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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of VallejoCandidate for Mayor

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Landis Graden

Planning Commissioner/Businessman
13,172 votes (31.85%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increasing the level of law enforcement and first responders to increase community safety.
  • Long-term economic stability, agility, and strength; developing a financial base that can adequately maintain and improve city infrastructure and roads.
  • Improving cohesion and partnership within City Hall, and between City Hall and our community.



Profession:Vallejo Planning Commission, Chair; Dutra-Cerro-Graden (DCG), President/Co-Founder
President/Co-Founder, Dutra-Cerro-Graden (DCG) (2005–current)
Chair, Vallejo Planning Commission — Appointed position (2009–current)


I’ve spent the last 7 years on the Planning Commission watching the starts, stops, and missed opportunities. I’ve learned where we can improve and streamline, and I’ve identified directions we may want to pursue. I’ve spent 20 years building successful businesses; I’ve worked with communities around the state, navigated red tape, and partnered with global companies.

Locally, we launched the highly successful One Vallejo effort, which has included several clean-ups throughout Vallejo, one Town Hall on Juvenile Justice, and one Town Hall upcoming. This has been tremendously well-received, and something I plan to continue.


  • Vallejo Planning Commission, Chair
  • Dutra-Cerro-Graden (DCG), President/Co-Founder
  • Vallejo Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee
  • Economic Development Committee (Hayward)
  • Latino Business Roundtable (Hayward)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Congressman Eric Swalwell

Organizations (7)

  • Solano County Democratic Central Committee
  • Napa/Solano Central Labor Council
  • Vallejo Chamber of Commerce
  • Vallejo Firefighters, Local 1186
  • Vallejo Police Officers
  • Operating Engineers Local #3
  • ReLeaf Vallejo

Elected Officials (7)

  • Erin Hannigan, Solano County Supervisor, District 1
  • Jim Spering, Solano County Supervisor, District 3
  • John Vasquez, Solano County Supervisor, District 4
  • Skip Thomson, Solano County Supervisor, District 5
  • Jess Malgapo, Vallejo City Councilmember
  • Pippin Dew-Costa, Vallejo City Councilmember
  • Michael Wilson, Vice-Mayor, City of Vallejo (Fmr.)

Individuals (10)

  • Ward “Ace” Stewart, Vallejo Unified School Board
  • Marc Tonnesen, Solano County Assessor/Recorder
  • Rosemary Thurston, Solano Community College Trustee
  • A. Marie Young, Solano Community College Trustee
  • Lori Wilson, Suisun City Mayor Pro Tem
  • Dr. Tony Ubalde, Vallejo Unified School Board
  • Tony Adams, Planning Commissioner
  • Roberto Cortez, Planning Commissioner
  • Marv Kinney, Planning Commissioner
  • Diosdado “JR” Mutulac, Planning Commissioner

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters (5)

How do you propose to reduce crime in Vallejo?
Answer from Landis Graden:

Of course, we all want safe neighborhoods, roads without potholes, and the opportunity to work and shop locally. Those things take resources. We absolutely have to build a stronger economic base, because none of us wants to go backward. And, like many of you, I don’t want to sacrifice our family-town feeling. But we only achieve those things if we can set aside the in-fighting, bring skills to the table, and genuinely work together.So my last, and maybe most important promise— I will always prioritize what’s best for our community, set aside my personal desires, and take the time not just to listen, but to hear, what you have to say.

How would you go about bringing more businesses and jobs to Vallejo?
Answer from Landis Graden:

The planning we do today will shape our city for decades. Part of the reason we ended up in such a difficult place economically was just inexperienced planning. City Council needs to be visionary, and show leadership in developing successful, resilient, thoughtful planning. At this point, we’re jumping on things as they come, but not taking the reins to proactively define and cultivate business that would be a good fit for our values, address our needs, and take advantage of our unique character and location. These are lost opportunities.

I have years of state-wide public planning experience and I’ve negotiated with national and international companies. My years on our Planning Commission have also helped to identify lost opportunity, as well as directions that may not fit well with our community. 


I bring successful business experience, coupled with hands-on local development understanding. These two pieces, working together, will help our team identify priority markets and opportunities that fit well now, and into the future, and build a plan for achieving a shared vision.


Do you support a citizens review board of police conduct and procedures?

No answer provided.

What is your position on gun regulation?

No answer provided.
Mare Island

Mare Island is a superfund site. How will you work towards getting it cleaned up in order to attract more busineses?

No answer provided.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I think we can do much better, that we’re at a crossroads in our history, and that I bring the right set of skills to the table for moving us into the next steps.

For so long we were a military community. Then we lost Mare Island, and before we could really establish a new identity and collaborate to create a new vision, we hit the economic downturn and were simply struggling for our lives. 

We are really poised to be whatever we want. We’ve come through bankruptcy (and there’s more to do there to make sure we don’t go backwards), but now… how do we define what comes next? How do we make sure we’re bringing our values and heritage forward. What do we want Vallejo to look like, because the plans and directions we set in motion now, will define our city for generations to come.

The answer to this question, begins with dialogue. We all know we need jobs, but it’s equally important that we pursue the right kinds of business, ones that align with our values, want to invest in our community, and fit into a healthy long-term plan.

We also have to make sure that everyone can have input, and every neighborhood improves… we can’t push something forward that benefits some, at the detriment of others. This isn’t about a single project, or one neighborhood. So how we move forward is a choice we all make, working together.


I’m excited for our future. This is our moment. Guided by respect and integrity, and dedicated to open and accessible communication, we can bring the community we love into a competitive and modern world.

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