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Author Archive: Barry Eberling

Crash shuts I-80 offramp to Highway 12

FAIRFIELD — A vehicle hit a freeway work crew Thursday night and shut down the eastbound Highway 12 connector from Interstate 80 leading toward Suisun City and Rio Vista. The accident happened at 9:15 p.m. The firm O. C. Jones was doing contract work for the state Department of Transportation that involved restriping and had […]

Assist-A-Grad wraps up interviews

FAIRFIELD — Rodriguez High School senior Claudia Diaz came to Armijo High School on Thursday night hoping to get an assist for college. Diaz wants to be a teacher and will attend California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo next year. She is seeking Assist-A-Grad scholarships to help with the finances. Scholarships are valuable to […]

Night closures possible at Merchant Street ramp

VACAVILLE — Nighttime motorists during May could find the westbound Interstate 80 onramp from Merchant Street closed at times. The state Department of Transportation is doing work there in connection with its I-80 metering light program. That will involve relocating a natural gas pipeline at the Merchant Street onramp, as well as installing the metering light […]

Napa County bridge to close for work

FAIRFIELD — A bridge on Highway 128 over Hopper Slough in the heart of Napa County Wine Country between Yountville and Calistoga will be closed from noon May 5 until May 16. The state Department of Transportation will be repairing the support wall. This section of Highway 128 is also known as Rutherford Road, a […]

Supervisor candidates square off at forum

FAIRFIELD — Crime and jobs were among the issues addressed Wednesday by Solano County supervisor candidates who will be on the June 3 ballot.

Incumbent Supervisor Jim Spering, Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani and Michael Oman participated in the forum for 3rd District candidates, with Steven Lowe absent. The 3rd District covers much of Fairfield and Suisun City.

The Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce and Solano County Farm Bureau sponsored the forum at the Fairfield . . .

Kaiser area head Villalobos to leave for SoCal

VACAVILLE — Max Villalobos, who served for more than three years as the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano area manager and senior vice president, is moving to another job with the company in the San Diego area. Villalobos guided Kaiser Permanente’s efforts to establish a trauma center at its Vacaville hospital. The hospital in November 2013 became […]

Supervisor candidates file conflict-of-interest forms

FAIRFIELD — Supervisor Jim Spering sat out the county’s recent decision to deny a business license for the Salubrious medical marijuana clinic at Rockville Corner. The reason: Spering owns nearby property that gave him a potential financial conflict-of-interest under state law. He stepped down from the dais for the Feb. 11 board hearing on applicant […]

County to honor Solano educators

FAIRFIELD — Fourteen of the area’s top educators will be honored at a Solano County Office of Education event May 7. All are nominated to become the county’s Educator of the Year. The event begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive in Suisun City. “The Educators of the […]

County discusses consolidated dispatch

FAIRFIELD — Some other counties have consolidated their dispatch centers for fire and medical services and Solano County is exploring whether it should do so as well. Solano County emergency officials have mentioned the idea of having one dispatch center at various times over the years. Recent discussions about possibly consolidating rural fire districts has […]

People who have moved can update voter registration

FAIRFIELD — People who have moved over the past year must update their voter registration information if they want to participate in the June 3 election. “Unlike telephone numbers or your mail, voter registration does not follow you when you move,” said Assistant Registrar of Voters John Gardner in a county press release. To verify […]

Miner Slough Bridge to see repairs

RIO VISTA — A bridge on a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta highway in one of the more remote parts of Solano County is scheduled to be closed from noon May 12 until May 21 for repairs. The Miner Slough Bridge carries Highway 84 over Miner Slough at the northern end of Ryer Island. Repairs are to […]

Easter hunt set for Mare Island

FAIRFIELD — Children on Saturday can take part in the Easter Golf Ball Hunt and Egg Exchange on Mare Island. The free event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve Visitors Center. Children will hunt for golf balls in the grass at the visitors center and then exchange the golf balls […]

Coakley joins Solano fair board

FAIRFIELD — Mike Coakley is the newest member of the Solano County Fair Association board of directors. Each of the five Solano County Board of Supervisors districts has three directors appointed by their district’s supervisors. Supervisor Erin Hannigan appointed Coakley to help represent her 1st District that covers much of Vallejo. Coakley will fill a seat […]

Medic Ambulance to break ground on HQ project

FAIRFIELD — Medic Ambulance needs to expand its headquarters, but didn’t want to move. “We started in Vallejo,” Medic Ambulance President Rudy Manfredi said. “It’s always been good to me. The economy here needs a little kick in the pants. I didn’t feel like leaving Vallejo at this time.” Fortunately, the company has room to […]

Home loans available through credit union

FAIRFIELD — Travis Credit Union announced it has Federal Home Loan Bank grant funds to disperse to low- and moderate-income homebuyers within its 12-county service area. Eligible first-time homebuyers may apply for up to $15,000 in matching grant funds to be used for the down payment and closing costs. The program is designed to help […]

Business roundtable on calendar

FAIRFIELD — Protecting businesses from nuisance crimes will be the topic of a roundtable discussion at the second annual North Texas Street Business Association Resource Fair. The discussion will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, 1111 Webster St. Admission is free. For more information, call Catherine Grimard […]

Garamendi to speak at Solano EDC breakfast

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi will give a congressional update at the April 23 Solano Economic Development Corp. breakfast. Garamendi’s topic is “Washington and Solano.” The event starts with registration at 7:30 a.m., with the program to begin at 8 a.m. The location is the Hilton Garden Inn, 2200 Gateway Court in Fairfield. Call 864-1855 […]

County schedules turf farm permit hearing

FAIRFIELD — Warren’s Turf Group is asking the county to extend its permit to operate a turf nursery at 3773 Chadbourne Road near Fairfield. The county zoning administrator is to conduct a hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday. The hearing will take place in the Office of Resource Management at the county Government Center, 675 Texas […]

Toyota Vacaville employee receives recognition

VACAVILLE — Jeremiah “J.J.” Husted of Toyota Scion Vacaville has won the Quality of Champion award from Toyota. Toyota San Francisco regional technical staff selected Husted to attend the third annual National Toyota Quality Champions Meeting from April 29 to May 1 at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana in Princeton, Ind. He got selected based on the quality […]

Midway Automotive comes to Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Pat and Julie Watson finally secured the location they wanted for their Midway Automotive & Muffler shop. The couple wanted to open an automotive repair business in Fairfield for about 10 years. Several years ago, they saw that Midas automotive repair closed at the building at 1655 W. Texas St. and thought they […]

County wants to transform fairgrounds

FAIRFIELD — Solano County has some big decisions to make in coming years on how to redevelop its 149-acre fairgrounds property in Vallejo, with a $94 million, 25-year plan on the table. The county is thinking big. It wants to transform an aging, underutilized fairgrounds into what a county report calls “an iconic, region-serving public entertainment […]

Supervisor candidates differ on fairgrounds

FAIRFIELD — Candidates for two Solano County supervisor seats on the June 3 ballot have various opinions about the county’s fairgrounds proposals to create an iconic, regional draw.

The $94 million, 25-year plan will be a bonanza for the county and Vallejo. Or a bust, with taxpayers holding the bag. Or maybe the project should be done differently. Or at a different time.

Incumbent Jim Spering represents the 3rd District that includes much of Fairfield and Suisun City. His challengers are Fairfield City Councilwoman . . .

Land Trust seeks volunteers to monitor rare plants

FAIRFIELD — Volunteers are sought to help monitor rare plants on the Solano Land Trust’s Lynch Canyon property. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. Volunteers will be on the steep section of Prairie Ridge identifying plant populations, flagging them and noting the locations on global positioning system units. They will […]

Touro honors public health heroes

FAIRFIELD — More than 50 people gathered at Touro University California’s Farragut Inn on Thursday to honor six recipients chosen as this year’s Public Health Heroes. “All our recipients are visionaries who stand at the intersection of health and the well-being of our communities with a focus on underserved populations,” said Shelley Berkley, senior provost and […]

Fire damages Fairfield house

FAIRFIELD — Firefighters quickly knocked down a fire that damaged a single-story Fairfield house on Friday east of the city’s auto mall. The fire began about 2 p.m. at 2531 Marquette Court. Five Fairfield Fire Department engines, a battalion chief and a Cordelia Fire Protection District engine responded as the fire sent a choking smoke […]

Berryessa water to help bail out Napa cities

VACAVILLE — Solano County is moving ahead with its plan to provide emergency Lake Berryessa water to help Napa County weather the drought. Lake Berryessa reservoir is located in Napa County, but provides water almost exclusively to Solano County and farms. Napa County cities get no Berryessa water. Despite the three-year drought, the reservoir is […]

April 11, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged | 6 Replies

Downtown traffic delays coming Saturday

FAIRFIELD — Runners and not cars will rule the roads in downtown Fairfield on Saturday morning. The Fairfield Running Festival will take place between 7 and 11 a.m. The course runs from the intersection of Texas and Jefferson streets along North Texas Street to Travis Boulevard to Union Street to Kentucky Street to Taylor Street […]

Special education volunteers to receive honors

FAIRFIELD — Youth and community members who work with special education students will be recognized for outstanding service on April 29. The Community Advisory Committee recognition awards ceremony will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive. Awards are given to one person each from […]

Six Flags elephant dies

FAIRFIELD — An Asian elephant named Bertie Mae at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is dead. The elephant was euthanized last week because of a fracture to its hind leg. Elephant experts around the country said the extent of the injury coupled with the elephant’s massive size made the chances of a full recovery virtually impossible, a […]

April 11, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged | 5 Replies

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