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Cayangyang seeks to continue work on Vallejo school board

Ruscal2016By John Glidden, Vallejo Times-Herald – source
POSTED: 06/09/16, 5:33 PM PDT |

Ruscal Cayangyang wants to continue serving on the Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education.

The incumbent trustee announced Wednesday that he is seeking to fill a short two-year term this November. Cayangyang, who currently serves as vice president, was appointed to the board in January 2015.

Elected in November 2014, Vallejo resident Richard Porter declined to be seated for the position. The board then selected Cayangyang, who came in fourth place during that election.

Cayangyang said he intends to hold the district more accountable on the implementation of School Safety Plans after the Vallejo school board passed the plans in December 2015, according to a campaign news release.

Serving on the board’s Governance Committee, Cayangyang said progress is being made on a board governance handbook. “This handbook will help set up badly needed school board protocols, policies, and structures,” he said in the same release. “This will serve to hold the board more accountable, transparent, and effective with a focus on students.”

Cayangyang said that he has worked with his fellow trustee Burky Worel, “to advocate for a joint meeting between the Vallejo City Council and the board in order to facilitate and allow for both entities to govern more effectively and tackle overwhelming critical issues plaguing the district.”

He also said the board needs to address violence and bullying on Vallejo’s school campuses.

“It is imperative to ensure that all students, teachers and staff feel safe,” Cayangyang said.

“One of my principles is the belief in grassroots democracy. Every single human being deserves a say in the decisions that will affect their life and they should not be subject to the will of another,” he said. “Our current Vallejo election system both at the school board level and at the city council level, allows candidates to be bought off by big money and special interest factions.

“As a leader, I will not be bought off and I will certainly not be bullied,” he added.

Cayangyang first ran for the board in 2009, placing fifth out of six candidates.

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Solano Greens Endorsements for the June 7th Primary Election


Federal Offices

U.S. President
Joint endorsement:
Five Green Party candidates & one Democrat

U.S. Senate
Joint endorsement:

U.S. House of Representatives, District 3

  • No endorsement for US House of Representatives, District 3

U.S. House of Representatives, District 5

State Offices

State Senate, District 3

State Assembly, District 4

State Assembly, District 11

  • No endorsement for State Assembly, District 11

State Assembly, District 14

  • No endorsement for State Assembly, District 14

County Offices

Solano County Supervisor, 1st Supervisorial District

  • No endorsement for Supervisor, 1st Supervisorial District

Solano County Supervisor, 2nd Supervisorial District

Solano County Supervisor, 5th Supervisorial District

Local Races and Measures

Measure AA
A $12 per year parcel tax with revenue earmarked for the restoration of wetlands surrounding the San Francisco Bay

  • Yes, with reservations – This is a regressive parcel tax, but it is a critical measure in terms of protection of the bay and addressing issues with the bay as a regional issue, rather than separate jurisdictions.

Measures G&H
A one-half percent sales tax for general governmental purposes (roads, etc., but not binding)

  • Yes

Measure J
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Bond Proposal –

  • Yes


Proposition 50 — Withholding of Suspended Legislator’s Salary

  • No endorsement

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Solano Greens Endorsement Meeting (Sat 5/21,10:30 am, Vallejo)

2015-03-13-02.12.53Please join us on Saturday May 21st at Java Jax in Vallejo to discuss and decide on endorsements for the 2016 California Primary (June 7th).

WHAT: Solano Greens Endorsement Meeting
WHEN: Saturday, May 21st, 10:30 an – 12:00 pm
WHERE: Java Jax , 1700 Sonoma Blvd, Vallejo, CA

In the spirit of inclusion and forming and maintaining progressive alliances, Solano Greens have no policy against endorsing non-Green Party candidates. Greens broadly support candidates who advocate progressive values, particularly those who take no corporate, PAC or SuperPAC donations. In the current 2016 election, a particular spotlight is on anti-corruption measures, given the many instances of transparent corruption occurring in our elections and by ‘elected’ officials at all levels.

Please note that while all Solano Greens are invited to attend and participate, only Solano County Council members can vote on proposals to endorse.

Attendees may consider reviewing the Alameda County Green Party Voter Guide for information on statewide races and candidates from a Green perspective.  The Voter Guide is put together by a large team of Greens, both inside the outside of Alameda County, doing in-depth research on candidates, measures and propositions.


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Solano Greens Oppose Planned Orcem/VMT Cement Plant and Marine Terminal

Victoria Ashley, Councilmember, Green Party of Solano County
Letter, Vallejo Times Herald, 03/11/16, 5:07 PM PST


The 2012 Chevron refinery fire and massive black smoke cloud, which made national headlines and drove 14,000 Richmond residents to emergency rooms at local hospitals, served as a reminder of the hazards of locating heavy industrial facilities adjacent to populous cities. In contrast to the proposed VMT/Orcem cement plant in Vallejo, the Chevron plant pre-dated the city of Richmond, which was an agricultural community of 200 residents when the refinery opened at the turn of the century.

Although a cement mill like the proposed Orcem/VMT plant may not pose the kinds of acute environmental and health risks of an oil refinery, it would undoubtedly impose a range of negative impacts on the environment and quality of life in the adjacent community — many simply from the scale of the operation. For example, Orcem expects its plant to process 70-100 tons of material per hour — material that will have to be moved into the plant and out of it (in the form of very fine alkaline powder) by barge, train, and/or truck, all burning fossil fuels upwind from Vallejo’s south side and downtown. That’s the weight equivalent of 2,400 cars moving in and out of the plant every day.

Continued –

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We need your signature!

Dear fellow Solano County Green Party Voter,

In order to keep the Solano County Green Party active, we (Victoria Ashley and Ruscal Cayangyang of Vallejo CA) need your signature on a petition that allows Solano Green Party members to appear on the June 2016 primary ballot. The only criteria is you’re registered Green Party in Solano County. The deadline to turn in the petition to Solano County Registrar of Voters is March 11.

If you can sign the petition, we can meet you wherever you are in Solano County. Here are the days and times we will be available:

Saturday,March 5th 10am-1pm, Moschetti Coffee, 11 6th St, Vallejo, CA 94590
Saturday, March 5th –(2 pm – 6 pm) we can come to your location
Sunday, March 6th– (2 pm – 8 pm) we can come to your location
Tuesday, March 8th – (10 am – 8 pm) we can come to your location
Thursday, March 10th – (10 am – 8 pm) we can come to your location

Let us know your availability and we’ll get back to you. Your signature would be much appreciated.

Ruscal Cayangyang
Victoria Ashley

Email us at:



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Ruscal Cayangyang named new VP of Vallejo school board

Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden, Vallejo Times-Herald
Posted: 02/04/16, 5:16 PM PST

Vallejo school trustee Ruscal Cayangyang will serve as board vice president for the rest of 2016.

In a 3-0 vote — with board president Tony Ubalde and recently named trustee Hazel Wilson abstaining — the board chose Cayangyang for the position during its meeting Wednesday night.

Last December, the board selected former board member Raymond Mommsen to serve as president, with Ubalde as vice president. Mommsen resigned from the school board in January. Trustee Burky Worel stated during Wednesday’s meeting that Ubalde automatically becomes president with the departure of Mommsen. He also nominated Cayangyang for vice president, which was followed by several seconds of silence from the remaining board members.

As Ubalde began to speak and declare the Worel’s nomination dead, Cayangyang seconded the motion.

“I appreciate trustee Worel for the nomination,” Cayangyang said, following his second. “And I can help Dr. Ubalde with whatever is needed to lead our district.”

Wilson then nominated Worel for vice president, with fellow trustee Ward “Ace” Stewart seconding. Worel declined the nomination.

Wilson then nominated Stewart, which he promptly declined.

Contact John Glidden at 707-553-6832.

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Organizing Strategies: How Richmond Progressives Defeated the Big Money of Chevron

A local community defining its own destiny


Guest Speakers: Richmond City Council members

Jovanka Beckles and  Gayle McLaughlin

Monday, October 5, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Joseph Room, adjacent to JFK Library
505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo, CA

As Vallejo enters another election year with all the big decisions ahead, come out and participate in this meeting with Richmond City Council Progressives Gayle McLaughlin and Jovanka Beckles. These two fearless women are part of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, an organization which helped the citizens wrest control of Richmond’s City Council from the Big Money influence of Chevron.

This meeting is hosted by Vallejo residents Ruscal Cayangyang and Nathan Stout, both of whom who are members of the Richmond Progressive Alliance. By building bridges between our two cities we can learn from one another how to successfully organize for positive change and grassroots power. Together working as a citizen coalition we can undo the status quo here in Vallejo.


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