally

Updated: Feb 5

Press Release

February 4, 2024

For more information, contact:

Daniela Ades, dades@greenbelt.org, 1-415-792-9226


SUISUN CITY - A diverse group of organizations, residents, and local leaders came together to celebrate the launch of the Solano Together coalition, rally for a community-driven vision for the future of Solano County,  and speak against Flannery Associates' planned sprawl development California Forever, on Sunday, February 4.


Not even the storm deterred over 200 people from packing the room at the Nelson Center in Suisun City, greeting old friends and meeting new ones. And those who could not join in person were able to participate via the livestream. Watch the full recording for complete speeches.


A powerful line-up of speakers—representing diverse voices throughout the County— and local residents denounced the vague and deceptive language of California Forever’s ballot initiative, the drain that the development will cause on much needed public resources for existing cities, the crushing threat to the livelihood of farmers, and the importance of an alternative community-driven and inclusive vision for the County’s future. 


They shared a clear message: Solano stands together for these values—open spaces, agricultural lands, and investing in existing cities. With the anticipated ballot initiative proposed by California Forever for the upcoming November elections, the Solano Together coalition will continue to inform the public about potential impacts of the project.


Highlights from the speakers:


“Picture, if you will, Solano County stripped of its open spaces, devoid of its precious agricultural lands. What would remain of our beloved County without its marshlands and delicate delta

ecosystems? Our very identity is intertwined with these natural landscapes, and their preservation is non-negotiable.’”—Princess Washington, Mayor Pro-Tem of Suisun City & Chair of the Sierra Club of Solano County.



Farmland is not just a commodity. It is a finite resource that sustains our local economy, provides jobs, and ensures food security. There is something fundamentally wrong with our society if our farmers have to fight for the land they steward.”— Will Brazelton, Solano Farm Bureau.


“You build communities where the people are. You build cities where the economy is. California Forever has neither. I’ll say this to the developers and investors who are paying attention. Build in Solano County cities. Build in Suisun City. Build in Rio Vista. Build in Fairfield and build in Vallejo. —Charles Palmares, Vallejo Councilmember.


“It's telling when one of the most vocal opponents of California Forever is a young person, a member of a generation set to reap the supposed benefits of the project. (...) Young people like me will watch as the cost of living skyrockets if California Forever is approved. Ultimately, young people like me will bear the true costs and burdens of the project.” - Aiden Mayhood, Rio Vista resident.


Why did they choose Solano County? Is it because they saw a low income community of Black and Brown residents? Because they think we're the path of least resistance? That's a colonialist mentality."—Maria Cisneros, Fairfield resident.


“This initiative is shockingly light on real details. Should the initiative qualify for a November Ballot, our community will be asked to provide an up or a down on the project. We’d be asked to make this choice without the basic facts needed to make an informed decision. That should make everyone concerned.”— Mitch Mashburn, Chair of the Solano County Supervisors.


"The citizens of Solano County will not stand for what is proposed. Flannery Associates have set about putting a dagger in the heart of Travis Air Force Base. We cannot let that happen. This plan is a disaster for this entire region." —John Garamendi, Congressman


"No one who got on this stage has anything to gain from this. But we all believe in the planning process and the need for orderly and safe growth. And all of us have been misled by (Flannery Associates) who want to take over our County. Trust is something you can’t buy, with money or false promises."—Mike Thompson, Congressman


About Solano Together: A group of concerned residents, leaders, and organizations who came together to form a coalition that envisions a better future for Solano County, focuses development into existing cities, and strengthens our agricultural industry. Our work is driven by an alternative vision for Solano in the face of Flannery Associates’ claims about California Forever’s benefits—our vision is guided by local voices and perspectives. Learn more at solanotogether.org


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Feb 11

The idea of destroying more of the Earth for the purpose of "creating a city," benefits who, exactly? Investors focus on an opportunity to seek more money and do not care for the people that it truly affects. These investors hide in creating a "green city;" Where are the plans? When we talk about "green," what do we mean by it? Building another city, regardless of materials used, creates more pollution. Who's landfill will they use? Who's providing the water? What habitat are we destroying? Instead of stating that they want to "help with the housing shortage," what about speaking the truth and saying, "I want to continue to stay rich, and I'm investing in this new city for personal…


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