Report suspicious activity, urges town manager

Danville has seen a surge in vandalism, said Town Manager Joe Calabrigo at Mornings with the Mayor today, and he asked residents to keep their eyes open and report suspicious activities to the police.

In one incident, more than 30 street signs were painted over in the Greenbrook neighborhood. "It was very high end paint - and they left the can behind," Calabrigo said.

Officials were able to track the can to the seller, who helped them find the buyers. They were described only as "young people," and the Town is getting reimbursed for the $3,000 cost of repainting the signs.

More serious vandalism took place at Sycamore Valley Park on Camino Tassajara, Calabrigo reported. Electrical wires were cut, and the copper conduit was removed from the sports field lights. The park had to be closed for a week while the electrical system was repaired, at a cost of $20,000.

"No one is supposed to be in the park after sundown," said Calabrigo. "If you see anyone, call the cops."

To report an emergency on a cell phone, call 646-2441.

The next Morning with the Mayor will take place at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 6, at Father Nature's, 178 E. Prospect in Danville. It will be the last such gathering for Mayor Newell Arnerich. His turn as mayor ends Dec. 1, when Vice Mayor Mike Doyle will be rotated into the position.


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Posted by weedman
a resident of Danville
on Oct 10, 2009 at 9:28 am

uh, maybe that massive police force should be patrolling instead of parked at the bank near the Oak tree?

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Posted by patrioticmom
a resident of Danville
on Oct 12, 2009 at 7:07 am

fyi ... have you ever noticed that they have cars parked at most banks in danville ALL day ... it is not because the police officers are just sitting around doing nothing ... the CARS are there for a reason ...

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Posted by Bob P.
a resident of Danville
on Oct 12, 2009 at 10:04 am

I agree with the weedman, with the caveat that when they are patrolling they look for the real criminals, and stop hasseling the patrons of downtown businesses.

It must get very boring, sitting all day in those bank parking lots...

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Posted by Alamo Resident
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 12, 2009 at 10:22 am

Patrolling would be a great instead of sitting on the side of the road pointing radar at the only car on the road - at the Alamo border.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Oct 12, 2009 at 11:20 am

Bob P: it is not boring when you have your iPhone/smart phone to play games & check email all day.

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Danville
on Oct 12, 2009 at 11:44 am

I'm all for community involvement, and certainly it's everyone's responsibility to keep and eye out for our neighbors. I don't think that we needed the City Manager to remind us of that.

Regarding our apparently idle and bored Guardians of Safety, perhaps if we increased their base pay and pensions they'd be more motivated. Where to get the money? How about from our schools. We could let class size increase to say 50 students, cut more programs, etc.. Then, when crime rates increase because there are more under-educated people in society who are unemployable, we can hire more police and prison guards, and build more prisons. We can also
prevail on the citizenry to "be on the lookout" because our paid police department is already too busy sitting in assorted parking lots. Sounds almost utopian, if you're in the police department or a prison guard, that is.

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Posted by Joey
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 12, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Maybe when they are not busy they could sweep the sidewalks or somethin'.

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Posted by Clyde
a resident of Danville
on Oct 12, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Bored guys with guns and fast cars? Scary!

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Posted by Fiona
a resident of Danville
on Oct 12, 2009 at 2:39 pm

The police cars in parking lots are there to prevent bank robberies and are there to protect the public. If there was a bank robbery there would be complaints that there was not police around so they are dammed if they do dammed if they don't. They are doing their best. Perhaps the parents of these kids that do the vandalism had to pay the town, there would be less. Do they know what their kids are doing at night?
Give the police a break!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Mac
a resident of another community
on Oct 12, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Having a cush job in a quiet community, then retiring at age 50 and collecting a pension that's roughly 90% of your peak salary for life sounds like a pretty good break to me.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 12, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Most of you are way off base with all your rock throwing at the police. Hey people, the police cars parked at the banks are decoys...there are no police officers sitting around all day doing nothing. It's only the car. In Alamo the sheriff parks a brown and white at the BoA and the other banks. Not everyday at the same bank. They park the car and's decoy.

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Posted by Andy
a resident of Danville
on Oct 12, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Great, now the secret is out. Decoys only work when the bad guys don't know that those are decoys. Also, maybe cardboard mock-ups of police cars might be more cost effective than real cars. Hmmm, maybe cardboard cutouts of police officers would be more cost effective, too.

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Posted by weedman
a resident of Danville
on Oct 13, 2009 at 1:55 pm

So Julia, I guess we can blame the next bank robbery on you. This was one of the most well-guarded secrets of the 21st century. There's no reason for a bank robber to look inside for a security guard or cop, the car is out there to deter him. Boy, you are one smart cookie!

Suggestion: maybe, just maybe, we could use more patrolling rather than a city manager suggesting we become vigilantes?

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Posted by Sam C.
a resident of Danville
on Oct 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm

More patrolling is the answer. Also, given the general view of the Danville Police Department as shown in this forum, I think that it needs to do something to change its image. Remember, you guys work for us, and we can also make you not work for us, too.

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Posted by TK Ree
a resident of Danville
on Oct 13, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Lots of experts on what other people should do to reduce crime in Danville. If you guys are so smart, why aren't you rich? And if you are rich, why don't you put your money where your mouth is and pay for your "more patrolling" idea to demonstrate how effective it is?

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Posted by Hans
a resident of Danville
on Oct 14, 2009 at 10:11 am

TK Ree sounds like a sucker for uniforms. You live here, TK Ree, so you know that crime is not a big problem in Danville. Don't be too hasty in giving the credit to our police department, though. Crime was not a big problem here BEFORE there was a police department, but now that we have one we must pay for it.

I wonder how many of these guys would be "serving" the community if it weren't for their bloated compensation packages that include unbelievable pensions. You have to admit, it's pretty hard to refuse retiring at 50 and collecting 90% of your maximum salary for the rest of your life. I'll bet that if the pensions were scaled back significantly there'd still be plenty of community service minded folks who'd love to have those jobs.

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Posted by Ralph
a resident of Danville
on Oct 14, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Valid comments.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Danville
on Jan 6, 2010 at 2:28 pm

It's real obvious that Bob P, Hans, Sam C, Weedman, Andy, Mac & Clyde are all the same person on here.....

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Posted by Frank
a resident of Danville
on Jan 6, 2010 at 2:33 pm

It's too bad you can make up any name on this forum. A couple loser guys that most likely have criminal history & nothing better to do then sit in their basement on their computers writing a bunch of untruths.

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Posted by doc
a resident of Danville
on Jun 14, 2010 at 11:04 am

why bother.................the police dont show up til an hour later
if at all and it doesnt matter if its busy or not busy

and when you go to the city for help if you dont have deep financial pockets the town and the town police for a variety of reasons just chose to destroy a persons credibility...............sometimes with derogatory statments or forms of bullying even harassing

in walnut creek and in san ramon this is not the case at all.........................too bad many of us cannot afford to move

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