United Democrats of Southern Solano County — Press Release
July 26, 2015 (Vallejo CA) — The United Democrats of Southern Solano County has issued the following letter to Vallejo City Council members and to the public.
Dear Mayor and Vallejo City Council members,
At the Tuesday, July 28 Vallejo City Council Meeting, you are being asked to vote on an item titled the “Approval of Travel Expenditures for Mayor Davis and Council member Verder-Aliga to Attend Sister City Events in Baguio, Philippines and Akashi, Japan, August 27 Through September 14, 2015.”
The United Democrats of Southern Solano County are asking you to vote, “no” on spending our limited funds to send elected officials on “goodwill trips” with little or no economic value while we balance the budget on the backs of taxpayers and city employees.
When Mayor Osby Davis was questioned by the Times Herald about his reasons for traveling to Tanzania using taxpayer dollars for his last sister-city junket, he said, “I’m not going to do anything but city business (in Tanzania).” http://www.timesheraldonline.com/general-news/20140215/group-denounces-mayors-tanzania-trip
Yet, the Mayor’s words and actions proved to be untrue. When Mayor Davis met with Tanzanian President Kikwete, he did so with Pastor Anthony Summers and other Ed Silvoso partners in tow, documented by the Dominionist Leader’s twitter page, under the heading “Our associate ITN (International Transformation Network) member Anthony Summers with Vallejo mayor meeting president of Tanzania n (in) imparting transformation”. https://twitter.com/edsilvoso/status/439370234089058304
The “Transformation” he refers to is Silvoso’s and his followers’ twisted theology of conducting “Spiritual Warfare” in which “Prayer Evangelism” is used as a weapon against demonic entities or “principalities” which rule over cities and nations and which are (in Silvoso’s opinion) the cause for things like crime, poverty, and sin, including homosexuality.
We have yet to see any “city business” that the Mayor conducted while in Tanzania that produced any direct, meaningful and positive result for Vallejo — and our economy certainly didn’t benefit from the trip.
So now, with a proven track record of costly trips at the taxpayer’s expense that haven’t produced positive business opportunities, Mayor Davis is proposing another international trip, this time with Council Member Verder-Aliga. Please, vote “no” against this extravagant expense and stand up for taxpayers. Vallejo is a city still struggling with financial problems. We taxpayers should not be forced to pay for members of the city council to travel on international “goodwill” trips when our own residents are suffering the effects of high crime rates, broken streets and infrastructure crumbling from decades of deferred maintenance. Add to this, Vallejo’s, IBEW workers and other employees have endured years of cutbacks and lack of raises to keep up with the rising cost of living. It is a slap in the face to Vallejo taxpayers and to Vallejo City employees.
We, the United Democrats of Southern Solano County, are asking the City Council to choose the wiser path of fiscal restraint so that while the City recovers, our residents can see their quality of living improve, and our lowest paid employees can keep up with the cost of living. Every single dollar counts in Vallejo. Goodwill trips for elected officials are luxuries that should be reserved for cities with healthy finances. Let’s stop wasting our limited resources and wait until Vallejo has truly recovered before considering making unnecessary expenditures.
Thank you for your consideration,
United Democrats of Southern Solano County
For more than 60 years, The United Democrats of Southern Solano County has represented Solano County and specifically focuses its attention on Vallejo, Benicia and Green Valley. United Democrats of Southern Solano County is an official Democratic club chartered by the Solano County Democratic Central Committee.