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Osby Davis Rips Off The Taxpayers


By Anzel Lofas

2/18/14

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I am so disappointed   in our city council members Rozzanna Verder-Aliga, Pippin Dew, Bob Sampayan and especially shame on Mayor Osby Davis.


Mayor Davis made all his travel arrangements to go to Bagamoyo, Tanzania on a “sister city” visitation at the Taxpayers expense. Then he put it on the 2/11/14 city council agenda as a “con sent” item. That meant he didn’t have to explain to the taxpayers why it should be approved. He was just going to slip it through. Why did Pippin Dew, Verder-Aliga and Bob Sampayan vote approval?

Are they also expecting a “vacation” on the backs of the taxpayers? The mayor brought in his “soldiers” to the city council meeting to support his vacation plans to a homophobic country in decline.

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 Vallejo Art Walk a BIG SUCCESS

2/16/14 -- A night of open galleries, music, food and mirth was a great success this past Friday in downtown Vallejo.

The event, which highlighted the many new and existing artists and businesses in downtown Vallejo was well attended with at least 300-400 people hob nobbing, art snobbing and cheese wheel gobbling at the apex of the event.

That includes VIB staff photog and bon vivant Angelo Paparazzi, who got some great shots of it all in between chasing hors d' oeuvres and beautiful women.

 
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United Dems Takes Stand

 

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Tanzania’s Human Rights Abuses

 

  
Resolution Condemns Vallejo City Council Spending Tax Money on Mayor’s Visit

 


2/14/14

UDSSC Press Release 


united_dems_header.jpgVallejo, CA (February 14, 2014) –The United Democrats of Southern Solano County overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning the Vallejo City Council for its 4-2 vote on Feb. 11 to spend public tax money to send Mayor Osby Davis to travel to Tanzania in March as part of a delegation that includes Sister City officials and a fundamentalist Christian delegation. The mayor himself voted in favor of the expenditure on Feb. 11. The resolution calls on Mayor Davis to recuse himself from such votes in the future, and for Vallejo to end its 20-year Sister City relationship with Bagamoyo, Tanzania, and to reject future requests to pay for travel to the country which has a long history of human rights violations against its citizens.

 

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Upcoming Stuff, Things to Do, Etc.     2/13/14

Downtown Art Walk Friday 2/14 -- LINK 

 

Forbidden Puppet Cabaret at the Fetterly Theatre 2/15 -- LINK

  Video of the last Cabaret! 

 

PBS Report -- Cities in financial straits weigh bankruptcy

 

2/8/14 - A wave of bankruptcies is moving across the country as cities try to manage crushing debt from pension obligations. NewsHour Weekend reports from Vallejo, Calif., with a cautionary tale for cities that are looking to bankruptcy as the solution.

(Featuring Vallejo's past Vice Mayor Stephanie Gomes)

 
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ken_bw.jpg Ethicalego Speaks

Ethicalego (Kenneth Brooks) discusses current events from a critical thinking perspective rarely expressed elsewhere


 

Republicans attack the Affordable Care Act again



By Kenneth Brooks

2/7/14


If the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were a person, it would rate protective care from Republicans' persistent efforts to harm it. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014 to 2024estimates of how current law will affect federal policies. It explains how the Affordable Care Act (ACA)-often called Obamacare-subsidies low-income workers' health insurance premiums. The subsidy decreases as worker's income increases. The CBO describes the decreasing subsidy as an effective tax on workers' increasing wages that will motivate some workers to offer less labor or quit work.


Republicans report falsely that the CBO confirms the ACA will destroy jobs. Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor wrote, "The CBO's latest report confirms what Republicans have been saying for years "Under Obamacare, millions of hardworking Americans will lose their jobs and those who keep them will see their hours and wages reduced."" Other Republicans repeated this blatant lie.

 

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