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They agree in Chico: Vallejo Employees are WAGE SUPERSTARS

 

A recent article on employee wages in Chico, CA largely agrees with the analysis by VIB's Dr. Robert Schussel.

 

Vallejo employee wages are at the top as displayed in the chart (left) published by Chico CA based newsreview.com.

 

We are clearly not alone among cities facing wage and pension issues.  

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Q & A WITH REP. JOHN GARAMENDI

 

from March 2, 2014 meeting with Bayard Rustin LGBT Democratic Club




By Barbara Gaea

March 4, 2014


 (paraphrased and quoted as closely as poss.—never did this before !)


As with Bill Clinton decades prior, we were pleased to have Congressman John Garamendi (Democrat, District 3) to come and talk to the Bayard Rustin LGBT Political Club & many other local & area politicos at Jeff & Dave’s house in Fairfield; and I believe very few were disappointed.  While waiting, a few of his staff mingled and talked about his history—e.g. of working in the Peace Corps (& remember his term as CA Insurance Commissioner).

 

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 REMINDER -- 3/3/14 CITY COUNCIL GOAL SETTING (sweating) SESSION MON. (today) from 9 AM TO 7 PM AND TUES 3/4 FROM 9 AM TO 3: 30 PM-- CAL MARITIME COMPASS ROOM.

 

 Hubfest 2014

3/2/14 -- Last night's grand opening of The Hub, a downtown art and performance space at 350 Georgia St. was a fun laid back evening of music and art in downtown Vallejo.

The Hub, located in the Oddfellows building and managed by Chris and Katie Vardijian and other artists and Oddfellows brings events, classes and a little night life to downtown!

More:  www.thehubvallejo.com

 
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Read the US Navy Monthly Mare Island Progress Report HERE  

 

 


 

Davis Maintains Breakneck Pace

 

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         on International Trade Mission      

 

3/2/14 -- There has been a lot of interest and press surrounding Vallejo's international "trade" mission to Tanzania led by Mayor Osby Davis. Here are links to articles etc. submitted by VIB readers:

 

  •  http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=65328
  •  http://allafrica.com/stories/201402270283.html
  • http://foreigntanzania.blogspot.com/2014/02/meya-wa-mji-wa-vallejo-wa-marekani.html 
  • http://www.zanzinews.com/2014/03/balozi-seif-azungumza-na-meya-na.html 
  • http://robertokanda.blogspot.com/2014/03/rais-kikwete-akutana-na-meya-wa-mji-wa.html 
  • http://www.ibn-tv.com/2014/02/us-delegation-says-bagamoyo-town-of-huge-business-potential/
  • http://www.ibn-tv.com/2014/02/us-delegation-seeks-investment-opportunities/
  • http://habarimoto.blogspot.com/2014/02/rais-wa-zanzibar-dkt-shein-akutana-na.html
  • http://ccmchama.blogspot.com/2014/02/rais-kikwete-akutana-na-meya-wa-mji-wa.html 
  • http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=69523  

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     HUBFEST 2014

     

    Saturday March 1 from 10 AM to 10 PM

    350 Georgia St. in fabulous downtown Vallejo! 

     

     

    The Hub Vallejo's official grand opening & annual fundraiser for The Hub and Odd Fellows San Pablo Lodge 43 (that's the one here in Vallejo - our benefactors). 

     

     

    We will feature day-long activities. Events are free 10 AM to 4:30 PM., closing briefly from 5:30-6 PM to prepare for the evening's festivities! 

     

    Check out the full program HERE 



     

    Perspectives from a new Vallejo resident-to-be

     

    Confessions of a Macroneurotic

     

    Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious -- Rumi



    By Carol Pearlman

    2/27/14  
     

    Moving to Vallejo  --  Episode 3 --  A MILLION STORIES IN THE NAKED CITY...

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    During my stay on Kentucky Street, I couldn’t help notice a lot of police cars and fire-engines racing through the streets, day and night. When I mentioned this to a friend, she said, “Good. Let them work. They’re paid more than enough, and when they retire they’ll be overpaid.”

    I know my friend wasn’t glad about fires and crime in Vallejo, but her attitude reflects a discontent I hear from many people here, a backlash to the dire financial problems of the city, the subject of a story I saw on PBS recently, and a conundrum that must be solved. Cut pensions, or fix roads & improve schools? Is there really a choice? I also know for a fact that nobody gives up power or money voluntarily. Challenges await my arrival in Vallejo.

    I called a friend of a friend, a retired academic who moved to Vallejo because of cheap real estate prices, to tell him I was planning to move here too, and maybe we could meet. “Are you crazy?” he asked. “Better you should move to Marin or Tiburon, where people don’t get robbed in their own homes, prostitutes don’t walk the streets, council members aren’t ultra-right tea-party types, and the city isn’t run by religious bigots and corrupt politicians.” I wanted to discuss this challenging situation with him, but he wasn’t done yet. “Vallejo has no culture,” he said. “My wife and I have lived here 13 years and haven’t met anyone to talk to; there are no intellectuals or cultured people here."

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