What We're Doing

2015–2017

  • Identified and repaired 10 of most dangerous intersections in Vallejo with additional signage and crosswalks
  • Worked with Fairfield Police Department to sensitize officers to working respectfully with immigrant residents

2018–2019

  • Researched and wrote an ordinance to clean up vacant lots in the City of Vallejo, and worked with council to pass it
  • Kept 250 households in Vallejo safe from losing their homes. When an investor bought their property and raised the rent by $1,000 overnight, Common Ground worked with Vallejo City Council to freeze the rent hike, and broker a negotiation with the landlord.

2020–2021

  • Successfully pushed County Supervisors to double the amount of funding allocated to rental assistance in the first months of Covid-19
  • Co-authored one of the strongest eviction protection ordinances in California, and worked with County Supervisors to pass it
  • Successfully pushed County Supervisors to approve our proposal to hire additional paralegals to help desperate tenants with eviction paperwork that could help keep them in their homes.

We are currently working on proposals for revitalizing blighted property, a proposal to fund additional legal services for low-income residents of Solano under threat of losing their homes, and an ordinance establishing police oversight in Vallejo.

Since COVID-19 has started, Common Ground has

  • Worked with Solano County Supervisors to pass one of the most generous emergency tenant protection ordinances in the state
  • Facilitated communication between key players in Solano County's disaster response network
  • Organized a team of Spanish-Speaking leaders to ensure that this community's needs and stories are represented
  • Worked with sister organizations to hold a statewide action with over 1000 leaders, to advocate for more aid for undocumented essential workers.

We are building a diverse, powerful constituency. In the short term, we are engaging local decision-makers to protect working families from the harshest impacts of this crisis. In the long term, Common Ground aims to reshape the economy and politics of Solano County. We are developing the capacity of everyday people to move from isolation to community, from victims to agents and leaders. It’s hard work, and it takes time. But conversation by conversation, action by action, we are building the kind of constituency needed to ensure families in Solano County have the resources they need to thrive.

We are building power by:

  •  Holding large conversations online and offline where diverse groups can share experiences and move from hopelessness to action.
  •  Convening teams to research issues around economic development, housing, public safety, education, and other issues of concern to families.
  •  Training leaders in churches, synagogues, unions, and schools in the art of effective organizing
  •  Building the capacity of institutions to survive and thrive in this crisis, and serve and protect the families that rely on them.