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Author Archive: Danny Bernardini

Music, art fundraising event set up for local students

FAIRFIELD — A fundraiser last held in 2009 is coming back this month that will feature Bay Area acts for the benefit of local students. The Night of the Dream concert and art event will take place at 7 p.m. July 27 in the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts at 1035 Texas St. The event, […]

Fund set up for family that lost home in fire

SUISUN CITY — It was a long drive home from work for John Caires on the Fourth of July. The Suisun City man knew his house was damaged from a fire earlier in the day. He got the call while working on the holiday at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, telling him there had been a major […]

City, employee groups wrap up contract talks

FAIRFIELD — Furloughs for city employees will end in 2014 if the agreed-upon contracts are approved Tuesday by the Fairfield City Council. Negotiations with employees other than police, fire and fire managers have been completed. The details of those talks are included on the agenda for the council when it meets at 6 p.m. in […]

Garage fire sends 2 from Fairfield home

FAIRFIELD — A garage fire caused a small amount of damage Thursday because firefighters were able to put it out before it spread to the house. The incident occurred around 10 a.m. on the 1800 block of Kidder Avenue, forcing both people inside from the home. Firefighters piled smoldering debris in the driveway and eventually […]

Oak trees killed, damaged in spraying mix-up

VACAVILLE — The orders were to inject some invasive plants and to spray others along Pleasants Creek in rural Vacaville.

Those instructions were mixed up somewhere along the way and resulted in around 12 dead oak trees and 20 to 30 more that were damaged.

An investigation by the Solano County Department Agriculture is currently underway, said Simone Hardy, assistant agricultural commissioner.

Hardy said Wednesday that “there seem to be some issues” with the application of the chemicals.

Fairfield updates economic development plan

FAIRFIELD — The city will continue to market itself to businesses while working more closely with community partners. That was the message told to the Fairfield City Council on Tuesday as it made slight changes to its economic development strategy. The council was told things are going well in the arena of bringing employers to […]

Highway project to alter water delivery to some homes

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield and Vallejo have struck a deal to change the way about 30 homes will receive water, rather than go through with a costly pipeline relocation. The Fairfield City Council voted Tuesday to supply water to homes in Old Cordelia and a few houses in Willotta Oaks and charge the usage to Vallejo, […]

Suisun homicide investigation wrapping up after body ID’d

SUISUN CITY — Police are concluding the investigation into a June homicide and will soon hand it off to the district attorney after the suspect was found dead, floating near the Benicia Bridge. Cmdr. Tim Mattos said he is awaiting coroner reports from Solano and Contra Costa counties to wrap up the investigation into the […]

Road repairs continue on West Texas Street

FAIRFIELD — The city will continue work on West Texas Street this week as crews replace sections of the damaged roadway. Construction on eastbound West Texas Street was scheduled to wrap up by the end of the week and the westbound repair should last six days, said George Shimboff, roads and maintenance manager. Crews are […]

Shots fired on Dana Drive

FAIRFIELD — Several shots were fired Monday night in front of an apartment complex on Dana Drive. Police said no one appeared to be hit. A woman was taken by stretcher from one of the apartments on the 1200 block of Dana Drive, but apparently had a medical issue not related to the shots fired, […]

Police arrest pair after suspected carjacking

FAIRFIELD — A man and woman were arrested shortly after a suspected carjacking Monday. Police said they found a weapon in the vehicle. The incident occurred around 6 p.m. on Applewood Drive and a description of a Toyota Corolla was given quickly to police, Sgt. Dan Marshall said. Marshall said an officer soon spotted a […]

Highway 12 overnight closures begin again this week

FAIRFIELD — Highway 12 will be closed overnight on certain dates in July to allow crews to pave as part of the Jameson Canyon widening project. The highway will first be closed from 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday between Red Top Road and Highway 29. It will again be closed each night from 11 […]

Highway project could change water delivery to some residents

FAIRFIELD — A highway construction project may alter the way water is delivered to residents in one unincorporated area of Fairfield. The Fairfield City Council will be asked Tuesday to contract with Vallejo to supply water to residents and bill that city instead of relocating piping due to construction on the Interstate 80/680/Highway 12 interchange. […]

Officials ID body as Suisun homicide suspect

FAIRFIELD — Contra Costa County officials have identified a body found near the Benicia Bridge as the man named as a suspect in a Suisun City homicide from June. Victor Mejia-Campos, 27, of Fairfield or Suisun City, was identified Monday as the man whose body was found early this month around 250 yards from the […]

Kaiser, NorthBay apply for trauma center designation

FAIRFIELD — Two local health care providers made their long-known plans of acquiring a Level II trauma center official Monday by applying to a county agency.

Kaiser Permanente of Vacaville and NorthBay Healthcare in Fairfield were the two applicants to the Solano County Emergency Services Cooperative. Kaiser and NorthBay each operate Level III trauma centers and neither side made a secret of its plans to earn the new designation.

Michael Modrich, trauma program administrator with Solano EMS, confirmed that . . .

Vacaville pair looks to ‘kickstart’ film career

VACAVILLE — Downtown Vacaville is one of the last places you’d expect to find a production studio where short films and commercials are created.

Two residents have invested time and money to do just that, banking on the growing digital medium to carry out their vision.

James Marsh, 28, and Chris Campbell, 32, are making digital videos out of a Main Street office and have set their sights on a bigger eight-part Internet series. …

Recology shows off new gas-to-energy machine

VACAVILLE — Landfills these days are much more than just somewhere people take their garbage. Recology on Friday showed off its new machine that takes methane gas from the heaps of trash and turns it into energy using a 20-cylinder engine at its Hay Road landfill. For Greg Pryor, general manager, the technological changes that […]

Suisun City sees major jump in robberies, burglaries

SUISUN CITY — Robberies in the first half of 2013 more than doubled from 2012 in Suisun City, while burglaries were up 90 percent. Those statistics and more were released Thursday by the Suisun City Police Department in a report that indicated most crimes in the city rose compared to this time last year. Violent […]

Suisun to enforce motorcycle safety Friday

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City police will step up enforcement of motorcycle safety Friday to cut down on accidents and injuries. Extra officers will be in areas where motorcycle drivers are known to be and where accidents have occurred in the past. Police are also reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out […]

Winters health clinic receives federal health care dollars

FAIRFIELD — The federal Health and Social Services Department included a clinic in Winters in its disbursement Wednesday. Winters Healthcare received $69,911 as part of the payout of $150 million to 1,159 clinics across the country to help the clinics enroll uninsured Americans in new health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. […]

School board to review Public Safety Academy’s 1st year

FAIRFIELD — A report will be presented Thursday to school officials about the performance of the first group of students to go through the Public Safety Academy. The report highlighting the academic success of the nearly 400 students will be presented to the Fairfield-Suisun School District Board of Trustees when they meet at 6 p.m. […]

Vaca Christian team offers soccer skills, tutoring at The Leaven

FAIRFIELD — The soccer match may have looked disorganized, but the message to the children who were chasing the ball was clear. There are people out there looking to help youngsters reach goals and offer ways to stay between the lines in life. A group of soccer players from Vacaville Christian High School paid a […]

Toddler drowns, city offers safety tips

VACAVILLE — City officials offered safety tips Tuesday to help prevent another drowning incident like the one that killed an 18-month-old toddler Monday in Vacaville. The girl apparently left a home on the 100 block of Andrea Drive through a door to the backyard and drowned in an above-ground pool, Vacaville Police Lt. Matt Lydon […]

Orthodontic scholarships available to local youths

FAIRFIELD — Children between the ages of 11 to 16 who don’t have the means to receive orthodontic care may be eligible for scholarships through the Fairfield Police Activities League. Students in both the Fairfield-Suisun and Travis school districts with financial issues or special orthodontic needs can apply between 3 to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday […]

PAL to offer fitness, coaching program

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Police Activities League is inviting members to the In Shape coaching and consultation program. The intervention and coaching program hopes to improve self images in participants and promote healthy habits while avoiding substance abuse. A coach will work with the member to set up goals and adjust their lifestyle to meet […]

Chamber, downtown association host seminars

FAIRFIELD — Two seminars will be offered this month to help business owners sharpen their online marketing skills. The two talks, hosted by the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce and the Fairfield Main Street Association, will take place at the chamber office at 1111 Webster St. The first is from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday and […]

City fleet earns acclaim for forward-thinking efforts

FAIRFIELD — An average day for the city’s fleet mechanics can have them wrench on a hybrid bus, a lawn mower or a dump truck full of computer systems.

That versatility and a manager who continually looks for ways to save money and improve the way his crew operates recently earned Fairfield’s Public Works Fleet – which includes all but public safety vehicles – a ranking as 37th of the 30,000 fleets judged by Government Fleet magazine. That’s better than New York City, Boston and the entire state of Delaware.

Kentucky Street home poses nuisance to law enforcement

FAIRFIELD — The first call to the house at 1609 Kentucky St. was for a recreational vehicle that was emptying sewage into the yard.

Then came various other code enforcement issues, including up to 25 people living in squalor among trash and other debris in various areas of the property being subletting by the owner. That included one man who spent time in a modified tree house.

Transients and others were living in a shed, in the garage or in areas separated only by blankets. There were times when neighbors noticed power cords running from …

The Edge Thrift Shop helps continue church’s vision

SUISUN CITY — The Edge Community Church may have left Suisun City for Fairfield, but leaders don’t want to leave the city behind for good. The church opened a thrift shop three months ago to keep roots in Suisun City and to help fund a soup kitchen that organizers are working to open in downtown […]

Man accused of role in Vacaville death gets trial date

FAIRFIELD — The man who police say caused the death a year ago of a 20-year-old Vacaville resident will stand trial in December. Anthony Ruiz, 32, of Vacaville, faces charges of voluntary manslaughter. He was ordered Friday to stand trial Dec. 4 for his role in the Garden Circle street fight that led to the […]

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