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'Spring 2016 Daily Scream' have 13 comments

  1. Mark H

    February 29, 2016 @ 2:02 pm Mark H

    The Spring version of the Daily Scream is available. Scream away..
    “Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”
    — Doug Larson

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  2. March 6, 2016 @ 3:31 am Chris

    http://cenews.com/post/8035/california-cuts-transportation-funding

    This is about the enormous cuts in transportation funding in California that will occur if the state legislature and governor do not find a financial solution. A great deal of this will involve cuts in roadway/highway maintenance (such as paving projects), and these cuts trickle down to local public works activities (such as those of Vallejo) because the state provides finds for a significant amount of such work in cities, towns and counties.

    As for Hwy 37, it simply can NOT remain a one-lane road in each direction; it is a critical and often overwhelmed link between US101 in Marin and Interstate 80, and to/from state Hwy 29 to Napa County. Furthermore, the one-lane road with such traffic as it now bears presents a tenuous sutuation, even dangerous.

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    • March 6, 2016 @ 10:40 am wharf rat

      Yet another set back for the VMT / Orcem proposed project – fiasco , their ”visioned” market seems highly reliant on state and federal transportation funding , robust local oposition and dwindling markets , not to mention a very strong competitor in Stockton- project a gloomy future for this ill concieved project proposal . Will their tower of slag crumble before it is even built who knows ? maby the shadow government knows ? .

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  3. March 13, 2016 @ 8:47 am tramky

    http://www.twincities.com/2016/03/10/6-minnesota-somali-organizations-receive-grants-to-combat-terrorism/

    Anything like this from the Federal government to help combat local gang expansion in towns like Vallejo with too many idle and unguided boys? This is a bizarre world, a truly bizarre Federal government, and American taxpayer money is going out of here in enormous raids on the American treasury to fund all manner of dubious schemes and whims. But the Federal funding of these immigrant cultural wastelands that were imported here from the Muslim world is abhorrent and unacceptable. These people hate us, they hate being here, and they truly hate the American people which whom they find themselves surrounded. The Minnesota Somali complex has been a source of unrest and problems for years. But apparently it pays off.

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  4. March 21, 2016 @ 4:18 pm tramky

    Another fiasco today on Hwy 37 at Mare Island, with traffic on Hwy 37 backed up to the Raceway and Lakeville Highway. The nightmares continue on the one-lane donkey trail.

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  5. March 21, 2016 @ 11:12 pm Tru Vallejoan

    Tranky….where were you when BKondylis fought the widening and inprovements to Hiway 37 back in the 80’s, all to protect the salt water harvest mouse?? and to eliminate any chance for development in the area. If it wasn’t for then Senator Mike Thompson (no our Congressman) we wouldn’t have even had the lane dividers. Can you imagine how many people have been killed or injured during this time and all to save White Slough??? You can see how that has worked out…..

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  6. March 24, 2016 @ 8:09 am wharf rat

    WOW ! a must read .
    Linda Stout: Welcome to the Wrecking Ball : submitted to the TH, POSTED: 03/16/16
    The architectural remains of a city’s early evolution are sometimes all that separates us from the corporate subsuming of our landscape and who we are. Bricks, mortar, lumber and nails themselves have small significance, but the configuration of building materials lets us into the human story of the early creation of a city — describing a road map of how a spot of Earth evolved into an organic entity to harbor the affairs of mankind. Old buildings indelibly seep into human consciousness, color response and inform emotions with the sense of place. Global debate has proven preservation is cost effective and sustainable. Historic buildings offer an eloquent sanctuary to a city’s inhabitants in stark contrast to the mindless, soul-effacing monuments to the corporate occupation that this country now rages against.

    Our city is being asked to consider granting City Landmark status to the seven structures which comprise the Old Sperry Mill, a site currently owned and leased by the Vallejo Marine Terminal/Orcem. The project applicants are determined to raze the bulk of these structures in order to build their cement plant and private port. On March 17, the Architectural Heritage and Landmarks Commission will consider this issue.

    The plans to demolish another chapter of our built history speaks volumes to the character of the vulture project masters who stand in line to do untold damage to our lives, air, land and waterfront in exchange for a handful of jobs and paltry utility tax receipts. While enlightened municipalities are repurposing their older buildings, Vallejo wants to swim against the tide of successful city planning. Faced with a critical fork in the road, our door is being darkened by the nightmarish possibility that much of our waterfront will become a heavy industrial corridor. If the current project is approved, Vallejo’s dreams of becoming a vital, enviable, “preservation” city will evaporate, giving new tragic reality to the idea of “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.”

    In the architectural bloodbath of the ’60s, acres and acres of our precious historic downtown Vallejo were propagandized as “blight” and then razed by “developers” in concert with city officials. Residents remember what was mindlessly demolished as remarkable, not merely for the sake of the lost architecture but for the character — the imprint of the human spirit in all its rough and tumble forms. In their stead are now wastelands of indistinguishable and utilitarian boxes. Not only was our downtown gutted, but many of our residential streets were widened to satisfy get-rich-quick schemes of strip mall developers who demanded direct routes to vast parking lots and faceless storefronts which served to cannibalize what remained of a historic downtown. Many of these strip malls now sit half-vacant, like some post-apocalypse blight on our landscape. Our residential districts endured outrageous insult as quiet neighborly tree-lined streets were replaced with four lanes of asphalt. Towering cement retaining walls were erected where once lay gracious gardens and welcoming front yards as worthless replaced priceless.

    After the bulldozers of “redevelopment” left and the dust settled, many residents were left to grieve how the heart of their city had been lost forever, its essence erased, all in exchange for some federal handouts that the folks down at city hall greedily accepted.

    “Something” is not always better than nothing. A cement plant and a private port will eradicate the higher purposes a waterfront offers a community. The project will be the bloody coup de grace of all that could have been — sealing up this city in a coffin of profits for those who don’t even live here.

    Vallejo is in the midst of an embryonic transformation ready to bring new appreciation to our city with its prime location between San Francisco and the wine country. A historic city such as ours acquires value through retention of its layered and diverse structures, like a crazy tapestry full of texture, nuance and originality.

    The waterfronts of the strait retain significant architectural inventory and heritage along with much natural beauty. We are blessed with an abundance of open parkland, much of it wetlands — a vanishing but vital resource in an age of unparalleled environmental devastation. Sadly, many more buildings are being mindlessly slated for demolition at Mare Island’s Naval Shipyards, threatening to further corrupt our future. The economic value of repurposing historic structures is the contemporary element that is conspicuously absent from Vallejo’s planning table.

    Then there is the old Sperry Mills. Some argue the grain mill has no great architectural merit. However, salvaging the buildings that perch on that jetty of land which once launched wind-driven clipper ships transporting holds of grain to our allies following World War I will be a wise choice for posterity when future generations look back on the decisions we make now. Today, ferry boats filled with travelers are greeted by this aquatic gateway to our city that demands a higher visioning than a destructive cement plant and port. All over the world, grain mills have been repurposed and proven to be a spectacular modern amendment to historic cities.

    If we desire to be linked via the river to the commerce and tourism of our thriving region, these spaces on the waterway are vital to that future and must be spared the wrecking ball.

    — Linda Stout/Vallejo

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    • March 24, 2016 @ 6:19 pm tramky

      It is interesting to see how many people who do NOT live on Mare Island have all kinds of opinions about what should be happening on Mare Island. But those people don’t pay the taxes that support Mare Island. This is a fact, but a fact that is lost even on sitting City Councilmembers. Good thing to think you are entitled to: representation without taxation. Well, some may take exception with that; for example, the actual taxpayers on Mare Island.

      The preservation ideologues, who apparently would have us believe they never saw an old building they didn’t like, but who never have a viable idea about how to use a derelict building or how to convince people with money (never them) to devote money and other resources to making their dreams happen, are never short of criticisms of those who are actually working to deal with the enormous practical and financial problems presented by the Mare Island Historic District as laid out by the Navy in 1997.

      As for Orcem/VMT, they may cut their losses and withdraw entirely from Vallejo. That will mark a big party night in many parts of Vallejo, but may very well be followed by 20 years of the Sperry Mill site being left unused and derelict.

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      • March 26, 2016 @ 12:06 pm Anon

        They may walk away. They will not “cut their losses”. They will sue to recoup their invested capital and time. Then the property will continue to deteriorate as it has for the past 16 years. Brilliant use of a former tax generating industrial location?

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    • March 27, 2016 @ 9:28 am Anon

      “we desire to be linked via the river to the commerce and tourism of our thriving region, these spaces on the waterway are vital to that future and must be spared the wrecking ball.”

      The “wrecking ball” is necessary to return this property back to a useful commerce

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  7. April 1, 2016 @ 6:45 am wharf rat

    MINSY : 20 years ago ”the untold story”
    In the time leading up to the official closure of MINSY the looming decision of the BRAC Commission being well known , Our Ship Yard went through a series of RIF’s (reduction in forces) a series of layoffs and mission eliminations , transfers and curtailments in preparation for the expected shuttering and closure of the first fully capable USN Shipyard in the Pacific .

    Cavernous shop buildings and warehouses were purged of a myriad of items and materials supporting the Navy efforts for over 100 years , most recently the Submarine service and ancillary Pacific fleet operation’s .
    Unknown to most the previous 20 + years of the MINSY mission was one based on sub sea intelligence gathering and supporting sub sea clandestine opps .

    Many vessels were built and modified with state of the art surveillance technology and equipment , submarines with actual data centers within their pressure hulls and sensitive listening systems , both on board and deploy able were ”leading edge” cold war – highly strategic ”Spook platforms” to support US intelligence and military dominance globally .

    One well kept secret (for 20 years) was the specialized submarine engineered and partially constructed on MINSY , it was so secret it escaped all base closure and reduction planning , in fact the ship yard Commander knew nothing of it at all ! . The partially completed Vessel had yet to have reactor fueling and trials done , and had partial (redacted) equipt (surveillance installed) it was too big to transport to Bremerton Wa (where the MINSY mission transferred to) without detection so the decision was made to entomb it on site, in the interests of National security .

    To this day no one knows where it was buried , as it’s stealth hull coating defies any detection methods , without being dug up by accident it is essentially ”invisable” , rumors are it resides in an area of extreme contamination , such as to never be disturbed by development or environmental clean up activities .

    Rumors: not verifiable due to National security locks
    The sub is 120 feet LOA — beam is 20.5 feet — propulsion system was state of the art twin ”propulsors” (data redacted) — reactor not disclosed —
    surveillance equipment (top secret) — crew compliment 25 + analyst’s —
    defencive systems ”robust” (secret) — total time submerged 2 + years — flank speed (top secret) — range unlimited .

    Update: as the reactor was never commissioned yet remains with a status of ”inactive” it continues to be monitored by the NRC (as all US reactors are) the submarine was so sensitive any decommissioning was determined to be so security sensitive that it was simply given a number with no other identifier or data , the sleeping sub sends a ULF signal out at random intervals with it’s reactor status ”known as a ghost transmission” to a secret NRC facility – underground and location top secret on a continent not disclosed .

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    • April 1, 2016 @ 8:46 pm Anon

      All that Warf Rat has said can be verified by documentation kept in the Pacific Ocean mail buoy MOD III Mark IV 16.42.01

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  8. April 2, 2016 @ 10:43 am Ravi C Shankar

    REFLECTING ON VALLEJO’S AMAZING COMMUNITY GARDENS …
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    EARTH DAY MONTH APRIL 2016 is fast approaching and the City of Vallejo has rightly, proudly declared April-16th as EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS IN VALLEJO.

    As I prepare to attend my volunteer day at the Kyles Temple community Garden today (SATURDAY 2nd April, 2016) & plan another attendance next week at St. Vinnies Commuity Garden 2nd Saturday (9th April, 2016) … and another volunteer day at the Loma Vista Farm Community Garden (3rd SAT each month)… & as I reflected upon my 5 years at Vallejo People’s Garden, there were many great milestones that crossed my mind, and continued challenges facing all of them.

    VPG has successfully conducted many workshops, launched the serene Meditation Garden and almost on the verge of offering their Mobile Garden geared to children and schools + successfully distributing all their produce to soup kitchens, the needy and the homeless. SVCG as the most organized unit, has also offered classes, events and boxes for the community to gather, learn and share nutrition and organic produce. KTCG on Sonoma Blvd., has slowly but steadily mobilized their participants and volunteers to build a colorful garden and changed the dynamics of the Nebraska St & Sonoma Blvd., intersection. ETCG (Emmanuel Church on Magazine & 6th) also has established a small garden and sponsored monthly potluck meetings among participating folks.

    The year before and during the establishment of these gardens, there are a number of folks, on both sides of the process, who deserve recognition and gratitude. Does Marti Brown, Lisa Marie, Kathy, Vilma, Dr. Tom Liggett, Amanda, Elvie de Leon, Meriel/Michael, John Petty, Dan and Bryan and many great board members and volunteers sound familiar ? We will always appreciate their contribution.

    Now, we need more support and true PARTICIPATION like never before, as I see the declining interest, slumping volunteer attendance, questionable wasteful practices among many volunteers and garden folks in the entire cycle of growing and distributing the harvest, and the general minimal community-wide impact it is supposed to have on the nutrition, education, volunteer work and citizen engagement — all of which were promised each year, by each community garden, as they received significant funds from Vallejo PB.

    My goal in reflecting on this not so desirable behind the scenes facts is ONLY aimed at seeking the help of our community and rejuvenate the process before it ever approaches crash landing (hope not and pray not). No blame on any one person or any one garden, but a true concern

    Pastor Harris sincerely volunteered to talk to each group and RESTART the amazing COMMUNITY GARDEN SYSTEM in Vallejo to benefit EVERYONE again, consistently. All who truly and consistently agree, please attend.

    Will you all help us? will you all please send your neighbors, children in schools to the gardens on their open house days, each month? Will small businesses and big companies in Vallejo send their employees to visit our beautiful gardens and announce on their bulletin boards ? Will you all rekindle the great spirit of the Vallejo’s Community Gardens in 2016 ?

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP>

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