[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”

Benicia City Council to approve new employment agreement with Upson

by John Glidden | Oct. 1, 2020 BENICIA — The City Council is expected to approve a new $239,977 employment agreement with interim city manager Erik Upson on Tuesday. Upson, who serves as the city’s police chief, was appointed interim city manager a week after Lorie Tinfow resigned from the position on Sept. 8. HeContinue reading “Benicia City Council to approve new employment agreement with Upson”

[Brief] Benicia plans to open cooling shelter during upcoming heat wave

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Sept. 24, 2020 BENICIA – As the Bay Area braces for another heat wave, the Benicia Senior Center will serve as a cooling center this weekend, the city announced Thursday. The cooling center, located at 187 East L St., will offer a space for residents who don’t have air conditioning. ItContinue reading “[Brief] Benicia plans to open cooling shelter during upcoming heat wave”

[Brief] McConnell picks up endorsement from Vallejo mayor

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Sept. 23, 2020 In his bid to be the next mayor of Vallejo, Councilman Robert McConnell announced Wednesday that his campaign has been endorsed by Mayor Bob Sampayan. “I support Robert because he is fiscally prudent, is supportive of all people, has no special interest groups, is progressive and understands VallejoContinue reading “[Brief] McConnell picks up endorsement from Vallejo mayor”

Vallejo chamber endorses Brown for mayor; says ‘no’ to Measure G

by John Glidden | Sept. 23, 2020 Vallejo Councilman Hakeem Brown received a boost to his mayoral campaign Wednesday after securing the official endorsement from the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee (ValPAC). ValPAC further announced it endorsed L. Alexander Matias for the Vallejo City Council District 1 seat; Mina Diaz for District 3;Continue reading “Vallejo chamber endorses Brown for mayor; says ‘no’ to Measure G”

New posters are plastered around Vallejo calling for city manager to be fired

by John Glidden | Sept. 22, 2020 Criticism against Vallejo City Manager Greg Nyhoff continues to mount as a series of posters were plastered throughout Vallejo last week calling for Nyhoff to be fired. The unflattering artwork criticizes Nyhoff for failing to address badge-bending involving several Vallejo police officers. The independent newsroom Open Vallejo firstContinue reading “New posters are plastered around Vallejo calling for city manager to be fired”

Family of Eric Reason files wrongful death lawsuit against cities of Vallejo and Richmond

by John Glidden | Sept. 22, 2020 Almost a year after Eric Reason was shot and killed following a dispute over a parking space outside a Vallejo restaurant, Reason’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the cities of Vallejo and Richmond, court records show. Reason, 38, was shot in the back of theContinue reading “Family of Eric Reason files wrongful death lawsuit against cities of Vallejo and Richmond”

[Brief] Benicia firefighter tests positive for COVID

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Sept. 18, 2020 BENICIA – A Benicia firefighter has tested positive for the coronavirus, the third positive test for a city firefighter and sixth city employee overall to be infected with COVID, according to a news released issued by the city of Benicia on Sept. 15. Officials said the source ofContinue reading “[Brief] Benicia firefighter tests positive for COVID”

Tinfow receives $300,000 severance package from city of Benicia

by John Glidden | Sept. 17, 2020 BENICIA – Benicia has agreed to give more than $300,000 in severance pay to former city manager Lorie Tinfow, who announced her resignation earlier this month, according to a severance agreement obtained by JohnGlidden.com. Although she officially resigned on Sept. 8, Tinfow actually signed the agreement on Sept.Continue reading “Tinfow receives $300,000 severance package from city of Benicia”