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Special Interest Money Can Buy!


By Paul Norberg, Retired CFO


The 2013 City Council election was controlled by the newly formed Political Action Committee, Jump Start Vallejo. As of 12/31/13 they had raised $126,472 and will raise another $16,412 to pay accrued expenses bringing their total to 142,884. Jump Start reported spending $24,561 each supporting Pippin Dew, Jess Malgapo, Tony Summers and Rozzana Verder-Aliga ($98,244 total) and $5,971 each opposing Katy Miessner, Liat Meitzenheimer and Joanne Schivley ($17,913 total). All of the Jump Start backed candidates won except for Tony Summers who was actively opposed by the LGBT community.


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3/24/14 -- Last week a memorial was held for long time Vallejo resident Judith Hilburg. Judith is known for being a guardian of Vallejo's McCune Collection of rare books, her political advocacy and strong personality. Hard to believe she is gone. Judith, you are already missed.


Here is a link to a video we shot with Judith in the McCune room in 2009:


Mayor of Richmond urges Vallejo to take stand on foreclosures

Joe Feller – Solano County Green Party


Thursday night at the Bay Terrace Theater (aka MIRA Theater), Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond, implored the City of Vallejo to join a Joint Powers Association and take a stand to protect underwater homeowners from foreclosures.  In a well researched presentation, Mayor McLaughlin and the Community Activist Group, Alliance of Californian's for Community Empowerment (ACCE), presented a compelling argument for our city to become a leader in protecting our neighborhoods from the blight and corporate ownership that is changing the character of many of our communities.


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Hello readers, we're trying a new feature ! VIB will be creating 15 minute podcasts discussing City Council meetings called Council Talk with Anne Carr and Marc Garman. These will be shared with Vallejo's local radio station Ozcat radio at 89.5 FM as well as online for you!  The plan going forward will be to get these reports out the night of the meeting online and to air on Wednesdays @3pm and Saturday's @ 9am on Ozcat. And we intend to keep up with written Council reports better! -- ed. 



March 18 Vallejo City Council 



text by Anne Carr 

At Tuesday's study session on North Mare Island, the Council considered 5 formal proposals, plus a couple suggestions from the podium (6 formal proposals had been expected, but one apparently didn't get their documents in). The good news is that these proposals were unsolicited, reflecting a higher level of interest and activity than a year ago.  Further, in addition to the 5 proposals submitted, Vallejo has had other inquiries that haven't reached the proposal stage.

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Planning Commissioners voted 6 to 1 (Commissioner Graden NO) Monday March 17 2014 to recommend an Amended 2005 South Vallejo Industrial Park Policy Plan to City Council. A hearing for a Self-Storage facility at the Industrial Park was continued until City Council votes on the revised Industrial Park Plan.

As City Staff believed that the procedure used to approve the 2005 Use Permit for the South Vallejo Industrial Park (off Sonoma Blvd. near Meyer cookware) had not been properly followed i.e. not having city Council approve it, the Planning Commission was asked to recommend an Amended 2005 Use Permit to City Council. The revisions made by Staff included the elimination of agricultural uses, scrap operations, wholesaling and distribution heavy, outdoor storage and heavy industrial.
Staff added back the use of self-storage and steel/aluminum skin (walls). Several of the Commissioners objected to these two changes and had them removed. The original purpose of the Industrial Park created in 1980 was to generate jobs. A Self-Storage facility proposed for the industrial park would have generated two full jobs.


2/18/14 -- Shortly after midnight, Vallejo firefighters were busy extinguishing a fire in the old grey Navy building at the corner of Tennessee and Mare Island Way.

Several squatters were escorted from the structure as firefighters worked to put out the last of the flames at the  back of the building.

As is generally the case, squatters and old wooden structures are a bad mix.

Paramedics were standing by, but did not need to assist anyone in the time VIB was present. 

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