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Vallejo City Council to get update on status of waterfront property near ferry terminal


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Vallejo City Council to get update on status of waterfront property near ferry terminal
A former dental office near the ferry terminal is the site of a planned cultural center and high-end restaurant. Photo by John Glidden.

VALLEJO - The Vallejo City Council is scheduled to get an update Tuesday during a special closed session from city negotiators about the future of a prime piece of waterfront property and other city business.

The property, located near the ferry terminal, includes a now-shuttered dental office.

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation has plans to demolish the dental office and construct a new two-story building with a cultural center and high-end restaurant. Initial plans for the Seka Hills Restaurant and Cultural Center also include olive oil and wine tasting.

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation acquired the rights to the property from the Adams Family Trust in August 2019. The city had leased the property to the trust since 1974. That lease is expected to expire in 2024, city staff previously said.

In January 2020, the city council authorized the city manager to negotiate a long-term ground lease with the Yocha Dehe for development of the new building at 285 Mare Island Way.

The city’s real property negotiators include interim Assistant City Manager Gillian Hayes, Economic Development Manager Paul Kelley, and City Attorney Veronica Nebb.

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation — owners and operators of the Cache Creek Casino Resort in the Capay Valley — has been making inroads into Solano County over the past few years.

The Nation has donated at least $3 million to improve the health and wellbeing of county residents, including funding the addition of fruits and vegetables near the registers at   grocery and liquor stores, along with funding the Mobile Food Pharmacy, among other measures.

The Nation donated $5,000 last month to State Sen. Bill Dodd’s 2026 campaign for California lieutenant governor. Dodd, a Democrat from Napa, represents Vallejo residents in the California Senate.

Tuesday’s closed session will be the first for Mike Malone as interim city manager. Malone, who was hired as the city’s water director in 2017, was tapped to serve as interim city manager following the announcement that interim City Manager Anne Cardwell was leaving the city. Malone’s first day in his new position was on Friday.

Malone and Mark Love — interim human resources director and representatives from the law firm Sloan, Sakai, Yeung & Wong, LLP — will brief the council about negotiations with various employee organizations: Vallejo Police Officers’ Association (VPOA), International Association of Firefighters, IAFF 1186, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1245 (IBEW), Confidential, Administrative, Managerial, and Professional Association of Vallejo (CAMP), and unrepresented employees.

The VPOA announced in a statement Wednesday that it isn’t in current negotiations for a new contract with the city. “Our contract expires March 31, 2022,” the anonymous post says.

The council will also receive information on two cases of possible litigation involving the city.

The special closed session of the Vallejo City Council will begin at 4 p.m., and be held via teleconference.

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