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September 21, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Napa County law enforcement officers have identified the body of a woman found stuffed in a 55-gallon paint drum, but they are still trying to explain how the corpse went undetected for 46 days after discovery of the barrel. "We're not computers, we're just humans," said Sheriff's Lt. John Baumgartner. The badly decomposed remains were identified as Patti Charlene Ahmed, 27, most recently of San Pablo.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
A Northern California school district is recommending that its main high school's Apache mascot be changed. The Apache, adopted decades ago, has long been a sensitive issue for Vallejo High School, and altering it has been raised several times over the years,  according to the Vallejo Times Herald. The matter will be decided at the board's Wednesday meeting. The mascot is offensive to some Native Americans, according to a staff report prepared for the Vallejo City Unified School District's governing board.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2012 | Maria L. La Ganga
Nine months after this former Navy town emerged from bankruptcy protection, its Police Department is about a third smaller than at its peak. The Fire Department has been slashed by nearly a quarter, and the median home price has dropped almost 70%. Half of the downtown storefronts are vacant. But when Shannon O'Hare looks at Vallejo, what he sees is "a dream come true. " A year after the city filed for Chapter 9, the artist and his wife bought their first house together here -- a three-bedroom post-Victorian -- for $142,000.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
“Did you hear the latest?” Joe Ely asked backstage Sunday night at Pappy & Harriet's, the colorful restaurant and saloon in Pioneertown, a few minutes before starting his set. The question referred to the surreal series of events he experienced last week while on his string of shows down the California coast, for which he's accompanied by guitarist Jeff Plankenhorn.   While Ely was onstage at Slim's in San Francisco Tuesday night, a fan reunited him with a custom guitar that was stolen from him 27 years ago. Ely said Slim's is about three blocks from where the guitar was originally taken along with other band equipment when he was on tour in 1986.
OPINION
March 26, 2005
Re "In Vallejo, a Lesson in Converting El Toro," March 21: Yes, indeed, there is a lesson the military can learn from the closing of military bases at Vallejo and El Toro -- don't peddle the property to housing developers. Both properties are highly contaminated from years of spilling toxins on the open ground. We don't need any more Love Canals. Yet the master planner for Vallejo, a housing developer, might want to raid the funds from an El Toro sale in order to clean up Vallejo. The best use for the El Toro airport is an airport.
OPINION
March 10, 1991
The drought is severe and mandatory water rationing is at hand. Under this austerity, I would like to inform readers that the California Maritime Academy is conducting an extensive research project examining large-scale desalination for California. Having several decades of experience in the disciplines of desalination (for Merchant and Naval vessels), we here at the academy are analyzing the use of alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power to make the conversion of salt water reasonably affordable.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
“Did you hear the latest?” Joe Ely asked backstage Sunday night at Pappy & Harriet's, the colorful restaurant and saloon in Pioneertown, a few minutes before starting his set. The question referred to the surreal series of events he experienced last week while on his string of shows down the California coast, for which he's accompanied by guitarist Jeff Plankenhorn.   While Ely was onstage at Slim's in San Francisco Tuesday night, a fan reunited him with a custom guitar that was stolen from him 27 years ago. Ely said Slim's is about three blocks from where the guitar was originally taken along with other band equipment when he was on tour in 1986.
OPINION
February 16, 1997
The news that one of the alleged Vallejo bombers was trying to avoid a third-strike prosecution on another charge (Feb. 4) illustrates vividly how retributive justice and the third-strike frenzy merely escalate the stakes, making life more dangerous for the police and for all the rest of us. Let's de-escalate violence rather than contribute to more of it: end the drug war and imprisonment madness, sponsor treatment, reverse the galloping economic inequality,...
NEWS
February 4, 1997 | MARIA L. La GANGA and JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Perhaps Kevin Lee Robinson was desperate. Facing the possibility of life in prison because of an upcoming three-strikes trial, police say, he saw only one way out: Bomb the courthouse. Destroy the evidence. Remain a free man. In the end, things didn't turn out that way.
NEWS
July 2, 1988 | Associated Press
Luther E. Gibson, a former newspaper owner and state senator, has died at the age of 93. Gibson, who had been in poor health for the last few years, died Wednesday at his home. Gibson was the owner or part-owner of several newspapers in Solano and Contra Costa counties, buying his first paper, the Antioch Tribune, in 1919. From 1948 to 1968, Gibson, a Democrat, represented Vallejo and Benicia in the Legislature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2012 | Maria L. La Ganga
Nine months after this former Navy town emerged from bankruptcy protection, its Police Department is about a third smaller than at its peak. The Fire Department has been slashed by nearly a quarter, and the median home price has dropped almost 70%. Half of the downtown storefronts are vacant. But when Shannon O'Hare looks at Vallejo, what he sees is "a dream come true. " A year after the city filed for Chapter 9, the artist and his wife bought their first house together here -- a three-bedroom post-Victorian -- for $142,000.
WORLD
November 14, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Cecilia Sanchez, Los Angeles Times
President Felipe Calderon's sister appears to have lost her bid for governor of Michoacan during violent state elections, and she alleged Monday that drug traffickers helped tip the race in favor of one of her opponents. Preliminary results gave the lead in the race for governor of the western state to Fausto Vallejo of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. "The intervention by organized crime during the entire election process and especially yesterday is alarming, not just for Michoacan but for the entire country," Luisa Maria Calderon said in a radio interview a day after Sunday's vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2011 | By Maura Dolan and John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Vallejo, which filed for bankruptcy in 2008, has proposed paying its unsecured creditors, who are mostly current and former employees, as little as 5% to 20% of the amount they say they are owed in a bid to return the economically shaky Bay Area bedroom community to fiscal health. John Knox, a San Francisco lawyer representing Vallejo, said the proposal to not repay all debts is "probably rare" for a municipal bankruptcy. But he said it would save the city "tens of millions of dollars," including claims for unpaid sick leave and vacation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
When San Pedro held its annual holiday parade a few weeks ago, the message to the Navy was unmistakable. One of the grand marshals ? although it couldn't be there in person ? was the Iowa, the storied battleship that, with the Navy's blessing, could be permanently berthed on San Pedro's waterfront. A cheering crowd gave the thumbs up to a float with a 40-foot-long billboard showing "the Big Stick," the vessel that carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt to crucial meetings during World War II. Veterans marched alongside, and a 93-year-old who was among the Iowa's first sailors waved, with other aging warriors, from atop a truck loaded with hay bales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2010 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
First came the break-in at the combination electronics repair shop and real estate agency. Then came the burglar bars on the store's plate-glass window. But Jimmy Mozaffar, owner of Data Days, sounds less angry with the criminals than he does with the crime-stoppers here in hard-knock Vallejo, the largest city in California history to file for bankruptcy. The thieves made off with laptops, but it was the pared-down Police Department — which has lost a third of its officers — that stole Mozaffar's peace of mind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2008 | John M. Glionna and Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writers
This onetime shipyard city turned Bay Area commuter village appears to have averted a move that is rare in California and across the nation -- declaring bankruptcy. A somber City Council had prepared to vote Thursday evening after putting the bankruptcy issue on the table earlier in the week during an emotional hearing that drew hundreds of concerned residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1988
Saturday's Winning Numbers 1-9-21-28-30-40 Saturday's Jackpot $5.5 million Bonus Number 14 Winners per Category No. of Prizes Winners Each 6 of 6 0 $0 5 of 6 plus bonus 5 $304,287 5 of 6 245 $3,199 4 of 6 13,662 $52 3 of 6 258,874 $5 The Big Spin Angela Stramaglia, Simi Valley, $100,000; Edmundo A LeBrun, San Luis Obispo, $100,000; Barbara E. Hall, Chino, $80,000; Huey H. Tidwell, Sacramento, $50,000; Paul Policelli Jr, San Francisco, $50,000; Mark S. Curry, Orange, $50,000; Gladys R.
SPORTS
November 2, 1987
Nikki Gianulias of Vallejo, Calif., had a 718 series to win the professional division of the Ladies Touring Players' Assn. Active West Pro-Am Invitational at Carter Bowl in Fullerton Sunday. Jeanee Maiden of Solon, Ohio, was second with a 701. The tournament continues today at 10 a.m. with the professional series.
TRAVEL
April 24, 2005 | Jane Engle, Time Staff Writer
A two-acre tropical habitat where you can touch and feed dolphins and stingrays and get up close to penguins will soon open at Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. The 140-acre city-owned park is home to Shouka the killer whale and elephants, tigers and more than 3,000 other animals, plus rides and roller coasters. It has long allowed dolphin-human contact through its "Dolphin Discovery" program -- for a fee. In that program, which costs $149.
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