By Anzell Lofas
Mayor Davis and Council Member Verder-Aliga want Taxpayers to pay for their vacations to the Philippines and Japan on an 18 Day sister-city junket. No one in the history of Vallejo that I know of except for Mayor Osby Davis’ vacation to Begamoya, Tanzania, Africa, last year has ever had their visits to sister cities paid for by the taxpayers. Davis said last year it was an “economic development” trip. What aBoondoggle. He spent three days in Dubai which is a city in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene, several days in Dodoma, the capitol of Tanzania, and only a couple of hours in sister city Begamoya. I am still waiting for the economic development report that Mayor Davis said would be forth coming from his trip. Our economic development officer did not go on the trip to sister city Begamoya where the main industry is making thatched roofs.
At next Tuesday, July 28 City Council Meeting, Item 8A on the Agenda asks for approval to pay for just such another expenditure again for Mayor Davis and now for Council Member Verder-Aliga to visit the Philippines and Japan. This after both of them, along with all of the rest of the city council members, except for council member Robert McConnell, voted to turn down the request to continue negotiations that were being made by McConnell who was in the process of saving us a million dollars. The council, sans Mc Connell, also passed an ordinance to refuse collecting the tax dollars that 76% of the voters approved and to shut down the Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Vallejo. That very stupid decision will now cost the loss of over One Million Dollars in tax revenues and rising plus staff, legal and police personnel costs.
Now Davis and Verder-Aliga want the taxpayers to fund their vacations. Show up at the city council meeting and tell them NO. If they can’t afford their vacations, tell them to have their supporters take up a collection for them or stay home. This is a dangerous precedent that Mayor Davis perpetrated on the taxpayers last year. I’d rather fill potholes. How about you? Let’s put a stop to this.
Come to the city council meeting 7/28 and tell them No.
Note: All opinions expressed in this column are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the Vallejo Independent Bulletin.