Monthly Archives: June 2014


The Vallejo Grand Prix and other Claw Foot Tales

6/29/14 By Charles Bartlett   Can you fathom the City of Vallejo turning the Downtown neighborhood into a road race course for high-powered race cars? Indeed we did, and it was called the Vallejo Grand Prix. My memory of this race was jogged by the upcoming Bathtub Regatta. The Vallejo Grand Prix was certainly not…


Casual Carpool Conundrum

By Angie Huisman 6/26/14   I have written up some notes and created some graphics to demonstrate the poor planning of the City of Vallejo through the construction phases of the new parking facility at Curtola and Lemon.  You can find supporting documents on the City of Vallejo website (not entirely easy to find important…


Not so sweet little Lies

By Marti Brown, past Vallejo City Councilmember 6/23/14   I just read Dennis Yen’s letter to the editor dated June 18 regarding Participatory Budgeting (PB) and all I could think of was that Fleetwood Mac song: “tell me lies, tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies, tell me, tell me lies….” It would be…


Primal Scream – A final appeal to the City Council on PB

By Ravi C. Shankar   Dear Mayor Davis, Vice-Mayor Sampayan,Council-members McConnel, Miessner, Malgapo, Ver-Aliga and Dew-Costa: I found last week’s discussion on the city budget and Measure-B & PB was perplexing for two reasons:  with a few exceptions, straight and factual answers were not aggressively demanded from the city manager; many contradictory and unrealistic/untruthful statements coming…


Onward and Upward – A word from the editor

6/23/14 Marc Garman – Editor Vallejo Independent Bulletin   Welcome to the new Vallejo Independent Bulletin. We are back and better than ever with a new more convenient layout, more features and a more secure platform than our previous incarnation. As you may have noticed we have a new location ( on the web; however,…

The Obtainium Cup is Coming!!!

The Obtainium Cup is Coming!!!

The Obtainium Cup is coming to Mare Island 6/22/14 — The Obtainium Cup Contraptor’s Rally is coming to Mare Island on July 27. Not to be missed!! Here is the new TV spot shot and cut by yours truly (Marc Garman) Featuring  Featuring Shannon O’Hare, Victor John, Trevor Allen, Caroline Miller (Lowen at 1 month!), Josh Hitchcock, Horatio Birdbath, Kimric Smythe, Liam McNamara, and with special help…


The Elephant in the Room and the Golden Rule

The Elephant in the Room and the Golden Rule By Tim Heimstra 6/19/14    Mayor Davis allowed for an open forum inviting anyone to step up to the podium and share concerns within the community.  My heart became heavy with sorrow when a homeless man (Mr. Smith) humbly went to the podium to share his frustration…

VIB News Attack

VIB News Attack

Vallejo City Council June 10, 2014 6/11/14 — Here is our podcast and contemplations on the permutations and variations of the machinations of that august (or not so much so) body known colloquially as Club-No-Life or Your Vallejo City Council. Anyhow, last night’s topics include: The Budget, Participatory Budgeting, Structural Deficits, LED Streetlights, a delayed…

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