Tell me about Vellejo, CA

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Smithy, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. Smithy

    Smithy Avoiding the Skid-Demon

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    Possible job opportunity there, Forest Service office. How's housing, riding, and commuting?
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  2. Mudcat

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    Vellejo is a good place for the forest service.
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  3. skwidd

    skwidd where does this lead?

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    Forest Service office on Mare Island?

    You're much better to avoid actually residing in Vallejo, it's a shithole.
    Try Napa, American Canyon, Benicia, or Cordelia.
    If you must be in Vallejo, stick to the Glen Cove area, or up around Blue Rock Springs.
    There are many empty houses on the actual Mare Island base, that new development took a giant shit when property values crashed. Probably plenty of folks with a room they would like to rent to help offset the assreaming they're getting from the City of Vallejo on property taxes.
    You'll learn to do your shopping during the day, and avoid most of the downtown area and certain neighborhoods late at night.

    Beautiful old properties throughout the entire area, shame the public officials want it to remain the cesspool of the county.
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  4. Benjava

    Benjava ?

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  5. cuneesity

    cuneesity Ferendo

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    ....nuff said.
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  6. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    :wave Chris

    You'd like it - close to some great riding - the coast's not far, and all of Napa, Marin, Sonoma are your back yard.

    :scratch I think some dude that is a coffee-forger lives over there. :dunno He used to forge metal, but likes the challenge of forging coffee beans now? deal

    As you know, it's not far to Oakland - and if you're not taking I80 at rush hour, you can get there pretty damned quick.

    Mare Island is kinda cool as a destination. I applied for a library job at the Maritime Academy.

    If you don't mind the commute - Benecia's kinda cool and Vallejo has some nice alcoves of civility (and safety :evil).

    I'm in Berkeley now, so you'd have someplace to wrench on your bike if you needed a covered spot.
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  7. oaklandjeff

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    dont know much about vallejo (didnt the whole city go bankrupt last year?) but the surrounding areas are really nice. not far from the coast. a few hours from Tahoe and everything in between.
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  8. dakariste

    dakariste Over and over the hill...

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    A job is a job! The bay area has it's charms. You'll be close to San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Marin County, and of course Napa and the wine country.

    You will enjoy some of the best weather on Planet Earth. Unique microclimates, with fog, mild summers, mild winters.

    Drop everything and take the job.

    You will discover Yosemite, Tahoe, Highway 1 and the coast, Mendocino National Forest, Highway 36 and the rural northern California motorcycle dream roads.

    As mentioned you can live on Mare Island, or in about 23 different cities within 30-45 minutes.

    Safety Reminder

    All roads leading to the Regional Office pass through residential neighborhoods, commercial, and industrial zones. Please drive safely while on Mare Island and especially when travelling through the residential and business areas.

    The drawbridge over Mare Island Causeway contains metal grate and railroad tracks. When the road surface is wet, added caution is critical to prevent losing traction on the metal grate and/or tracks. Keep your speed to 35 miles per hour (MPH) and come to a complete stop at all stop signs. Remember: trains have the right of way on Mare Island.
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  9. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Vallejo is a lump of coal in a field of beauty and wonder.

    Well, maybe not that bad. :lol3 Find a decent area to live and you'll be in riding heaven. Also there's a ferry from Vallejo straight to the SF wharf area, a fun and easy way to play tourist for a day.
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  10. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Vallejo was once the capital of our great state! Its really an ideal location for the bayarea and the weather is perfect IMHO. Would I live there......well to be honest the wife and I did look at some homes in Vallejo and my brother lives there and I have friends that live there. We didnt buy there. We bought in Napa CA just 20 minutes north.

    There are some nice neighborhoods although most people dont know that and yes there are some well.....Hoods. American Canyon was mentioned as an alternative as well as Benecia or the Glen Cove area but there are nice places and homes in the City of Vallejo. The City of Vallejo did declare bankruptcy last year long story but the City is fine now. Vallejo was once and still has potential to be a great happening city.

    Its central location make it great to get around the bay area in all directions. On the water it stays cooler in the summer than Napa.

    As far as riding goes here is a link for some local guys

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=320489

    riding is "close by"
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  11. tonyfinchico

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    I used to be Solano County Deputy and worked Vallejo beat. Amen on the shithole:puke1 . But a job is a job, lots of cool places to ride around the bay though. If you go there check out Terrible Teri's its an old school Hells Angels bar.
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  12. Smithy

    Smithy Avoiding the Skid-Demon

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    Guys, I really appreciate all this. Going ahead on the application, hopefully I'll get the interview and give this a fair shake. Sounds like living -in- Vellejo might not be the bee's knees, but plenty good closeby. Awesome.

    Thank you all.
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  13. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    It's not as humid as Virginia :deal
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  14. Smithy

    Smithy Avoiding the Skid-Demon

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    You need gills out there, man.
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  15. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    Issat why your avatar is a frog? :scratch

    If you need a place to stay when you come up for the interview, I've got an extra bedroom and a comfy air mattress.
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  16. Smithy

    Smithy Avoiding the Skid-Demon

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    Frog.

    Thanks... application period doesn't close until Thanksgiving, no knowing how long it'll take them to invite me for an interview.
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  17. bump

    bump COLOR ME GONE

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    I think Vallejo has been covered here. Just a lot of trashy ...

    However, not sure what your budget is but so long as you aren't sending kids to school there you might consider Carquinez Straits in Vallejo. The housing is reasonable and the views are spectacular. The cliffs are much taller and the views more dramatic than pictures show. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carquinez_Strait

    There are also some liveaboard marinas in that area, or were.

    Stay away from Napa / Sonoma if you have even the slightest hay fever type allergies.

    The people in the Bay Area in general are some of the best anywhere. We just moved to LA from Sonoma.

    Good luck with the job interview!
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  18. Smithy

    Smithy Avoiding the Skid-Demon

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    I have a 7 and 10 year old daughter in school, so that is definately a concern. And I do have a bit of allergy to hay, so thanks for the tip.
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  19. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    Yeah but bear in mind that Vallejo, unlike Napa/Sonoma Co. isn't inundated with all that plant sex. And the climate's different, so your allergies wouldn't be bad.
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  20. liceyscrub

    liceyscrub ADV rider(mostly solo)

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    Vallejo has cheap housing (by bay area standards), but there is a reason for that. Pollution and refineries are everywhere. Great riding close by, but that is not what I would consider a forest.
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