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Encyclopedia > Vallejo, California
City of Vallejo
Nickname: Valley-Joe, V-Town, The "V"
Motto: City of Opportunity
Location in Solano County and the state of California
Location in Solano County and the state of California
Coordinates: 38°6′47″N 122°14′9″W / 38.11306, -122.23583
Country United States
State California
County Solano
Founded 1851
Incorporated 1867
Government
 - Mayor Osby Davis
 - Senate Pat Wiggins (D)
 - Assembly Noreen Evans (D)
 - U. S. Congress George Miller (D)
Area
 - Total 48.8 sq mi (126.3 km²)
 - Land 30.2 sq mi (78.2 km²)
 - Water 18.6 sq mi (48.1 km²)  38.07%
Elevation 60 ft (21 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 125,900
 - Density 3,868.9/sq mi (1,495.3/km²)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 94589, 94590, 94591, 94592
Area code(s) 707
FIPS code 06-81666
GNIS feature ID 1661612
Website: http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/

Vallejo (pronounced /vəˈleɪoʊ/ or /vəˈleɪhoʊ/ in English; /baˈjeho/ in the original Spanish) is a city in Solano County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 116,760. It is located in the San Francisco Bay Area on the northern shore of San Pablo Bay. Vallejo is named for General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. // A nickname is a name of an entity or thing that is not its proper name. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Solano County is a county located in central part of the U.S. state of California, about halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento and is one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... 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Vallejo is home to the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom theme park (formerly Marine World and Marine World Africa USA) ; the now-defunct Mare Island Naval Shipyard; the regional office for Region 5 of the United States Forest Service; the California Maritime Academy (part of the California State University system); the Vallejo Center campus of Solano Community College; and Touro University, an osteopathic medical college. Ferry service runs from a terminal on Mare Island Strait to San Francisco, through Vallejo Transit's BayLink division. Vallejo has twice served as the capital of the State of California: once in 1852 and again in 1853, both periods being quite brief.[1] Some of the first Europeans drawn to the Vallejo area were attracted by the sulfur springs; in fact, in the year 1902 the area was named Blue Rock Springs. “Marine World” redirects here. ... The Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINS) was the first United States Navy shipyard established on the Pacific Coast. ... Logo of the U.S. Forest Service. ... The California Maritime Academy (also known as CMA, Cal Maritime and CSU, Maritime) is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system and is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States. ... The California State University (CSU) is one of three public higher education systems in the state of California, the other two being the University of California system and the California Community College System. ... Solano Community College is a two-year institution of higher learning located in Fairfield, Solano County, California (between San Francisco and Sacramento). ... Touros Lander Hall holds the schools laboratories and classrooms. ... The ferryboat Dongan Hills, filled with commuters, about to dock at a New York City pier, circa 1945. ... Aerial photo of the southern part of Mare Island Mare Island is an island in Vallejo, California, about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... Vallejo Transit is a bus and ferry service in Solano County, California. ... 1852 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... This article is about the chemical element. ...

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Geography and environment

Vallejo is located at 38°6′47″N, 122°14′9″W (38.112969, -122.235882)[2].


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 126.3 km² (48.8 mi²). 78.2 km² (30.2 mi²) of it is land and 48.1 km² (18.6 mi²) of it (38.07%) is water. The Napa River flows until it changes into the Mare Island Strait in Vallejo which then flows into the San Pablo bay. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... The Napa River, approximately 55 miles (89 km) long, is a river in the U.S. state of California. ...


Vallejo is accessible by Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Sacramento. It is the location for the northern half of the Carquinez Bridge. It is also part of the North Bay region of the Bay Area in Central California. It is also accessible by Interstate 780 from neighboring Benicia to the east, and by Route 37 from Sonoma to the west. Route 29 (former U.S. Route 40) begins in the city near the Carquinez Bridge and travels north through the heart of the city and past into Napa County, entering neighboring American Canyon and eventually Napa. Interstate 80, a major east-west route of the Interstate Highway System, has its western terminus in San Francisco, California, United States. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... Sacramento redirects here. ... The Carquinez Bridge refers to parallel bridges which cross the Carquinez Strait linking Vallejo, California to the north, with Crockett, California to the south. ... Interstate 780 is a 6. ... Benicia is a waterside city in Solano County, California, United States. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE SR-251 MRN 0. ... Sonoma City Hall in the town plaza Sonoma is a historically significant city in Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA. It is centered around its historic town plaza, a remnant of the towns Spanish colonial past. ... State Route 29 is a state highway in the U.S. state of California that travels in a north-south direction from State Route 20 in Upper Lake to Interstate 80 in Vallejo. ... U.S. Route 40 is an east-west United States highway. ... Napa Valley redirects here. ... American Canyon is a city located in southern Napa County, California, 35 miles northeast of San Francisco. ... Napa is the county seat of Napa County, California. ...


Several faults have been mapped in the vicinity of Vallejo. The San Andreas Fault and Hayward Faults are the most active faults, even though the San Andreas is at some distance. Locally, the Sulphur Springs Valley Thrust Fault and Southhampton Fault are found. No quaternary seismic activity along these minor faults has been observed with the possible exception of a slight offset revealed by trenching. The Sulphur Mountain and Green Valley faults have been associated with the Concord Fault to the south. The Concord Fault is considered active. Historically there have been local cinnabar mines in the Vallejo area.[3] The Hastings Mine and St. John's Mine contribute ongoing water contamination for mercury; furthermore, mine shaft development has depleted much of this area's spring water. Both Rindler Creek and Blue Rocks Spring Creek have been affected. View of the San Andreas Fault on the Carrizo Plain in central California, 35°07N, 119°39W The San Andreas Fault is a geological fault that runs a length of roughly 800 miles (1300 kilometres) through western and southern California in the United States. ... The Hayward Fault Zone is located in northern California in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Cinnabar, sometimes written cinnabarite, is a name applied to red mercury(II) sulfide (HgS), or native vermilion, the common ore of mercury. ... The Hastings Mine is a mineral extraction site approximately two miles northeast of the city of Vallejo, Solano County, California. ... The St Johns Mine is a mineral extraction site approximately three miles north of the city of Vallejo, Solano County, California. ... This article is about the element. ... Rindler Creek is a stream that rises on Sulfur Springs Mountain in southwestern Solano County, California. ...


There are a variety of flora and fauna in the Vallejo area. The Suisun Shrew, Sorex ornatus sinuosus, a mammal found only in salt marshes, has local habitat. Also according to city's 1989 Environmental Assessment, the Tiburon Indian paintbrush, (Castilleja neglecta) is found in the Vallejo area. Simplified schematic of an islands flora - all its plant species, highlighted in boxes. ... Fauna is a collective term for animal life of any particular region or time. ... Trinomial name Sorex ornatus sinuosus The Suisun Shrew (Sorex ornatus sinuosus), is a subspecies of the Ornate Shrew that occurs in the tidal marshes of the northern shores of San Pablo and Suisun Bays (northern arms of the San Francisco Bay, as far east as Grizzly Island and as far... Subclasses & Infraclasses Subclass †Allotheria* Subclass Prototheria Subclass Theria Infraclass †Trituberculata Infraclass Metatheria Infraclass Eutheria For the folk-rock band see The Mammals. ... Binomial name Castilleja neglecta (Zeile) Chuang & Heckard Tiburon Indian paintbrush, whose scientific name is Castilleja neglecta or Casteileja affinis spp. ... Binomial name Castilleja neglecta (Zeile) Chuang & Heckard Tiburon Indian paintbrush, whose scientific name is Castilleja neglecta or Casteileja affinis spp. ...


Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 125,900 people, 39,601 households, and 28,235 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,495.3/km² (3,868.9/mi²). There were 41,219 housing units at an average density of 527.2/km² (1,365.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 30.97% White, 30.69% African American, 0.66% Native American, 19.16% Asian, 1.09% Pacific Islander, 7.88% from other races, and 6.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.92% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


Vallejo has the third highest percentage of Filipino Americans in the United States mainland, behind the nearby cities of Daly City and Hercules. Vallejo is the 9th largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area by population,the 45th in the state of California,and 189th in the U.S. by population also. In 1998, Benjamin J. Cayetano became the first Filipino American (and second Asian American after Governor George R. Ariyoshi) to be elected state Governor of the United States. ... Daly City is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States with a 2000 population of 103,621. ... Hercules is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. ...


There were 39,601 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.43. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $47,030, and the median income for a family was $53,805. Males had a median income of $40,132 versus $32,129 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,415. About 7.7% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


History

Vallejo was once home of the Coastal Miwok as well as Suisunes and other Patwin Native American tribes. The Columbus Parkway EIR documents three confirmed Native American sites located in the rock outcrops in the hills above Blue Rock Springs Park. The California Archaeological Inventory has indicated that the three Indian sites are located on Sulphur Springs Mountain. Miwok (also spelled Miwuk, Mi-Wuk, or Me-Wuk) can refer to any one of four linguistically-related groups of Native Americans, who lived in what is now Northern California, who spoke one of the Miwokan languages in the Utian family. ... The Suisunes (also called the Suisun and the People of the West Wind) were a tribe of Native Americans that lived in Northern Californias Suisun Marsh regions of Solano County, California between what is now Suisun, Vacaville and Putah Creek around 200 years ago. ... The Patwin (also Patween, Southern Wintu) are a Wintun people native to the area in Northern California. ... This article is about the people indigenous to the United States. ... Outcrop is a geological term referring to the appearance of bedrock exposed at the surface of the Earth. ...

Mariano Vallejo, ca. 1880-85, founder and city namesake
Mariano Vallejo, ca. 1880-85, founder and city namesake

The city of Vallejo was once part of a 66,000-acre (267 km²) Mexican land grant of 1844 by Governor Pío Pico to General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo called the Rancho Soscol. The city was named for this original Mexican military officer and title holder, he helped to settle and oversee the north bay region. General Vallejo wanted the site named Eureka, but the other citizens of the area wanted to name the new city after the General. Neighboring Benicia is named after Vallejo's wife, Francisca Benicia Carrillo. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 373 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (751 × 1207 pixel, file size: 84 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 373 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (751 × 1207 pixel, file size: 84 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Jan. ... Pío de Jesus Pico IV (May 5, 1801 – September 11, 1894) was the last Mexican Governor of Alta California. ... Mariano Vallejo, ca. ... Benicia is a waterside city in Solano County, California, United States. ...


General Vallejo was responsible for military peace in the region until 1846, first under Spanish then Mexican rule, until independently-minded Californians rose up against the Mexican government of California in 1846 in the Bear Flag Revolt, and the annexation of California to the United States. General Vallejo, though a Mexican and Mexican army officer, generally acquiesced in the annexation of California to the United States, recognizing the greater resources of the United States and benefits that would bring to his beloved California. He was a proponenent of reconciliation and statehood after the Bear Flag Revolt, and has a U.S. Navy submarine, the USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN 658), named after him. 1846 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... The Bear Flag Capital Sonoma, California Language(s) English and Spanish (de facto) Government Republic President William B. Ide History  - Independence from Mexico June 14, 1846  - Annexation by the United States of America July 9, 1846 The California Republic, also called the Bear Flag Republic, was the result of a... The first Bear Flag. ... USS (SSBN-658), a Benjamin Franklin-class ballistic missile submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. ...


In 1850, Vallejo proposed plans for a new city, to be called Eureka, with the capitol, university, botanical garden and other features. After a state wide referendum, his proposal was accepted, although a new name was decided upon: Vallejo. In 1851, a commission appointed by the Senate found a site on a hill that overlooked the bay and could see San Francisco on a clear day, and it was approved for its symbolic strategic value. In 1851, Vallejo was the official state capitol, with the government prepared to meet for the first time the following year. In 1852, the legislature convened for the first time. Unfortunately, Vallejo didn't follow through with building a capitol for them to meet in. After being forced to meet in a leaky building, sitting on barrels, they motioned to move sessions to Sacramento, and served there for the remainder of the session after only 11 days. In 1853, it was again the meeting place for the legislature, solely for the purpose of moving the capitol officially to Benicia, which occurred on February 4, 1853, after only a month. After legislature left, the government established a naval shipyard on Mare Island, which helped the town overcome the loss. The yard functioned for over a hundred years, finally closing in 1996.[5] 1852 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Benicia is a waterside city in Solano County, California, United States. ... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... The Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINS) was the first United States Navy shipyard established on the Pacific Coast. ... Aerial photo of the southern part of Mare Island Mare Island is an island in Vallejo, California, about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


In the early 1900s, Vallejo was home to a Class D minor-league baseball team, referred to in local newspapers sometimes as the "Giants" and other times simply as "The Vallejos." Pacific Coast League star and future Chicago White Sox center fielder Ping Bodie played for Vallejo during the 1908 season, in which the team reached the California state title game. The team was disbanded in the early 1920s. This article is about the sport. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72 Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) (Chicago) White Stockings (1901-1903 *From 1900 to 1903, the official name did not contain the city name of Chicago... Ping Bodie on a 1912 American Tobacco Company baseball card (Brown Backgrounds (T207-018)   Frank Stephen (Ping) Bodie, born Francesco Stephano Pezzolo (October 8, 1887 - December 17, 1961), was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox (1911-1914), Philadelphia Athletics (1917) and New...


Downtown Vallejo retains many of its historic Victorian and craftsman homes.


Recent Events

November 2007 Mayoral Election

The mayor was former city council member Anthony Intintoli; as of December 2007, the current mayor is now Osby Davis. The mayoral race had Davis and Gary Cloutier tied on election day. Cloutier won the race initially. But the results of a recount declared Davis the winner instead, two days after Cloutier was already sworn in. Cloutier attempted to appeal a recount but stopped to do so for it needed to reach the higher court. The two candidates were firsts for Vallejo: Davis is the first African-American mayor elected in Vallejo; Cloutier would've been the first openly-gay mayor. Gary Cloutier was elected mayor of Vallejo, California by a narrow margin. ...


Bankruptcy

On May 6, 2008, the City Council voted 7-0 to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, becoming the largest city to do so ever in California. [6] Stephanie Gomes, Vallejo City Councilwoman largely blames exorbitant salaries and benefits for Vallejo firefighters and police officers. Reportedly, salaries and benefits for public safety workers account for 80 percent of Vallejo's general operating budget. 98 firefighters made more than $100,000 and 10 made more than $200,000 including overtime. [7]


Two contributing factors have also been cited: the aforementioned high salaries, and current and future pension outlays, payments of which are likely not sustainable if bankruptcy is to be avoided. [8].


Schools

Public schools

Public schools in Vallejo are under the Vallejo City Unified School District. Vallejo City Unified School District is a medium-sized K-12 school district serving 17,000 students. ...


Private and parochial schools

  • St. Basil the Great's Preschool, Elementary and Middle School
  • St. Vincent Ferrer's Preschool, Elementary and Middle School
  • St. Catherine of Siena Preschool, Elementary and Middle School
  • North Hills Christian Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and High School
  • Reignierd Elementary, Middle and High School
  • St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School

St. ...

Alternative schools

  • Community Day School
  • Vallejo Adult School
  • HOPE School

Secondary education

The California Maritime Academy (also known as CMA, Cal Maritime and CSU, Maritime) is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system and is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States. ... The California State University (CSU) is one of three public higher education systems in the state of California, the other two being the University of California system and the California Community College System. ... Solano Community College is a two-year institution of higher learning located in Fairfield, Solano County, California (between San Francisco and Sacramento). ... Touros Lander Hall holds the schools laboratories and classrooms. ...

Community Centers and Swimming Pools

Other places of interest

Golf Courses

  • Blue Rock Springs Golf Course (36 holes, public)
  • Hiddenbrooke Golf Course (18 holes, public)
  • Mare Island Golf Course (18 holes, public)
  • Mortara Municipal Golf Course (9 holes, public)

Museums and Attractions

“Marine World” redirects here. ... The Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINS) was the first United States Navy shipyard established on the Pacific Coast. ... Aerial photo of the southern part of Mare Island Mare Island is an island in Vallejo, California, about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. ...

Sailing and Boating

  • Vallejo Yacht Club, founded in the year 1900, is a not for profit volunteer organization, solely organized to promote and encourage yachting, sailing, rowing, power boating and related activities.
  • Vallejo Municiple Marina

Local Events

  • Farmers Market, downtown, Saturdays from 9-1
  • The Vallejo Symphony performs four subscription concerts per year from September to May. See [2].

Neighborhoods

West Vallejo is the oldest and most historic section of the city, and stretches from Interstate 80 and Sonoma Blvd. to Mare Island and the Vallejo waterfront. The majority of streets in West Vallejo are either named after U.S States or California counties and cities. Image File history File links Wikitext. ...


The downtown and waterfront areas, located in West Vallejo near Mare Island are currently undergoing extensive transformation and development as many people from San Francisco move to the Victorian homes downtown.


The City's three historic neighborhoods are in West Vallejo:

  • Saint Vincent's Hill Historic District bounded by Mare Island Way almost to Sonoma Blvd. and from Quincy Alley to Kissel Alley, Vallejo in West Vallejo; and,
  • Vallejo Old City Historic District, also in West Vallejo. This registered historic district is near Vallejo's downtown.
  • Also in West Vallejo is the Bay Terrace subdivision, located within the boundaries of the Vallejo Heights Neighborhood.

This subdivision, originally named the "Georgetown" was renamed the "Bay Terrace" in 1920. It is a district composed of 126 individual buildings, designed by Architect George W. Kelham (a student of Frederick Law Olmsted, architect of Golden Gate Park, Central Park and the "Emerald Necklace in Boston) and constructed by the United States Housing Corporation in 1918 as the permanent component of Project 581, to provide housing for Mare Island Naval Shipyard workers during World War I.


This project was one of only two on the Pacific Coast. The district has a remarkably high degree of integrity. Most of the original residential buildings remain; almost 2/3 of them have survived in their original condition. The residential buildings are detached single-family houses, semi-detached two-family houses and semi-detached two-flat houses, distributed fairly evenly along the street. A sense of individuality among the houses was achieved by using fifteen variations on six basic plans, while visually harmonious streetscapes were created through the use of the Colonial Revival style. This distinctive architectural style of the housing visually distinguished the boundaries of the Bay Terrace district from the surrounding neighborhood. Although the subdivision is not currently on the National Register of Historic Places, it does meet the "significant" requirements under criteria A and C for evaluation.[9]


The newest neighborhoods of Vallejo are located in the northeast section of the city, east of Interstate 80 and include the Northgate neighborhood around Costco and the high end Hiddenbrooke with its own golf course in the mountains between Vallejo and Fairfield.


East Vallejo is the largest and most populated, containing newer neighborhoods of the city, which has undergone considerable growth since the late 1940s. East Vallejo begins on the east side of Interstate 80 and includes the "manor neighorhoods" such as Tennessee and Steffan Manor, Silverview, Skyview Terrace, Granada Hills, Greenmont, Somerset Highlands (the most easternly part of Georgia Street; Columbus Parkway is the southern border of East Vallejo. The Woods are all the streets in East Vallejo with the "wood" in them: redwood, rollingwood, oakwood, located on the south east side of the city between I-80 and the eastern-most city limits.


North Vallejo includes "The Crest", a neighborhood located north of Highway 37. The Crest is famously known for the neighborhoods of national rap artists Mac Dre and Mac Mall, as it is mentioned frequently in both of their lyrics. "Rancho" is a neighborhood located on the northwest side of the city near American Canyon. North Vallejo's boundaries include Interstate 80 on the east and Highway 37 on the South.


South Vallejo is located south of York and Marin Streets and is sometimes known as "Hillside", the "Su side", or "Beverly Hills". South Vallejo is famous for being the birthplace of the famous Vallejo rap group The Click, as well as B-Legit's record label Sic-Wid-It records. The southwest area of Vallejo includes Glen Cove, a neighborhood located where Interstates 80 and 780 meet, near Benicia. It boasts views of the Carquinez Strait, including the newly build westbound Carquinez Bridge. Most of the home construction in this area was completed in the 1980s but includes some of the most expensive housing in the city. South Vallejo also has another historic area "Sandy Beach", the first area in Vallejo to be settled. Although this area is located in South Vallejo, Sandy Beach is actually unincorporated Solano County. The houses here, located on the shore at the mouth of the Napa River, were formerly fishing shacks originally built in the 1800s. It is rumoured that Jack London used to play poker at the age of 16 in the shack on the pier directly across the water (shack torn down and replaced with a house).


South Vallejo has other historic buildings, including a rare 1869 historic mansion, the only one of its kind left in Vallejo. The Starr Mansion--named after Abraham Dubois Starr who built the structure--sits on top of a hill and offers panoramic views of the City of Vallejo, the waterways of San Francisco Bay, Mare Island and the picturesque hillso. The beautiful, unique architecture is Second Empire Italianate. Now a bed and breakfast, the mansion is filled with furniture and accessories of the period. The two adjoining parlors have matching Italian marble fireplaces and breath-taking unique gold leaf light fixtures original to the structure.


Mare Island, former home to the oldest Naval Base west of the Mississippi and decommissioned in 1996, has the newest homes in the City as well as some of the oldest. Touro University, located on the south side of the island, has plans to build a state-of-the-art cancer research center. This project, combined with the new neighborhoods, is poised to revitialize Mare Island and have a positive impact on the entire city, especially West Vallejo. As one of the nation’s oldest decommissioned shipyard & naval bases, Mare Island has a rich history and contains many National Historic Landmark buildings, including a 19th century industrial brick warehouse, the Coal Shed Artists Studios, Officers Mansions, designated historic landscapes Alden Park and Chapel Park, the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi, and Saint Peters Chapel, a nondenominational church built in 1901 that boasts the largest collection of actual Louis Comfort Tiffany stain-glass windows on the west coast.


Zodiac Killer

Main article: Zodiac Killer

The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who was active in Northern California during the 1960s. He claimed to have killed 37, but only 7 victims were confirmed, two of which survived. Two of his victims, Michael Renault Mageau, 19, and Darlene Elizabeth Ferrin, 22, were attacked within the city limits of Vallejo at the Blue Rocks Springs Golf Course parking lot. Mageau survived the attack, while Ferrin was DOA at Kaiser Foundation Hospital. His first confirmed victims, David Arthur Faraday, 17, and Betty Lou Jensen, 16, were killed on Lake Herman Road which goes through both Vallejo and Benicia, however, the victims were just inside the city limits of Benicia. The mountain overlooking Blue Rock Springs Park and Golf Course is known to locals as "Zodiac's Cave". For the New York City Zodiac copycat, see Heriberto Seda. ... For the New York City Zodiac copycat, see Heriberto Seda. ... Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... Northern California, sometimes referred to as NorCal, is the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969. ... The most common meanings of DOA are Dead on arrival and Dead or Alive. ... Benicia is a waterside city in Solano County, California, United States. ...


The Zodiac Killer sent letters and cryptograms to the Vallejo Times Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Francisco Examiner after his murders. These letters described parts of the scenes only he would know and also hinted at his identity, future murders, and threats to others such as school children and Halloween trick-or-treaters. Todays San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. ... The San Francisco Examiner is a daily newspaper in San Francisco, California, where it has been published continuously since the late 19th Century. ...


Both the Vallejo Police Department and San Francisco Police Department investigated the murders but were never able to solve the case. The case was marked inactive in April 2004 but was reopened before March 2007. The case also remains open in additional jurisdictions. The story of the Zodiac Killer is outlined in Robert Graysmith’s book Zodiac and the 2007 film by David Fincher entitled Zodiac. The San Francisco Police Department or S.F.P.D., is responsible for policing in the City and County of San Francisco. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Robert Graysmith (born September 17, 1942) is a true-crime author of the books Zodiac; Zodiac Unmasked: the Identity of Americas Most Exclusive Serial Killer; Unabomber: a Desire to Kill; The Murder of Bob Crane: Who Killed the Star of Hogans Heroes?; The Bell Tower:The Case of... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... David Leo Fincher (born August 28, 1962) is an American film director and music video director known for his dark and stylish films, particularly Fight Club and Se7en. ... For the 2006 film starring Justin Chambers and Robin Tunney, see The Zodiac (film). ...


Famous People from Vallejo

See also: Category:People from Vallejo, California

Celebrities

Wesley Mann (born 1959 in Vallejo, California), is an actor. ... Monique Alexander (born May 26, 1982) is an American pornographic actress and nude model. ... Ed Rollins is an experienced Republican campaign consultant and advisor. ...

Music artists

B-Legit, also known as The Savage (born Brandt Jones in Vallejo, California) is an American rapper. ... Ronnie Ray Bryant (born on October 11, 1975 in Vallejo, California, U.S.) better known by his stage name Baby Bash, and formerly Baby Beesh is an American rapper. ... Celly Cel (born Marcellus McCarver) of Vallejo, California is an American rapper and hip hop producer, renowned for his Hardcore Gangsta Rap lyrics. ... Billie Joe Armstrong (born February 17, 1972) is the main songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist for punk-pop band Green Day. ... Con Funk Shun were an American funk band popular in the 1970s and 1980s. ... The Click is a rap/hip hop group consisting of 4 members who all are closely related and were raised in a single household in Vallejo, California. ... DJ D-Wrek is a dj on the MTV show Wild N out. ... Droop-E (Born Earl Stevens Jr. ... For other uses, see E40. ... Andre Hicks (July 5, 1970 – November 1, 2004), better known by his stage name, Mac Dre, was a San Francisco Bay Area-based gangsta rapper from Vallejo, California. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Chicano gangsta rappers James Trujillo (Jay Tee) and Timothy Lyons (TL) joined forces to form N2Deep and were signed to Profile Records in the early 90s and remained an underground presence in Southern California for the remainder of the decade. ... One Vo1ce is an all-Filipina girls R&B/OPM singing group that originated from Vallejo, California. ... Johnny Otis Johnny Otis (born Ioannis (Yannis) Veliotes on December 28, 1921 in Vallejo, California) is an American blues and rhythm and blues pianist, vibraphonist, drummer, singer, bandleader, and impresario. ... Roy Rogers (born July 28, 1950, Redding, California) is a highly acclaimed American slide guitarist and music producer from Northern California. ... Sly Stone, as depicted on the cover of the 1981 greatest hits compilation Sly & the Family Stone Anthology. ... Sly & the Family Stone were an American rock band from San Francisco, California. ... Turf Talk (born Demar Bernstein, 1979 in Vallejo, California), is a Bay Area rapper at the forefront of the hyphy movement. ... {{Infobox musical artist 2 |Name = Young Lay |Img = |Origin = Vallejo, California |Genre = Gangsta Rap |Years Active = 1992-present |Label = Lathan Williams (1975), better known by his stage name, Young Lay, is a San Francisco Bay Area based gangsta rapper from Vallejo, California. ...

Athletes

Richard Lee Bass (March 15, 1937 - February 1, 2006) was an American football running back who played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1960 to 1969. ... NFL redirects here. ... For the pitcher who currently plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks, see Billy Buckner. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Natalie Anne Coughlin (born August 23, 1982 in Vallejo, California) is a United States swimmer and represented the United States at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. ... Mike Felder (born November 18, 1961 in Vallejo, California), is a former professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues from 1985-1994. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Jeffery Michael Gordon (born August 4, 1971) is a professional American race car driver. ... Frank Edwin Tug McGraw Jr. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Carsten Charles Sabathia (born July 21, 1980 in Vallejo, California), more commonly known as C.C. Sabathia, is an American Major League Baseball starting pitcher who plays for the Cleveland Indians. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Damon Hollins, born April 24, 1974 in Fairfield, California, has been a baseball player with the Atlanta Braves in 1998 and 2004 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Ping Bodie on a 1912 American Tobacco Company baseball card (Brown Backgrounds (T207-018)   Frank Stephen (Ping) Bodie, born Francesco Stephano Pezzolo (October 8, 1887 - December 17, 1961), was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox (1911-1914), Philadelphia Athletics (1917) and New... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Fulton Kuykendall (born in 1953) was a former NFL football player. ... NFL redirects here. ... Joseph Christian Jaws Chestnut (born November 25, 1983) is a competitive eater from San Jose, California, currently ranked first in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. ... Mike Merriweather is a former American football linebacker. ... NFL redirects here. ... Brandon Simone Armstrong (born June 16, 1980 in San Francisco, California) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He played college basketball at Pepperdine University, and was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 23rd overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft, but was traded, along with fellow Rockets... NBA redirects here. ...

Television

  • Vallejo Cable Access Television
  • Raymond Burr
  • The backyard wrestling public access television show CWF Devastation was filmed in Vallejo at a private residence on La Cienega Ave. from 1997 until 2000.[10].

Raymond William Stacey Burr (May 21, 1917 – September 12, 1993) was an Emmy-nominated actor and vintner, perhaps best known for his roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. ... Backyard wrestling is a loose term used to describe the controversial practice of professional wrestling as performed by untrained fans in an unsanctioned, non-professional environment. ...

Sister Cities

Vallejo has six sister cities:[11] Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm, Germany Town twinning is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ...

Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Akashi (明石市; -shi) is a city located in southern Hyogo, Japan, on the Inland Sea west of Kobe. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Tanzania. ... The town of Bagamoyo is the oldest town in Tanzania, founded by the end of the 18th century. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Philippines. ... Click here for the entry on Baguio City ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... La Spezia (Spèsa in the local dialect of Ligurian) is a city in the Liguria region of northern Italy, at the head of La Spezia Gulf, and capital city of the province of La Spezia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Norway. ... County District Municipality NO-1601 Administrative centre Trondheim Mayor (2003-) Rita Ottervik (AP) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 258 342 km² 322 km² 0. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea. ...

References

  1. ^ Vallejo Profile
  2. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ C.Michael Hogan, Marc Papineau et al., Environmental Assessment of the Columbus Parkway Widening between Ascot Parkway and the Northgate Development, Vallejo, Earth Metrics Inc. Report 7853, California State Clearinghouse, Sept, 1989
  4. ^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Vallejo History from the Vallejo Museum
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ News10.net - Search Results
  8. ^ Minyanville - NEWS & VIEWS-Article
  9. ^ City of Vallejo
  10. ^ "Spotlight Artist: CWF Devastation", Full Effect Magazine, 2000-04-20. Retrieved on 2007-04-05. 
  11. ^ "Sister Cities Online Directory: California, USA." Sister Cities International, Inc.. Retrieved on March 19, 2007.

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External links

  • Vallejo, California is at coordinates 38°06′47″N 122°14′09″W / 38.112969, -122.235882 (Vallejo, California)Coordinates: 38°06′47″N 122°14′09″W / 38.112969, -122.235882 (Vallejo, California)

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