For Team Tennessee, work has just begun
Article Launched: 07/29/2008 07:13:13 AM PDT
TINA FOWLER, who works for Newcomb & Sons on Tennessee Street in Vallejo,
voices her concerns during a Team Tennessee meeting Monday at the J.F.K. Library. (Mike Jory/Times-Herald)
In the past three months, members of community action group Team Tennessee have hoisted
banners, scrubbed graffiti and strategized about pedestrian safety, but the work is only beginning, they said.
About 20 team members and city officials gathered at the JFK Library on Monday night to
review progress on the three-month goals established in May and to set their sights on new ones.
Hoping to improve the roughly 20 blocks of Tennessee Street from the waterfront to the freeway,
Team Tennessee stemmed from Leadership Vallejo, a class for community members interested in becoming leaders in local government,
business or volunteer organizations.
Since its inception, the team has grown beyond Leadership Vallejo participants to about
40 members divided into three teams, each focusing on an aspect of street improvement: crime and graffiti prevention, street
beautification and traffic safety.
"Team Tennessee is this thing that's motivating everybody," team Member Maria Guevara said,
noting that business owners on Broadway and Springs Road are considering similar projects.
Team Tennessee member and Fighting Back Partnership executive director Tony Pearsall said
the group working to eradicate graffiti and crime is getting "a lot of cooperation" from businesses and has launched a business
The group working to beautify the street has put up 12 business-sponsored banners between
Monterey Street and Napa streets, and plans to add more, as well as tree lights.
Citing high-speed traffic and unsafe pedestrian crossings,
a third group researched ways to improve pedestrian safety, suggesting installation of in-street crosswalk signs - each costing
$250 - at each of the corridor's 11 crosswalks.
|If you go:
What: Team Tennessee National Night Out
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5
Where: 37 Tennessee St. at Gene's Auto Repair; 815 Tennessee St. at Kelly Moore Paint; 1200 Tennessee St.
at US Bank
In the long term, the team hopes to receive training from police and city code enforcement,
enhance cleanup efforts, and continue building business partnerships.
Hoping to foster a sense of community and to get neighbors interacting with one another,
the team will host three National Night Out on Tennessee Street locations next Tuesday.
"We'll see finally a unity where there was none," Guevara said.
For more information about Team Tennessee, visit www.teamtennessee707.tripod.com.
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