Vallejo police still illegally sharing ALPR data out of state as surveillance board mulls contract renewal
The Vallejo Sun
by Ryan Geller
14h ago
VALLEJO – The Vallejo Police Department is continuing to share automated license plate reader data with the Houston Police Department and other out-of-state agencies in an apparent ongoing violation of California law, according to privacy watchdog groups and the city’s Surveillance Advisory Board.  The surveillance board discussed the continuing data sharing at its meeting Thursday as the board considered whether to support a new five-year contract with Flock Safety, the provider of  the ALPR cameras.  Last year, the department removed several out of state agencies in response ..read more
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Upcoming Vallejo Events — Live music and more at Mare Island Art Studios
The Vallejo Sun
by Gretchen Zimmermann
4d ago
VALLEJO — Mare Island Art Studios will host a fundraiser featuring live music performances to support aspiring young Solano County artists on Saturday, the San Francisco Bay Osprey Days tours return to Mare Island this weekend, and a new musical, “Alice by Heart,” opens Friday at Bay Area Stage Theatre.  The “Show Up & Show Out” event at Mare Island Art Studios on Saturday afternoon will feature live music, art vendors and a raffle to benefit an art scholarship for aspiring young Solano County artists. Food vendors at this event will help satisfy your sweet tooth. The seven live musi ..read more
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Vallejo City Clerk Dawn Abrahamson quietly keeps democracy running
The Vallejo Sun
by Isidra Mencos
4d ago
VALLEJO – For the last 13 years, Vallejo’s City Clerk Dawn G. Abrahamson has kept a steady hand on the wheel of Vallejo’s city government. Other top city officials have come and gone around her as the city has faced scandals, controversy and distrust from city residents.  Now Abrahamson will lead an organization of her peers. Abrahamson was installed last month as president elect of  the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), an organization of more than 15,000 fellow clerks from around the world, and will take office as president next year. The organization, founded in ..read more
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Mare Island Causeway still broken weeks later, disrupting boat traffic from Vallejo to Napa
The Vallejo Sun
by Scott Morris
1w ago
VALLEJO – The Mare Island Causeway Bridge is still unable to be raised and lowered to allow boat traffic on the Napa River, two weeks after city officials said the problem would be fixed, with no new estimate for repairs. City officials said on May 24, that the bridge, a vertical lift drawbridge first constructed in 1934, could not be raised and lowered and that the city had elected to keep it in the “down” position to allow pedestrian and vehicle traffic, while blocking most boat traffic.  City officials said in May that they expected the problem to be fixed by May 31, but said on Frida ..read more
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Vallejo kicks off national search for new police chief
The Vallejo Sun
by Ryan Geller
1w ago
VALLEJO – Vallejo is embarking on a national search to recruit candidates for a new police chief, starting with a series of public engagement meetings later this month, city officials said at a City Council meeting Tuesday. The city has been without a permanent police chief since 2022, when then-Chief Shawny Williams suddenly resigned from the position. Since then, Jason Ta has been the city’s interim police chief. The city expects the search process to take about four months. It will hold an online public engagement meeting on June 27 and in-person meetings on June 29 and July 25. The recrui ..read more
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Upcoming Vallejo Events — Solano County Fair
The Vallejo Sun
by Gretchen Zimmermann
1w ago
VALLEJO — The four-day-long Solano County Fair begins Thursday, kicking off a busy weekend in Vallejo. Vallejo Art Walk will light up the downtown Friday evening, the annual Juneteenth Parade and Festival will celebrate the community’s diversity on Saturday, and the Classic Rock Festival on Mare Island will present your favorite “Dad Rock” on Sunday, Father’s Day. The Solano County Fair will open at the fairgrounds Thursday with Family Ag Day, where you can meet local farmers who grow our food and the amazing animals they raise. There will be live music every day at the fair. Friday through S ..read more
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Vallejo City Council mulls budget proposal that would cut 10% for services and supplies citywide
The Vallejo Sun
by Ryan Geller
2w ago
VALLEJO – The city of Vallejo’s finance department proposed a 10% cut to services and supplies across all departments to help close a $3.3 million funding gap in the upcoming fiscal year budget. The city’s finance department estimates that the city’s general fund revenue for the upcoming fiscal year will be $134 million, excluding Measure P sales tax revenue. Although the department’s predictions show a $1.5 million increase in revenue from the previous year, the city estimates expenditures for the 2024-25 fiscal year to be $137.6 million.  To close the gap, the finance department asked ..read more
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Upcoming Vallejo Events — Pride Month kicks off with Mare Island community potluck
The Vallejo Sun
by Gretchen Zimmermann
2w ago
VALLEJO —  The Vallejo Gay Network will celebrate Pride Month with a community potluck on Sunday, the Second Saturday Makers Market returns to the waterfront, and the annual Woofstock dog show returns to Solano County fairgrounds. Vallejo Gay Network’s annual Pride celebration will take place in Mare Island’s historic Alden Park on Sunday, with music, entertainment and the camaraderie of a community potluck. The second Saturday of the month will bring the Vallejo Makers Market back to the waterfront, with over 60 local business and live DJs. Among the many artisans and community groups p ..read more
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Arbitrator upholds termination of former Vallejo officer for Willie McCoy shooting
The Vallejo Sun
by Scott Morris
3w ago
VALLEJO – A former Vallejo police officer who was fired in 2020 for endangering another officer during the 2019 shooting of Willie McCoy lost an appeal to try and win his job with the city back, according to documents released by the city on Monday. Ryan McMahon was the only officer disciplined for the shooting of McCoy, who was found unresponsive behind the wheel of his car in a Taco Bell drive-thru on Feb. 9, 2019. Six officers fired 55 shots at McCoy, including McMahon, who arrived last and fired a single shot as he was running toward the shooting scene from behind Officer Bryan Glick, jus ..read more
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Little Mexico en Vallejo ofrece cultura, tradición y deliciosos manjares
The Vallejo Sun
by Isidra Mencos
3w ago
Read in English VALLEJO – Dos densas cuadras en el centro de Vallejo, en un barrio conocido como Little Mexico (Pequeño México), están sembradas de negocios de familias inmigrantes que ofrecen alimentos, dulces, regalos importados y atuendos para fiestas.  Según María Teresa Sánchez, co-propietaria de Bere’s Bridal, fue la ya fallecida María Guevara, fundadora de la organización sin fines de lucro Vallejo Together, quien tuvo la idea de ponerle el nombre Little Mexico a la sección de Broadway que se encuentra entre las calles Nebraska y Tennessee. Hace alrededor de 10 años, Guevara fue d ..read more
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