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Vallejo Swears In New City Council Members




Newly Elected Councilmembers Pippin Dew, Katy Miessner and Rozzana Verder-Aliga were sworn in along with returning Councilman Jess Malgapo to Vallejo City Council this week.

Departing councilmembers Marti Brown, Herminio Sunga and Stephanie Gomes received applause as Mayor Osby Davis thanked them for their efforts during the three-year Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy filing.

Gomes and Sunga had completed maximum two consecutive four-year terms. Brown had served one four-year term but opted not to seek reelection.

Before being elected to City Council, Dew worked as a realtor and chairwoman of the Vallejo City Council Chamber of Commerce. Miessner worked in grants management for the U.S. Forest Service and was a director of Solano County Fair Association.

Verder-Aliga had served on the board of the Vallejo City Unified School District and is the first Filipino-American woman to serve on the Vallejo City Council.

Bob Sampayan was voted unanimously to serve as vice mayor by his fellow council members.

The councilmembers told the public they were excited and ready to start working hard to face upcoming challenges, including city revenue and improving public safety.


East Oakland Organizer Needed

The East Oakland Stadium Alliance (EOSA) is seeking an Oakland-based grassroots organizer for a short-term engagement to help grow and mobilize our coalition! Comprised of local businesses, workers, labor organizations, and community members, we are deeply concerned about the Oakland A’s proposal to leave the Coliseum site in East Oakland and build a new stadium at the port. An ideal candidate has on-the-ground campaign field experience, a strong awareness of Oakland and Alameda County political figures, and deep ties to East and West Oakland communities. Being a local resident of Oakland is a plus.

Employment with EOSA is a part-time role and will last for a minimum of four months with an opportunity to extend longer. Transportation and cell phone use would be reimbursed and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Penrod, For more info about EOSA, visit our website and check us out on Twitter @AllianceOakland.


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