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'Winter 2016 Daily Scream' have 59 comments

  1. MH

    December 1, 2015 @ 9:35 am MH

    The Winter version of the Daily Scream is open and ready for you! GODZILLA El Niño is ‘heading our way!


  2. December 1, 2015 @ 6:13 pm Jon

    Holiday season is in full swing and I see where a number of local groups are asking for donations for local families in need. Just today, I saw that Vallejo Fire Dept is working with Toys for Tots again. If you’re feeling charitable, you can dontate unwrapped toys at any station. I donated last year, very easy to swing by the closest station. Glad to see our firefighters continually helping the local community.

    I also saw where they just delivered over 100 turkey dinners for Thanksgiving! How awesome!


    • December 2, 2015 @ 10:53 am Publicus

      Given that the average Vallejo firefighter brings home more than 5 times that of the average Vallejo family, such “generosity” is expected. To those who much is given, much is expected. Why ask poor Vallejo citizens to chip in when the Vallejo Public Safety Unions could do more good with their pocket change? Mostly these are publicity campaigns to make us poor peasants think our firefighters really “care”. Thanks Jon…. I understand there is an electronic town hall meeting called by Orcem that you need to get to.


      • December 3, 2015 @ 10:44 am MJanet

        Well the nut has spoken^^

        Big thanks to our firefighters! I’ve helped with the Salvation Army toy drive in years past. It’s incredible how many toys the fire dept brings in and how many hours they seem to dedicate to it.

        Thank you thank you thank you VFD!


      • January 6, 2016 @ 8:20 am Julia

        Thanks for calling out the elephant in the room. Bam! Jon Jon and his boys always trying to make themselves look good. I wonder if they used UBL for this charity work?


  3. December 2, 2015 @ 3:10 pm curious

    sounds like the rumors that jonjon is greasing himself up for a race for elected office may have some merit. wonder how long it will be before we’re being inundated with expensive four color campaign pamphlets, delivered both by mail and legions of jonjon’s PSU siblings walking precinctss, most of whom do not live in Vallejo.


  4. December 8, 2015 @ 11:36 am Ravi C Shankar

    Ravi S
    9:29 AM
    Dear Mayor Davis, Vice-Mayor Malgapo, Councilmembers Sampayan, McConnell, Miessner, Verder-Aliga, Dew-Costa,

    What a tremendous Mad-Hatter Parade we had in our city last weekend! More people are P-A-R-T-C-I-P-A-T-I-N-G in Vallejo.

    At today’s city council meeting, many important decisions for our city will be made with your vote. Please remember when you are directing the future of PB, that you keep in mind not only our project but dozens of voter approved proposals in Cycle 1, 2 and 3. Projects like the community gardens throughout Vallejo, after school programs, the SNIP program, a new fire truck, Meditation & Mobile Garden, LED street lighting which garnered tens of thousands of dollars in rebates, road repairs, and others.

    These projects and programs have re-created a City where community spirit was lost or broken for many years into a City filled with hope for it’s future. It has brought under-served groups such as our youth and Spanish communities to the table to help the City create a more sustaining and healthier place to live and work.

    Participatory Budgeting and it’s many projects and programs have promoted a more positive image not only in our community, but also in California and throughout our nation, America plus world wide recognition. The Putnam Award, League of Cities Trophy, President Obama’s White House Invite & the 3rd International PB Conference which ended in Vallejo during Sept-2014 … are testimony to PB.

    I strongly urge you to remember that community activism is one part of a viable economic engine and without that community activism and spirit, cities falter and fail……as did Vallejo for many years.

    There may be several PB volunteers who will run for 2016 Mayoral and City Council seats, thus fulfilling PB’s presence at the top level. We currently pride in mentioning current Councilmembers Miessner, Dew-costa, Vice-Mayor Malgapo who were former PB Steering Committee members.

    I strongly urge you to vote long term, not short term, as our City’s future, of which Participatory Budgeting is a part of, depends on you to do the right thing tonight.

    Thank you for your service and support of PB which empowers P-A-R-T-C-I-P-A-T-I-N-G in Vallejo’s future hopes, dreams, plans, life as a destination city — college town.

    Ravi C. Shankar
    * Executive Team – Steering committee, 2013-15
    * Facilitator, Cycle-2 PB
    * Budget Delegate, Cycle-1 PB
    * Board Member, VPG & Volunteer at Other Comm.Gardens
    * Sister Cities Commissioner, 2013-15
    * Board Member, Sister Cities Association, 2013-17
    * Nextdoor St. Vinnies Neighborhood Watch
    * Core Investor, CartersBizCafes.Com, Benicia.


  5. December 9, 2015 @ 11:09 am Ravi C Shankar

    A Request to Mayor Davis & Council-member Verder-Aliga:
    This repeat article in today’s times-Herald is disturbing …


    Please just tell us what you accomplished for the City of Vallejo, Mayor Davis, Councilmember Verder-Aliga. IS THAT HARD TO DO?

    By not doing anything since returning in Sept-2015, you may be doing more HARM than creating goodwill among Vallejoans. The Sister city Commission & Association are already facing unfair hostility from our community, even from many of our own known friends and leaders in the city !! That is detrimental to community harmony, going forward.

    People deserve the respect and accountability of a simple REPORT, a few pictures, whom they met and why, any tangible results for Vallejo were promised or reached, any future economic and cultural exchanges/visits, a statement on the fiber-Optic Project Proposal … We hope that this simple matter will not grow into a mountainous complication and bad publicity for all that will topple the 4 of your from city hall jobs.

    Hundreds of volunteers have contributed to raise the profile of Vallejo in Japan, Korea, Philippines, Norway, Italy, Tanzania and the Sister Cities International, SCI, over the years and we shall not allow a simple routine trip expense matter ruin all the hard work and reputation, earned selflessly with genuine care. City Council Liaison to VSCA/VSCC and the Mayor’s Office also have not appeared at the Board Meeting and given us the report nor the Vallejo media notified since September-2015.

    I am neither sorry nor ashamed to ask you respectfully… only a bit sad, that it has come to this !

    Thank you for your attention and immediate action to end this controversy.

    Ravi C. Shankar
    Commissioner, VSCC 2013-15
    Board Member, VSCA, 2013-17


  6. December 9, 2015 @ 11:48 pm Epic Council Dithering

    If you missed Tuesday’s City Council meeting (Dec 8), you missed some epic dithering regarding the budget & City spending. When it came to allocating funds for Participatory Budgeting, City Mgr Keen warned that the City is facing deficits for the next 3.5 years, others say 5 years. Yet minutes later, Keen argued for why the Assistant City Manager position should get a raise, and that there should be a new Administrative Analyst position that would pay $101-$123k (with benefits & pension, naturally), and oh yeah, only open to internal recruitment. Open recruitment and hiring? Not hardly.

    Council members mostly fell all over themselves saying we needed to hold the budget line, but also not constrain the City’s hiring. No one challenged the basic premise, the old “comparable cities” game. 11 cities, that include San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Napa & Berkeley — really? Yeah, get enough cities in the mix, and affluent enough, and you’re bound to raise the average. Only McConnell raised the extreme costs of current compensation packages (Vallejo is now merely the 6th most costly in all of CA, down from the No. 2 spot). McConnell also raised the sensible idea of why not define the job expectations *first* — then see what salary levels are appropriate. Sadly, it was getting late by then, and that plot line got lost.

    Oddly, Mr Oz was the only one saying he didn’t want to approve — but then, why didn’t he apply that frugality to his junkets to Tanzania & the Philippines. Ah yes, it’s do as he says, not as he does!

    Afraid to say that Bob was in the dithering crowd, but Roz took the prize for truly bewildering double-speak, sprinkled with off-topic asides. Meanwhile, as the blather droned on past 11pm, a friend leaned over and asked “Is she (Roz) having an off night?” Nope, sorry to say, it’s par for the course.

    Who says there’s nothing to do in Vallejo? Where else can you get inadvertent comedy AND civics a the same time? Forget the comedy clubs, just come to Council! You can’t make this stuff up!


  7. December 13, 2015 @ 3:04 pm wharf rat

    Right in all respects , and to pay for all of this we must pimp our waterfront to the lowest incompetent bidder ?
    looming deficits yet ”full spending ahead” , perhaps Keens compensation needs an austerity element like a deficit to compensation percentage element , this could be for all executive management ! there is nothing in the General Plan that prevents fiscal malfeasence . The Citesens of Vallejo have few protections from abuses of power except their vote , and even that seems to be pimped often .


    • December 13, 2015 @ 8:19 pm Anon

      (1) Let your city manager manage the city — he’s the best city manager we’ve likely ever had. He has the education, the skills and the drive to manage this city well. You now have a luxury I didn’t have — a city manager you can trust so you can focus on setting policy.
      (2) Your city manager and economic development staff are already bringing in new business opportunities and development proposals. Trust them and work with them on economic development.


      • silasbarnabe

        December 14, 2015 @ 5:55 pm silasbarnabe

        You left out this:
        To the City Council:
        (1) Let your city manager manage the city — he’s the best city manager we’ve likely ever had. He has the education, the skills and the drive to manage this city well. You now have a luxury I didn’t have — a city manager you can trust so you can focus on setting policy.
        (2) Your city manager and economic development staff are already bringing in new business opportunities and development proposals. Trust them and work with them on economic development.
        (3) Continue the simple but critical fiscal policy of “one time money for one time costs.” Don’t see Measure B money as a solution to our structural deficit. Structural deficits are reduced by ensuring that your long term obligations aren’t larger than your long-term revenues. And you can’t count on the citizens voting for another tax. So be prudent and conservative and base your long-term projections on long-term, reliable revenues.
        (4) Build your reserves as large as you can. If we learned anything from bankruptcy, it was that you can’t live paycheck to paycheck and not invite disaster.
        (5) Continue down the path we’re on to get our pay and benefits package in line with what Vallejo can afford, not with what Napa or Berkeley can afford.
        (6) Remember, a contract is not a promise, it’s a contract. Getting hired as a public employe, and I am a public employe myself, doesn’t mean that we get a lifetime shelter from the economic storms of our country and our economy. A contract is a contract, and sometimes they need to be changed.
        (7) Finally, in the words of Steve Jobs: “Your time is limited…Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
        To City Staff:
        (1) Whether you live here or not, we’re all in this together. Please join with our community to make Vallejo prosper. We know most of you work hard and care about this city. Know that many of us residents recognize this and appreciate you. Please remember that residents in this city have been through the wringer alongside of you. ”

        Based on the shadow commission with the jumpers, mel orpilla and city staff, they forgot to read the above.


    • December 16, 2015 @ 12:44 pm John_K

      When she wrote that, two years ago, it was somewhat true. You might recall some of her other writings at that time? For example,

      “Our unfunded pension liability is $239 million dollars. This year, for every dollar we spend on salary to a public safety employee, we are paying 52 cents for their retirement and those who have already retired. In just six years, for every dollar we spend on salaries, we will be paying 73 cents for their retirement and for retirees. So this means that in just six years, we’ll be paying almost double for every public safety employee we have on duty. How will Vallejo afford that? Measure B will be sunsetting just a couple of years later.”

      “Continue the simple but critical fiscal policy of “one time money for one time costs.” Don’t see Measure B money as a solution to our structural deficit. Structural deficits are reduced by ensuring that your long term obligations aren’t larger than your long-term revenues. And you can’t count on the citizens voting for another tax. So be prudent and conservative and base your long-term projections on long-term, reliable revenues.”


      • December 16, 2015 @ 1:09 pm Anon

        Her statement: “(2) Your city manager and economic development staff are already bringing in new business opportunities and development proposals. Trust them and work with them on economic development.” can easily be applied to the Vallejo Marine Terminal and Orcem.


      • December 16, 2015 @ 2:18 pm John_K

        More likely things like Chipotle’s and Chick Filet. VMT-Orcem didn’t exist at that time. Seems city staff has changed since then. I believe she helped to repel the LNG proposal.

        Her statement: ‘Continue the simple but critical fiscal policy of “one time money for one time costs.” Don’t see Measure B money as a solution to our structural deficit. Structural deficits are reduced by ensuring that your long term obligations aren’t larger than your long-term revenues. And you can’t count on the citizens voting for another tax. So be prudent and conservative and base your long-term projections on long-term, reliable revenues.’ — can easily be applied to hiring of additional employees and giving raises.


        • December 16, 2015 @ 6:34 pm anon

          Stephanie Gomes: ” And you can’t count on the citizens voting for another tax. So be prudent and conservative and base your long-term projections on long-term, reliable revenues.”

          and you do not think that the VTM/ORCEM combined projects that represents nearly $50 million in private investment — creating more than 240,000 hours in union construction-related work during the 15-month construction phase. Once completed, the project will contribute millions of dollars annually to the local economy, while also generating critical tax revenue for the City of Vallejo to help pay for local services, like police and fire protection is considered as long-term, reliable revenues.

          You think she was thinking that enough Chic-fil-A and Chipotle franchises would give Vallejo $50 million in privatet investment and million$ spent in the local economy? If that is true you are all (including her) delusional. Or, maybe you think that type of revenue stream is necessary?


          • December 17, 2015 @ 5:15 am John_K

            I’m sure you have Vallejo’s best interests in your heart, and it is wonderful that you choose proven economic engines, but it’s all dust and smoke without some concrete projections or guesstimates. Try it again?

            How about some evidence to support your claim of “millions of dollars annually to the local economy”?

            How much “critical tax revenue for the City of Vallejo to help pay for local services, like police and fire protection”?

            And now that you have brought up the topic of union jobs, why not give some numbers and descriptions of permanent positions?

        • December 16, 2015 @ 7:26 pm John_K

          I may be delusional, but I suspect the MMD taxes might contribute more revenue than VMT-Orcem. And Chic Filet/Chipotle might contribute more jobs.

          Tell me more please, about what you call “long term reliable revenues” — certainly not from temporary work during the 15 month construction phase? How about some evidence to support your claim of “millions of dollars annually to the local economy”? I can’t see it. The $50 million investment will be for corporate capital and private property.

          And what about “critical tax revenue for the City of Vallejo to help pay for local services, like police and fire protection”? Last time I checked, there might be some annual UUT and lease fees, possibly enough to pay for 2 police officers. Unfortunately, that money will be earmarked to maintain the roads used by several hundred heavy trucks in their round trips into and out of the area.

          Perhaps your delusions are grander than mine.


          • December 16, 2015 @ 9:43 pm Anon

            From this short exchange it seems to me that you believe Vallejo’s path should be tied to MMD’s and Fast food chains. I believe union jobs and a multi million dollar investment from pvt. Industry is a smarter path. Trains, ships and longshoreman vs franchises and unskilled labor selling pot. My choice goes with proven industrial economic engines that have plenty of examples throughout the SF bay and Sacramento delta. Plus, I do not expect an improvement in MMD revenues when it becomes legalized. It will probably then be controlled by some corporation like Pfizer?

          • silasbarnabe

            December 17, 2015 @ 12:40 am silasbarnabe

            anon aka dickie is drinking again, union pensions that add 52 cents of every dollar spent on union jobs, and multi-million dollar investments not of private money of course but taxpayers to pay for dredging is not the kind of burden this city needs.

          • December 17, 2015 @ 5:16 am John_K

            I’m sure you have Vallejo’s best interests in your heart, and it is wonderful that you choose proven economic engines, but it’s all dust and smoke without some concrete projections or guesstimates. Try it again?

            How about some evidence to support your claim of “millions of dollars annually to the local economy”?

            How much “critical tax revenue for the City of Vallejo to help pay for local services, like police and fire protection”?

            And now that you have brought up the topic of union jobs, why not give some numbers and descriptions of permanent positions?

  8. December 17, 2015 @ 7:58 am anon

    I am not obligated to provide “evidence”? Why? The anti VMT/ORCEM “citizens” such as Ms. Asenjo never provide evidence of “more revenue to the city than a polluting cement factory and a private industrial port.”? Do they ever provide any scientific evidence that it will even pollute? She tosses around buzz words like “harmony” and “art driven momentum”. Which is all rainbows and unicorns but none of that shows a $ bottom line. Is there even an example she can point to re: “condos, light recreation, shops and restaurants”, that we can draw financial data from? There are small ports all around the bay and delta that produce jobs, tax revenue. IMHO it will have a greater impact as a multiplier effect than condos, light rec., etc….

    Valery Asenjo: I breathe, and I vote

    The Old Sperry Mill site can be converted to something that will bring a lot more revenue to the city than a polluting cement factory and a private industrial port.

    Where are the numbers?


    • December 29, 2015 @ 1:27 am tramky

      anon did it again. The question and absurdity is laid before us for all to see: anon writes “The Old Sperry Mill site can be converted to something that will bring a lot more revenue to the city than a polluting cement factory and a private indistrial port.”

      The absurdity is, of course, that NEVER-REVEALED ‘SOMETHING’. But there is NEVER another ‘something’. The only alternative to, in this case, the cement material processing and some kind of port operation is the unnameable, unknowable SOMETHING ELSE. Well, there is no something else.

      Frankly, I don’t know how good or bad the proposals for the mill site now before the City. There may be some arguments and differing views about the proposals, but they ARE actual proposals that can and may very well lead to something solid and acceptable. As for those who attempt to suggest that ‘something’ else will bring a lot more revenue, tell us about it in some detail. What? How? When? How much? Oh, sorry, that can’t be done because the reality is that there is NO something else.


  9. December 17, 2015 @ 8:37 am anon

    This is what CalTrans ( has posted about the port of Stockton: “It is an economic generator for the region, supporting approximately 4,500 jobs regionally and generating approximately $4.9 million in local tax revenue (2010-2011).” It is not all good and certainly not all bad. But it is real data. Stockton does not appear to be trying to downsize or eliminate their port.


    • December 17, 2015 @ 1:07 pm John_K

      Of course there is no obligation to provide any evidence to support your claims, but then again, we are not obligated to take any of your posts seriously. You made some rather optimistic claims about VMT-Orcem economic advantages to Vallejo, but without any credible evidence. And now you expect people to believe that VMT could be like Port Of Stockton? If there was any substance to your claims, then there wouldn’t be so much opposition to the VMT-Orcem development proposals. I truly wish your ideas had some merit, but I fear they do not. Buzz words like “economic generator” may sound good, but you didn’t really compare Vallejo’s VMT proposal to the Port Of Stockton. You might as well compare us to Port Of Oakland or Port Of San Francisco.

      In any case, the Port Of Stockton owns approximately 4,200 acres, which is exceeded only by the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Stockton has a channel capacity for Panamax-size vessels, 35 foot channel depth, 15 deep water berths, 2,000 acres of land, and a lot of other advantages that could never be available to VMT.


      • December 17, 2015 @ 3:25 pm Anon

        Well, there you have it. Should you be taken any more seriously than I? You post: “but I suspect the MMD taxes might contribute more revenue than VMT-Orcem. And Chic Filet/Chipotle might contribute more jobs.” You “suspect”? Talk about optimistic claims with no credible evidence. ‘It is all dust and smoke without some concrete projections or guesstimates. Try it again?’ If I recall, it was VIB stallwarts (warfrat or Silas?) that were decrying the meager tax revenues from the new fast food franchises (as well as the minimum wage and unskilled labor) and now you are defending them (along with MMD’s) as the economic savior of Vallejo.

        I’ll stick with stevedores, longshoremen, sustainable industries (cement) with union jobs.


      • December 17, 2015 @ 7:14 pm John_K

        Maybe my suspicion is a bit more credible than your unfounded claim? You might not have any credible evidence to support your statements, but I do. Though I do not support MMDs or the marijuana industry as an economic force in Vallejo, apparently City Hall does. Prior to suspending the tax collection, the city was receiving $750,000 per year in Measure C taxes, though the city never established any system for collection. If you read the City of Vallejo Fiscal Year 2015-16 Adopted Budget, you can learn about the Medical Marijuana Tax:

        “…With Council’s recent actions to move forward with a Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Ordinance, it is expected the City will once again begin collecting Measure C taxes. As this new ordinance will take some time to begin generating revenues again, we have made a conservative estimate of $200,000 in revenues that can be generated during a partial year of collection.”

        So there might be some substance to my suspicion. But you have given zero evidence to support your statement that

        “… Once completed, the project will contribute millions of dollars annually to the local economy, while also generating critical tax revenue for the City of Vallejo to help pay for local services, like police and fire protection is considered as long-term, reliable revenues.”

        It looks like you might be parroting from a glossy flyer or web site? What revenue?


    • December 29, 2015 @ 6:22 pm Anne C

      Comparing the proposed Vallejo Marine Terminal (VMT) to Stockton’s port is ridiculous. VMT is proposing a single pier — one. **IF** they reach Phase II, they also plan to build a rock jetty for barge traffic. The total acreage for the combined VMT/Orcem site is 40 acres, of which apparently only about 10 acres is easily usable. The total amount of economic activity is no where close to what a full-fledged port would bring in. Further, other genuine ports are administered by Port Authorities that impose port fees, cargo fees, etc. Vallejo will get none of this, as this is a private venture. And for this, they will destroy much of South Vallejo (~7700 residents), and wreck the waterfront for light industry, commercial & residential. There is a very high cost if this project goes through.

      VMT/Orcem’s claim that they will generate “millions of dollars” in local economic activity is not one they can substantiate, and thus you only see them making this claim in marketing venues which are not legally binding. What they do say in a legal document (the Draft EIR) is that they will contribute roughly $360k in utility taxes to the City. Sounds like a lot, until you realize that the loaded cost for a police person is $200k (salary, benefits & pension). The cost to repave a city street if $180k — and we will need to do a lot of repaving if this outrageous proposal goes through. True, there will be construction jobs for a year — but after that there will be 65 years of pollution, toxins & a neighborhood being decimated by big rigs. If the condo/restaurant project was revived, there would also be construction jobs, but without the downsides of destroying South Vallejo & the waterfront. Now that the economy is humming again, it is not unrealistic to think that a developer might want a waterfront property with close ferry access to SF.

      As they say in Econ Development, the numbers “don’t pencil” to Vallejo’s benefit.


      • December 30, 2015 @ 7:59 am wharf rat

        The City of Stockton followed Vallejo into bankruptcy ”so there we have similarities” ! , the Port comparison however is apples and oranges as Anne so well stated . Interestingly Stockton went bankrupt irregardless of their large Port facility , and a snapshot of small Ports in the region suggest the economic impacts are not all that significant , such as Port of Redwood City provides around 100 K per year revenue to their general fund .

        VMT/Orcems claims of millions of $ in local revenue is mere ”PUFF” as the majority of sales will occur off site while the local impacts will be huge ! their claim of 360K in utility taxes is suspect and a horrible pretext to use for any business plan or economic projection , This relies on our UUT tax (a voter approved taxing measure) that is largely reliant on telecoms / tech industries total billable in VJO , so very subject to technology trends and markets in fact a telecom backed initiative could well remove the tax via popular vote (who owns the cable tv system ?) were this to happen there would be almost 0 revenue from the project while their profits would soar .

        So once again a horrible deal with a crappy structure that does almost nothing to ensure we are even compensated for the huge impacts this project will impose , were we to have leased the COV owned portion of land at a rate to ensure a relative return to impacts ratio that might have had some merit .Even a stable and significant revenue stream will do little to offset the Human health impacts (as delineated in the deir) with Lawyers salivating in anticipation of a permit granting , the legal costs (even before start up) could ameliorate any revenue for the projects lifetime which is estimated to be approx 10 years if markets are favorable .

        We are being asked to sacrifice a huge swath of our waterfront to a poorly defined and temporary project , ”ten years is temporary” and cant justify any special considerations for land use or direction of other community assets,to even consider that this controversial proposal moves foreword is to slap down the well known community preferences for their waterfront as documented by so many public meetings . Now with the revelation that a shadow government was moving this project foreword under the most dubious circumstances and ”frankly probably illegal as well” this proposal is further tainted – now to the extent that no Council can cast an objective vote,to even ask the ”clean” Council members to vote on this Staff proposed agenda is the ultimate insult ! and if those implicated in the ”indiscretion” are allowed to vote – pls fill in blank _______________________________________________________________.


      • December 30, 2015 @ 4:19 pm John_K

        Fill in the blank with “CONFLICTS OF INTEREST”, “MISCONDUCT”, “UNETHICAL”, and “BIAS.”

        Ms. Quintana will likely give legal advice on whether the MISEDC members should recuse themselves from voting on the VMT-Orcem proposal. Here’s a quote from an Orange County Grand Jury Report concerning ethics:

        “Legal advice is an important consideration for public officials, but it is often narrowly interpreted to convey whether a proposed conflict resolution is lawful with little regard to the appearance of impropriety. When facing allegations of misconduct in office, officials often insist that they sought legal advice and what they did was “legal.” It is not appropriate for public officials to use loopholes in ethics laws to their advantage at the expense of the public. What is sometimes technically legal doesn’t always equate to what is ethical. Too many bureaucrats take a legalistic approach to government ethics – an approach that may be the biggest problem officials face when dealing with conflicts of interest.”

        I suggest to Vice Mayer Malgapo, and Council Members Dew-Costa and Verder-Aliga, that a respectable elected official would voluntarily recuse herself/himself from voting on this issue, if for no other reason than to avoid the appearance of impropriety. But in this case, when we present quoted statements of a preconceived viewpoint and approval for the project and developers, then it looks like “misconduct” and “impermissible bias” are terms that would apply to MISEDC members should they decide to vote in favor of the VMT-Orcem project.


        • January 4, 2016 @ 8:32 am tramky

          The recent move on the part of project opponents is nothing less than an attempt to effectively disenfranchise Vallejo citizens. As the only elected City officials, the City Council exists to serve the interests of Vallejo’s citizens.

          This desperate and highly political move to eliminate at least 3 of the people’s voices on this 7-member City Council regarding this project, this gaggle of project opponents seek nothing less than a stacked deck. But it is becoming the case that the tactics famously established by Saul Alinsky are now more transparent than has previously been the case.

          But if you don’t know the reference to some guy named Saul Alinsky, I’d suggest you look it up. You will discover a great deal of the truth behind the world of American politics, in particular in the world of liberal Progressives of whatever stripe.


  10. December 30, 2015 @ 8:54 pm Howard Build Trades

    You can ask Jess Malgapo, Pippin Dew, Rozzana Verder-Aliga, Michael Wilson, or Steve Dileo Mare Island Dry Dock, why Sam Kurshan wasn’t invited to the Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee. FACT: Kurshan wasn’t invited despite whatever he says.

    Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Members –
    Jess Malgapo, Vallejo City Councilmember
    Pippin Dew-Costa, Vallejo City Councilmember
    Rozzana Verder-Aliga; Vallejo City Councilmember
    Mel Orpilla, District Representative for Mike Thompson
    Tom Bartee, District Director for Assembymember Bill Dodd
    Alex Pader, District Representative for Senator Wolk
    Belinda Smith, District Representative for Supervisor Seifert
    Michael Wilson, District Representative for Supervisor Hannigan
    Steve Bryan, President, ORCEM America
    Matt Fettig, Vallejo Marine Terminal (VMT)
    Blaise Fettig, Vallejo Marine Terminal (VMT)
    Steve Dileo, President, Mare Island Dry Dock LLC
    Christina Snyder, Vice President, Mare Island Dry Dock LLC
    Anthony Intintoli – San Francisco Bay Water Emergency Transportation Authority
    Tom Sheaff, Vice President Lennar Mare Island
    Phil DuPuis, Senior Business Development Manager, Kiewit
    Danny Bernardini – Napa Solano Building Trades
    City Staff: Mark Sawicki, Kathleen Diohep, Fiona Stryker, Roland Rojas
    David Kleinschmidt – City of Vallejo Public Works Director
    Erin Hanford; Project Manager, Mare Island, City of Vallejo
    Mark O’Brien; City of Vallejo Consultant


    • January 3, 2016 @ 8:47 pm tramky

      Why would some individual representing nothing be invited to this committee? One could think of LOTS of individuals in this town, but so what?
      Supposedly this committee is for information gathering and dissemination, and has NO power or authority to set policies or rules or anything else. Let it function as devised. But increase the transparency of this committee–that seems to have gotten off to a very rough start.


  11. January 7, 2016 @ 8:31 pm Ravi C Shankar

    Honarable Mayor & Vallejo City Council …….Happy New Year to all of you.

    As per next week’s agenda, we are hoping to see a new V-M…
    …”ELECTION OF VICE MAYOR A. ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION ELECTING A VICE MAYOR Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution electing a member of the City Council to serve as Vice Mayor for January 13, 2016, to January 3, 2017…”

    I am sincerely hoping that you all will choose Council Member ROBERT McCONNELL as our next Vice-Mayor.

    He has served the people of Vallejo’s growing, complex, diverse communities in all matters this past 3 years, especially when controversies were raging and there were deep division even among the council. If integrity and ethics are key, and if fairness and justice to the people are critical, and if voicing the minorities and underrepresented are essential, and if harmony, teamwork and balance is paramount … ROBERT McCONNELL IS THE ONLY CHOICE, as expressed by a variety of entities and hundreds of volunteers on boards and commissions.

    I wholeheartedly support CM-McConnel to be our next Vice-Mayor. It is my sincere fond hope that Mr. McConnell will be elected unanimously as our next Vice-Mayor and that he will then be inspired to run for MAYOR in Nov-2016.

    Thank you for your consideration and vote for Mr. McCONNELL at the next council meeting.

    Warm wishes,

    Ravi C. Shankar


  12. January 19, 2016 @ 9:36 pm two bolck'd

    Without any empirical datum by Atmospheric Scientists or Agency’s such as NORAD the likely cause is ”political flatulence” , the theory of orgion is a select Cabal that originates from the California City of Vallejo , Satellites and other sensors have detected these emissions , currently a no fly zone has been recommended . Preliminary analysis suggests the plumes to be rated IDLH to the Community as a whole , local elected officials have not commented , while certain ”interests” continue to shred documents in portable shreding trucks surrounded by armed political staffers equiped with poison lattes and energy bars . Political operatives continue to circle , looking for a weak link! . All while community members sharpen their pitch forks and review their tax contributions ! this causes an eruption of scale to diminus the Saint Hellens eruption !! ”well folks this is far from being done looks like a long night in Vallejo” this is grabinmyankles reprorting live from the Capitol of corruption , Vallejo Ca, home of the jumpers and other invective magnets , led by the one and only ”J-R”an epic Egg — destined to be a ”Humpty Dumpty” . ”Hey Jon any comments” ? ———————- bleeeeep ————- bleeeeep ———– glug — glug .


  13. January 20, 2016 @ 12:56 pm tramky

    Driving through downtown Vallejo recently, a friend of mine commented what a shame it was for such a large restaurant space–the one on Virginia Street (the former Power Station) across the street from the Empress Theater–to lay empty for a couple of years, once again.

    Then we drive down Georgia Street to Mare Island Way, and I commented that as long as we have the horrifying vision of what is ensconced now right on Georgia Steet next to the JFK Library, there will always be large, empty commercial spaces in downtown Vallejo. Literally a homeless encampment on the most visible street, less than a block from the Bay Ferry and the waterfront. THAT is the gateway to the Napa Valley?!! ALL of the time and energy devoted to downtown Vallejo are for NOTHING as long as homeless encampments are the accepted norm for this town, especially in its most visible, most public spaces, a half-block from City Hall on its primary commercial street to the waterfront. Perception is reality, and this looks like nothing less than dereliction and a social pall cast upon this town. For years.


  14. February 3, 2016 @ 8:19 pm Gretchen Zimmermann

    I live near the new Curtola Park and Ride Hub, where we still have no bus service, and no date has been published as to when service will resume. My neighborhood as been without good access to public transportation since construction began in June of 2014 because no good alternate bus stop was identified during construction. I miss having a convenient place to catch the 80 to BART. I was delighted when I heard about the “Grand Opening” of the Curtola Hub in mid October 2015, only to be disappointed to find that it wouldn’t actually open until December and that the “Grand Opening” was nothing more than a photo op for the mayor, Mike Thompson, and SolTrans officials. I was once again disappointed in December when Curtola Hub opened for casual carpool only – no buses .

    I emailed SolTrans on Monday and asked – for the second time, when bus service would resume. This is the response I received from Jason Bustos of SolTrans:

    “… Unfortunately, issues during construction have caused a delay in energizing the signal light at Curtola Parkway and the Transit Platform. Without this signal light operating, there is a serious safety concern for buses making an unprotected left turn into and out of the transit platform.

    We are doing everything in our power to get the signal light operating. The City of Vallejo, SolTrans and PG&E are fully aware of the situation and working to resolve the issue in everyone’s best interest. In the meantime, SolTrans buses will be unable to utilize the transit platform at the SolTrans CP&R Hub. SolTrans staff is currently exploring alternative bus stop locations until the signal light can be energized. “

    This response – especially considering that now they are looking for alternative bus stop locations when then didn’t think an alternative was necessary for the past18 months – gives me no confidence that bus service will resume at this location any time soon. How badly can a traffic light installation be screwed up that it takes months to fix? I would like to know what is really going on here, exactly what the “issues during construction are, and why they can’t route buses into the Lemon street side of the lot where they used to enter until the new traffic light can be made functional.

    Also to SolTrans’ shame is the fact that they never updated their feed to, and anyone using the trip planner is in for an unpleasant surprise if they expect to use the phantom stop at Lemon and Curtola

    I am very disappointed with SolTrans, The City of Vallejo, PG&E, and whomever else is responsible for this fiasco.


    • February 8, 2016 @ 3:17 pm Gretchen Zimmermann

      I called the city manager’s office when I did not get an adequate description of the problem from SolTrans. I was told that a central electrical component (sorry forgot what it is called) had been installed in the “wrong place”, so PG&E cannot connect power to it to supply the new traffic signals. They are looking into a short-term solution of providing a power source, which may prove to be impossible, as well as going back to the drawing board with plans for proper electrical hookup. The permanent fix could take months. The entity that made the mistake is unnamed (The contractor Ghilotti, or maybe the plans the contractor was given were incorrect to start with?), probably because of Fear of Lawsuit, slander etc… I’d like to know how much over budget this puts the project, and who will be paying for the error.


      • February 13, 2016 @ 2:34 am tramky

        Who will be paying for the error? This is a public project, so the taxpayers will be paying for any and everything. Always.


  15. February 7, 2016 @ 11:15 am tramky

    Construction problems at the Vallejo Parking Garage requiring serious and costly new construvtion to fix it. Serious and likely costly construction problem at the brand-new park&ride facility that eliminates the primary purpose of that facility!!

    See a pattern here? Incompetence! Malfeasance. Want to learn certain truths about Vallejo? Get into and peruse SeeClickFix, available thru the City of Vallejo website. It’s a real eye-opener


  16. February 7, 2016 @ 11:47 pm Publicus

    As a part of the Shadow Government’s attempts to industrialize the Napa River Straits, one of the key members, Mike Thompson, obtained a $5 million dollar Federal contract for Mid Mare Island Dry Dock to sandblast ships. Clouds of orange dust from the copper slag used to blast the grime, debris and old paint off of ships wafted over the Napa River last year and settled on the historic neighborhood across the river…St. Vincent’s. Neighbors came out in the morning to find their cars blanketed with a coat of dust, grit and paint residue so thick that windshield washers needed to be activated in order to see out the windshield. Calls went out to the Bay Area Air Quality Management Agency (BAAQMA) who responded that MMIDD logs showed that they blasted mostly at night but BAAQMA only worked days so they could not “catch them in the act” …a feat necessary for a fine. Months later, the paint has begun to peel on those cars once covered with dust and research shows that the cause may be acid as the morning fog/mist activated the copper slag mess. So why? MMIDD is operating from Dry Dock #2 one of the identified National Historic Landmarks included in Lennar’s Mare Island Specific Plan and FEIR as the “Historic Core” where the designated land use is “mixed tourist serving commercial”. No Environmental Compliance documents for a land use change to “Heavy Industry” have been prepared and circulated to those stakeholders who might have an interest in being blanketed with dust, grit, and paint residue from old ships that likely contain lead, chromium and poison from antifouling bottom paints. If that stuff took the paint off of cars in St. Vincent’s, then obviously it settled on the Napa River too. I am sure that the managers of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge dedicated to restoring the tidal wetlands will be fascinated to learn about the Shadow Government’s nefarious plan to industrialize the mouth of the Napa River. Acid rain/fog/mist causes eutrophication of wetlands making them dead zones. So much for the Federally protected flyway and the living Napa River. Jumpstart has an alternative vision and St. Helena’s Mike Thompson, who represents Vallejo in Congress, has to watch out for his own interests…one of his sons is a firefighter and the other a deputy sheriff.


  17. February 12, 2016 @ 2:18 am two block'd

    Benicia commission rejects crude oil trains
    By Tony Bizjak, February 11, 2016 11:59 PM


    • February 13, 2016 @ 7:41 am Anon

      Maybe the Commission is trying to turn back the clock in Benicia to 1963?


  18. February 13, 2016 @ 2:42 pm wharf rat

    Supreme court justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79

    The supreme court justice Antonin Scalia has died. He was 79.

    The Republican Texas governor Greg Abbott issued a statement confirming the news and paying tribute to Scalia, a noted and staunch conservative.

    The San Antonio Express News reported that Scalia was found dead on Saturday at a ranch in the Big Bend region of Texas, south of Marfa, and said he had been staying at a ranch for a private party, and was discovered to have died after not attending a breakfast.

    Local ABC affiliate KVIA reported that Scalia died in his sleep after a day of quail hunting.

    “Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of God, a patriot, and an unswerving defender of the written constitution and the rule of law,” Abbott said.

    “He was a solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution. His fierce loyalty to the Constitution set an unmatched example, not just for judges and lawyers, but for all Americans.”

    Scalia was appointed to the court in 1986, by President Ronald Reagan and as the first Italian American to serve on the high court.

    His written rulings and opinions divided opinion, infuriating liberals. He dissented, for example, in the 2015 case which legalised same-sex marriage across the US, and recently caused controversy with comments about race.

    The process to nominate and confirm his replacement is bound to be fraught, with a Democratic president in his final year in office confronting a fiercely antagonistic, Republican-held Congress.

    Abbott’s statement concluded: “We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the supreme court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the rule of law.

    “Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, and we keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”


    • February 15, 2016 @ 6:21 pm wharf rat

      Political intrigue beyond belief !, will this evolve as ”SCOTUS GATE” ? guess there is no grace period or a stand down before the Memorial service ? .
      The bone pickers are ”on deck”, I predict a Republican Woman with somewhat liberal interpretations of the ”construction doctrine” to be nominated by POTUS , but of course with an impeccable pedigree! , remember Obama is a Constitutional Scholar , who better to bait a political mouse trap ? , these gyrations could have a major effect on Vallejo ! property rights and overall agenda 21 (plan bay area) could be at stake . What ROI the bay area can expect from Obama (we are his political ATM) remains to be seen ? I predict we get chumped .


      • February 15, 2016 @ 11:19 pm tramky

        We’ve been told that the president was a lecturer on the Constitution, but where are notes or transcripts or anything else about those lectures?
        A constitutional scholar? Where are his writings on the Constitution? The guy makes casual, fairly glib comments on rare occasions about the Constitution, but there is no writing of any s note, and little to no record of those university lectures or whatever they were. Given the supposedly ‘historic’ role that Obama’s election and presidency was supposed to represent, and given his supposed legal scholarship and background, it is simply amazing that, in fact, there is very little of his writing and views on this nation’s founding document and what it represented. There must be a reason for this, and why the media have NEVER reported on this.


  19. February 23, 2016 @ 8:01 pm tramky

    City Council Meeting, February 23, 2016

    Well, someone spoke before the Council in the first Public Forum kiting another scheme associated with Lucasfilm. Like the bogus fantasy about Lucas putting a production facility on Mare Island a few years ago, this also has no basis in reality or or possibility. There is ZERO connection of anything to to with Lucasfilm and Vallejo, Solano County, or anywhere else up here.

    This speaker suggests it can go on Mare Island. Where? The City of Vallejo has been in negotiaton for some time with an entity that would take over most or all of the remaining north Mare Island parcels. That negotiation may, in fact, result in an actual deal. What is being suggested before City Council tonight? To dump the currently interested party to pursue an abusrd fantasy about Lucas.

    And then there was the bit about Mare Island have complete transportation facilities to support such a facility. Oh really?! What happens on Hwy 37 on big race weekends at Sonoma Raceway? Oops, there basically is no access to Mare Island from Hwy 37. Next idea?

    It is the case that Lucas, after ensconcing themselves in Marin County AND San Francisco’s Presidio, is finding it increasingly difficult to espand their development for pretty much anything. Negative forces in Chicago, San Francisco, Marin County have all balked at recent proposals by the Lucas organization.

    But Vallejo and Lucasfilm? Can never happen; the stars will never be aligned for that.


  20. February 23, 2016 @ 8:42 pm tramky

    More on tonight’s City Council session.
    Then there was the hateful guy who spoke about throwing Orcem out of the City of Vallejo in no uncertain terms over the ‘cement plant’.

    Then in keeping with his own quite obvious arrogance and personal hatreds, the same guy stated that the words “mayor’ and ‘prayer breakfast’ but never appear together. So this arrogant punk wants to control English vocabulary. Then he sailed into his TRUE agenda–homosexual activist zealotry. He verbally assaulted any- and everyone who does not conform to this guy’s gay agenda. No other opinions can be permitted, according to this guy. And this guy informed us of his concept of ‘separation of church and state’, bogus and misrepresented concept that it has been for quite a long time

    Well, in this ‘diverse’ town, there is this to consider:

    Maybe this hater who spoke before City Council tonight will go over to Vallejo High and tell a big group of black male students about his gay agenda and what it offers to their futures.


  21. February 24, 2016 @ 9:08 am Billy Goat

    Trump as Republican nominee? This editorial says why:

    And I thought the lowest point in Presidential history was Ronald Reagan.


  22. February 24, 2016 @ 11:20 am wharf rat

    expect a major scandal such as a Maid coming foreward or even the Butler ?


  23. February 25, 2016 @ 3:10 pm tramky

    Scandal?!! Hillary Clinton is a walking, talking scandal, and has been for a couple of decades and more. She’s a hack.

    If Sanders survives the next couple or few Democratic primaries, we’ll begin to learn a LOT more of the truth behind THAT guy’s history. It will be a revelation, you can be assured. So far it’s been buried by everyone, particularly the liberal Progressive media. Geez, even Fox News doesn’t have much to say about the guy. But his onion will get peeled if he isn’t sent packing back to Vermont in the next month or two, and there WILL be tears.

    And why isn’t ANYONE talking about Sanders’ age. He’s 74; he’ll be 75 at election time. Do we REALLY want to elect an old man to the presidency? If he’s still dragging around before the election, there should and MUST be a LOT of light flooding the Democrat’s Vice Presidential nomination. A LOT of light.


    • silasbarnabe

      February 25, 2016 @ 5:52 pm silasbarnabe

      LOL! @ Tramky, so at 75 Sanders is unfit? So you are admitting Ronnie Reagan was unfit for his second term?


      • March 1, 2016 @ 12:50 pm tramky

        What does Ronald Reagan’s age have to do with anything? He was 69 when inaugurated the first time. I’m REALLY LOL! Sanders would be 6 years older than Reagan, by FAR the oldest president. Does that matter? Well, YOU apparently think that 69 was too old. How’s 75 treatin’ you?

        By the way, Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest president of the United States–42 at inauguration.


        • silasbarnabe

          March 1, 2016 @ 5:39 pm silasbarnabe

          @tramky, Ronnie was inaugurated for the second time at nearly 73 plus 11.5 months and it was well known he had dementia as when questioned when subpoenoed by special counsel, he would say repeatedly “I do not recall”, and now we know he meant it. Is this why you think Sanders might be unfit just turning 75?


    • February 29, 2016 @ 7:21 pm wharf rat

      What like he conspired to cover up the cutting down of his fathers cherry tree, the guy is squeaky clean that might be his biggest threat ?
      now the Donald ”on the other hand – no telling what he has burried” ? gona be some real political porn in days to come !.


  24. March 2, 2016 @ 11:59 pm tramky

    Hey, silas, I’m not the one who attempted to imply that Reagan was older than is Sanders. Even in this latest comment it is YOU admitting Reagan was younger at his SECOND inauguration than is Sanders. You need to listen to yourself! It is obvious that you are a liberal Progressive interested only in attacking Ronald Reagan. Well, go for it. I’d stack up Reagan’s accomplishments as President against Sanders’ entire career.

    If it was ‘historic’ that the first African-American person was elevated to the presidency, than it is of some importance that a candidate for that office, Sanders in, this case, would be the OLDEST person elected to the presidency. Particularly in this medical age of enormous interest in issues such as Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia, and so on. This kind of issue is worthy of consideration, and the question must be asked. And because of THAT, so is the choice of Vice President that would be joined with Sanders in the campaign. The media is NOT asking this stuff now, but they will when and if Sanders becomes the Democratic nominee. Of course, the likelihood of THAT is almost nil. The Democrat Party fix is in for Clinton, and in the end an old hippie Socialist isn’t going to be elected as President. Not yet.

    And if the DoJ actually moves against Clinton and her top associates, Joe Biden may be the likely Democratic candidate because Clinton will be done. But for now, Clinton is fixed by her Party.


    • silasbarnabe

      March 3, 2016 @ 6:30 pm silasbarnabe

      LOL! So then 73 and 11.5 months is the age that makes a suitable President? I am not understanding why you brought up Sanders age and now run away when confronted with Ronnie’s age, documented deficiencies and I would love to see your list of accomplishments for him as what I remember is:

      The highest deficit spending President besides Georgy Bush Jr, and Obamaman.
      The biggest tax hike on social security than any President since FDR.
      The biggest tax cuts and failure to reduce expenditures of any President.
      Oh and let us not forget his grandstanding during the cold war taking the boots on the ground credit of the bravery of Lech Walesa to bring down the Eastern German Wall.

      Funny how the blow hard trump wants to put up a wall despite the historical documentation of their failures…


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