The article is typical exaggeration though. On several fronts. Starting with the headline.
Vallejo is hardly “crime-ridden”. If Vallejo is “crime-ridden” Oakland must be the murder capital of the world.
Antioch was worse. In Vallejo there are some areas to avoid. But really only at night. In Antioch, the miscreants move in right next to you in the nicest of neighborhoods thanks to huge number of Section 8 SFH rentals picked up by investors during the recession.
I’ve heard similar stories in Vallejo about former inner city denizens from SF, Oakland and RIchmond and bringing their problems with them as I did in Antioch. Only, I’m not seeing it in Vallejo. I see it every day in Antioch. It’s only gotten worse there.
Vallejo seems to have less homeless wandering around too. But part of that for me at least might be because there are two steep hills between my house and the freeway two miles hence. The homeless are too lazy to push those shopping carts up and down two long grades to get out to where I live now.
Antioch is pretty flat. And the homeless wander with impunity. Some of my idiot neighbors there actually bag up their aluminum and leave it out front for the homeless. They should know what happens when you put out bird seed.
The other factor left out in the article is the Vallejo is likely headed for bankruptcy again because they didn’t fix their main fiscal problem the first time around. Actually, neither did most other municipalities. Police and fire still have their Cadillac pensions and health care in retirement contracts. It now consumes 55% of the city’s annual operating budget and will continue to increase each year. This restricts and forward motion by the city which has antiquated systems by the way. I’ve seen them myself and just the other day spoke to an auditor who has Vallejo as a client.
Antioch’s future on that front is a bit rosier because of a growing tax base.
But. you know what? A bankrupt city isn’t as bad as one might think. People still live, work and interact without government oversight of their every move. Funny how that works. Think of all the rural places that function with only a basic, county structure. There are hundreds if not thousands across this country.