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Author Archive: Ryan McCarthy

Barbecue brings big crowd, progress to Parkway Gardens

FAIRFIELD — More than 200 people attended a barbecue Thursday at Parkway Gardens – an event praised by participants and city officials as evidence of improvement at the 240-unit condominium development. “This is so good to see so many people,” Fairfield Police Chief Walt Tibbet said. The event with hamburgers and hot dogs drew at […]

Town hall on crime set in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The Police Department at an April 29 community meeting will discuss how law enforcement is addressing recent crime and provide additional strategies on crime, blight and homelessness in the city. Police Chief Walt said Fairfield-Suisun School District officials are part of the 6 to 8 p.m. event at Willow Hall in the Fairfield […]

Afisivalu announces run for Fairfield council

FAIRFIELD — Ben Afisivalu, facility manager at a residential program for at-risk youth, is running for Fairfield City Council in part to connect a new generation with the community. “It takes young people to reach young people,” said Afisivalu, 29. He’ll formally announce his candidacy Friday. “I fell in love with this city,” Afisivalu said […]

Tonnesen seeks Fairfield City Council seat

FAIRFIELD — Scott Tonnesen, vice chairman of the city planning commission, seeks a seat on the Fairfield City Council with public safety a top concern. “I’m really running because it’s important for me as a parent and a grandparent for people to feel safe in our neighborhoods,” he said. “I love this city.” Tonnesen, 52, […]

Fairfield town hall on crime delayed

FAIRFIELD — The planned April 22 town hall about crime in Fairfield has been canceled and a meeting on the subject will take place later in April, Councilwoman Catherine Moy said Wednesday. She said city administrators plan a more comprehensive meeting near the end of the month. Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or

Travis trustee takes back blast at radio duo

VACAVILLE — She’d listened to the two Sacramento-based broadcasters for 12 years – and then, after appearing in March on their radio show to talk about Common Core State Standards, she concluded that Armstrong & Getty mocked her and another female guest, while respecting men speaking on the same subject. But Angela Weinzinger, a Travis […]

Council to staff: Negotiate labor pact for train station project

FAIRFIELD — Negotiate a project labor agreement for the train station project, the City Council directed the staff Tuesday after speakers praised such a pact as promoting local jobs and union labor while others criticized the agreement as un-American and anti-competition. Councilwoman Pam Bertani, who with other council members supported the decision that the staff […]

Council rejects bids for Dunnell Nature Park in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — All bids for the Dunnell Nature Park off Hilborn Road were rejected Tuesday by the City Council after an Alameda County-based labor management cooperative asked for another look at the low bidder on the project. Pat Wirsing of the Northern California Electrical Construction Industry Labor Management Cooperative Trust said a court has assessed […]

Appeal dropped for dangerous dog designation in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The court appeal over a dangerous dog designation for the 2-year-old pit bull Zanny has been dropped and the matter resolved, an attorney for the city of Fairfield says. Toussaint Bailey said Tuesday in Solano County Superior Court that the brother of dog owner Christian Armstrong said the appeal filed after a Feb. […]

Fear in Fairfield follows crime spike, councilwoman says

FAIRFIELD — An April 22 town hall for residents to discuss concerns about crime comes as Fairfield City Councilwoman Catherine Moy says about 20 residents have contacted her concerning crime and a few have said they’re thinking about moving out of the city. “People are scared,” Moy said. “There is fear out there.” Moy, who […]

Championship race in Vacaville targets children 2 through 5

VACAVILLE — The Strider Championship Race that’s scheduled May 10 at Andrews Park will give children ages 2 through 5 a chance to test their skills through obstacles and ramps. Strider Sports International, manufacturer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, sponsors the event running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park in downtown Vacaville. […]

Council OKs new shade structures for Allan Witt Park

FAIRFIELD — The city will suspend competitive bidding and approved buying $62,343 worth of new shade structures for Allan Witt Community Park to replace older structures that had become shelters for the homeless, the City Council agreed Tuesday. Fairfield can buy the equipment through the National Joint Powers Alliance, a nationwide competitive bidding program that […]

Nature park construction bids go before Fairfield council

FAIRFIELD — A $2.7 million low bid for the Dunnell Nature Park off Hilborn Road should be awarded and a protest by a labor-management cooperative denied, the city staff recommends to City Council members who meet Tuesday. The Northern Electrical Construction Industry Labor Management Cooperative Trust labor management trust based in Alameda County contends that […]

April 16, 2014 | Posted in Fairfield | 3 Replies

Preliminary hearing delayed for rape, kidnapping defendant

FAIRFIELD — The preliminary hearing for a Dixon man accused of sexually assaulting a woman was continued Monday in Solano County Superior Court to May 27. Jimmy Lavalle Jr., 38, is charged with rape and kidnapping in the Aug. 14, 2013, alleged assault in a residential area of Dixon. Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or […]

NAACP meets in Fairfield to eye voter drive

FAIRFIELD — Plans for a voter registration drive will be discussed Saturday when the Tri-City NAACP meets at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield. “We have some important local, statewide and congressional elections coming up soon,” Branch President Frederick B. Young Jr. said in a press release. “We want to make sure that everyone who […]

Fairfield school marks Autism Awareness Month

FAIRFIELD — Blue T-shirts and the playground game of wall ball were among events Friday at K.I. Jones Elementary School to mark Autism Awareness Month. Teachers and others wore the Autism Awareness T-shirts while sixth-grader Amanda Craenembroeck, 11, a general education student, was among those who joined children with autism in playground games. “I felt […]

April 12, 2014 | Posted in Education | Tagged | 1 Reply

Judge notes progress, problems at Parkway Gardens

FAIRFIELD — An account of the three homicides at the Parkway Gardens condominium complex – and a report that the property operates “like a lawless apartment project” with mostly absentee landlords – preceded Solano County Superior Court Judge Paul Beeman stating Friday that he wants problems addressed while also praising progress at the site. One […]

2 mayors mark start of Fairfield-Suisun Running Festival

FAIRFIELD — Mayors from two cities will shoot starter guns to mark the beginning of respective races Saturday for the Fairfield-Suisun Running Festival. Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez starts off runners at 7:45 a.m. for the 10-kilometer event while 15 minutes later Fairfield Mayor Harry Price marks the start of the 5k run. Both events […]

City eyes labor pact for train station project in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A project labor agreement that a critic says could add $12.2 million to the cost of planned train station development goes before the City Council for discussion Tuesday with Councilman John Mraz saying the pact may allow Fairfield to avoid cost overruns and quality problems that affect other projects. “I want this project […]

Police chief ‘committed’ to attendance initiative

FAIRFIELD — An attendance improvement initiative won unanimous approval Thursday by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees after Fairfield Police Chief Walt Tibbet spoke in favor of the measure and read a letter from City Manager Sean Quinn backing the effort. “I’ve often seen,” Tibbet said, “the lack of support, the lack of ability to succeed” commonly […]

Tough to pass parcel tax, Fairfield-Susiun school trustees told

FAIRFIELD — Passing a parcel tax will be very tough but the Fairfield-Suisun School District has a good shot at success if the campaign for the measure is done well, the school board was told Thursday. Gene Bregman, whose Santa Cruz County-based public opinion and marketing research firm surveyed 404 residents within the school district […]

Restraining order isn’t answer to bullying, Corey says

FAIRFIELD — The superintendent of the Fairfield-Suisun School District spoke Thursday about being bullied as a seventh-grader, said misinformed people from around the country have emailed the district and that a court order is not the answer the extremely serious issue of bullying. “The key to stopping bullying is not a restraining order,” Kris Corey […]

Technology can replace travel, taxpayer rep tells Fairfield-Suisun district

FAIRFIELD — Technology provides better ways to share information than the travel and conferences costing the Fairfield-Suisun School District more than $500,000 a year, the president of the Central Solano Citizen-Taxpayer Group told the school board Thursday. “Put this on a video or a DVD,” John Takeuchi said. “You can reach a lot of people.” He […]

Garamendi votes against GOP House budget

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi voted Thursday against what he termed Paul Ryan’s tea party-inspired budget because he said it would harm the nation’s recovery, destroy jobs and punish seniors and lower-income Americans to reward millionaires, billionaires and oil companies with more tax breaks. Garmendi, D-Walnut Grove, said in a press release that the Ryan […]

Fairfield police honor officers

FAIRFIELD — The parents of Lt. Al Bagos, who were at his 1984 graduation from the police academy, were present Thursday when the lieutenant with the Fairfield Police Department was given special recognition upon his pending retirement from the force. Bagos, a 1982 graduate of Fairfield High School, was among officers honored at the yearly […]

April 11, 2014 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged | 7 Replies

Here’s looking at you, Solano

FAIRFIELD — It’s a celebration of seniors – saluting their strengths and aiming to counter stereotypes about them. The photography contest sponsored by the Senior Coalition of Solano County wants to promote images of active older adults and end notions that they’re inactive and disengaged. Rochelle Sherlock, a consultant with the coalition, said the civic […]

A word, a sentence, a lesson for Rodriguez High students

FAIRFIELD — The “justice system revered all over the world” moved Wednesday to the multipurpose room at Rodriguez High School, where students saw a driving under the influence court trial and conviction. Attorney David Gallegos, representing defendant Shane Entzel, praised protections the U.S. justice system provides and during his closing argument told the student advisory […]

Fairfield tells volunteers, thank you

FAIRFIELD — They help the Police, Fire and Community Resources departments, the Sister City Program and at Rockville Hills Park. “Thank you very much for all that you do to make this the kind of community that attracts people from all over the world,” Fairfield Mayor Harry Price said at luncheon Wednesday at the Fairfield […]

Who does Betsy, deaf pit bull mix, belong to?

FAIRFIELD — A deaf pit bull mix named Betsy is at the center of a dispute between Good Newz Pittie Pups Rescue and Reunion Rescue – a dispute that is set for a June 13 trial in Solano County Superior Court after Good Newz said the dog, left for a few months in the care of […]

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