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  • Homosexual Director of Camp Modeled After BoyScouts Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Multiple Boys

    04/22/2014 5:20:40 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 33 replies
    Times-Herald ^ | 4/22/2014
    RICHMOND — The arrest of a middle school teacher on suspicion of child sexual abuse this week has raised questions about the West Contra Costa Unified School District's hiring practices, because the teacher was hired while police were investigating him. Ron Guinto, 32, of Vallejo, was arrested about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Mira Vista Elementary School. The seventh-grade English and science teacher is expected to be charged with 11 counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, two counts of forced oral copulation and one count of assault with intent to commit sodomy,...
  • Detroit Tops 2013 List Of America’s Most Miserable Cities

    02/22/2013 11:26:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/21/2013 @ 2:20PM | Kurt Badenhausen
    Forbes put Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on its cover in 2011 for a story with the optimistic headline: “City of Hope.” The premise was that the city had hit rock bottom and was poised for a turnaround. “Right now, it’s all about survival,” Bing told Forbes. Two years later, Detroit’s problems continue to multiply, sadly. It is still dealing with high levels of violent crime and unemployment. Home prices, already at historic lows, plummeted a further 35% during the past three years to a median of $40,000 as net migration out of the city continued. The latest blow was Tuesday’s...
  • Modest chapel in Vallejo features Tiffany stained glass

    12/03/2012 5:41:19 AM PST · by DFG · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/02/12 | Paul McHugh
    An impressive array of Tiffany stained glass and other religious art elements is showing at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York. To see it, you need to fly to the Big Apple before Jan. 20. Or make it a lot easier on yourself and stay in Northern California, instead driving a short distance to enjoy the astonishing collection of 25 Louis Comfort Tiffany stained- glass windows that illuminate Saint Peter's Chapel on Mare Island.
  • Vallejo man with permitted concealed weapon stops restaurant robbery

    06/25/2012 8:10:46 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Vallejo Times-Herald ^ | 6/25/12 | Times-Herald Staff
    A Vallejo man carrying a legal concealed weapon halted a reported robbery in progress at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Subway sandwich restaurant in the 600 block of Lewis Brown Road, Sgt. Jeff Bassett said. Bassett said a suspect entered the restaurant and ordered a sandwich, and when the clerk was finished with it, he brandished a knife and demanded cash. Meanwhile, the man, described as a 25-year-old Vallejoan with a permit for a concealed weapon, drew his gun and confronted the suspect who ran out of the restaurant before he was able to take anything, Bassett said. The suspect...
  • Vallejo Family Demands Answers After Police Officer Kills Dog

    05/17/2012 10:50:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 40 replies
    CBSlocal ^ | 5/17/12
    A Vallejo police officer shot and killed Belle when he felt threatened during a routine house visit on May 16, 2012 VALLEJO (CBS SF) - A Vallejo family demands answers after a police officer shot and killed one of their dogs when he came to their house Wednesday to investigate an identity theft. Officer Chase Calhoun went to the family’s home near the corner of Kentucky and Trinity streets around noon Wednesday to take a statement. According to Vallejo Police, he heard two dogs growl, then saw them charge, as he opened the front gate of the home. Calhoun...
  • Calif. SWAT Tear Gas Rounds Likely Caused House Fire

    04/17/2012 7:34:06 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    FIREHOUSE ^ | 17 April 2012 | Tony Burchyns
    Police tear gas launched into a Vallejo home in February played a role in starting a fire that caused $60,000 in damage and killed two dogs, a fire department report released Monday finds. However, the Feb. 10, two-alarm blaze at 1041 Castlewood Drive was deemed "accidental in nature," according to the 13-page investigation report. The exact cause was undetermined. But it likely involved one of the non-flammable rounds hitting or knocking over flammable household products, the report said. The fire began shortly after police launched 12 tear gas rounds into various parts of the house. Police were trying to ferret...
  • Our Town: A Literary History

    03/20/2012 5:23:51 AM PDT · by DFG · 4 replies
    Dissent Magazine ^ | 03/02/12 | James Thomas Snyder
    Michael Lewis’s new book, Boomerang, is about the parts of the globe that were downgraded by the credit crisis, and my hometown of Vallejo, California, concludes his world tour like a telegraph from the end of days. From Lewis’s book, I learned that I grew up in what is now the third world. “Which city do you pity most?” Lewis asks two mayoral aides in San Jose, capital of Silicon Valley. “Vallejo!” they laugh. snip Mare Island built the world’s first aircraft carrier deck for $500 and the first cruise-missile submarine for considerably more. It held the record for fastest...
  • After 3 years, Vallejo emerging from bankruptcy

    08/21/2011 9:32:20 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/21/11 | TERRY COLINS, Associated Press
    Vallejo, Calif. (AP) -- City councilwoman Marti Brown was euphoric when she learned this historic Northern California town had received federal court approval for its plan to emerge from bankruptcy. For three years it has had the dubious distinction of being among the nation's largest bankrupt burgs. "The first thing I said was `Yeehaw!,'" Brown said. "It feels good to finally take off these shackles. We finally get to look ahead to the future." Vallejo, the original capital of California, was once a thriving naval center on San Pablo Bay, about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. But in 2008,...
  • Chihuahua Blamed For Halting Neighborhood's Mail

    07/15/2011 5:04:36 PM PDT · by csvset · 47 replies
    ktvu ^ | July 13, 2011 | Claudine Wong
    VALLEJO, Calif. -- Residents in one Vallejo neighborhood started seeing mail arrive again Tuesday, which signaled the end of a several-day service suspension imposed on them after a mailman was spooked by a local Chihuahua. The suspension began last Thursday when Mocha, a 1-and-a-1/2-year-old Chihuahua, ran up to a mailman who walking his route on Vervais Ave. and circled the carrier a few times, according to the dog’s owner. The dog’s owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said the mailman became upset and announced he was putting the neighborhood’s mail delivery on hold. The following day, residents on the 500...
  • (Vanity California) Solano Communist County! Welare Rats Out! Business In!

    03/04/2011 10:10:57 PM PST · by Tea Party Reveler · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 03-04-2011 | Tea Party Reveler
    Another Solano Board of Supervisors meeting where the welfare budget gets stuck under the chopping block. Boo frickin' hoo! For years they grew their socialist monster and now it must be cut! Solano Communist County is not happy when I speak! When I show up, they send whole platoons of armed deputies! They know I have evidence of police misconduct in Suisun so they are "scared" and see me as a "threat". What rubbish! Truly a COMMUNIST Government of big spenders and zero results! More videos to come!
  • Bid for WWII ship hits rough waters ( USS Iowa )

    09/05/2010 9:52:39 AM PDT · by SmithL · 55 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/5/10 | Jeff Mitchell
    <p>VALLEJO – Since the USS Iowa was commissioned in 1943, the famous battleship that President Franklin D. Roosevelt dubbed "The Big Stick" has seen more than its share of action over the years.</p> <p>Just ask John Wolfinbarger of San Martin.</p>
  • Voters, not leaders, confront Vallejo's mess

    06/15/2010 12:46:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 398+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/15/10 | Chip Johnson
    Two years after Vallejo made history as the first city in the Golden State to file for bankruptcy, voters have grasped the city's dire financial situation even if some members of local government haven't. Residents appeared to have approved Measure A by a slim margin last week. The vote count is close and provisional ballots are still being counted, so results haven't been made official. The ballot measure would remove binding arbitration from the City Charter, effectively ending the public employee unions' grip on labor contract negotiations. Yet when the Vallejo City Council meets tonight to decide how to close...
  • Vallejo looks at 80 percent payments to CalPERS

    06/03/2010 9:17:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies · 360+ views
    Times-Herald ^ | 06/02/2010 | Jessica A. York
    An ever-mounting debt Vallejo has built up by not setting aside enough money for retired city employee pension benefits would take more than $16 million a year for three decades to pay off. Paying such a large annual sum of cash, however, would mean a smaller debt in the long-term, city officials said Tuesday at a Vallejo City Council special budget session looking at the 2010-2011 fiscal year. City finance staff recommended paying only 80 percent of that debt, owed to the state retirement agency. That move would leave the city with millions in debt at the end of 30...
  • After Vallejo, City Of Antioch Officials Consider Bankruptcy Filings ( California )

    06/03/2010 8:44:49 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 311+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 31, 2010
    Two years after Vallejo, California, filed for bankruptcy protection, officials in nearby Antioch are also tossing around the 'B' word. Antioch's leaders earlier this month said bankruptcy could be an option for the cash-strapped city of roughly 100,000 on the eastern fringe of the San Francisco Bay area. Antioch's fiscal woes are standard issue for local governments in California: weak revenue from retail sales and property taxes is forcing spending cuts, layoffs and furloughs. Orange County Treasurer Chriss Street would not be surprised if more local governments across the Golden State sound a similar alarm. Street expects more talk of...
  • Vallejo's Painful Lessons in Municipal Bankruptcy ( California )

    04/05/2010 9:37:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies · 923+ views
    wsj ^ | MARCH 26, 2010 | STEVEN GREENHUT
    Two years after going broke, the California city still isn't free of its crushing pension obligations. In 2008, Vallejo, Calif., was nearly broke. Faced with falling tax revenues, rising pension costs, and unmovable public-employee unions, the city was unable to pay its bills and declared bankruptcy. Now, as it prepares to emerge from Chapter 9, officials in Los Angeles, San Diego and other cities across the state are looking to see if Vallejo has blazed a trail for them to get out from under their own crushing pension costs. What they're finding is that even bankruptcy may not be enough...
  • Handcuffed man forgotten in Vallejo courthouse

    02/26/2010 10:28:25 PM PST · by Califreak · 9 replies · 591+ views
    The Vacaville Reporter ^ | 2/25/10 | Brian Hamlin
    The Solano County Sheriff's Office is trying to figure out how a handcuffed, 57-year-old probationer was somehow misplaced in the Vallejo courthouse two weeks ago and then forgotten as court employees left for a long weekend. Fortunately, an alert janitor found the man before the building was completely deserted for the long holiday. According to Sheriff's Lt. Gary Faulkner, Solano County Superior Court Commissioner Raymond Wieser had ordered Calvin Jones of Vallejo jailed on a probation violation about 9:10 a.m. on Feb. 11, the day before the court's four-day Lincoln's birthday-Presidents Day holiday was to begin. A courtroom bailiff apparently...
  • Vallejo to farm out policing?

    02/17/2010 8:37:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 506+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/17/10 | Demian Bulwa
    Reeling from a string of high-profile crimes that included the mob beating of a city worker, bankrupt Vallejo is studying whether it could save money by disbanding its police force and bringing in the Solano County Sheriff's Office, according a report by the Vallejo Times-Herald. Sheriff Gary Stanton told the newspaper he's not interested in taking over but would run the numbers.
  • Vallejo police advise citizens against arming themselves

    02/11/2010 9:34:00 PM PST · by Califreak · 71 replies · 1,717+ views
    Vallejo Times-Herald ^ | 02/11/2010 | Rachel Raskin-Zrihen
    Fearful Vallejo residents thinking about arming themselves after a rash of violent crime may be jumping the gun, police said. Police Department spokesman Abel Tenorio said he has read online comments from people saying they're alarmed and may arm themselves -- something police don't recommend. "The Constitution allows citizens who are not otherwise prohibited from having a gun to have a firearm in their home," Vallejo Police Department Support Services Manager Bill Powell said. "But we don't want any kind of tragedy to occur because someone got a gun and they're not familiar with it." Unless you're licensed to carry...
  • Crime wave compounds bankrupt Vallejo's woes

    02/09/2010 7:37:14 AM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies · 842+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/9/10 | Chip Johnson
    Times are tough in Vallejo these days, a city with more street violence than nearby Richmond, and a rapidly shrinking police department. In the last week alone, the city has witnessed two homicides, a knife attack that injured three people, the shooting of an ice-cream vendor and a mob assault on a city employee - an incident captured on video at a local gas station. One of the homicide victims was Matthew Allen Hicks, the father of one of two teens suspected in the attack near the gas station. Hicks was found shot in the head early Monday. "It has...
  • Vallejo mayor stumbles on anti-gay remark

    12/04/2009 8:00:06 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 579+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/4/9 | Chip Johnson
    When Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis told the New York Times in a recent interview that gay people don't get to heaven, he broke not one, but two cardinal rules of politics in a single sentence. With a simple phrase, Davis breached the separation between church and state and grabbed the electrified "third-rail" in Bay Area politics with both hands. He told the reporter that gays are "committing sins and those sins will keep them out of heaven." After the Nov. 20 article, the mayor claimed his words were taken out of context. The Times responded by providing an audio link...
  • Clouds won't part & angels won't sing for gays, says Vallejo mayor

    12/03/2009 8:54:21 PM PST · by bogusname · 4 replies · 491+ views
    SF Gate ^ | December 2, 2009 | Aileen Yoo
    On the night Campbell elected the youngest openly gay mayor in America, hundreds rallied in Vallejo to protest their mayor following his remarks about gays and heaven. Demonstrators bearing rainbow flags and signs outside Vallejo City Hall Tuesday night directed their ire at Osby Davis for his comments in a New York Times' article about the growing political clout of Evangelicals. Davis, who narrowly (and we mean narrowly) defeated gay rival Gary Cloutier in 2007, told Scott James that those pearly, beatific gates would remain shut for gays. "... they are in fact committing sin and that sin will keep...
  • Protesters Chastise Vallejo Mayor Over Gay Remarks ["Gays Don't Go To Heaven"]

    12/02/2009 1:08:25 PM PST · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 395+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 02, 2009
    Protesters Chastise Vallejo Mayor Over Gay Remarks The Associated Press Dec. 2, 2009 VALLEJO, Calif. -- Vallejo's mayor is under fire from demonstrators who gathered on the steps of City Hall to protest his remarks that gays will not go to heaven. Dozens of protesters waved rainbow flags and held signs demanding separation of church and state before Tuesday's city council meeting. Some called for Mayor Osby Davis' resignation. The evangelical mayor told The New York Times last month that gays are "committing sin and that sin will keep them out of heaven." He later apologized, saying his remarks were...
  • VALLEJO: Mayor's 'gay sin' remarks ignite protest

    12/02/2009 8:11:49 AM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies · 1,003+ views
    Vallejo Times-Herald ^ | 12/2/9 | Shauntel Lowe
    Dozens of people crowded the steps of Vallejo City Hall on Tuesday to protest a recent quoted remark by Mayor Osby Davis that gay people would not go to heaven. The protesters waved rainbow flags, held signs demanding the separation of church and state and some called for Davis' resignation. And then there was a roar. From inside City Hall came the sounds of more than 100 people clapping and cheering, praising God. "Lord, we're not against anybody. We're for our children," prayed New Hope Church Community Senior Pastor Terrence Nichols. "No matter what outside forces may stir up the...
  • VALLEJO, CA: Mayor apologizes for 'gay sin' remarks

    11/25/2009 12:32:32 PM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 1,101+ views
    Vallejo Times Herald ^ | 11/25/9 | Rachel Raskin-Zrihen and Sarah Rohrs
    Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis said Tuesday he seeks to represent all his city, and not just a faction -- despite a controversial Bay Area newspaper column quoting him on his beliefs about homosexuality. The New York Times column in its Bay Area section raised concerns over evangelical influence on Vallejo's politics. "They're committing sin and that sin will keep them out of heaven," Davis was quoted as saying about gays. "But you don't hate the person. You hate the sin they commit." In a prepared statement Tuesday, Davis apologized to anyone whom he had offended and said his words "were...
  • Vallejo seeks to expand utility tax to cell phones

    11/02/2009 7:40:09 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 426+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/2/9 | Carolyn Jones
    Taxing text messages? Some Vallejo voters are saying OMG. The North Bay city, with its ever-shrinking revenue stream, is asking voters Tuesday to expand its utility tax to include text messages, private phone networks, pagers and voice-over-Internet services. It's an idea that's spreading around California, as more than 40 cities have similarly expanded their utility taxes at the ballot box as a way to raise money. "We don't use our cell phones a lot, but we think this gives the city a blank check," said retired Mare Island shipyard worker John Kocourek of Vallejo, who's been working against the measure....
  • Navy says Mare Island best place for USS Iowa

    11/15/2007 4:21:31 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 3,446+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 11/15/7 | Rachel Raskin-Zrihen
    VALLEJO - The creation of a USS Iowa memorial and museum in Vallejo has moved a giant step closer to reality with the Navy's declaration that Mare Island is the mothballed battleship's only practical option, it was learned Thursday. "The Navy has deemed our organization the only viable candidate, so the other parties are out of the running," said Merylin Wong of the Vallejo-based, nonprofit Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square. "We're very excited. We've survived the competitive bidding process." The historic ship fought in World War II and the Korean War and has been in the Suisun Bay's mothball...
  • Labor unions drop appeal of Vallejo bankruptcy

    08/08/2009 8:51:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 401+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/8/9 | Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer
    VALLEJO -- After almost a year of legal wrangling, Vallejo's labor unions have dropped their appeal of the city's bankruptcy filing, removing one of the final obstacles to the North Bay city's financial restructuring. The city's fire and electrical workers' unions withdrew their appeal to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco late Thursday. The unions had challenged the city's accounting, saying that money was shifted from the general fund into other accounts to give a false appearance of financial ruin and as a means to scrap its labor contracts. Union officials did not return phone calls...
  • Vallejo school district to pay $25,000 to lesbian student over discrimination claims

    05/18/2009 8:45:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 895+ views
    MediaNews via CoCoTimes ^ | 5/18/9 | Shauntel Lowe
    A lesbian student's complaint that teachers harassed her over her sexual orientation has led to a Vallejo school district agreement to pay her $25,000 and revamp anti-discrimination policies, it was announced Monday. The agreement between the Vallejo City Unified School District and the American Civil Liberties Union was reached without litigation, said ACLU attorney Elizabeth Gill. In agreeing to the settlement, the district is not admitting liability, Gill and district Superintendent Mary Bull said. The student, Rochelle Hamilton, now 16, was a sophomore at Jesse Bethel High School in the fall of 2007, when teachers allegedly verbally harassed her and...
  • Vallejo, labor unions ordered to mediation

    04/29/2009 7:47:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 366+ views
    MediaNews via CoCoTimes ^ | 4/29/9 | Jessica A. York - MediaNews staff
    The federal judge overseeing Vallejo's bankruptcy petition has ordered city and employee labor negotiators to meet with a mediator in an effort to break a stubborn stalemate that's lasted nearly a year. The decision comes at the same time as details on a severance package for Vallejo City Manager Joe Tanner — a chief labor negotiator for the city — are finalized, city officials said. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael McManus' Monday ruling named Oregon bankruptcy court judge Elizabeth L. Perris as a referee to help negotiators for the city and two employee unions discuss whether employee contracts should be...
  • In a First, Bankruptcy Judge Rules Calif. City Can Void Union Contracts (THIS IS HUGE!!!)

    03/17/2009 2:43:05 PM PDT · by 2banana · 59 replies · 1,914+ views
    Law.com ^ | March 17, 2009 | Pamela A. MacLean
    In a First, Bankruptcy Judge Rules Calif. City Can Void Union Contracts Pamela A. MacLean The National Law Journal March 17, 2009 In the first ruling of its kind, a bankruptcy judge held the city of Vallejo, Calif. has the authority to void its existing union contracts in its effort to reorganize, holding public workers do not enjoy the same protections Congress gave union workers at private companies. Municipal bankruptcy is so rare that no judge had yet ruled on whether Congressional reforms in the 1990s that required companies to provide worker protections before attempting to dissolve union contracts also...
  • Former managers of eatery sentenced {Hiring illegal aliens in Vallejo }

    01/30/2009 3:38:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 581+ views
    Vallejo Times-Herald ^ | 1/30/9 | JESSICA A. YORK
    The former managers of the Vallejo Empire Buffet were sentenced Thursday on federal charges for housing and putting illegal aliens to work in their restaurant. Rui Yang Lin, 48, and Bi Xia Ni, 46, were each placed on 36 months' probation and fined $36,000 after pleading guilty in October to hiring 12 illegal workers between March and September last year. The sentencing and fines were on top of an earlier $36,000 penalty each paid before Thursday. Though the listed Empire Buffet owner was Lin's daughter, prosecutors said he and his wife ran most of the day-to-day restaurant operations. The undocumented...
  • Bankrupt Vallejo approves budget cuts

    10/29/2008 3:17:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 336+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/29/8 | Carolyn Jones
    VALLEJO -- Vallejo's city council gave preliminary approval Tuesday night on a wide-ranging package of cuts to bridge a $2.5 million funding gap in the city's budget. The cuts include a 10 percent salary reduction for City Manager Joe Tanner, who earns $361,000 a year, and staffing cuts in the police and fire departments. In addition, all city employees except sworn police and fire fighters will take two unpaid days off before the fiscal year ends June 30. The council, which voted unanimously in favor of the cuts, is scheduled to give final approval at its next meeting Nov. 6....
  • Vallejo takes steps to fill budget gap { City in Bankruptcy }

    10/28/2008 9:03:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 726+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/28/8 | Carolyn Jones
    Vallejo is asking most city employees to take unpaid time off work to help close an unexpected $3 million budget gap. City Manager Joe Tanner also volunteered to take a 10 percent pay cut off his $316,000 salary to help the ailing city, which filed for bankruptcy in May. The city council was expected to give preliminary approval of the cuts tonight. In other bankruptcy news, a federal appeals court agreed Monday to hear the police and fire unions' appeal of the city's bankruptcy filing, which was granted by the federal bankruptcy court Sept. 5 in a 52-page ruling. "The...
  • Bankrupt Cities (how the unions are killing cities)

    09/10/2008 10:18:23 PM PDT · by SideoutFred · 14 replies · 200+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 9-11-2008 | George Will
    VALLEJO, Calif. -- Mayor Osby Davis, who has lived in this waterfront city across San Pablo Bay from San Francisco for 60 of his 62 years, says: "If you have a can that's leaking two ounces a minute and you put an ounce a minute in it, it's going to get empty." He is describing his city's coffers. Joseph Tanner, who became city manager after this municipality of 120,000 souls was mismanaged to the brink of bankruptcy, stands at a white board to explain the simple arithmetic that has pushed Vallejo over the brink. Its crisis -- a cash flow...
  • Judge clears way for Vallejo bankruptcy battle

    09/06/2008 3:14:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 138+ views
    MediaNews via CoCoTimes ^ | 9/6/8 | Jessica A. York
    VALLEJO — A federal judge ruled Friday that Vallejo is eligible for municipal bankruptcy protection, setting the stage for a major battle over possible dissolution of city employee union contracts. The decision came less than a week after the close of a monthlong court clash between the city and union attorneys. City insolvency challengers, including three major unions, had argued that the city did not meet the legal requirements for bankruptcy protection. U.S. Chief Judge Michael McManus soundly rejected that contention in a 52-page ruling. With bankruptcy protec-tion, the city may adjust its debts without immediate reprisal from its creditors....
  • Bankrupt Vallejo bleeding its police force

    08/12/2008 7:48:19 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 166+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/12/8 | Carolyn Jones
    Vallejo, already in an economic tailspin, has lost about 20 percent of its police force since the city began its slide into bankruptcy. About 25 of its 150 or so sworn officers have retired or left for other cities, afraid their pensions or salaries may be slashed if a federal bankruptcy court allows the city to void its union contracts. "It's a tragic loss for this city," said Vallejo police Lt. Don Hendershot. "We've lost a lot of dedicated, experienced officers. It's very sad seeing these guys go, but I understand why they're leaving." The North Bay city of 117,000...
  • Judge hears opening arguments in Vallejo bankruptcy case

    07/24/2008 7:45:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 75+ views
    MediaNews via CoCo Times ^ | 7/24/8 | Jessica A. York, MediaNews staff
    SACRAMENTO — Resurrecting negotiations between Vallejo employee unions and city negotiators could be the next step in Vallejo's Chapter 9 bankruptcy saga, attorneys for the city and unions agreed Wednesday. The attorneys disagreed, however, on what that move would mean for Vallejo's future. Opening arguments on Vallejo's bankrupt status were heard in U.S. Bankruptcy Court before Chief Justice Michael McManus on Wednesday. McManus must first decide if the city meets the criteria for bankruptcy before considering voiding employee union contracts, set to expire in June 2010. The city filed for bankruptcy protection May 23, with the unanimous backing of the...
  • Quo vadis, Vallejo?

    06/26/2008 8:04:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 94+ views
    Halfway to Concord ^ | 6/26/8 | Bill Gram-Reefer
    Taxpayers in Contra Costa (and around the world) are closely watching the implosion of the City of Vallejo into bankruptcy and wonder at potential outcomes. This week Vallejo asked judges to void four contracts with unionized public employees. A hearing is set for July 23. The city faces its first major bankruptcy milestone, tomorrow, Friday June 27, when city and union officials present their initial arguments to the court. With an eye toward similar potential disaster in Contra Costa County, some wonder if it’s even possible to void such contracts. One observer opined that pro-union Democrat legislators have helped install...
  • Fat pensions spell doom for many cities

    06/06/2008 1:16:34 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 41 replies · 142+ views
    Money Magazine ^ | 3 June 2008 | By Janice Revell, Money Magazine senior writer
    Vallejo, Calif., took the extreme step of filing for bankruptcy to get out of generous obligations to public employees. Other cities and states are watchingThe jig is up. For years, politicians have been playing what amounts to a multi-trillion-dollar shell game with state and local pensions. They've doled out lush retiree benefits to their heavily unionized workforces, knowing that they could shove the cost for those benefits onto future generations of taxpayers. But a recent financial bombshell dropped by a San Francisco suburb shows why that shell game is now starting to unravel in a nasty way. And it's a...
  • Vallejo residents should expect tighter budget

    05/23/2008 3:24:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 121+ views
    NEW YORK (AP) The San Francisco Bay area suburb of Vallejo on Friday became the largest California city to file for bankruptcy protection as it struggles with a mounting budget deficit from rising employee costs and declining tax revenue. The city filed Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Sacramento. Vallejo, a mostly blue-collar city of 120,000 about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco, has been hit especially hard by the mortgage crisis and has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the U.S. Below are a few questions and answers about what happens when a city files for...
  • Vallejo files for bankruptcy to deal with budget shortfall

    05/23/2008 1:07:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 152+ views
    VALLEJO, Calif.—The city of Vallejo has filed for bankruptcy protection to deal with a ballooning budget deficit caused soaring employee costs and declining tax revenue. The San Francisco Bay area suburb of about 120,000 residents is the largest California city to declare bankruptcy. Mayor Osby Davis says the city's attorneys filed papers seeking Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Sacramento on Friday. The City Council voted to authorize the city manager to file for bankruptcy on May 6 after months of failed negotiations with its public safety unions. Some officials blame the financial crisis on labor contracts they...
  • Vallejo city workers offer to cut pay

    05/13/2008 7:50:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 80+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/13/8 | Charles Burress
    Hoping to prevent a city bankruptcy that would suspend their union contracts, Vallejo's police, firefighters and rank-and-file employees went public Monday with an offer to cut their salaries and give up raises. Capping months of fiscal agonizing, the City Council voted last week to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy following dire predictions by city staff of imminent insolvency. The petition for bankruptcy is expected to be filed sometime this week, said city spokeswoman Joann West. Only one other city in California - Desert Hot Springs (Riverside County) in 2001 - has gone into bankruptcy. Orange County took the same step...
  • Vallejo one of few cities to use Chapter 9

    05/11/2008 12:58:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 93+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/11/8 | Carolyn Jones
    By declaring bankruptcy, Vallejo has thrust itself into the national spotlight as a test case for thousands of floundering cities desperate to unload their extravagant public employee contracts. "There's a wave of this coming across the U.S.," said Sajan George, an adviser to struggling public entities who worked on restructuring Orange County after it declared bankruptcy in 1994. "What happens in Vallejo could definitely set a precedent." Battered by the plummeting housing market and skyrocketing public employee contracts, Vallejo made dubious history Tuesday night by becoming the largest California city to declare bankruptcy. The North Bay city of 117,000 was...
  • Vallejo leaders should have seen crisis coming

    05/09/2008 7:54:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 46 replies · 121+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/9/8 | Chip Johnson
    The question you have to ask about the officially bankrupt city of Vallejo, and other California cities with similar financial profiles, is this: Didn't you know something was wrong when you realized you were spending 75 cents of every dollar in the general fund on public safety costs? In a broader sense, how can any city anywhere make a legitimate claim of vibrancy when so many essential social services are shortchanged? It seems we're about to find out in Vallejo, a city with a population of 117,000 whose City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to file Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection...
  • City of Vallejo [California] to declare bankruptcy

    05/08/2008 10:14:10 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 38 replies · 262+ views
    Mercury News ^ | May 8, 2008
    Vallejo has become the first city of its size in California to seek bankruptcy protection. The decision to file for bankruptcy came in a unanimous vote by the city council Tuesday night as hundreds of residents watched. The dramatic vote came despite a last-minute appeal by state Sen. Pat Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, and an aide for Assemblywoman Noreen Evans for the city to avoid bankruptcy. Mayor Osby Davis said he had "turned over every rock he could find to find a solution" but none came and there is no longer an ability for the city to pay its debts. Vallejo...
  • EDITORIAL: Ominous signs in Vallejo

    05/08/2008 8:51:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 41 replies · 110+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/8/8 | Editor
    Vallejo has become the first city in California to file for bankruptcy because it didn't have enough money to provide basic services. This is dreadful news for Vallejo - and its citizens - but it's also an ominous report for the rest of us. The city council's unanimous decision Tuesday night, which came after hours of impassioned public comment, represents a failure of Vallejo's police and firefighter unions to understand basic economic realities. The unions - whose members are among the highest-paid in the state - refused to allow the city to cut their pay. Perhaps they didn't believe that...
  • Vallejo to file for bankruptcy

    05/07/2008 7:32:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies · 107+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/8/8 | Sarah Rohrs
    VALLEJO — With hundreds of concerned residents looking on, the Vallejo City Council voted unanimously late Tuesday to file for bankruptcy, making the city the first of its size to seek protection due to unaffordable labor contracts. The dramatic vote came despite a last-minute appeal by state Sen. Pat Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, and an aide for Assemblywoman Noreen Evans for the city to avoid bankruptcy. Four council members — Michael Wilson, Tom Bartee, Hermie Sunga and Erin Hannigan — joined Mayor Osby Davis in switching in favor of filing for bankruptcy. In the past they had been part of a...
  • Vallejo city manager advises bankruptcy

    05/03/2008 9:04:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 51 replies · 64+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/3/8 | Carolyn Jones
    Vallejo's city manager advised the City Council on Friday to declare bankruptcy next week after weeks of negotiations with police and fire unions failed to turn around the city's economic tailspin. If the council votes Tuesday to file for Chapter 9 protection, the city of 117,000 people would be the largest in California to declare bankruptcy - and the first to do so because of long-term economic woes. City Manager Joseph Tanner made the recommendation after city officials scrambled for two months to fix the budget before the fiscal year ends on June 30, when the city faces a projected...
  • Bankruptcy looking more likely for Vallejo

    04/21/2008 7:46:12 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 114+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/21/8 | Carolyn Jones
    Vallejo will inch closer to financial ruin Tuesday when the City Council lets pass its do-or-die date to avert bankruptcy. City staff members have been unable to come up with a detailed, long-term financial plan because negotiations with the police and fire unions are still ongoing. The city is asking for steep concessions from the unions, whose members are among the highest paid in the Bay Area and whose salaries comprise about 74 percent of the city's budget. "We had hoped to have an agreement by April 22 to give to the council," said Mayor Osby Davis, who has sat...
  • Vallejo's fire union partied on city's dime

    03/12/2008 7:41:53 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 350+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/12/8 | Carolyn Jones
    While Vallejo's finances were plunging faster than a roller coaster at the Six Flags amusement park, the city's firefighters were going abalone diving, grilling tri-tip and drinking cocktails on the public's dime, records show.Under their contract, the firefighters union has been allowed since 2003 to charge the city 600 hours a year - at a cost of more than $24,000 annually - for union activities that were approved by the union's chief. The junkets included an annual Seafood Extravaganza at the fairgrounds, a 10-kilometer run ending with a party at the amusement park and a dunk tank at the Waterfront...