Vallejo Police Department policy requires written authorization before officers launch drones. When an Open Vallejo investigation found no evidence that the rule was being followed, the department decided to change it.
Vallejo police need better facilities and deserve safe working conditions, write Andrea Sorce and Anne Carr, but a waterfront headquarters at 400 Mare Island Way is not the answer.
Former Lt. Herman Robinson, Vallejo’s longest-serving police officer, accused Chief Shawny Williams of making false statements under oath as Williams sought to fire him, records obtained by Open Vallejo show.
Three former City of Vallejo employees allege in a new lawsuit that they were fired after raising concerns about Vallejo City Manager Greg Nyhoff. They contend their experience is part of a larger pattern of retaliation against whistleblowers.
The Vallejo City Council unanimously approved sweeping changes to the multi-billion-dollar plan to redevelop Mare Island Tuesday night — all of them favorable to the developer at the expense of the city.
Vallejo City Manager Greg Nyhoff met with a Tennessee-based developer without telling key staff or the City Council. When the city’s negotiation team raised concerns, he fired them.
At least five women have accused Brown of physical violence over the past two decades, an Open Vallejo investigation has found.
Vallejo’s police union filed an unfair labor complaint in June alleging the city unlawfully hired a civilian to act as the department spokesperson.
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