Oct 2, 2012
Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis, 66, has also suffered vandalism that includes smashed windows and trash thrown all over his home, his mayoral office, and his law office.
His motorcycle was even stolen from the Vallejo City Hall parking lot while he was working.
Mayor Davis described the apparent campaign of terror against him as "an escalating attempt to intimidate me."
The mayor further declared, "They only strengthened my resolve to continue to do what is right and good for the city of Vallejo."
Vallejo's chief executive and his family are now under police protection after the weekend arson fire gutted his law firm's building, which is across the street from the Justice Building, ironically.
The manhunt is on after fire investigators determined the destructive fire was intentionally set by arsonists in an act of "potential domestic terrorism."
Fire officials have involved both the FBI and BATF in the situation.
Mayor Osby Davis called the fire a "cowardly message" and emphasized that he has no intention of resigning the public office he has held for the last five years because of terrorist acts from thugs.
The arson fire follows the mayor's call for California Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate the Vallejo Police Department's latest officer-involved shooting, the fifth such deadly shooting in four months.
Mayor Davis enforced deep budget cuts and layoffs during Vallejo's highly-publicized bankruptcy, which the city has since emerged from under Davis' leadership.
Over the last decade, the city of Vallejo has suffered a high crime rate, drug dealing and notorious prostitution, all of which has been heavily publicized across the nation to the city's shame.
Through it all, Mayor Osby Davis has come back swinging again and again. He refuses to give up on his constituents or abandon his city, even as his life is now threatened.