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Your City Council Report


For April 22, 2014

By Anne Carr


Correction & More Details

In our effort to bring you the VIB News Attack fresh from Council Chambers, Marc and I record our podcast immediately following the City Council meeting. On Tuesday, this made for some late-night boo-boos.  Here are corrections:  

1) The amendment to prohibit self-storage at the South Vallejo Business Park had been made via the Planning Commission in 2005.  I had said that the 2005 City Council had made the change, which was incorrect.  2)  The council packet was 365 pages long, not 356 pages.   Note to self:  beware podcasting when sleepy!

Tuesday night's City Council went to almost 11:30 pm,  after which Marc and I huddled into the wee hours to put together a summary podcast.  

In a 15-minute or so podcast, it's difficult to summarize everything from a 4.5 hour meeting, so the following are bits that either didn't make it into our podcast, or bear more detail.


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4/23/14 -- The big item on the April 22 meeting of the Vallejo City Council was the approval of a self storage facility.

The Planning Commission voted against it 6-1, City staff went the opposite way and recommended it and the council voted to move it forward with JumpStart candidates Dew-Costa, Malgapo, Verder-Aliga and Davis voting in favor.

JumpStart overlord Jon Riley was present to make sure his people remembered their place.

In other news, the City has the first structurally balanced budget since 2004. More tidbits in the podcast with Anne Carr and Marc Garman.




FLASH--4/22/14 --  City Council CRUSHES Planning Commission recommendation on dais. Staff recommendation passes with 4-3 vote Davis, Dew-Costa, Verder-Aliga and Malgapo YES, McConnell, Miessner and Sampayan NO. STORAGE UNITS TO MOVE FORWARD.





Tempers Flare like Pack of Hemorrhoids at Planning Commission Meeting

Economic Development Director Sawicki loses portion of Anatomy (Yes, those)


If you watch only one Planning Commission meeting per year -- THIS IS THE ONE!! 

Un-Planned Insurrection over Self Storage Proposal

4/22/14 -- What was to be a very short Planning Commission meeting turned into an hour and 11 minute spectacle.

The Planning Commissioners were extremely upset that Staff had unilaterally gone against the wishes of the Planning Commission. Staff had ignored the Planning Commission’s recommendations (opposing self-storage and steel skinned buildings) concerning the South Vallejo Industrial Park Master Plan. Staff substituted their own set of recommendations (which included self-storage as a use) for City Council to vote on.

On March 17 2014 the Planning Commission had voted 6 to 1 to recommend to City Council that they adopt a revised South Vallejo Industrial Park Master Plan that excluded Self-Storage (as a use) and steel skinned buildings. The rationale of the Planning Commission is that Self-Storage is not a good use of the land as few jobs and little revenue would be generated.

Staff did finally acquiesce to the unified voice of outrage from the dais and will allow the Planning Commission recommendation to be voted on first by City Council. 

The Director of Economic Development looked pretty diminished by the end of the meeting.



Word on the Street



By Paula McConnell



Wedding Bells Abound and spring is in the air as two of Vallejo’s most talented people announce their upcoming marriages. The former Activities Director of the Senior Center, the effervescent, wonderful Nancy Yingst, has announced her upcoming marriage to Tim Rainey who now lives ‘up around’ Grass Valley. The happy couple will be married on July 7th at a fabulous Lake Tahoe resort. But first they will take an extended cruise to Alaska with Tim’s parents who are well in their eighties. “They consider me already part of the family already,” said Nancy. Why not? Anybody would want Nancy in the ‘framily’ – friends & family combined.

And Vallejo’s own award winning mystery writer, David Corbett, is tying the knot in October. He met his bride at a conference for mystery writers ‘back East’. She was attending with a friend. They will be married in her home town in the New York Hudson Valley in October. Corbett has penned a few books about crime and the plots often include parts of Vallejo. “Done for a Dime” was particularly visceral & intriguing. Good luck to both Nancy, and David, two great contributors to our little jewel of a city by the Bay.


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School Board Meeting for April 9, 2014

Due to popular demand VIB will be placing School Board meetings on the site again.

With elections for board positions coming up, best to pay careful attention! Let's get educated!

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