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Barry Eberling

10 Years: Cornerstone Quilt Shoppe adds new wrinkle at decade mark

FAIRFIELD — Cornerstone Quilt Shoppe celebrated its 10th year with a new wrinkle: it moved from downtown Fairfield to 1425 W. Texas St. But the store remains the same in its essentials. It still celebrates an art that began centuries ago, albeit one that has developed over the years. People can go there to buy fabrics, […]

December 28, 2014 | Posted in Secrets of Success 2014 | Tagged ,

35 Years: Medic Ambulance rolling strong

VALLEJO — Medic Ambulance celebrated its 35th anniversary this year with a $3 million expansion to its Vallejo headquarters. The company in April hosted the groundbreaking for a 8,600-square-foot expansion to double the size of its complex at 506 Couch St. Workers then constructed the bigger headquarters for a company that has seen much growth over […]

December 28, 2014 | Posted in Secrets of Success 2014 | Tagged ,

40 Years: Vaca Valley Auto Parts a Fairfield mainstay

FAIRFIELD — Jack Martin turned his love of cars into a Fairfield business that is going strong after 40 years. Vaca Valley Auto Parts has been located at 1313 N. Texas St. since 1974. Martin has no plans to retire. “I’ve always loved it,” he said. “I still love it. It’s what I do.” Vaca Valley […]

December 28, 2014 | Posted in Secrets of Success 2014 | Tagged ,

Few shops remain from city’s pre-waterfront renaissance

SUISUN CITY — Vince Guisande remembers the Suisun City waterfront before the city’s big redevelopment project launched 25 years ago. He had his Tri-City Glass & Mirror located in Old Town near the waterfront in 1989. It is there today, though Guisande had to leave for a period when the city Redevelopment Agency bought up […]

December 28, 2014 | Posted in Suisun City | Tagged ,

Suisun’s transformation launched 25 years ago

SUISUN CITY — Jessica Herrera walked along the Suisun City waterfront promenade with her 2-year-old daughter Annabelle and the family’s dachshund, enjoying a beautiful, sunny afternoon amid a postcard-like setting.

A breeze rustled palms trees in the town plaza. Men nearby fished in the waters of the Suisun Channel. Boats lined the floating docks of the city marina. People dined outdoors in the patio of a nearby waterfront restaurant.

“It’s calm,” Herrera said.

Groundbreakings, ribbon-cuttings play role in civic life

FAIRFIELD — Solano County in August 2012 conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for its Claybank Jail expansion and local officials used shovels to dig into a mound of dirt as cameras clicked.

Major construction work on the new jail finished this summer. Dignitaries on June 5 posed for more photos, this time as a ribbon at the jail entrance was cut.

Gold shovels and giant scissors. Those are the mainstays of celebrations for new buildings, bridges and roads, not only in Solano County, but across the nation. These props are as much a part of public life as the gavel used by mayors to open city council meetings.

Substations boast different looks, serve same purpose

CORDELIA — A Pacific Gas & Electric Co. substation on Union Street near downtown Fairfield has a utilitarian look – transformers, wires and equipment spread across a lot behind a fence.

No architectural flourishes are visible, no effort has been made to disguise the site’s industrial purpose. The substation does its job without a hint of grace.

The 1913 PG&E substation located near Cordelia is a different story.

The most striking feature is a building of reinforced concrete.

Fairfield-Suisun sits between bay, valley

FAIRFIELD — One can easily make the case that Fairfield-Suisun City is part of the Bay Area – after all, the fingers of nearby sloughs lead through Suisun Marsh to Suisun Bay.

But an argument can also be made for Fairfield-Suisun being linked with the Sacramento region, which is part of California’s vast Central Valley. One can skirt nearby Cement Hill and drive all the way to Sacramento without climbing an incline steeper than a few small, rolling hills.

Bay Area or Sacramento Valley? Fairfield and Suisun City . . .

California’s new state amphibian calls Solano home

FAIRIFELD — California’s newly crowned state amphibian – the California red-legged frog – is no stranger to Solano County.

The frog can be found in the hills south and west of Fairfield. Just don’t try to catch one – the frog is protected by the federal Endangered Species Act.

The red-legged frog officially becomes the state amphibian on Jan. 1, 2015. It will join other well-known California state symbols such as the California grizzly, which is the state animal; the poppy, which is the state flower; the golden trout, which is the state fish; and the California quail, which is the state bird.

Solano looks at future of freight rail service

FAIRFIELD — Trains are hauling freight to and from Solano County businesses, be it beer, chlorine, propane or autos.

The controversial proposal by Valero to ship crude oil by rail to its Benicia refinery on the Union Pacific tracks has been in the spotlight in recent months. Opponents raise the specter of a derailed tank car rupturing and exploding.

But Solano County has a freight rail scene even without Valero, even though freight rail got hurt by the Great Recession and has yet to recover.

Local effort seeks to combat senior falls

SUISUN CITY — Physical therapist Mark Rivera stood alongside a wall and, with his feet firmly in place, reached, reached and reached. A yardstick taped to the wall measured how far he could go while keeping his balance. He stretched his arm for 10 inches. “For me, that’s just below average,” he said with a […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in The Other Side of 50 | Tagged ,

Spering, Bertani disclose campaign fundraising totals

FAIRFIELD — Incumbent county Supervisor Jim Spering has raised $171,223 in the race for the 3rd District seat and his opponent, Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani, has raised $147,547. Those figures are from Jan. 1 through Sept. 30 and include money the two raised for the June primary. They face each other in the Nov. […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,

I-80 crash snarls rush-hour traffic

FAIRFIELD — A Monday morning rush-hour crash on westbound Interstate 80 near the Interstates 80 and 680 interchange tied up traffic for about a half-hour. The minor-injury, rear-end crash happened at about 6:30 a.m. and involved three vehicles, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Timmons said. They became stuck to each other and it took about 30 minutes to […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged ,

Solano County 2013-14 structural deficit disappears

FAIRFIELD — A projected $14.7 million shortfall for the Solano County 2013-14 general fund budget melted away to nothing as the fiscal year progressed. When the county submitted the 2013-14 budget in June 2013, it planned to use savings to cover the hole. Instead, the general fund ended the fiscal year in June of this year […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Solano County

WIB schedules Solano career fair

FAIRFIELD — Job-seekers and prospective employers will have the chance to come together at the Workforce Investment Board of Solano County career fair Thursday. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University of Phoenix, 5253 Business Center Drive. About 85 businesses, companies and public agency will be there with job openings and […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,

Solano EDC schedules breakfast event

FAIRFIELD — Sacramento Bee political columnist Dan Walters at an Oct. 29 Solano Economic Development Corp. breakfast will talk about the November state ballot initiatives. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration and networking, with the program to follow from 8 to 9 a.m. It will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2200 […]

October 06, 2014 | Posted in Local Business | Tagged ,

North Texas Street merchants plan Halloween event

FAIRFIELD — North Texas Street merchants will celebrate Halloween on Oct. 30 with their fifth annual Fall Spectacular. The event is from 2 to 6 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse, 3333 N. Texas St. in Fairfield. It will include a carnival, giveaways from local businesses, a children’s meal from Texas Roadhouse, a costume contest, jump houses […]

October 06, 2014 | Posted in Local Business | Tagged ,

Business announces expansion effort

FAIRFIELD — Snack food manufacturer Calbee is working with Fairfield to expand its 37,000-square-foot building in Solano Business Park by an additional 46,000 square feet. That will allow Calbee to have a larger manufacturing and distribution area at 2700 Maxwell Way, a city press release said. Calbee has submitted the expansion plans to the city. […]

October 06, 2014 | Posted in Local Business | Tagged ,

New lease activity in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Premier Commercial Inc. announced it helped lease 1,326 square feet of office space at 479 Mason St., Suite 325 in Vacaville. Chris Wallace of Premier Commercial represented 479 Mason Street LLC in leasing the space to No Barriers. Fairfield-based Premier Commercial is a commercial real estate firm that specializes in Solano County commercial […]

October 06, 2014 | Posted in Local Business | Tagged ,

Gateway Courtyard expands food offerings

FAIRFIELD — Two new eateries are opening at Gateway Courtyard – Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and Pieology Pizzeria. The shopping area near Solano Town Center mall includes Barnes & Noble bookseller and has a variety of businesses, as well as several vacant, larger spaces. But the two new food establishments snapped up two of the smaller, available spaces. […]

October 06, 2014 | Posted in Local Business | Tagged ,

Vaca Valley Auto Parts celebrates 40 years

FAIRFIELD — Jack Martin has seen North Texas Street change over four decades from his vantage point at Vaca Valley Auto Parts. “Tremendously,” Martin said. “It’s changed tremendously, dramatically – and not at all.” He realized the seeming contradiction in that statement. Yet he also sees truth in it. “The street is still the same. The appearance […]

October 05, 2014 | Posted in Local Business | Tagged ,

New Solano County jail a high-tech marvel

FAIRFIELD — Solano County is the proud owner of a new, $89-million, high-tech, sprawling building constructed for a population that won’t want to use it.

The county in recent weeks put finishing touches on the 365-bed Stanton Correctional Facility on Clay Bank Road. Inmates could begin moving into the jail this month.

“It’s new and shiny – but it’s maximum-security and all that that entails,” Sheriff Thomas Ferrara said.

Ban on large green energy projects returns to board

FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors on Tuesday could extend a temporary ban on new, commercial-scale solar and wind energy projects for another year. The county has a policy of supporting renewable energy projects and has allowed several hundred mammoth, electricity generating wind turbines in the rural Montezuma Hills. But the Board of Supervisors passed a 45-day […]

October 05, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,

Car drives off Fairfield I-80 ramp

FAIRFIELD — A woman went to NorthBay Medical Center with complaints of pain late Thursday after driving off the Manuel Campos Parkway offramp from westbound Interstate 80 into a ditch. A report of a vehicle driving off the road in this area came to emergency officials at 10:32 p.m. The reporting party also said that […]

October 04, 2014 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged ,

PG&E to give solar class

SUISUN CITY — Residents and business owners interested in going solar can find out what’s involved on Oct. 11. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is hosting a free solar-electric class at 10 a.m. at the Suisun City Library, 601 Pintail Drive. The utility will present information on solar electric systems for homes and businesses. Reach Barry […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Suisun City | Tagged

Vehicle drives off road near Manuel Campos Parkway

FAIRFIELD — A vehicle drove off the road at a high rate of speed Thursday night at Interstate 80 and Manuel Campos Parkway. Emergency crews initially had trouble locating the vehicle in the dark after the 10:32 p.m. report of the accident. They found it by about 10:50 p.m. A female inside was moving, but her condition wasn’t immediately […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged ,

Caltrans repairing quake-damaged bridges

VALLEJO — California is spending $5.3 million in Solano and Napa counties to repair 11 bridges damaged by the Aug. 24 South Napa Earthquake. None of the damage affects public safety or the structural integrity of the bridges, a state Department of Transportation press release said. Still, Caltrans and contractors are fixing bridge seals, damaged pavement, curb cracking and […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,

County reports first EV-D68 case of 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano County has one of the 514 cases of enterovirus D68 confirmed in 43 states since mid-August. The local case involves a school-age child, a Solano County press release said. The child had mild symptoms and was not hospitalized, it said. “It is not surprising that we have a case of EV-D68 in Solano […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,

High heat prompts air-quality alert

FAIRFIELD — Expected hot weather has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to make Friday a Spare the Air day. Hot temperatures can mix with auto exhaust and other sources of emissions to form ground-level ozone, or smog. The air district is calling on Bay Area residents to voluntarily drive less and cut […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,
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