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Vallejo updates its mask requirements for city buildings; fully vaccinated don’t have to wear a mask

JohnGlidden.com staff report | June 19, 2021 VALLEJO – Starting Monday, fully vaccinated members of the public will be allowed inside Vallejo’s city buildings without the need to wear a mask, the city announced Saturday. The change in mask requirements is in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Cal/OSHA, officials added. “MembersContinue reading “Vallejo updates its mask requirements for city buildings; fully vaccinated don’t have to wear a mask”

Vallejo seeking applicants for various city commissions

JohnGlidden.com staff report | June 16, 2021 VALLEJO – Want to give back to the city of Vallejo? Now is your chance. City Hall has extended the application period for a number of Vallejo commissions. To be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of the city. The following seats are currently open: Architectural Heritage &Continue reading “Vallejo seeking applicants for various city commissions”

Vallejo’s city manager currently away from office; no reason given

by John Glidden | June 3, 2021 VALLEJO – Days before the Vallejo City Council is expected to review and ultimately approve its 2021-2022 fiscal year budget, Vallejo City Manager Greg Nyhoff is out of his office with the city mum on when he will return. City Spokeswoman Christina Lee confirmed Wednesday night that Nyhoff wasContinue reading “Vallejo’s city manager currently away from office; no reason given”

Sources: Vallejo’s housing manager placed on leave

by John Glidden | June 2, 2021 VALLEJO – Judy Shepard-Hall, Vallejo’s housing & community development program manager, was placed on leave sometime during the past few days, multiple sources confirmed to JohnGlidden.com. JohnGlidden.com attempted to email Shepard-Hall on Tuesday about a separate item. An auto message from Shepard-Hall’s city email address stated that “Judy Shepard-HallContinue reading “Sources: Vallejo’s housing manager placed on leave”

Solano Sheriff to seek reelection, despite controversy

by Scott Morris | May 28, 2021 VALLEJO – Solano County Sheriff Tom Ferrara announced on Friday that he would run for reelection in 2022, seeking another four-year term after 10 years in the position. Ferrara has faced recent controversy after it was revealed that several deputies posted symbols of the Three Percenter anti-government militia onContinue reading “Solano Sheriff to seek reelection, despite controversy”

Drone files raise new questions of evidence destruction in Vallejo police killing of Sean Monterrosa

by Brian Krans | May 26, 2021 VALLEJO – On June 2, 2020, Vallejo police Detective Jarrett Tonn fired his rifle five times from the back seat of an unmarked police truck as it pulled up to a Walgreens pharmacy, hitting Sean Monterrosa once in the back of the head, according to his official autopsy report.Continue reading “Drone files raise new questions of evidence destruction in Vallejo police killing of Sean Monterrosa”

Vallejo councilwoman ‘stunned’ to learn police department moving more services into waterfront building

by John Glidden | May 21, 2021 VALLEJO – A Vallejo councilwoman says she was “stunned” to learn through an email sent out by the Vallejo Police Department early Thursday afternoon that the city will host a grand opening for a new victim’s center which is opening up in 400 Mare Island Way on Monday. “IsContinue reading “Vallejo councilwoman ‘stunned’ to learn police department moving more services into waterfront building”

Vallejo school superintendent to be evaluated by board in closed session

by John Glidden | May 17, 2021 VALLEJO – Vallejo school district Superintendent William Spalding’s job performance will be reviewed during a special closed session of the Vallejo school board on Tuesday. The evaluation is built into Spalding’s contract which requires both the superintendent and school board meet before May 31 each year to “agree uponContinue reading “Vallejo school superintendent to be evaluated by board in closed session”

Vallejo school board asked to approve $1 million in salary increases

by John Glidden | May 16, 2021 VALLEJO – The Vallejo school board will be asked Wednesday to approve more than $1 million in combined salary increases with two different unions which represent non-teachers in the Vallejo City Unified School District. The increases represent a two percent pay bump and are retroactive to July 1, 2020.Continue reading “Vallejo school board asked to approve $1 million in salary increases”

New body camera video shows Vallejo officer who killed Sean Monterrosa shoot at man’s back in 2017

by Scott Morris | May 14, 2021 VALLEJO – Three years before Vallejo police Det. Jarrett Tonn shot and killed Sean Monterrosa, he fired at a carjacking suspect who was fleeing on foot in a residential neighborhood. Tonn insisted that he saw the man, Victor Hurtado, with a gun, but none was ever found. New bodyContinue reading “New body camera video shows Vallejo officer who killed Sean Monterrosa shoot at man’s back in 2017”

Benicia City Council to mull approving installation of 45 license plate readers throughout city

by John Glidden | May 13, 2021 BENICIA – The Benicia City Council will be asked Tuesday to approve a two-year lease agreement with Flock Group Inc. for the installation of 45 automated license plate readers (ALPR) throughout the city of Benicia. If approved, the project would cost the city $236,250, with Benicia paying $5,000 forContinue reading “Benicia City Council to mull approving installation of 45 license plate readers throughout city”

Local businesswoman announces bid to represent District 5 on Vallejo City Council

by John Glidden | May 12, 2021 VALLEJO – Local businesswoman Tara Beasley-Stansberry kicked off her campaign for Vallejo City Council on Monday, becoming the first to announced plans to run for the 5th District during the upcoming 2022 election. “I love my district,” Beasley-Stansberry told JohnGlidden.com this week. “I’m in a place in my personalContinue reading “Local businesswoman announces bid to represent District 5 on Vallejo City Council”

New Vallejo cannabis dispensary not a done deal as appeal is filed

by John Glidden | May 10, 2021 VALLEJO – Approval of a new 17,000 square foot cannabis storefront inside the old Food 4 Less building in North Vallejo isn’t a done deal – after all. California Collective Care (CCC), a cannabis dispensary along Lewis Brown Drive, filed an appeal blocking a March 15 decision by theContinue reading “New Vallejo cannabis dispensary not a done deal as appeal is filed”

Vallejo police lieutenant with history of excessive force allegations gone from department

by John Glidden | May 7, 2021 VALLEJO – A Vallejo police lieutenant with a long history of excessive force allegations, including allegedly pointing his gun at a man’s head outside an Oregon bar while off-duty, is no longer with the Vallejo Police Department. Lt. Michael ‘Kent’ Tribble officially separated from the police department on Feb.Continue reading “Vallejo police lieutenant with history of excessive force allegations gone from department”

Numerous police-related items before Vallejo City Council on Tuesday

by John Glidden | April 26, 2021 VALLEJO – Several police-related items will go before the Vallejo City Council for approval on Tuesday, including a request from the city’s police chief to add an in-car camera system for all 39 of the Vallejo Police Department’s patrol vehicles. The proposal with Axon Enterprises includes installing two camerasContinue reading “Numerous police-related items before Vallejo City Council on Tuesday”

Vallejo City Council to get update on excessive force lawsuit filed against officer who held man at gun point while off-duty

by John Glidden | April 24, 2021 VALLEJO – The Vallejo City Council will receive an update on the status of two different lawsuits filed against the city including an excessive force lawsuit alleging an off-duty Vallejo police officer repeatedly slammed a man’s head against the pavement following a verbal argument outside a Walnut Creek pizzeriaContinue reading “Vallejo City Council to get update on excessive force lawsuit filed against officer who held man at gun point while off-duty”

Vallejo councilwoman hosting monthly meeting with residents

JohnGlidden.com staff report | April 15, 2021 VALLEJO – Newly elected Vallejo Councilwoman Mina Diaz announced this week that she will begin to host a ‘Coffee with Mina’ event with residents every month – starting in April. The first event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., April 24, at the La Michoacana Bakery, locatedContinue reading “Vallejo councilwoman hosting monthly meeting with residents”

Council to get update on city’s negotiations with developer regarding Blue Rock Springs revitalization project

by John Glidden | April 12, 2021 VALLEJO – The Vallejo City Council will meet during a special closed session Tuesday to discuss three different items, including getting an update about the city’s negotiations about the price, terms of payment and conditions of 10 city-owned parcels associated with the Blue Rock Springs revitalization project. Vallejo CityContinue reading “Council to get update on city’s negotiations with developer regarding Blue Rock Springs revitalization project”

Vallejo fire chief suddenly resigns on Monday

by John Glidden | April 12, 2021 VALLEJO – Fire Chief Daryl Arbuthnott suddenly resigned on Monday after more than two years with the city. In a phone interview with JohnGlidden.com, Arbuthnott said the decision to leave was made on his own. “It’s something I’ve been contemplating for some time,” he said. “At least the lastContinue reading “Vallejo fire chief suddenly resigns on Monday”

Vallejo sent warning letter to former staff attorney after she was named as a witness in whistleblower complaint

by John Glidden | April 9, 2021 VALLEJO – Randy Risner claims he wasn’t trying to intimidate a former staff attorney when he had a warning letter mailed to the person’s new job last year reminding them about maintaining attorney client privilege and honoring their ethical obligations. The letter was sent to former Assistant City AttorneyContinue reading “Vallejo sent warning letter to former staff attorney after she was named as a witness in whistleblower complaint”

Vallejo searches for new HR lead, while former director is accused of ignoring complaints

by John Glidden | April 7, 2021 VALLEJO – City officials have begun the process of finding a new human resources director following the departure of Heather Ruiz, who left Vallejo last month amid allegations she failed to investigate racial discrimination and bullying complaints that were brought to her attention. The city released the job announcementContinue reading “Vallejo searches for new HR lead, while former director is accused of ignoring complaints”

Vallejo city manager confirmed Tonn as shooter days after Monterrosa was killed, emails show

by John Glidden | April 6, 2021 VALLEJO – Five days after Sean Monterrosa was shot dead by Vallejo police detective Jarrett Tonn outside a local Walgreens, City Manager Greg Nyhoff confirmed Tonn’s identity to at least two members of the Vallejo City Council, newly released emails show. In response to an email from then-Vallejo CouncilmanContinue reading “Vallejo city manager confirmed Tonn as shooter days after Monterrosa was killed, emails show”

Fresh Air Vallejo wins environmental award for organizing against the Vallejo Marine Terminal and Orcem Cement factory

JohnGlidden.com staff report | March 22, 2021 VALLEJO – The nonprofit Fresh Air Vallejo has received a coveted environmental award for organizing against the Vallejo Marine Terminal, Orcerm cement project that was proposed for South Vallejo, the group announced Monday. Fresh Air Vallejo received the San Francisco Baykeeper 2021 Blue Rivet Award for making a significantContinue reading “Fresh Air Vallejo wins environmental award for organizing against the Vallejo Marine Terminal and Orcem Cement factory”

Vallejo Planning Commission asked to approve cannabis business inside old Food 4 Less

by John Glidden | March 13, 2021 VALLEJO – A 50,000 square foot building which was on the city’s short list to become the next Vallejo police headquarters may be home to a new cannabis business instead. The Vallejo Planning Commission will meet on Monday to decide on a major use permit to transform the oldContinue reading “Vallejo Planning Commission asked to approve cannabis business inside old Food 4 Less”

Vallejo reaches tentative settlement with animal-rights protester

by John Glidden | March 8, 2021 VALLEJO – After making its way through the courts for nearly five years, a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by an animal-rights protester against the city of Vallejo and one of its police officers is coming to an end. Vallejo has reached a tentative agreement with Joseph Cuviello, ofContinue reading “Vallejo reaches tentative settlement with animal-rights protester”

Civil Service Commission asked to overturn suspension of Vallejo employee founding sleeping on job

by John Glidden | March 6, 2021 VALLEJO – A Vallejo water treatment employee is appealing a five-day suspension he received after he was found sleeping on the job inside one of the city’s water treatment plants when he was supposed to be working during a public safety power shutoff in October 2019. The Vallejo CivilContinue reading “Civil Service Commission asked to overturn suspension of Vallejo employee founding sleeping on job”

Vallejo skilled nursing facility fined $25,250 for not protecting staff from COVID-19

by John Glidden | March 5, 2021 VALLEJO — A skilled nursing facility in Vallejo was fined $25,250 by the state last December for not protecting its workers from the Novel Coronavirus, records show. The California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) issued four citations to Windsor Vallejo Care Center with three of the citationsContinue reading “Vallejo skilled nursing facility fined $25,250 for not protecting staff from COVID-19”

Former Vallejo man seeks $1 million in damages from city after he was tasered by officer

by John Glidden | March 5, 2021 VALLEJO – A former Vallejo resident is seeking $1 million in damages from the city after he was allegedly tasered by a Vallejo police officer outside his then-Nebraska Street home in August 2019. John Mark Raudelunas, who filed a federal excessive lawsuit through his attorney Vincent R. Maher onContinue reading “Former Vallejo man seeks $1 million in damages from city after he was tasered by officer”

Council to get presentations from city departments; asked to approve facilitator for goal setting

by John Glidden | Feb. 27, 2021 VALLEJO – The city’s annual budget season officially begins Tuesday as the Vallejo City Council will receive presentations from various City Hall departments regarding accomplishments and challenges each department has faced over the past year. Updates will come from the police, fire, public works, information technology, planning & developmentContinue reading “Council to get presentations from city departments; asked to approve facilitator for goal setting”

Hearing set on proposed multifamily housing development for South Vallejo

by John Glidden | Feb. 25, 2021 VALLEJO – The city’s planning commission will hold a public hearing Monday to decide on a proposed development of 132 apartment units on nearly five acres of vacant land along Sonoma Boulevard and Magazine Street in South Vallejo. The project applicant, Randall Harris HDO Architects, is proposing to constructContinue reading “Hearing set on proposed multifamily housing development for South Vallejo”

State Sen. Bill Dodd eyes run for Lt. Governor in 2026

by John Glidden | Feb. 20, 2021 VALLEJO – State Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, has begun laying the groundwork for a possible run for California’s lieutenant governor seat in 2026. Dodd filed a 359-page disclosure statement with the Secretary of State in late January as he transferred $1.1 million from his senate campaign committee to hisContinue reading “State Sen. Bill Dodd eyes run for Lt. Governor in 2026”

Vallejo Councilwoman Pippin Dew

Vallejo City Council asked to approve $54,900 for citywide equity study

by John Glidden | Feb. 19, 2021 VALLEJO – In an attempt to understand racial disparities in the community, the Vallejo City Council is expected to approve a $54,900 contract on Tuesday with Management Partners for the creation of a city-wide equity study. Such studies focus on gathering information about equity indicators which a local governmentContinue reading “Vallejo City Council asked to approve $54,900 for citywide equity study”

Deputy City Attorney Dylan Brady leaves Vallejo

by John Glidden | Feb. 17, 2021 VALLEJO – While City Manager Greg Nyhoff deals with the departure of Human Resources Director Heather Ruiz, newly hired City Attorney Veronica Nebb will need to fill a vacancy of her own. Nebb confirmed to JohnGlidden.com this week that Deputy City Attorney Dylan Brady left the city of VallejoContinue reading “Deputy City Attorney Dylan Brady leaves Vallejo”

Federal judge tosses Vallejo’s change of venue motion in Monterrosa lawsuit

by John Glidden | Feb. 12, 2021 VALLEJO – On Thursday, a federal judge denied a request from the city of Vallejo for a change in venue in a civil lawsuit filed by the family of Sean Monterrosa, the 22-year-old San Francisco man shot and killed by Vallejo police outside a local Walgreens last June. DistrictContinue reading “Federal judge tosses Vallejo’s change of venue motion in Monterrosa lawsuit”

Vallejo police lieutenant, who accused couple of faking 2015 kidnapping, leaves department

by John Glidden | Feb. 11, 2021 VALLEJO – A Vallejo police lieutenant who once accused a couple of lying about a kidnapping, when in reality the woman was sexually assaulted and held for ransom, has left the Vallejo Police Department. Vallejo Lt. Kenny Park officially separated from the department on Dec. 30, 2020, according toContinue reading “Vallejo police lieutenant, who accused couple of faking 2015 kidnapping, leaves department”

Vallejo losing its human resources director

by John Glidden | Feb. 9, 2021 VALLEJO – Once again, Vallejo City Manager Greg Nyhoff will need to fill a vacancy in his senior leadership team after city officials confirmed to JohnGlidden.com Tuesday night that Human Resource Director Heather Ruiz is leaving Vallejo. Vallejo spokeswoman Christina Lee said Ruiz will become the human resources directorContinue reading “Vallejo losing its human resources director”

Sources: Vallejo looking to terminate longtime police employee Lt. Herman Robinson

by John Glidden | Feb. 9, 2021 VALLEJO – Multiple sources have confirmed to JohnGlidden.com that Vallejo police Chief Shawny Williams is looking to terminate police Lt. Herman Robinson, who has been with the city’s police department for nearly 50 years. The Vallejo Times-Herald first reported on Tuesday that Robinson had been put on paid administrativeContinue reading “Sources: Vallejo looking to terminate longtime police employee Lt. Herman Robinson”

Benicia Mayor Steve Young: Recalling school board trustees unwise

Letters to the Editor | Feb. 9, 2021 Recalls, to me, should be used in instances of bad behavior, malfeasance, or other serious offenses. Recalling someone because you don’t like their vote on an issue does not meet that test. That is what elections are for. And both board members, if they choose to, canContinue reading “Benicia Mayor Steve Young: Recalling school board trustees unwise”

Stratton drops commission application; city staff condemns her post

by John Glidden | Feb. 9, 2021 VALLEJO – A candidate for the McCune Collection Commission has withdrawn her application after she was confronted during a recent Vallejo City Council meeting about racial comments she made in a May 2020 social media post. The Vallejo City Clerk’s Office confirmed that Julie Stratton pulled her application onContinue reading “Stratton drops commission application; city staff condemns her post”

Brendan Riley: Why is Vallejo ignoring its own General Plan?

Letters to the Editor | Feb. 8, 2021 Regarding the proposed use of the old State Farm building on the waterfront as a new police station, this is clearly at odds with Vallejo’s General Plan Update (GPU), adopted by the Vallejo City Council in 2017. A major focus of the plan was on improvements thatContinue reading “Brendan Riley: Why is Vallejo ignoring its own General Plan?”

Relatives of Willie McCoy, other impacted families to rally for police reform in Sacramento on Tuesday

by John Glidden | Feb. 8, 2021 VALLEJO – The families of relatives killed by law enforcement will rally at the California State Capitol on Tuesday to demand police reform, according to a press release from local civil rights attorney Melissa Nold on behalf of the impacted families. The rally will also mark the second anniversaryContinue reading “Relatives of Willie McCoy, other impacted families to rally for police reform in Sacramento on Tuesday”

Officials: Website issue shouldn’t affect Vallejo meetings

by John Glidden | Feb. 6, 2021 VALLEJO – A hardware issue with Vallejo’s website vendor, Intrado/West, won’t affect Tuesday night’s Vallejo City Council meetings, city spokeswoman Christina Lee told JohnGlidden.com Saturday night. Lee confirmed that upcoming meetings will be hosted on a temporary webpage the city has created in response to the outage. The outage,Continue reading “Officials: Website issue shouldn’t affect Vallejo meetings”

Vallejo City Council to mull purchase of 10 license plate readers for Mare Island

by John Glidden | Feb. 5, 2021 VALLEJO – The Vallejo City Council will be asked Tuesday to approve the purchase 10 automated license plate readers (ALPR) for use on Mare Island. In a written report to the council, Vallejo police Chief Shawny Williams said the readers will “enhance the security of Mare Island and addContinue reading “Vallejo City Council to mull purchase of 10 license plate readers for Mare Island”

City of Vallejo websites offline since Thursday afternoon; officials say outage not ransomware attack

by John Glidden | Feb. 4, 2021 VALLEJO – An unspecified hardware failure is being blamed for knocking the city of Vallejo websites offline for nearly two days. As of 10 a.m. Saturday, both http://www.cityofvallejo.net and vallejopd.net were still offline, more than 44 hours after they first became unavailable for use. Vallejo spokeswoman Christina Lee confirmedContinue reading “City of Vallejo websites offline since Thursday afternoon; officials say outage not ransomware attack”

City of Vallejo hires third risk manager since 2018

by John Glidden | Feb. 3, 2021 VALLEJO – One of the city’s top administrative positions was recently filled for the third time since August 2018. City officials announced at the Jan. 26 Vallejo City Council meeting that Armond Sarkis has been hired as risk manager to oversee and manage the city’s liabilities. Sarkis replaces ErikaContinue reading “City of Vallejo hires third risk manager since 2018”

Vallejo councilwoman speaks out against use of waterfront property as new VPD headquarters

by John Glidden | Feb. 2, 2021 VALLEJO – Councilwoman Tina Arriola took to social media on Tuesday to express her displeasure over a 2019 Vallejo City Council decision to purchase property along the city’s waterfront and transform it into the new police headquarters. In an interview with JohnGlidden.com, Arriola confirmed that her request to agendizeContinue reading “Vallejo councilwoman speaks out against use of waterfront property as new VPD headquarters”

Councilman Brown confronts commission applicant who posted racial slur about him

by John Glidden | Feb. 1, 2021 VALLEJO – Tensions boiled over during a special Vallejo City Council meeting Monday night after Councilman Hakeem Brown confronted a commission applicant who posted a racial slur about him on social media last year. Brown pressed Julie Stratton, who is white, to explain herself after she wrote in aContinue reading “Councilman Brown confronts commission applicant who posted racial slur about him”

Vallejo pays $52,500 to settle excessive lawsuit brought by man filming traffic stop

by John Glidden | Feb. 1, 2021 VALLEJO – The city has settled an excessive force lawsuit brought by a local man who was thrown to the ground and choked as he recorded his interaction with Vallejo police Officer Jarrett Tonn in April 2017, according to a settlement agreement obtained by JohnGlidden.com. Last September, Vallejo officialsContinue reading “Vallejo pays $52,500 to settle excessive lawsuit brought by man filming traffic stop”

Vallejo officers cleared of any wrongdoing in McCoy shooting

by John Glidden | Jan. 14, 2021 VALLEJO – A special prosecutor has determined that six Vallejo police officers were “legally justified,” when they shot and killed 20-year-old Willie McCoy outside a local Taco Bell in February 2019. Michael Ramos declined to bring charges against officers Anthony Cano, Ryan McMahon, Collin Eaton, Bryan Glick, Jordon Patzer,Continue reading “Vallejo officers cleared of any wrongdoing in McCoy shooting”

Rep. Thompson to hold webinar on Coronavirus Relief for Small Businesses

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Jan. 13, 2021 Congressman Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, will host a webinar on Coronavirus relief for small businesses this Friday, Thompson’s office announced. All constituents in California’s Fifth Congressional District are invited to join the webinar which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST. Thompson’s office said thisContinue reading “Rep. Thompson to hold webinar on Coronavirus Relief for Small Businesses”

[Brief] Congressman Thompson gets COVID-19 vaccine

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Dec. 19, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The office of Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, announced that on Saturday the congressman received the first of two injections for the COVID-19 vaccine. The dose was received at the advice of the House Attending Physician for continuity of government purposes and he will receiveContinue reading “[Brief] Congressman Thompson gets COVID-19 vaccine”

[Brief] Vallejo closes city hall due to COVID-19 surge

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Dec. 19, 2020 VALLEJO – Due to a sharp increase in COVID-19 case, Vallejo City Hall and the Vallejo Police Department lobby are closed to the general public, city officials announced this week. Officials said city hall staff will keep “providing service to the public remotely, just as they did earlier thisContinue reading “[Brief] Vallejo closes city hall due to COVID-19 surge”

GVRD Director Karen Sims dies

by John Glidden | Dec. 11, 2020 VALLEJO – Activist, and Greater Vallejo Recreation District Director Karen Sims suddenly died Friday, Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan confirmed to JohnGlidden.com. It wasn’t immediately known how Sims died. The mayor praised Sims, who served as Sampayan’s campaign manager when he was elected mayor in 2016. “She was my friend,”Continue reading “GVRD Director Karen Sims dies”

[Brief] Vallejo police asking for public’s help to ID Peeping Tom

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Dec. 2, 2020 VALLEJO – Authorities are asking for the public’s help to identify a man accused of trying to record women using the bathroom at the Cardenas grocery market, Vallejo police said Wednesday night. The man is accused of entering a restroom stall, next to a stall occupied by a woman,Continue reading “[Brief] Vallejo police asking for public’s help to ID Peeping Tom”

Benicia council to say goodbye to outgoing mayor

by John Glidden | Nov. 30, 2020 BENICIA – Outgoing Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson will be honored on Tuesday by elected officials after nearly 20 years of public service on the City Council. Patterson, who was first elected to the City Council in 2003, began her run as mayor when she was elected to the positionContinue reading “Benicia council to say goodbye to outgoing mayor”

Vallejo settles excessive force lawsuit for $750,000

by John Glidden | Nov. 19, 2020 VALLEJO – The city has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle an excessive force lawsuit that alleges four Vallejo police officers assaulted a man as he worked on a fence outside his Tennessee Street workshop in July 2017, according to the man’s attorney. Carl Edwards sued the city ofContinue reading “Vallejo settles excessive force lawsuit for $750,000”

Council approves amended development agreement for permanent supportive housing project

by John Glidden | Nov. 19, 2020 VALLEJO – Attempting to make headway in addressing the number of homeless persons in town, the Vallejo City Council approved an amended disposition and development agreement with an East Bay housing developer on Tuesday. Hayward-based Eden Housing is proposing to build 75-units for Vallejo’s homeless, veterans and low-income residentsContinue reading “Council approves amended development agreement for permanent supportive housing project”

[Brief] Williams to join other African American police chiefs in virtual town hall tonight

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Nov. 18, 2020 VALLEJO – Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams along with several other Bay Area African American police chiefs will participate in a virtual town hall meeting tonight to discuss racial profiling, use of force, and the Police Officer Bill of Rights, it was announced this week. Called the 2020 Achievement WeekContinue reading “[Brief] Williams to join other African American police chiefs in virtual town hall tonight”

[Brief] Thompson to host town hall on surging COVID-19 cases

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Nov. 18, 2020 NAPA – Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, will be joined by health professionals on Thursday to discuss the increase in Coronavirus case rate, Thompson’s office announced this week. The virtual forum will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. George Rutherford, MD, professor of epidemiology & biostatistics at University ofContinue reading “[Brief] Thompson to host town hall on surging COVID-19 cases”

Council asked to approve plan to add two deputy police chiefs

by John Glidden | Nov. 16, 2020 VALLEJO – Faced with a depleted command structure inside the Vallejo Police Department, City Hall will ask the Vallejo City Council to approve a plan on Tuesday to add two deputy police chief positions to the beleaguered department. The plan includes creation of one deputy chief position to overseeContinue reading “Council asked to approve plan to add two deputy police chiefs”

Solano County supervisors to pick Solano360 preferred development team on Tuesday

by John Glidden | Nov. 15, 2020 FAIRFIELD – The Solano County Board of Supervisors will receive a verbal update Tuesday regarding the Solano360 project and contemplate naming Industrial Realty Group/Jones Land LaSalle as the preferred development team for the project. Supervisors will also be asked to authorize county staff to negotiate an Exclusive Right toContinue reading “Solano County supervisors to pick Solano360 preferred development team on Tuesday”

New taskforce created to investigate fatal officer-involved incidents in Solano County

by John Glidden | Nov. 13, 2020 VALLEJO – A special Solano County interagency taskforce has been created to provide independent investigations following the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer in the county, District Attorney Krishna Abrams announced Thursday. Staffed by detectives from law enforcement agencies throughout the county, the Solano County MajorContinue reading “New taskforce created to investigate fatal officer-involved incidents in Solano County”

Solano supervisors get update on new hi-lo alert system

by John Glidden | Nov. 12, 2020 FAIRFIELD – The Solano County Sheriff’s Office has a new tool to alert residents to leave their homes during an emergency. On Tuesday, the Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday received a presentation about the county’s new high-low warning system. “It seems to be a tool that’s goingContinue reading “Solano supervisors get update on new hi-lo alert system”

[Brief] Benicia police officer hits, kills pedestrian

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Nov. 11, 2020 BENICIA – A pedestrian was killed early Wednesday morning after being struck and killed by an on-duty Benicia police officer, the department confirmed. The officer was traveling in his patrol cruiser at about 2 a.m. in the 1900 block of East 2nd St. when he hit the pedestrian, whoContinue reading “[Brief] Benicia police officer hits, kills pedestrian”

[Brief] Vallejo records 25th homicide of year

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Nov. 9, 2020 VALLEJO – A 24-year-old Vallejo man, shot near the Park Place shopping center in the northern section of town on Nov. 2, died Sunday, Vallejo police confirmed in a press release. The city didn’t release the man’s name, pending notification of next of kin. According to police, officers respondedContinue reading “[Brief] Vallejo records 25th homicide of year”

[Brief] Fourth Benicia firefighter tests positive for COVID-19

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Nov. 8, 2020 BENICIA – A Benicia firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a city of Benicia press release. The infection is the fourth for the Benicia Fire Department, and the seventh city employee overall to be infected with Novel Coronavirus. The firefighter was last on duty Nov. 4 andContinue reading “[Brief] Fourth Benicia firefighter tests positive for COVID-19”

[Brief] Benicia commission hosting candidates’ forum regarding any last minute hit pieces

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Oct. 29, 2020 BENICIA – The city’s Open Government Commission is hosting a candidates’ forum at 10 a.m. on Saturday, providing an opportunity for candidates to address any last minute attacks, officials said. All Benicia City Council and mayoral candidates have been invited to attend the forum, which will be broadcasted liveContinue reading “[Brief] Benicia commission hosting candidates’ forum regarding any last minute hit pieces”

Nebb expected to receive total compensation package of $358,000 per year as Vallejo’s new city attorney

by John Glidden | Oct. 21, 2020 VALLEJO – The hunt for Vallejo’s next city attorney is over as the Vallejo City Council is expected to approve a five-year contract on Tuesday with Veronica Nebb to serve as city attorney. Nebb will earn a starting salary of $219,760.85 annually, plus receive a $6,000 annual automobile allowance,Continue reading “Nebb expected to receive total compensation package of $358,000 per year as Vallejo’s new city attorney”

Tentative settlement reached in Vallejo excessive force case

by John Glidden | Oct. 21, 2020 VALLEJO – A tentative settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit against four Vallejo police officers accused of using excessive force against a man as he worked on his fence during a July 2017 incident, court records show. Details of the agreement have yet to be madeContinue reading “Tentative settlement reached in Vallejo excessive force case”

[Brief] Vallejo experiences 24th homicide of 2020

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Oct. 18, 2020 VALLEJO – The city recorded its 24th homicide of 2020 after a 28-year-old Vallejo man was found shot to death early Sunday morning. Vallejo police said at about 3:52 a.m. officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1900 block of Ascot Parkway. Arriving officers found theContinue reading “[Brief] Vallejo experiences 24th homicide of 2020”

Grayson, Dew rescind endorsements of Brown’s mayoral campaign

by John Glidden | Oct. 18, 2020 VALLEJO – Councilman Hakeem Brown received more bad news over the weekend as both Assemblyman Tim Grayson, and Vallejo Councilwoman Pippin Dew pulled their support for Brown’s mayoral run after news about his criminal past surfaced this week. The San Francisco Chronicle and the independent newsroom Open Vallejo released separate articlesContinue reading “Grayson, Dew rescind endorsements of Brown’s mayoral campaign”

Vallejo Chamber of Commerce pulls support of Brown’s mayoral campaign

by John Glidden | Oct. 16, 2020 VALLEJO –The fallout from a recent report outlining Vallejo Councilman Hakeem Brown’s troubles with domestic violence continued Friday when ValPAC, the political arm of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, pulled its endorsement of Brown’s mayoral campaign. “As a public official, a candidate’s past conduct matters. Our city deserves andContinue reading “Vallejo Chamber of Commerce pulls support of Brown’s mayoral campaign”

Vallejo committee fined for campaign disclosure violations

by John Glidden | Oct. 15, 2020 VALLEJO –A committee opened to support passage of a Vallejo school bond has been fined $6,500 by the state’s election watchdog after two committee officials failed to disclose campaign information in a timely manner. The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) issued the fine on Thursday against the Committee forContinue reading “Vallejo committee fined for campaign disclosure violations”

Brown still running for mayor amid fallout about criminal past

by John Glidden | Oct. 15, 2020 VALLEJO – Days after a scathing report was released detailing a history of alleged domestic abuse, Vallejo Councilman Hakeem Brown issued a statement on Thursday addressing his past transgressions and to confirm he wouldn’t be dropping out as a mayoral candidate. The independent newsroom Open Vallejo reported Tuesday thatContinue reading “Brown still running for mayor amid fallout about criminal past”

City staff pushes back council vote on stingray policy

by John Glidden | Oct. 14, 2020 VALLEJO – The Vallejo City Council agreed Tuesday night to delay a highly anticipated vote on a policy regarding the city’s use of a cell-site simulator following concerns the public didn’t have enough time to review the policy. Councilors were originally scheduled to review the usage and privacy policyContinue reading “City staff pushes back council vote on stingray policy”

[Brief] Benicia official says ballot boxes are only located in two places across town

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Oct. 14, 2020 BENICIA – With less than three weeks before the Nov. 3 election, there have been reports of unauthorized ballot boxes popping up across the state. Benicia City Clerk Lisa Wolfe took to social media this week to remind locals that there are only two official ballot boxes in theContinue reading “[Brief] Benicia official says ballot boxes are only located in two places across town”

Veronica Nebb expected to be named new city attorney

by John Glidden | Oct. 13, 2020 Veronica Nebb is expected to be named as the new Vallejo city attorney, multiple sources have confirmed to JohnGlidden.com. Nebb is currently employed with the law firm Walter & Pistole, serving as senior assistant city attorney for the cities of Novato and Martinez, according to her bio onContinue reading “Veronica Nebb expected to be named new city attorney”

Council asked to approve cell-site simulator usage and privacy policy

by John Glidden | Oct. 12, 2020 A privacy and usage policy regarding a controversial piece of technology will go before the Vallejo City Council on Tuesday. The seven-person council will be asked to consider adopting the policy on use of a cellular-site simulator, also known as a stingray, two weeks after a Solano CountyContinue reading “Council asked to approve cell-site simulator usage and privacy policy”

[Brief] Vallejo playgrounds reopen under new state guidelines

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Oct. 12, 2020 Kids rejoice as the Greater Vallejo Recreation District has reopened the city’s playgrounds under new health guidelines. On Sept. 28, the California Department of Public Health issued guidance outlining how outdoor playgrounds and other recreational facilities can be used amid COVID-19. Under the new rules, everyone 2 yearsContinue reading “[Brief] Vallejo playgrounds reopen under new state guidelines”

[Brief] Congressman Thompson to hold virtual town hall meeting on election security

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Oct. 9, 2020 NAPA – Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, is scheduled to host a virtual town hall meeting about election security, from 7 to 8p.m. PST on Tuesday, his office announced in a press release. Thompson will be joined by Napa County Registrar of Voters John Tuteur. All constituents of California’sContinue reading “[Brief] Congressman Thompson to hold virtual town hall meeting on election security”

William Spalding named new Vallejo school district superintendent

by John Glidden | Oct. 7, 2020 A familiar face is returning to the Vallejo City Unified School District. On Wednesday, the Vallejo school board officially hired William Spalding as district superintendent – more than 20 years after he was part of the district staff to open Jesse Bethel High School. “Coming to Vallejo isn’tContinue reading “William Spalding named new Vallejo school district superintendent”

[Brief] Solano County voter guide mishap impacts Benicia and Vallejo

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Oct. 7, 2020 October hasn’t been kind to the Solano County Registrar of Voters as the department announced that for the second time this month candidate information was omitted from the voter guide. Election officials discovered that about 70,600 guides were impacted when candidate statements from either Tim Grayson, or JanellContinue reading “[Brief] Solano County voter guide mishap impacts Benicia and Vallejo”

[Brief] Vallejo Education Association endorses Gardner and Young for school board

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Oct. 7, 2020 The 600-member Vallejo Education Association (VEA) announced recently that it has endorsed incumbent Christy Gardner and long time educator Latyna Young for Vallejo school board. “This was not an easy decision,” said Steven Quinlan, political action chair of the VEA, in a statement released by the union. “OurContinue reading “[Brief] Vallejo Education Association endorses Gardner and Young for school board”

Allio out as interim assistant police chief

by John Glidden | Oct. 6, 2020 Nearly three months after he was re-hired to serve as the city’s interim assistant police chief, Joseph Allio has resigned, the city announced Tuesday night. Through multiple sources, JohnGlidden.com learned Allio had left the city. When asked for comment Tuesday morning, Vallejo police spokeswoman Brittany K. Jackson saidContinue reading “Allio out as interim assistant police chief”

Vallejo police union calls proposed public safety emergency an ‘illegal power grab’

by John Glidden | Oct. 5, 2020 The Vallejo Police Officers’ Association (VPOA) is calling a proposed move by the city of Vallejo to declare a local public safety emergency as an “illegal power grab,” according to a statement issued by the union on Monday. The seven-person Vallejo City Council will be asked Tuesday toContinue reading “Vallejo police union calls proposed public safety emergency an ‘illegal power grab’”

Vallejo school board to name new superintendent on Wednesday

by John Glidden | Oct. 3, 2020 Three months after superintendent Adam Clark left the Vallejo school district to take a similar position in a nearby school district, the Vallejo school board is poised to appoint a new superintendent. The board is expected to name the new superintendent and approve a contract with the individualContinue reading “Vallejo school board to name new superintendent on Wednesday”

Council asked to declare local public safety emergency on Tuesday

by John Glidden | Oct. 3, 2020 Faced with increasing crime, scandal within the Vallejo Police Department, and more than two dozen use-of-force lawsuits, the Vallejo City Council will be asked to declare a local public safety emergency during a special meeting Tuesday. The unusual move will give Vallejo police Chief Shawny Williams the powerContinue reading “Council asked to declare local public safety emergency on Tuesday”

Judge issues tentative ruling blocking Vallejo’s use of cell-site simulator; final decision due in 30 days

by John Glidden | Oct. 3, 2020 A Solano County judge issued a tentative ruling on Thursday in support of a lawsuit blocking the city of Vallejo’s use of a controversial piece of technology. However, a final ruling is expected within the next 30 days. In his tentative ruling, Judge E. Bradley Nelson said theContinue reading “Judge issues tentative ruling blocking Vallejo’s use of cell-site simulator; final decision due in 30 days”

[Brief] Benicia City Hall to be a ballot drop-off location starting Monday

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Oct. 3, 2020 BENICIA – Beginning Monday, a secure ballot box will be available in City Hall giving residents the opportunity to drop off their vote-by-mail ballots, Benicia City Clerk Lisa Wolfe announced. Benicia City Hall is located at 250 East L St. Vote-by-mail ballots can be dropped off from 9 a.m.Continue reading “[Brief] Benicia City Hall to be a ballot drop-off location starting Monday”

[Brief] SolTrans offering free rides on Election Day

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Oct. 2, 2020 Need a ride to the polls on Election Day? Solano County Transit (SolTrans) has you covered. The transit agency announced Thursday that it will be offering free rides on all local and paratransit buses to help the community get to their respective polling locations on Nov. 3. “ExercisingContinue reading “[Brief] SolTrans offering free rides on Election Day”

[Brief] Benicia City Council and mayoral candidates’ forum set for Oct. 5

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Oct. 1, 2020 BENICIA – Most of the Benicia City Council and mayoral candidates have confirmed they will be participating in a Zoom candidates’ forum hosted by the Benicia Good Neighbor Steering Committee (GNSC) on Monday. The forum will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as candidates will be asked questionsContinue reading “[Brief] Benicia City Council and mayoral candidates’ forum set for Oct. 5”

Vallejo police officer fired for violating policies

by John Glidden | Oct. 1, 2020 A Vallejo police officer was fired this week after he violated several departmental policies during a fatal officer-involved shooting in February 2019. In a Thursday press release, the Vallejo Police Department announced McMahon was served with a notice of termination on Wednesday following an internal affairs investigation whichContinue reading “Vallejo police officer fired for violating policies”

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