MARC GARMAN - EDITOR
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Pearsall and Sampayan
to start new community non-profit
By Marc Garman
In the short time since leaving Vallejo's Fighting Back Partnership, Tony Pearsall (former Executive Director) and Bob Sampayan (former Environmental Strategies Coordinator) are starting a new non-profit organization to continue the work of organizing neighborhood watch groups throughout the city. Pearsall and Sampayan along with others at Fighting Back are largely credited with the rapid growth of the organized neighborhood watch effort in Vallejo seen as a valuable supplement to the city's reduced police force. At this point, the status of the neighborhood watch program at Fighting Back is in question due to funding issues.
The new organization will be called Community Partnership Vallejo.
Pearsall is a retired Vallejo Police Officer, a former Vallejo City Councilmember and married to Councilmember Stephanie Gomes. Sampayan, who is also a retired Vallejo Police Officer is currently serving on the City Council.
Below is an email sent by Sampayan to neighborhood watch groups around the city announcing the new organization:
Hello Neighborhood Watch Groups,
I wanted to take a moment of your time to update you on plans to keep the Neighborhood Watch program active and sustainable in Vallejo.
Tony Pearsall and I are starting a new community oriented non-profit Community Partnership Vallejo (CPV) – which will address some critical needs in our community. Initially CPV’s mission will focus on growing the Neighborhood Watch program, which has been so successful over the last three years, as well as the Anti-Graffiti Volunteer program. Our longer-term goals will include more safety instruction, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) inspections, Civil Nuisance Abatement and other quality of life programs.
We are currently working to acquire grant funding to open a downtown office that will enable us to continue to work with the community. We will be doing this voluntarily -- all funding will be used for office rental and basic office needs such as telephones, photocopying, Internet access, etc. We hope to open the office in August or September. Watch for our grand opening announcement.
Please remember that National Night Out (NNO) is just around the corner on Tuesday, August 7. We encourage you to take back the night and hold a neighborhood block party to support the national effort to make our communities safer. Tony and I will be out and about with McGruff the Crime Fighting dog and his son Junior visiting as many block parties as time allows. We would love to stop by and say ”hi”. Please let us know if your Neighborhood Watch group is hosting an event. Tony will be leading the NNO coordination. Feel free to contact Tony if you have any questions about NNO or would like assistance in organizing your event. You can contact Tony at or me at .
We'll keep you posted on further developments. Hope to see all of you on August 7!
Community Partnership Vallejo