Badge and Passed !


This morning crews with heavy equipment were hard at work demolishing the old Badge and Pass office located at the corner of Tennessee Street and Mare Island Way. The structure, near the entrance to Mare Island  has been vacant for many years and a constant problem for residents of the area, who have been quite vocal at recent City Council Meetings. Squatters, fires, crime, drug use etc.

The people spoke and City Hall listened…so refreshing!!  Thank you to City Manager Keen, City Staff and Council!!


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'Badge and Passed !' have 21 comments

  1. September 9, 2014 @ 1:29 pm wharf rat

    UNBELIEVABLE nineteen years of mismanagement … but yeaaaa for the neighbourhood .

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  2. September 9, 2014 @ 1:32 pm Anne

    Hooray, frabjous day! Residents of the beleaguered St Francis Park neighborhood just across the street must be especially thrilled to see it go.

    18 years ago when the Navy signed the building over, it might have been useable, minus lead & asbestos abatement. But then, after so many years of neglect, it became a haven for squatters & criminal activities. Neighbors who watched the first stages of demolition say the crews filled (2) 40-yard dumpsters with things like mattresses, televisions, computers, a flat screen tv, propane stoves & barbeques…Apparently the squatter mix included numerous “entrepreneurial” types whose clients would drive up in Cadillacs, have some sort of hand-off exchange… Gee, I wonder what changed hands? :>)

    Buh-bye B&P, very happy to see you go!

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  3. Monica

    September 9, 2014 @ 6:38 pm Monica

    Thanks to Anne, Dennis, and others who pushed the council hard on this. There will be some great lumber there to reuse!

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    • September 10, 2014 @ 12:49 pm tramky

      Doubt that any lumber will be reused out of that building. It was crushed, not dismantled, so a lot of crushing and breaking of wood. And it appears that the hazardous materials were NOT abated before this demolition, so all that material is assumed to be contaminated and can not be reused. It is likely going to a toxics landfill far from this town.

      If this is NOT the case, maybe someone from the City–like the City Engineer–can give us the facts.

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      • September 14, 2014 @ 3:15 pm wharf rat

        There has been some large timbers salvaged , as for the Haz-waste yes the building had a preliminary screening but the disposition of the debris will be determined following testing via an environmental laboratory … I suspect it will be disposed of at Hay road land fill in Vacaville , good news for COV short trips and good rates will save us some bucks …

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  4. September 9, 2014 @ 7:04 pm Publicus

    Now the challenge will be to keep the former occupants from moving to other, nearby opportunities. And the “whack a mole” cycle continues.

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    • September 10, 2014 @ 12:26 pm tramky

      There is no entity going to take on THAT challenge. Hasn’t been for years, and demolition of one building will not change that. As is the case with many things, the City has NO PLAN.

      Speaking of lead asbestos, we assume that ALL of that hazardous material in and around this building was comprehensively abated before the machine moved in, isn’t that right?

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  5. September 9, 2014 @ 8:26 pm Bong Hit

    A $40 fee for registration of an investment property is no problem for a functional rental property. I don’t get where the push back is coming from the investor class, Realtors or owners who want to rent their property. If you have a nice rental home and it is between rental occupants, the “owners” can pay the $40 fee. It’s not a burden and especially for banks.

    Don’t reduce the fee, no need to provide relief. Set the fee at $100 and keep it simple.

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  6. September 9, 2014 @ 8:50 pm Laurel

    There was a large contingent of homeless and their train of carts loaded to overflowing camped out on the ferry parking lot this evening. Displaced squatters from the B&P? It was a lovely way to greet the Napans and Benicians who already look down their noses at Vallejo. I’m sure this will be a unpopular opinion, but with the free meals offered by many organizations around the waterfront, it’s no wonder we see ‘if you build it they will come’ brought to life here.

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    • September 10, 2014 @ 12:44 pm tramky

      You might see a caravan of homless/squatters crossing the Causway to Mare Island. How is it that THIS building was demolished BEFORE the enormous derelict at the north gate of Mare Island at Hwy 37? That deal was made months ago and a contract let. Still NO action except erecting a lovely chain link fence around THAT gateway to Vallejo and dropping a ring of boulders around the building. Nice landscape design.

      So THAT is the gateway to the $600,000 residential development on Mare Island that the City approved with great fanfare 10 years ago. Well, it is now a $300,000 residential development that resulted in enormous financial losses to many people, all of whom have their own story to tell about what investing in Vallejo meant to them. And they’re telling that story.

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      • September 11, 2014 @ 9:19 pm Mousy

        God forbid they take action to protect residents ahead of a many sort of possible investor on MI!

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  7. September 10, 2014 @ 8:58 am Emma

    Great to see that eyesore gone… BUT. Seems like now’s the time to make sure that nothing is put in its place which detracts from the residential neighborhood. I’m a strong proponent of mixed-income housing development, but the neighborhood already hosts several large apartment buildings. Time for something positive – perhaps open space to match the other side of Tennessee Street and enhance the entry to Mare Island? Anyone know what the city plans for this space (my calls have not been returned… yet), or whether anyone is organizing residents to have a say? Thanks to all involved and go, Vallejo!

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  8. September 10, 2014 @ 12:31 pm tramky

    An office building will be good for that location, but a modern one with some quality architecture & amenities, not another boring glass box. The City of Vallejo government needs tax revenue, not open space that is a liability, not a revenue source.

    With State Farm planning on shutting down in 2 or 3 years, that building right on the waterfront on Mare Island Way will likely become available for another office tenant. Does State Farm own their building or did they do a sale/leaseback.

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    • September 10, 2014 @ 12:53 pm Anonymous

      Excellent idea, and a practical one. Vallejo badly needs commercial office space for white collar businesses to locate here in town. Right location, too.

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  9. September 10, 2014 @ 1:57 pm wharf rat

    west vallejo has almost no healthy food available , this would be a good location for a week round farmers market venue possibly with some park-scape included . this type of development would fit the site well as it is low impact and would serve the neighbourhood well . the old b and p was build mainly on pilings , probably due to the soils in that location , the napa river shore was once right op to old wilson ave , every thing west was the napa river , so one can expect the soils to be fill over bay mud , an expensive proposition to build on , combined with rail road right of way and traffic ingress , a challenging site to develop .. simple structures for food vendors would fit the site well while generating rent revenue and a great service to west vallejo …a cafe would be a good fit how about some good sourdough , beats driving to raleys everytime ……… food for thought ….

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  10. September 10, 2014 @ 3:16 pm Status Non Quo

    State Farm had a 5 yr lease with a 5 yr. option. They are in the option. After that they leave. The building is owned by a development company from Kansas City.
    It was built after the then planning director and staff moved the footprint forward by 15 feet toward the street from what was proposed and approved. The Wednesday night farmer’s market (tonight, right now) goes into mid-September. Unless number of attendees improves, they will not return. That leaves no chance of having them at the old Badge & Pass. U don’t support, U don’t get. Simple as that.

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    • September 10, 2014 @ 8:39 pm wharf rat

      Wrong … the appetite for fresh foods is endemic , and will support a , commercial venue … This is all predicated by the Neighborhood that is due .. Reparations , for having to deal with this bullshit for decades … The Cov was / is the worst property owner / manager on record …. Re use can be experimental yet ,, this site should provide a tangible benefit for the , folks that dealt with, COV / SCREWED UP property management ,for NINETEEN YEARS ….. THE RESIDENTS OF THE SAINT FRANCIS COURT HAVE BEEN PATIENT BEYOND BELIEF …. They should have the last say re; any development , across FROM their street … period … Any re use MUST BE A GOOD FIT FOR THE NEIGHOUBOURHOOD ,PERIOD … Afterall they have paid their dues , for nineteen years …. They are intelligent People Who’s Families just might remain and continue to pay their taxes in perpetuity , thus funding
      Staff , with a somewhat dubious ROI …

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  11. September 10, 2014 @ 9:21 pm Bong Hit

    Dark days commeth progressives. It’s time to take out your fiddles and play. Hollywood is in financial collapse and as the fortunes of the progressive funders fail, so to will your political ideology. It’s back to basics now.

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  12. September 10, 2014 @ 9:22 pm wharf rat

    Without BIG lawyers behind you , we peons have little ,,, unless a lawyer pops out and takes your case ……….. The system is just what it is ……..Justice is usually bought , not given , It is what it is or, not earned .. All human enterprises are , compromised in some form or another ….. Many , FLAWED from the outcome , some Succinct , many Subjective , few are pure , these are what give us hope to continue to propel , and Fight for the Ideologies , that We were Contaminated with , via , the myth of our Democracy , and the purveyors of such ….. We Actually have a Modicum of a Democracy , one that is yet to be tested …. Perhaps We need to test Our local DEMOCRACY ….. Lets start with Osby I can think of many questions ….. Watch him squirm , and avoid , and then there are the others …. Good sport ………

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  13. September 14, 2014 @ 1:54 pm tramky

    How serendipitous–the closure of the main Post Office on Santa Clara & Georgia by the earthquake, the plan by the City to demolish that post office building anyway to make way for another disastrous parking garage, and the demolition of the Badge & Pass building: build a new Post Office on the Badge & Pass site.

    The loss of the Santa Clara Street post office is a disaster for downtown Vallejo. And just now a new plot of land opens up. What a coincidence!

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    • September 14, 2014 @ 3:03 pm wharf rat

      The B and P site has some limitations , such as ingress and egress and a rail road right of way , combined with potentially unstable soils , doubtful the USPS would build there , in fact the USPS is divesting it’s real estate to fund future Employee costs .. But a good idea in context/scale have not seen a mailbox for years , west Vallejo would be well served with a Post office or at least a mail drop We have had to drive downtown for years just to mail a letter ………

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