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Old 11-06-2009, 01:01 AM   #1
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Tell me about Vellejo, CA

Possible job opportunity there, Forest Service office. How's housing, riding, and commuting?
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:53 AM   #2
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Vellejo is a good place for the forest service.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:54 AM   #3
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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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Old 11-06-2009, 01:07 PM   #4
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:21 PM   #5
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....nuff said.
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:38 PM   #6
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You'd like it - close to some great riding - the coast's not far, and all of Napa, Marin, Sonoma are your back yard.

I think some dude that is a coffee-forger lives over there. 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 ).

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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Old 11-06-2009, 03:58 PM   #7
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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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Old 11-06-2009, 05:18 PM   #8
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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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Old 11-07-2009, 09:42 AM   #9
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Vallejo is a lump of coal in a field of beauty and wonder.

Well, maybe not that bad. 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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Old 11-07-2009, 09:49 AM   #10
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V-Town a.k.a. Vallejo CA

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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Old 11-07-2009, 01:06 PM   #11
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I used to be Solano County Deputy and worked Vallejo beat. Amen on the shithole . 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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Old 11-07-2009, 01:26 PM   #12
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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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Old 11-08-2009, 09:00 AM   #13
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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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Old 11-08-2009, 01:58 PM   #14
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You need gills out there, man.
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:37 PM   #15
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You need gills out there, man.
Issat why your avatar is a frog?

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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