The secret death of Darryl Dean Mefferd
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by Laurence Du Sault
4d ago
Darryl Mefferd. (Kate Copeland / Special to Open Vallejo) Darryl Dean Mefferd was not under arrest on the evening of Dec. 7, 2016.  He was feeling sick. The night before, the 49-year-old Vallejo, Calif. native was his usual, gregarious self, his niece Courtney Mefferd told Open Vallejo. He prayed the rosary with his mother and headed to Courtney’s home to help her daughter with a school project. A proud Latino and Indigenous man, Mefferd was the family clown — large, loud, and always ready to wrap his niece in a bear hug. But when Mefferd returned to Courtney’s home that afternoon, he ..read more
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Doris Marie Lee-Harold
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by Guest Author
3w ago
Rosa Lee Jackson, known to most as Doris Marie Lee-Harold, was born Sept. 12, 1948, in Alexandria, Louisiana, to Mary Louise Jackson and Henry Stafford. She passed away on May 10, 2024. As an infant, Rosa Lee was reared by her Uncle Sherman Lee and his wife, Evelyna Williams-Lee. In 1949, during this transitional period, Rosa’s name was changed to Doris Marie Lee. Se was affectionally nicknamed “Peanut”. Doris grew up in San Francisco, California, and was baptized at an early age at El Bethel Baptist Church. She graduated from high school in 1966. Two years later, on June 8, 1969, she married ..read more
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Roberta Lynn Alley-Chavez
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by Guest Author
1M ago
Roberta Lynn Alley-Chavez, beloved mother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away on May 4, 2024 in Vallejo, California at the age of 55. Roberta was born on July 26, 1968. She grew up with her mother Margarita and brothers Patrick and James. Roberta had a passion for doing her hair and makeup and was always known for her impeccable style. She took great pride in her appearance and loved helping others feel confident and beautiful. Roberta’s warm and caring personality touched the lives of many, and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Roberta is survived by her two children, Jeremy ..read more
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Vallejo selects Andrew Murray as new city manager
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by Anna Bauman
1M ago
Andrew Murray (center) poses with other members of the city of Pinole’s leadership team in 2023. Credit: City of Pinole Vallejo has selected Andrew Murray as its new city manager, Open Vallejo has learned.  Murray, a former city manager in Pinole, is scheduled to begin work on May 20, according to an internal email obtained Wednesday by this newsroom. He will replace interim city manager Beverli Marshall, who stepped into the temporary role after Michael Malone retired in April.  “Andrew is drawn to Vallejo’s history, cultural diversity, and natural beauty,” the email said. “He is ea ..read more
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Vallejo narrows new city manager selection to two
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by Anna Bauman
1M ago
Then-Vallejo City Manager Michael Malone (seated second from left on the dais) listens to a presentation during the April 11, 2023 meeting of the Vallejo City Council. Credit: Geoffrey King / Open Vallejo The Vallejo City Council has narrowed in on two top contenders for permanent city manager, Open Vallejo has learned. Andrew Murray Credit: City of Pinole During a closed session meeting last week, the council selected Andrew Murray, an interim official in Berkeley and former Pinole city manager, and Gillian Haen, Vallejo’s assistant city manager, among its preferred candidates for the positio ..read more
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John Herbert Hansen, Jr.
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by Guest Author
1M ago
John Herbert Hansen, Jr. tragically and unexpectedly passed on in the hour of our Lord on March 27, 2024. He was 37 years old. John was born in Vallejo on Oct. 9, 1986. He spent a few years in New Mexico, where he attended Animas Elementary School. He then attended Highland Elementary School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School, and Jesse Bethel High School in Vallejo. John was a very loving and caring son, brother, and Uncle. He worked in landscaping and spent some time working at Safeway. He was a gentle, sensitive spirit who loved his family, art, and music. His favorite rapper was 2Pac. As a ..read more
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Breaking silence, Bonta clarifies path for Vallejo police reforms
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by Anna Bauman
2M ago
California Attorney General Rob Bonta is seen at Vallejo City Hall following a press conference to announce a lawsuit against the city and its police department on Oct. 16, 2023. Credit: Geoffrey King / Open Vallejo Two days after quietly withdrawing his agency’s lawsuit against Vallejo, California Attorney General Rob Bonta said in his first public statement that a settlement reached Monday allows the ongoing policing reform effort to “move forward immediately, irrespective of court approval.”  The California Department of Justice abandoned the lawsuit following six months of resistance ..read more
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California DOJ drops oversight lawsuit against Vallejo police
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by Anna Bauman and Geoffrey King
2M ago
California Attorney General Rob Bonta announces the filing of a pattern and practice lawsuit against the city of Vallejo and its Police Department on Oct. 16, 2023 at Vallejo City Hall. Less than six months later, the state DOJ has voluntarily dismissed the case. Credit: Geoffrey King / Open Vallejo A Solano County Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought last year by California Attorney General Rob Bonta that sought to impose sweeping reforms on the long-troubled Vallejo Police Department. The California Department of Justice filed the request for dismissal on Tuesday morning, jus ..read more
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Vallejo officers intervene after detective stopped by Cotati police
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by Anna Bauman
2M ago
Vallejo Police Ofc. Stephanie McDonough (center) assists in removing members of the public from Vallejo City Hall after police declared an unlawful assembly on May 14, 2019. Credit: Geoffrey King / Open Vallejo A Vallejo homicide detective with a prior conviction for drunk driving was stopped by police in Sonoma County last month but allowed to leave after two on-duty colleagues came to collect her, an Open Vallejo investigation has found.  Members of the Cotati Police Department responded late on March 18 to a “suspicious” vehicle near a shopping center in the small city about 45 minutes ..read more
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Interim Vallejo Police Chief Jason Ta to lead fire department
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by Geoffrey King
2M ago
Interim Vallejo Police Chief Jason Ta speaks during a May 16, 2023 meeting of the Vallejo City Council as then-Capt. Robert Knight looks on. Ta promoted Knight to deputy chief earlier this year. Credit: Geoffrey King / Open Vallejo Vallejo Fire Chief Kyle Long is no longer in command of the department, effective immediately, sources with knowledge of the matter told Open Vallejo. In his absence, Interim Police Chief Jason Ta will lead both the fire and police departments.  One source said late Thursday afternoon that Ta’s appointment came as a surprise, adding that fire personnel only lea ..read more
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