Developers find outspoken ally on City Council

Especially in tough economic times, Vallejo's major developers should be worked with rather than told to leave, City Councilwoman Marti Brown said Tuesday night. Full Story
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disgustedunionma n

San Francisco, CA

#1 Jul 29, 2010
Thank you Marti I voted for you because of your experience as a senior planner and as a voice for those of us who live here.You've exceeded my very high expectations Tuesday night.Well done...!

The last thing we need is another law suit while in bankruptcy.I know the mayor has represented other developers in this town in his capacity as an attorney.His clients are drooling at the opportunity to take this project over.

I've personally seen Triads work in Washington and know community members who worked with triad in Seatle.They do good work,have positive outcomes and worked well with community activists as well as city council members.They seem to be a good fit for this town.

Our mayor takes care of his own at the expense of the taxpayer.His delay in filing bankruptcy cost the city more than a million dollars a month.Giving cops a 10 percent raise while the city is in bankruptcy has forced us to fire more cops.He just spends, shoots off his mouth and protects his wallet at our expense.
Thank you ...Marti, for representing the rest of us.
I See Dumb People

Vacaville, CA

#2 Jul 29, 2010
Craig Whittom "matter of performance on a contract."

Spoken like a true city staff loser!

If the City Council and City Administrators were help to this expectation, they would have been removed from office years ago! They, along with VIB drewls, have destroyed Vallejo!

Vallejo has painted itself into a corner that it will not be able to escape from for 25 years! COngratulations DUMMIES!

Vallejo is doomed.

VIB SUx!
john

Vallejo, CA

#3 Jul 29, 2010
developers have found an ally, but has the city?
Hunker Down Brown

Vallejo, CA

#4 Jul 29, 2010
This is exactly how it starts, developer contributes to political campaign, elected official advocates for them. Same same with union money, there's no difference, just different players with the same objective down the road,$$$.
Let's see some voluntary caps in the next election? Not a peep, and I don't expect one.
dhindz

San Bruno, CA

#5 Jul 29, 2010
Keep up the good work Marti B.- it's about time!
dave1021

Alameda, CA

#6 Jul 29, 2010
Brown's an idiot. Instead of whining about why Triad wasn't "treated" like Callahan de Silva, she should be urging that they both - along with Lennar - be booted out for non-performance. She's concerned about "attorney's fees"? Why isn't she concerned about all the city money that's been shoveled into these developer's bank accounts over the past decade - money that's yielded ABSOLUTELY NOTHING? Get a clue, lady.
NoKnow

Pleasanton, CA

#7 Jul 29, 2010
Are we talking about working with Lennar and Triad who are absolutely ineffective in commercial and industrial developments? Should we also look for alternatives instead of working with incompetents?
dave1021

Alameda, CA

#8 Jul 29, 2010
"I voted for you because of your experience as a senior planner..." Apparently, "experience as a senior planner" means "I know how to get developers to pick up my lunch tab."
Susan

San Francisco, CA

#9 Jul 29, 2010
Finally, somebody is stepping up for the people of Vallejo. I don't think out mayor has a clue as to what is going on in this city. When is his term over.
Truth Teller

Vancouver, WA

#10 Jul 29, 2010
The problem with Vallejo are explicitly illustrated here. The problem with Vallejo is Vallejoans. They can only join together when there is something to be against.

In the last 15 years other cities have had much success developing downtown, water front and closed military bases, while Vallejo(ans) have done nothing but bicker back and forth while the city crumbles.

With the current political and administrative structure, Vallejo will never catch up. So keep complaining and whining while other cities lure business and revenue for the good of their citizens.
Unconcerned Citizen

San Ramon, CA

#11 Jul 29, 2010
Develop this city back into a great place to live. Heck I would settle for a good place.
Crow in the Road

Fremont, CA

#12 Jul 29, 2010
dave1021 wrote:
"I voted for you because of your experience as a senior planner..." Apparently, "experience as a senior planner" means "I know how to get developers to pick up my lunch tab."
Ow! But you're right Dave!
Home Grown

Vallejo, CA

#13 Jul 29, 2010
I find to somewhat concerning that Marty Brown was one of the members of the waterfront coalition, a group that stopped the Callahan- de Silva project, and now because she is a puppet of Gomes ( who had personal ties with Triad) she want to also pull Callahan- de Silva into this mess with Triad. Hmmm I guess speical interest in everywhere.
William

Grand Prairie, TX

#14 Jul 29, 2010
Greasing the skids is becoming more of a liability these days then a cash pay-off!

-Bell residents protest officials' sky-high pay
Associated Press
Monday, July 26, 2010

www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi...
libertad

Stockton, CA

#15 Jul 29, 2010
Hello everybody, Triad just want their deposit back, thats it. They are not capable of delivering what's on their contract. Do not get excited.

Marti Brown and VIB's included as ney sayers during the early inception of re-developement plan.
Which caused all the delays!!!!
Delusional

Vallejo, CA

#16 Jul 29, 2010
libertad wrote:
Hello everybody, Triad just want their deposit back, thats it. They are not capable of delivering what's on their contract. Do not get excited.
Marti Brown and VIB's included as ney sayers during the early inception of re-developement plan.
Which caused all the delays!!!!
Throw all of the bums out.

It seems that everyone has forgotten that Osby was DeSliva lawyer.Why aren'y you racking Osby over the coals for his ineptness and conflict of interest.The waterfront plan was poorly done and DeSilva is not a particularily good developer.Its 12 years and he is still dealing with conceptual plans. But since he is a GOB lets throw money at him.

I am also not a fan of Triad. They got rich off of Hiddenbrooke and left a pile of problems for the residents to deal with.Kurt Johanessens greatest gift is telling people what they want to hear. The downtown folks thought he was their savior and bought his glib taslk.But Triad is like most developers--they primarily care about making money,not what is necessarily in Vallejo's best interest.

As to Lennar. Vallejo has been screwed by them ,no matter what anyone in City Hall says.Some of the blame should be put on the City Managers and city councils who did not make Economic Development of Mare Island the highest priority. Mayor Tony is typical. I was at a meeting where he admitted he didn't realise how hard and how much effort was required to redo Mare Island.
The nose knows

Hayward, CA

#17 Jul 29, 2010
Marti took a LARGE campaign contribution from TRIAD.

Marti is in their pocket.

Know what I mean?
Samuel Kurshan

AOL

#18 Jul 29, 2010
You idiots had your chance to elect me. Now look at what you are stuck with.
Firebug

Concord, CA

#19 Jul 29, 2010
Home Grown wrote:
I find to somewhat concerning that Marty Brown was one of the members of the waterfront coalition, a group that stopped the Callahan- de Silva project, and now because she is a puppet of Gomes ( who had personal ties with Triad) she want to also pull Callahan- de Silva into this mess with Triad. Hmmm I guess speical interest in everywhere.
I can only find where Brown took a non monetary donation from TRIAD, and nothing for Gomes. Got a link to prove claimed ties? Isn't it true that the great and omnipotent Ozz worked for Callahan DeSilva?

http://ibvallejo.com/index.php...
Crow in the Road

Fremont, CA

#20 Jul 29, 2010
Home Grown wrote:
I find to somewhat concerning that Marty Brown was one of the members of the waterfront coalition, a group that stopped the Callahan- de Silva project, and now because she is a puppet of Gomes ( who had personal ties with Triad) she want to also pull Callahan- de Silva into this mess with Triad. Hmmm I guess speical interest in everywhere.
You got that right. Concerned about lawyer costs in another lawsuit? Helllo? Some would say Triad is using scare tactics, but Brown advocates for them regardless. Sorry I voted for you, Marti, really, never again. I thought you were different, I hate being duped!

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