A gang of six to eight nonstudents entered Vallejo High School (VHS) campus to attack a student to avenge an assault of a female student said a Vallejo Times Herald article. Reportedly, two campus supervisors received injuries as they tried to break up the melee as other VHS students joined to defend against the attack. Nevertheless, the most shocking part about the news article report was how much of it was about Vallejo City Police Department.
The article credited the following remarks to Lt. Eric Mortenson. "The "melee" depleted "a lot of our resources, trying to get everyone under control." "The use of school resource police officers, assigned to district campuses, was discontinued nearly a year and a half ago, an additional hindrance in police response to the "excitement and hysteria." "(On-site officers) would have allowed for immediate identification of the non-students. It might not have prevented the fight, but it would, I believe, have had an impact on identifying the problem earlier."
Those are the type self-serving remarks we hear often from Vallejo's Public Safety departments about fire and crime incidents especially those likely to receive much media attention. Repeatedly they badger Vallejo residents with their not so subtle dissatisfaction with budget cuts in public safety. Okay, we Vallejo residents get it that you are dissatisfied with council members and city administrators' budget decisions on public safety. We also get it that larger better equipped departments with highly paid and satisfied firefighters and police officers might serve our safety interests better. We understand that many people rate your jobs as dangerous. Remember though that a Vallejo resident(s) face those fires and criminals before you arrived on the scene. They do so without firefighting training or equipment. Most of them do it without a gun, mace, bulletproof vest, and police backup on radio.
Now, we want you to get it that our nation, state, and city are in an economic recession. Business activity slowed. Many Vallejo residents that you serve as city employees lost jobs and others suffer reduced income. In addition, many Vallejo residents lost their homes or apartments or are in jeopardy of losing their family shelter. The value of real estate plummeted. You may have noticed that once again California placed some state workers on furlough and reduced money for education and health care. California and Vallejo do not have the tax revenue to continue the ideal public services you propose and we want.
This recession forced elected officials to make hard unpopular choices. We Vallejo residents welcome any positive suggestions you have to improve our safety during this recession. However, you should provide this analysis at the suitable time and in the proper manner. Fire and crime scenes are inappropriate settings.
I cannot speak for all Vallejo residents. However, I find deplorable your strategy to force a reversal of budget cuts to public safety departments by inflaming Vallejo residents' concerns for public safety. You violate your duty to safeguard public safety by repeatedly broadcasting Vallejo's vulnerability, my vulnerability, to crime. Your remarks are especially deplorable that analyze Vallejo schools' vulnerability to intrusion by non-Vallejo residents bent on violent criminal activity while discussing a crime on Vallejo High School campus by people from outside Vallejo