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Crime wave compounds bankrupt Vallejo's woes
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/9/10 | Chip Johnson

Posted on 02/09/2010 7:37:14 AM PST by SmithL

Times are tough in Vallejo these days, a city with more street violence than nearby Richmond, and a rapidly shrinking police department.

In the last week alone, the city has witnessed two homicides, a knife attack that injured three people, the shooting of an ice-cream vendor and a mob assault on a city employee - an incident captured on video at a local gas station.

One of the homicide victims was Matthew Allen Hicks, the father of one of two teens suspected in the attack near the gas station. Hicks was found shot in the head early Monday.

"It has been quite a while seen I've seen (so many) incidents of this magnitude in such a short period of time," said Lt. Abel Tenorio, a spokesman for the Vallejo Police Department.

If this is a snapshot of crime in Vallejo nearly two years after a bankruptcy filing, it does not bode well for the next five years.

As part of an effort to close a $16 million budget shortfall in May 2008, the city slashed essential services, chief among them the number of sworn officers in the Vallejo Police Department.

Since the department began cutting back in 2005, the number of sworn officers has dropped from 158 to 104. More layoffs are planned in June unless city officials can close a $5 million budget shortfall. If that happens, Vallejo's police force will be reduced to 89 officers - that's for a city of 117,000 residents and 30 square miles.

Consider that Richmond, a city of similar size, has 181 sworn officers, and the Berkeley Police Department has a 185-member police force.

As the city's resources to address crime have dwindled, the number of reported incidents has risen. In 2008, Vallejo had a higher violent crime rate than...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: bankruptcy; bluezones; california; crimaliens; diversity; goldenstate; headsbackinthesand; illegalinvasion; illegals; immigration; vallejo; yourtaxdollarsatwork
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1 posted on 02/09/2010 7:37:14 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL
One of the homicide victims was Matthew Allen Hicks, the father of one of two teens suspected in the attack near the gas station. Hicks was found shot in the head early Monday.

Sounds like a little street justice got dished out. Not a good sign.

2 posted on 02/09/2010 7:39:37 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: SmithL

Hoppe & Change. Open borders etc.


3 posted on 02/09/2010 7:40:42 AM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: SmithL

Its all Bush’s fault. s/


4 posted on 02/09/2010 7:41:09 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft
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To: SmithL

I used to live there. Too bad, it was a nice town in the 80’s.


5 posted on 02/09/2010 7:41:59 AM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: SmithL

How’s that Leftist Utopia working out for you these days?


6 posted on 02/09/2010 7:44:59 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine
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To: SmithL

Their diversity will carry this great town forward and ever upward.


7 posted on 02/09/2010 7:46:36 AM PST by junta (S.C.U.M. = State Controlled Unreliable Media)
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To: SmithL

OK this is quite EASY, pass a city law that states that EVERY able-bodied male 18 and above(to 70)and w/out a crime record is required to carry a weapon of .38 or greater 24 hour a day and they would be deputized as the city militia and be exempt from ALL lawsuits. The county sheriff would be in charge of creation of a city “Watch Bill”. WALLA problem solved! What does everyone think?


8 posted on 02/09/2010 7:48:59 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: SmithL

Doesn’t even hold a candle to daily events in Salinas these days.


9 posted on 02/09/2010 7:50:10 AM PST by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!)
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To: SmithL

As society breaks down the animals roam free.


10 posted on 02/09/2010 7:51:42 AM PST by SERE_DOC (My Rice Krispies told me to stay home & clean my weapons! How does one clean a phase 4 plasma rifle)
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To: SmithL

Is this a city full of illegal immigrants?


11 posted on 02/09/2010 7:52:58 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: rbosque

I hated to see Mare Island shut down. They had some good people working there. MINSY was one of our clients, back when I worked for a computer maintenance company. When they closed all the bases in Northern California, I got into another line of work.


12 posted on 02/09/2010 7:53:23 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Wow, more crime that Richmond. I wouldn’t have guessed or conceived of that.

Lock and Load.

You are on your on and the Hyena’s are on the prowl to take advantage of you.


13 posted on 02/09/2010 8:00:17 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: rbosque
Too bad, it was a nice town in the 80’s.

1880s

14 posted on 02/09/2010 8:00:20 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: rbosque

80s?

Zodiac Killer days?


15 posted on 02/09/2010 8:09:27 AM PST by James C. Bennett
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To: SmithL

I have the perfect song to go with this situation!

Just Like Paradise by David Lee Roth.


16 posted on 02/09/2010 8:11:07 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine
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To: SmithL

And being Kalifornia, everything POSSIBLE is being done....to prevent law abiding citizens from arming themselves!


17 posted on 02/09/2010 8:23:52 AM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: SERE_DOC

“As society breaks down the animals roam free.”

Like the coyotes in Manhattan?


18 posted on 02/09/2010 8:59:20 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Vendome
You are on your on and the Hyena’s are on the prowl to take advantage of you.

Anti-hyena applicators recently purchased at a gun show:


19 posted on 02/09/2010 9:15:30 AM PST by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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I don’t think this issue is about crime, it’s about money.

Rather then cut the ridiculous salaries of the city’s employees, they choose to cut the police, etc.

They’d rather keep their money and let the citizens suffer.

Why should citizens be forced to do the police departments jobs. It’s because government pay and benefits are more important, in the goverment employees minds.

What they don’t realize, is at some time, the criminals will target the ones who have money, mainly the city employees.

What goes around comes around, that’s why it’s called a “revolution”.


20 posted on 02/09/2010 9:22:52 AM PST by OhhTee5
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To: SmithL

A great example of why you need to be able to protect your family. Cops can’t protect you. By the time you CALL the cops, it is to late.

Vallejo Fast Facts
Median Age: 34.9 years
• Per Capita Income: $20,415
• Median Income: $56,805
% of Population w/ High School Diploma or Higher: 82%
• % of Population w/ College Degree: 21%


21 posted on 02/09/2010 9:24:53 AM PST by Bullpine
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To: SmithL
The cause of this fiasco is the burden of the Public Employee retirement plans...consuming nearly half the city budget.

The politicians are unwilling to take on the issue.

As a result, it's likely they'll get un-elected...even though the SEIU and other unions swear they won't.

22 posted on 02/09/2010 10:18:23 AM PST by Mariner
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To: Oatka

Good choice.


23 posted on 02/09/2010 1:12:22 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: SmithL

I lives at Mare Island but worked at Skaggs. Oh well.


24 posted on 02/09/2010 1:53:16 PM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: James C. Bennett

1988, never met the Zodiak.


25 posted on 02/09/2010 1:55:12 PM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: SmithL
Don't want to pay cops? Next time you need help, call a politician.
26 posted on 02/09/2010 4:22:12 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: US Navy Vet
I think WALLA is spelled voila'.
27 posted on 02/09/2010 4:23:43 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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