Vallejo City Council could end public safety emergency next week

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City officials in Vallejo could terminate a public safety emergency proclamation that was issued around this time last year.

The Vallejo City Council will debate whether to adopt a resolution terminating the emergency proclamation at an upcoming meeting scheduled for September 14, according to an agenda that was distributed to reporters and the public on Tuesday.

Officials in Vallejo issued the emergency proclamation last year amid a spike in violent crime and an increase in civil unrest.

The proclamation had the support of then-City Manager Greg Nyhoff, who resigned earlier this year.

“With liability insurance providers substantially increasing premiums and deductibles for agencies across the State of California, Vallejo cannot afford additional penalties or cost increases, especially during this pandemic-induced recession,” a city official wrote in a press release last October.

The move did not have the support of the Vallejo Police Officers’ Association, the bargaining labor union that represents all sworn officers within the agency except the chief of police.

The union filed a lawsuit seeking to obtain a restraining order to prevent the city from proceeding with its declaration after the city council approved it last year. A judge later refused to grant the union’s request.

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