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Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#1 Apr 7, 2013
Yes! More police
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/letters/ci_2...

It has been a long time since I read a letter to the editor making as much sense as that from Chris Thomas ("More police ... period", March 28).

Vallejo has the good fortune to be in one of the most pleasant parts of the world. Born on the Italian Riviera, raised on the French Côte d'Azur, growing up in Switzerland, having been a Californian for 52 years, and having had the good fortune to work in much of the world and, thus, exposed to a variety of cultures, I chose Vallejo to retire 26 years ago. I have no reason to regret that choice -- save for the wish that our city fathers would stop wasting time and money on cosmetic undertakings in order to concentrate on the one area that has the best chance to improve our lot: Bringing our police force to the size commensurate with a city of 120,000 people.

With superb weather (I just spent the last two hours in late afternoon enjoying my yard and the peaceful setting of the Carquinez Strait and Southampton Bay), reasonable housing costs (at least by the Bay Area standard), and adequate commute potential (thanks to our ferry), Vallejo ought to rank among the choicest places to live. Yet, it was just ranked sixth from the bottom by Forbes. And not so surprisingly as, due to our grossly under-staffed police force, crime is rampant. Who wishes to walk alone at night in downtown? Who is the woman ready to walk alone on Sonoma Boulevard without fearing to be taken for a "working girl"?

Vallejo will never get out of the rut and will never attract quality businesses or individuals generating high tax revenues unless we address the chronic understaffing of our police force and start providing a modicum of safety for our citizenry. Moreover, as long as we tolerate the eyesore of the decaying remains of what used to be our pride and our raison d'être, the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, we will not look attractive to new investors.

I am endorsing Chris Thomas' call for more police and I am urging the Times-Herald to run a survey on this subject. If the results of that survey are those I expect to see, it would become a powerful tool to influence City Hall.

René J. Francillon
Vallejo
Fighting Back

Vallejo, CA

#2 Apr 7, 2013
Great letter! Yes, the citizens are raising their voices in outrage over Marti Brown's nutty experiment with our tax money! SAVE VALLEJO this November, reject Brown and Miessner, completely disconnected from what it will take to make our city safer, and better, MORE POLICE on our streets! Marti told us in 2010 that her endorsement, and our vote for, Measure A would lead to more police. Police staffing has gone steadily DOWN since that overstatement, some would say outright lie!
Reject idealism, elect realism!
Bald Fat Man in a Hula

Vallejo, CA

#3 Apr 7, 2013
One inconvenient reality......having more Police and a run down City caused businesses to leave. and bankruptcy for Vallejo. According to Einstein the definition of insanity was to try the same action over and over and expect a different result.

So lets spend all our money on Police and hope that the city will not be run down or businesses will open shop here in high taxed Vallejo with little reason to open shop here for cheaper more business friendly as up County cities (opposed to employee friendly atmosphere).
jd miller hungover again

Vallejo, CA

#4 Apr 7, 2013
i love how you use run-on sentences in a desperate attempt to take a swipe at police constantly. once we impose the affordable contracts, we will be able to ramp up police. that's all we have heard from ninnys like you, that we could have more if the contract was affordable. that day is coming, right? you were just bawling yesterday about the cost of police prohibiting more of them, now you are bawling that more police won't make a difference anyway. you are a crazy man, no other way to explain it.
Up the Sammie

Benicia, CA

#5 Apr 7, 2013
LOL!

If you support hiring more Police as we have done in the past only to yield the same result of sky high taxes, run down roads and infrastructure and nonexistent support to non-profits, and still no businesses coming to Vallejo; according to Einstein you are insane.

(t)urd enragement!
Ya Daddy Now

Vallejo, CA

#6 Apr 7, 2013
Once the new majority imposes an affordable contract, there is no back-peddling on a significant increase in police staffing.
Gomes can take her definition of "balance" and ride it into the sunset!
Wrong Again

Vacaville, CA

#7 Apr 7, 2013
gomes, brown and shively all beat the drum that when the city won measure A that it would bring more police to vallejo. vpd had about 118 cops when the city won that race, today vpd has 85 cops, with 4 retirements coming within the next month.

another politician who lied to the public! gomes and brown are completely incompetent and destroying vallejo
Ya Daddy Now

Vallejo, CA

#8 Apr 7, 2013
Wrong Again wrote:
gomes, brown and shively all beat the drum that when the city won measure A that it would bring more police to vallejo. vpd had about 118 cops when the city won that race, today vpd has 85 cops, with 4 retirements coming within the next month.
another politician who lied to the public! gomes and brown are completely incompetent and destroying vallejo
Yes, that was in 2010. Noted public safety critic JD Miller was leading the charge on that effort as well. There has been a constant drumbeat that we could have more police if they were more affordable. When this majority imposes an affordable contract, the excuse is gone to not ramp up police staffing. The public is turning up the heat on Brown's misguided budgeting experiment while our crime rate spikes. She will easily get the boot in November along with Miessner and PB will be abandoned to dedicate spending on safety of the public, under siege now from bold criminals, local and transient.
GEE

Stockton, CA

#9 Apr 7, 2013
Did anyone really believe when Binding Arbitration was removed that this hotly contested act would bring more officers to our streets? Are the majority of you really rampant Simpletons or do you want to preserve your opinions for your offspring to remember you by?

A city that is just about lacking of anything important to a regular citizen including the resemblance of a small sliver of quality of life can not throw all eggs into one basket and believe that that act alone would upright the wibble wobble toy!

At this point it is senseless to research the amount of votes in favor or against, again and again. What I do know is that we have 53.000 documented voters in this town, give or take a few but how many actually could be moved to voice their constitutional given right at the polls?
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Hiring more officers would give them the ability to react but not prevent.
Chastising the police force is not key, at this point they react to their ability vs. quantity and they are doing one hell of a job with what they have.
But on the other hand many of those that fled our city at the first sign of trouble did not have to leave, none were let go or forced out....and the biggest plus for those remaining is that none of them were riffed permanently or had a serious reduction in pay and/or benefits, not yet anyway.
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I have rarely had the opportunity to read posts that voice outrage at the plentiful criminal population putting us through the wringer.
Just my opinion....and I have one on just about everything, who in their right mind would stroll our streets, parks and shopping center, without holding that purse a little tighter or observe the surrounding area with more caution when returning with a full cart to ones vehicle?

When was the last time you enjoyed down town? I hate to tell you, I never ever did in my twenty years living here, just a fact! Vallejo may have had a great past but businesses, the life blood of a community due to tax creation, left even before the Navy closed up shop.

Some people undoubtedly will respond that they never ever had any concerns about their safety anywhere in town. Well, good for you! You must either be one hell of a bruiser or look the part to discourage anyone from touching you ...or are a dreamer that has been lucky so far.

I agree with the letter writer, living ones life in different places will expand ones horizon and appreciation, however the attractiveness of foreign places can not be solely attributed to the plentiful presence of police that will immediately nab the criminals from view of the general public before they can do damage to that bucolic image.

We have problems all the way around people and no amount of good weather will distract from the many issues that went sideways here in Vallejo.
on the dime now

Vallejo, CA

#11 Apr 9, 2013
well then wrote:
vallejo had many more police back in early 2000 (pretty much for the entire period of 2000 - 2010) AND we had the same problems.
more police is NOT what we need.
so what do you need? more people like gomes, brown, miessner, etc.? for what?
and weed

South San Francisco, CA

#12 Apr 9, 2013
on the dime now wrote:
<quoted text>so what do you need? more people like gomes, brown, miessner, etc.? for what?
oh they want more dancer instructors. Artists and [email protected] to distract them from life's problems. What a hoot.
WellWellWell

Vallejo, CA

#13 Apr 9, 2013
well then wrote:
vallejo had many more police back in early 2000 (pretty much for the entire period of 2000 - 2010) AND we had the same problems.
more police is NOT what we need.
How do we deal with the rising crime? What DO we need? Crybabies like you sure know how to dial 9-1-1 when you want a cop. Don't call next time since the problems will never go away anyway. Just learn to live with crime.
Jim in SF

San Jose, CA

#14 Apr 9, 2013
There's great upside potential in the neighborhoods getting together to fight crime on their streets. The new neighborhood websites and similar technology should be embraced and pushed hard by our professional managers in public safety and down at Santa Clara st. When you and your neighbors focus on your own little section, keep a watchful eye out and communicate with one another a lot can be achieved.

Please Council, we have satisfied the Buchango lawsuit settlement terms. Please vote NO an all future subsidized housing projects. We simply cannot handle more poor people and their attendant social problems.
Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#15 Apr 9, 2013
and weed wrote:
<quoted text>oh they want more dancer instructors. Artists and [email protected] to distract them from life's problems. What a hoot.
So that's why they want Temple Arts Lofts in the downtown.
Low-income artists and [email protected] How is that economic development?
Schussel Wants Services

Vallejo, CA

#16 Apr 9, 2013
Jim in SF wrote:
There's great upside potential in the neighborhoods getting together to fight crime on their streets. The new neighborhood websites and similar technology should be embraced and pushed hard by our professional managers in public safety and down at Santa Clara st. When you and your neighbors focus on your own little section, keep a watchful eye out and communicate with one another a lot can be achieved.
Please Council, we have satisfied the Buchango lawsuit settlement terms. Please vote NO an all future subsidized housing projects. We simply cannot handle more poor people and their attendant social problems.
None of them will vote against this deal tonight. They will ask for certain conditions and services for residents, but in the end our criminal potential housing stock will increase just as it always does. They can't say NO MORE! I want to live in a city where I do not have to form watches and watch for criminals. I will have to move to it, because it will never happen in my lifetime around this ghetto shitbox!
i read the news today

Vallejo, CA

#17 Apr 9, 2013
crazy black thug with gun breaks window at napoli's on tennessee street in robbery attempt.
WeeWeeWee

San Leandro, CA

#18 Apr 9, 2013
WellWellWell wrote:
<quoted text>How do we deal with the rising crime? What DO we need?
Good Questions - not sure why you then launched the childish "Crybaby" insult ... says more about you than the original person who posted a comment.

Rising crime?- do you have stats to prove that? Could it be that the VTH sells more papers when all they do is report crime?

To answer your question: How about laws and bylaws on the books and having both the police and code enforcement held to a standard that they just do their jobs. For code enforcement that means giving them the tools they need - as for the police, the original post was correct - they had 10 years and didn't do squat.
UTS

Vallejo, CA

#19 Apr 9, 2013
WeeWeeWee wrote:
<quoted text>
Good Questions - not sure why you then launched the childish "Crybaby" insult ... says more about you than the original person who posted a comment.
Rising crime?- do you have stats to prove that? Could it be that the VTH sells more papers when all they do is report crime?
To answer your question: How about laws and bylaws on the books and having both the police and code enforcement held to a standard that they just do their jobs. For code enforcement that means giving them the tools they need - as for the police, the original post was correct - they had 10 years and didn't do squat.
Actually we witness these crimes first hand. You should get out more, you might experience one.
WeeWeeWee

San Leandro, CA

#20 Apr 9, 2013
Just selling more fear - isn't that the job of the Times Horrid and the VPD?

If you witness the crime, how about you take a second and get a license plate number, shoot a video with your phone, call the police - just do something.

Maybe if more people did this, the criminals would take note.
WeeWeeWee

San Leandro, CA

#21 Apr 9, 2013
Our Police Force will welcome your support and it will make their job easier.

Win Win

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