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Opposing sides: Pot for sale, for personal use

FAIRFIELD — Uriel Cendejas had more than $800 in cash in his pocket, along with a digital scale in the kitchen at his Vacaville home with a safety bar on the front door and more than 100 marijuana plants inside the residence, Solano County Superior Court jurors heard Friday. Cendejas told police during a May 15, 2014, […]

Fairfield man’s prison sentence upheld on appeal

FAIRFIELD — The four-year state prison sentence for a Fairfield man who left his 84-year-old father alone in a wheelchair for four days without a phone has been upheld by a state court that found a Solano County Superior Court judge could impose the prison term after the man violated probation. Charles Lalicata, 59, was placed […]

Judge: ‘Don’t blow smoke up my robe’

FAIRFIELD — A judge told a roofer convicted of grand theft and contracting without a license that she’s more concerned with the victims of his crime than his financial status. Solano County Superior Court Judge Wendy Getty asked Ryan Raphael, 40, of Vacaville, about the people bilked out of money. A single mother can’t afford […]

Brown signs Wolk’s drought, energy bills

FAIRFIELD — Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill by Sen. Lois Wolk to improve water management and conservation in California, and another bill to boost participation in programs that enable utility customers to receive part of their electricity from renewable energy sources. Senate Bill 555 requires all urban water suppliers in California to audit annual water loss to […]

New school boundaries win OK in Fairfield-Suisun School District

FAIRFIELD — New school boundaries that Fairfield-Suisun School District officials have said are intended to maintain neighborhood schools won approval Thursday by trustees and will affect reopened Dover School along with nearby David Weir, Grange, Cleo Gordon, Laurel Creek and Tolenas schools. Boundary changes begin in the 2016-17 school year. Dover School closed in 2009 […]

Farmers market ends season with an animal flourish

FAIRFIELD — The farmers market finished the season Thursday with Milk-Bones and other prizes for winners in the pet costume contest – with awards for most adorable, most original and “scariest” – to keep with a Halloween theme.

A canine demonstration by the Fairfield Police Department preceded the costume contest.

Area pros keep Fairfield man feeling young

FAIRFIELD — They’re named after gold miners who came to California more than 160 years ago, but the San Francisco 49ers help keep James Bates young. So do the Oakland Raiders, the Golden State Warriors, the Sacramento Kings, the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s. He’s made a lot of friends at professional sports […]

Train station project tour when council, commission meet in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A tour of the train station project will occur Friday when the City Council and Planning Commission conduct a special meeting at 11 a.m. The council and commission will meet at Vanderbilt Drive, 100 feet west of Peabody Road, off Cement Hill Road. The train station project, including the station, is to cost about $81.5 […]

Lawsuit claims labor contractor employees sexually harassed worker

FAIRFIELD — A state agency’s lawsuit, which contends two employees of a labor contractor sexually harassed women hired to work in a Solano County vineyard, is set for a Dec. 8 case management conference. The suit further contends that one employee said, “Mexicans are 5 cents a month,” before threatening to have a woman deported. The state Department […]

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Fairfield-Suisun schools mark Walk to School Day

FAIRFIELD — Kevin McNamara first heard about International Walk to School Day three years ago when listening to Vacaville-based radio station KUIC.

The P.E. teacher at Green Valley Middle School in Fairfield started the event for students at Green Valley days after hearing the broadcast – and hasn’t stopped.

“Since then I’ve done it every year,” McNamara said.

He stood Wednesday in the gym at the school and spoke about how students walking to school can provide the freedom and independence that youths in middle school seek.

Revenues at Fairfield golf courses must rise, council says

FAIRFIELD — Negotiating principles for contract extensions with operators of the Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano golf courses won unanimous approval Tuesday by City Council members who said the number of rounds and restaurant revenue must rise at the courses. “We have two really first-rate municipal golf courses,” said Mayor Harry Price, adding that the […]

Council rescinds parking fees in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Rescinding $50-a-month parking fees at the Fairfield Transportation Center won unanimous approval Tuesday by City Council members, two of whom said they could support a $30 monthly fee for parking. “You can’t park there for free,” Vice Mayor Chuck Timm said. He asked the council to later consider a $30 fee that he […]

Government should keep motorcycle seized by Fairfield police, DA says

FAIRFIELD — A black and green 2003 Suzuki GSX motorcycle seized – along with drugs, guns and cash – by Fairfield police during an April 1 search along Hamilton Drive should be forfeited, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office said in a civil asset case set for a March 8 court conference. Steve Lee David, […]

Lt. Gov. Newsom lauds Assemblyman Dodd

FAIRFIELD — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that Bill Dodd understands the fight against the “Great Gatsby Curve” of income inequality that’s made “two different worlds in the same state” of California.

State Assemblyman Dodd followed by calling Solano County “ground zero” in the election for the 3rd state Senate District seat Dodd seeks.

Coastal California is prosperous while residents – mostly inland — face difficulties elsewhere in the state, Newsom said, citing 8.8 million Californians living below the poverty line.

“Bill gets this,” Newsom …

Community Services Commission cancels meet

VACAVILLE — The regular meeting Wednesday of the Community Services Commission has been canceled. The next meeting will occur Nov. 4 in the Vacaville City Council chamber, 650 Merchant St. For more information, visit www.cityofvacaville.com. Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

3-year prison sentence for Vacaville man charged in lewd act case

FAIRFIELD — Henry Bond Crumpton was sentenced Monday to the maximum term of three years in state prison for a lewd act on a 14-year-old girl whose parents called Crumpton a monster and a menace who “needs to be put away.” The mother of the girl spoke in Solano County Superior Court about trying to […]

Wolk praises governor for signing End of Life Option Act

FAIRFFIELD — Sen. Lois Wolk praised Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday for signing the End of Life Option Act and called approval a “historical moment in California.” Wolk, D-Davis, said that the decision comes almost a year after the death of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old Californian with terminal brain cancer who moved to Oregon because […]

Fairfield Fire Department to open doors to community

FAIRFIELD — Free hot dogs, popcorn and dessert are part of the open house the Fairfield Fire Department will host from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Station 37. The event coincides with National Fire Prevention Week and includes appearances by Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog. The department also will give away grant-funded smoke detectors to Fairfield residents in need. […]

Expansion of transport center less likely without parking fees

FAIRFIELD — Rescinding parking fees at the Fairfield Transportation Center means the loss of $245,520 in yearly revenue and makes funding for expansion of the center less likely, a report to the City Council says. A resolution rescinding July approval of the fees is on the consent calendar – intended for routine items – for […]

A ticket to ride: Lure of tax-funded travel endures

FAIRFIELD — Five people from Fairfield city government traveled to Silicon Valley for a three-day League of California Cities conference that ended Friday – a trip that was a tiny part of the $698,000 budgeted for training, travel and conferences this year, the city’s finance director says. Fred Marsh said that six-figure total is only 0.3 percent […]

Staff seeks development moratorium for Heart of Fairfield area

FAIRFIELD — An urgency ordinance that sets a 45-day moratorium on incompatible development applications in the Heart of Fairfield planning area goes before the Fairfield City Council on Tuesday. Fairfield is preparing a plan for the downtown and West Texas Street in its Heart of Fairfield effort, and the city staff is concerned about the potential […]

Union representing Solano County workers votes to strike if necessary

FAIRFIELD — Solano County government workers in the union representing about 1,800 employees voted overwhelmingly to give their bargaining team the power to call an unfair labor practice strike if necessary, the union said Friday. Ninety percent of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 members voted to authorize a strike, the union said. Ballots were […]

Newsom joins Dodd for Monday BBQ

FAIRFIELD — California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will be the special guest Monday at state Assemblyman Bill Dodd’s fall barbecue, which will include a report on the 2015 legislative session in Sacramento. The event will take place from 4-7 p.m. at the North Bay Training Facility of Sheetmetal Workers Local 104, 4350 Central Place in Fairfield. […]

Negotiating principles sought for Fairfield golf course pacts

FAIRFIELD — Adopt negotiating principles if the City Council reaffirms its decision for contract extensions with operators of the Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano golf courses, the city staff recommends. Council members decided in August to negotiate a new contract with Sports Restaurants to operate the Legends restaurants at the courses and with Kemper to […]

Woodcreek66 wins Solano Planning Commission OK on 3-2 vote

FAIRFIELD — A 66-home development opponents criticized as urban development in a rural area but that the Planning Commission chairwoman said has been zoned for 25 years for such a project won approval Thursday on a 3-2 vote by commissioners, whose recommendation will go to the Board of Supervisors. The development called Woodcreek66 is planned […]

Packed house for Smart & Final opening in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The grand opening of a Smart & Final grocery store brought a packed house to the North Texas Street site where people welcomed the retailer back to Fairfield. Jenell Mesa-Salas, 48, recalled the chain had a store in the city before it closed several years ago, and Mike La Placa, assistant manager at […]

NorthBay: We’re doing all we can to protect home

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Medical Center is taking every possible measure to protect a Victoria Court home next to a hospital parking lot expansion, a NorthBay vice president said Tuesday after an attorney for the homeowners described the work as an assault on the residence that’s left it uninhabitable during the expansion.

Heart of Fairfield meet set at police training facility

FAIRFIELD — A light supper from local restaurants will be provided at the Heart of Fairfield meeting about the plan for downtown from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Art Koch Range and Training Facility. Updating the City Council and Planning Commission on the Heart of Fairfield Plan is among reasons for the […]

Travelodge stair suit set for December conference

FAIRFIELD — A lawsuit, filed by a man who says medical bills of more than $30,000 and a loss in earnings that exceeds $50,000 followed after he fell down stairs at the Travelodge in Fairfield on Central Way, is set for a Dec. 14 settlement conference. Travelodge denies all allegations in the suit filed in 2014 for […]

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