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Former chief backs District Attorney Don du Bain

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From page A8 | May 26, 2014 |

During my 17 1/2 years as Vallejo’s police chief, I saw it all: Serious crime, residents concerned about their safety and the murder of two police officers.

When District Attorney Don du Bain came into office, he quickly focused on neighborhood safety, crime prevention, and helping youth, seniors and victims of violence. He reached out to me in his first days in office to see how we could better work together on crime prevention and strengthen collaboration between the county and its cities.

During the past four years, Don has lived up to his promises, opening the Solano Family Justice Center to assist victims of violence and abuse, establishing a Truancy Court to cut dropout rates and keeping our youth on the right track, protecting seniors through the establishment of the Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Unit and, perhaps most important, aggressively prosecuting offenders.

All of these initiatives have been successful in restoring security to our neighborhoods. He has made the District Attorney’s Office a valuable asset for local law enforcement and has ensured access to his staff for those who need it most.

Don du Bain has been a true community leader and prosecutor, and I hope you join me in re-electing him as our district attorney.

Robert W. Nichelini

Retired Vallejo chief of police

Vallejo

Letter to the Editor

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  • Bill StephensMay 26, 2014 - 4:42 am

    Dear Readers Don't be fooled by Retired Chief Nichelini's comments. For those of us who live in Vallejo crime has continued to run unabated despite the hard work of the deminished police force. The District Attorney's crime prevention has unfortunately forcused on a do nothing agenda that has nothing to do with real crime. Everyday the local papers are filled with criminal conduct and case after case reduced or lost to jury trial acquittal's. It is interesting the former Chief is asking us to join him in reelecting the incumbent. The former Chief lives in Oakland and will be unable to vote in this or any previous Solano County election. These are DuBain's supporters. Ghosts of crimefighters past!

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  • RichBIxMay 26, 2014 - 6:29 am

    Integrity, trustworthiness, and honor are notions not associated with Mr.du Bain et al. - not since the debacle in the court related to the status and departure of Dr. Susan Hogan. Look further than the pols who support him. Listen to the coppers, crime victims and their advocates. Choose an aggressive DA and allow her to choose aggressive assistants. Regards

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  • The ChiefMay 26, 2014 - 6:54 am

    I join with Chief Nichelelini in resoundingly endorsing a great District Attorney, Don DuBain. Abrams represents nothing more than a fresh face, not a sensible alternative. Her endorsements come mainly from the People's Republics of Berserkely and Davis - elements of which Solano County can do without. Abrams has proven herself to be an able prosecutor of cases, not an administrator of any kind. Vote Donald DuBain on June 3rd.

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  • Jose MadreMay 26, 2014 - 7:55 am

    Her endorsements also include almost every Law Enforcement union in the county. That means the "guys doing the work". Not an out of touch suit.....like duBain.

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  • BobMay 26, 2014 - 8:34 am

    If you guys were really commented you'd use you're real names just to make the point of your commitment

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  • RichBIxMay 26, 2014 - 9:43 am

    Thanks, Bob . . .

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  • Susan DeverMay 26, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Chief Nichelini, I'll use my real name. As I've stated before I want a DA who takes on a case because it is the right thing to do. My family lived for almost 17 years knowing that Danna's killer was walking free and if it had been up to Don du Bain he would still be out there and according to his ex wife she would have eventually become his next victim. Don told me to my face that he would not have prosecuted Kerley because the case was so old and the evidence was all circumstantial. Krishna fought him, brought it to trial and won a conviction. That's the kind of DA I want for Solano County. One who is willing to risk his/her win/loss record and do what is right for the victim and their family. Another thing.... In the three years between the time Kerley was arrested and convicted I never heard from Don du Bain. He never called; he never met with the family...NOTHING. It wasn't until he called me to ask me for my help in writing a letter to endorse Krishna for prosecutor of the year (which I gladly did). Right before he hung up and as an after thought he offered his condolences...re-emphasizing to me that without her we would never have seen justice for Danna.

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  • Joseph D. JoyceMay 26, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    Is this the same Vallejo Police Chief Robert Nichelini who was named in a lawsuit because he allegedly "failed to properly hire, train, instruct, monitor, supervise, evaluate, investigate, and discipline" the officers involved who tased Michael White to death?? Is this the chief that hired, trained, and instructed officers over his 7 years that fired 31 rounds into Mario Romero, a 23-year-old African-American fathers vehicle? Or the same man who collected an exorbitant salary while Vallejo struggled with police shortage, teetered, then subsequently filed for bankruptcy? I can see why you would endorse DuBain.

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zXDo4dL7SU CD BrooksMay 26, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    YIKES! Take THAT Bobby!

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  • TaxPayerMay 26, 2014 - 5:49 pm

    You have to wonder how the Chief can support DuBain. What is in it for him? HMMMMMMM! I wonder what it is? I guess we will see it play out very soon! Good ole boys sticking together!

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  • Nichelini's NeighborMay 26, 2014 - 8:05 pm

    Nichelini signs his city as "Vallejo"...says re-elect "our" DA. Nichelini lives in ritzy Piedmont with his gigantic retirement collected from a bankrupt city. How do I know he lives in Piedmont? I know his neighbors. Nichelini is a liar.

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  • Susan DeverMay 26, 2014 - 8:30 pm

    wow! what lies are being weaved....

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  • RichBIxMay 26, 2014 - 10:10 pm

    Nichelini's NeighborMay 26, 2014 - 8:05 pm indicates "Nichelini signs his city as "Vallejo"...says re-elect "our" DA. " . . . . . He doesn't say he lives in Vallejo nor does he say he will vote for Nichelini. He signed as Retired VPD Chief. . . He wants "you join me in re-electing him as our district attorney." This phrase is more misleading. Here Nichelini is inferring he is going to vote with locals to re-elect the now tainted DA. He may be holding fund raisers, paying for mailers or whatever but if he lives in Piedmont he is not voting (legally) in Solano. I believe du Bain self tainted himself during the sleazy court room antics of his top staff during the Dr. Hogan snafu - just listen to what the judge told the DA.

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  • Kimberly MillerMay 27, 2014 - 4:04 pm

    NEWS FLASH for those who clearly missed this memo: Abrams has been hiding the fact that she LIVES IN YOLO COUNTY with her boyfriend so you may want to do your due diligence before knocking du Bain supporters (including myself!) who live in other counties....!!!

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  • Rich GiddensMay 27, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    What's worse---living down the freeway in Dixon or coaching witness testimony, suborning perjury along with altering previously concluded scientific forensic findings? Ms. Abrams may reside at our home if she wishes....LOL!

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  • Joseph D. JoyceMay 27, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    Correction to my last post- I meant to say: is this the chief that hired, trained, and instructed officers over his 17 1/2 years that fired 31 rounds into Mario Romero, a 23-year-old African-American fathers vehicle? Or the same man who collected an exorbitant salary while Vallejo struggled with police shortage, teetered, then subsequently filed for bankruptcy? I can see why he would endorse DuBain. I forgot to place a 1 in front of the 7 to make 17 years... oops. Perhaps had Mr. Nichelini responded he could've corrected my misprint. :)~

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