By Anzell Loufas

Whether we want to or not, taxpayers are going to pay for Osby and Rozz’s vacation travel to the Philippines and Japan.

In spite of the many persons showing up at the council meeting and asking them to seek private donations, both Davis and Verder-Aliga voted to have the taxpayers pay for their foreign travel along with council members Pippen-Dew and Malgapo.

Verder-Aliga was so angry that the “common people” were speaking against the trip, that she crushed her water bottle in her right hand and the sound went over the microphone and you could hear the noise all the way in the back of the council chamber.

The city attorney said that the travel policy was changed in 2008, when Davis was the new mayor. Now it is no longer a conflict of interest for them to vote to fund their own travel to foreign countries…how convenient.

If not a legal conflict of interest, it certainly is ethically obscene in my opinion. As one citizen yelled out after their vote,    “YOU HAVE NO SHAME!”

They made the $3100 sound like a pittance, but that is not the point. It’s the principle. They didn’t say a word about the $100+ per day per diem for this 18-day vacation that will be on their travel claims.

There are no economic development ideas, suggestions, tactics or policies that ever come out of these trips. The purpose of the trip is for their self-aggrandizement.

They know it.

We know it.

They know we know it.

And they still don’t care…

Perhaps those who think their trip is such a good idea could donate a few bucks to cover their travel. Or perhaps a few Skype calls to the Philippines and Japan could accomplish the same good will, and might even produce an actual working relationship with our sister cities without the shopping, midnight sushi and expensive hotels.

Council members should not be allowed to continue voting for their own self-interests. It’s wrong to spend city funds on a trip that is so obviously a personal benefit to them and of absolutely no benefit to the rest of the city. It is a moral and ethical conflict of interest if not a strict legal one.


Note: All opinions expressed in this column are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the Vallejo Independent Bulletin.


  1. July 31, 2015 @ 10:16 pm Commoner

    Amen, Anzel! Couldn’t have said it better myself. Digesting display of “we don’t care what you think (or say), we have the majority and will do what we want. So stick it…”


  2. August 1, 2015 @ 8:51 am Bong Hit

    I agree with you Anzell although this issue is small compared to the devastation caused by incompetence on the school board and inside the Vallejo public school administration ending in bankruptcy. Perhaps new commers to Vallejo don’t know that Ms. Rozzana Verder-Aliga was a sitting school board member when the Vallejo school system was destroyed by criminal wrongdoing

    Ms. Rozzana Verder-Aliga talking about the Vallejo school bankruptcy in 2004:

    “I feel very distressed,” school board President Rozzana Verder-Aliga said Friday. “Any time you request a state bailout, it’s not a good thing. It means that the district did not manage its resources and its finances the way it should have.”

    It never ends. The fact that enough people in Vallejo would vote Ms. Rozzana Verder-Aliga back into a position of public trust is astounding and depressing at the same time. Failure from top to bottom seems to be Vallejo’s destiny.


  3. August 1, 2015 @ 9:03 am wharf rat

    While I am not aware of the current reimursment allowance , it was that Council members recieved the same per diem as employees did and this often included a spouse or friend package and reimbursments had six months to be submitted . Uknwn what the current policy is or if it applies the entiteled class .


  4. August 4, 2015 @ 6:21 pm Patrick Henry

    Let’s do some higher math and look at the intersection of the set of corrupt grifters swept into office by the filthy lucre of VPOA under the Jumpstart Vallejo putsch, and the set of corrupt grifters voting themselves a nicely funded junket at our expense. Pippy the Dufus? Check. Verder-Aliga, who still hasn’t answered for her larceny at the school board? Check. The reliable toady Malgapo? Check. And of course Saint Osby the Pious at the helm helping himself as usual.

    Wake up folks.
    Abrogate the employee contracts
    Repudiate the CALPERS debt
    Dis-incorporate the city
    Liberate us from these thieves.


    • August 4, 2015 @ 6:52 pm Anon

      You sound like the VIB version of Old Major from Animal Farm


  5. August 4, 2015 @ 7:04 pm Bong Hit

    “Verder-Aliga, who still hasn’t answered for her larceny at the school board?”

    Incorrect. Verder-Aliga did not commit larceny, it was the Superintendent and her CFO that committed serious acts of financial misconduct. Verder-Aliga sat on the board and was the board President during the years when the books were being cooked. Verder-Aliga is the last person you would entrust for taxpayer oversight. A complete FAIL.


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