Browsing the archives for the 3rd Edition category

Community Restoration CORE Team

By John Allen In the years before and during the City Of Vallejo’s bankruptcy, a group of concerned citizens came together under Fighting Back Partnership to provide guidance and direction for a grant by the United States Department of Justice. The effectiveness of this Steering Committee was the primary reason that even without our local police department ability […]

PROSTITUTES: How to get them out and reclaim your neighborhood

by BJ Conrad Editor’s Note: The issue of prostitution in Vallejo seemed to recede in the public discussion late last year as election season heated up and the city erected cameras in strategic locations to track both criminal activity and johns appearing at prostitution hotspots to solicit women for sex. However, Mayor Davis has not […]

Lamplighter Meets with City Staff

Lamplighter Meets with City Staff to Discuss Options on Vacant Property, Foreclosure and Squatter Problems On Friday morning, March 23rd, members of the Lamplighter steering committee met with Assistant City Manager Craig  Whittom, Assistant City Attorney Claudia Quintana, Lieutenant Lee Horton of the Vallejo Police Department, and Nimat  Shakoor-Grantham, head of Code Enforcement, to discuss […]

How to tell if you have squatters living near by

By Ann Smith Here are some clues that your neighborhood may have been invaded by squatters. There is a foreclosed property in your neighborhood. The old neighbors have moved out and the house is empty. Slowly there are changes to the property. The lawn looks overgrown. There are weeds, and trash around the house. The […]

Cash For Keys and Other Disasters *Update*

By Ann Smith Well, after two years of problems I can finally say that my block is “free at last” of squatters. The problem property sold at auction and a real estate group that is buying up foreclosed properties in Vallejo at a rapid rate bought the house. With the help of a bank REO […]