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‘I love him,’ woman says of man charged with stalking her

FAIRFIELD — A woman testified Friday about her affection for the man charged with stalking her – and said several times that her courtroom appearance cost her money by keeping her from work. “I love him,” the 39-year Vacaville resident said of Jack Andrew Bray, 40. But the woman said at the preliminary hearing for […]

16-month sentence upheld for false imprisonment in Fairfield incident

FAIRFIELD — A state court has upheld the 16-month sentence for Floyd Odis Griffin, who pleaded no contest to false imprisonment after an incident at Community Action North on Union Avenue in Fairfield where a witness said the 49-year-old Griffin, upset he wouldn’t receive any money, announced “I have a gun and I’m going to kill you […]

End of parental rights for mother of 2 affirmed

FAIRFIELD — A state court has upheld ending parental rights for a mother who admitted to using methamphetamine after she was found in a Fairfield motel with open sores on her body. The woman, who is identified by her first name, is the mother of a 4-year-old and a 10-year-old. The children were found in […]

Garamendi talks Bay Bridge steel, Iranian nuclear deal

DAVIS — The agreement with Iran over nuclear weapons will take the nuclear threat from that country off the table for at least 15 years, Rep. John Garamendi said Wednesday in a talk where he also noted most college students in Iran are women. “Change the role of women,” Garamendi said. “You’ll have a peaceful […]

Bright picture for Solano, state in Labor Day outlook

FAIRFIELD — Four years of increases in the number of jobs means California leads the nation in economic growth and has a 6.2 unemployment rate – a figure Solano County matches, a state agency’s Labor Day briefing finds. A total of 800 new jobs in Solano County in leisure and hospitality helped boost employment, as did […]

Fairfield golf course pacts to get another look

FAIRFIELD — Council approval to renegotiate a new contract with Legends restaurants at the city’s two golf courses will get another look after support Tuesday for open bids on pacts that involve restaurant and golf course operations. Vice Mayor Chuck Timm and Councilwoman Pam Bertani seek the second look for the contracts. The support for […]

Measure to rescind July OK for parking fees will go before Fairfield council

FAIRFIELD — A resolution to rescind the City Council’s approval in July for paid parking at the Fairfield Transportation Center will go before the council after a 4-1 vote by council members Tuesday that followed dozens of speakers protesting parking fees as unfair to working people who already face steep costs to commute. Councilwoman Catherine […]

Police release name of brother killed in suspected Fairfield murder-suicide

FAIRFIELD — Police on Tuesday released the name of the brother killed last month in a suspected murder-suicide in the city. Sanchoy Saechao, 31, died in the shooting by alleged gunman Sue Choy Saechao, 29. A man called around 11 p.m. Aug. 21 to report a shooting by a family member, police have said. Police found Sue Choy Saechao and […]

Widow of Vacaville city worker will get $275,000

VACAVILLE — A $275,000 supplemental life insurance policy should be paid to the widow of a 47-year-old employee in the city Public Works Department who did not work on New Year’s Day – the start date for the policy he had enrolled in months before his Jan. 6 death that year, a state court ruled […]

Penalty phase continued for man who killed Vallejo police officer

FAIRFIELD — Trial setting in the penalty phase for Henry A. Smith Jr., convicted of murder in the death of Vallejo Police Officer Jim Capoot, was continued Monday to Sept. 16. A mistrial was declared in July for the penalty phase after a juror said in the Solano County Superior Court case that she was moving to […]

Psychological evaluation set for Fairfield arson suspect

FAIRFIELD — A psychological evaluation was set Monday to determine if the man suspected of setting several fires Aug. 12 in Fairfield is competent to stand trial. The report on David Glenn Loflin will be presented Sept. 21 to the Solano County Superior Court. Police arrested Loflin, 47, for allegedly starting a blaze Aug. 12 and […]

Bid for escape followed 4-letter word, deputy says of Fairfield man

FAIRFIELD — A 23-year-old man pulled over in a traffic stop and told by a sheriff’s deputy to place his hands on the hood of a patrol car responded with a four-letter word and ran before being caught, according to courtroom testimony Monday. A second deputy said he saw a black pistol in the front […]

Keep it free, petition asks of Fairfield Transportation Center parking

FAIRFIELD — Lawrence Tougas, who’s been commuting for almost a quarter-century to the San Francisco International Airport, was a fan of the Fairfield Transportation Center and its secure, covered parking that meant an end to regular break-ins of vehicles before the center opened in 2003. “I considered it a wonderful benefit of living in Fairfield,” […]

Council eyes $560,230 pact for Fairfield parking expansion prep work

FAIRFIELD — A $560,230 contract with Dreyfuss and Blackford Architects to prepare documents for the 1,200-space parking structure that would be located on the west side of the Fairfield Transportation Center goes before the City Council on Tuesday. An estimate of construction costs for the structure, critical in helping Fairfield solicit funding for the project, […]

$566,925 state grant to Fairfield police goes before City Council

FAIRFIELD — A $566,925 state grant awarded to the Fairfield Police Department to fund efforts that include a sexual assault counselor to assist survivors of sexual assault goes before the City Council for acceptance at its meeting Tuesday. Fairfield will receive $188,975 yearly over the next three fiscal years in the California Governor’s Office of Emergency […]

Shopping options abundant in central Solano cities, downtowns

FAIRFIELD — Longtime residents of Fairfield remember life before the Solano Town Center mall, but for most people the commercial site that began three decades ago has been a shopping mainstay. A movie theater and bookstore are among its attractions – and for residents interested in the downtown experience, Fairfield, Vacaville and Suisun City offer […]

Vacaville, once known as Nut Tree’s home, now much more

VACAVILLE — The city’s roots reach back to 1892 but like much of California it was after World War II that Vacaville boomed. Population now puts the municipality at third in Solano County, behind Vallejo and Fairfield, although many Vacaville residents would say that’s a contest they’re not entering. Rather than look at numbers, Vacaville’s […]

Fairfield answered one question about itself – and now may face new one

FAIRFIELD — Once home to a bumper sticker campaign that asked where the city was located, that question’s been answered – and now the city may face a new query. What Fairfield is seems to be at the center of many city discussions at it considers downtown revitalization and other issues. Halfway between Sacramento and […]

Don’t chuck wood duck project, say family, Vacaville staff

VACAVILLE — Almost three years of nest boxes near Pena Adobe Park haven’t produced any wood ducks but the father and son who built the bird homes aren’t giving up.

Steve Broadley and his son Benjamin installed four boxes and have asked the Community Services Commission to extend the three-year agreement.

“Staff has heard only positive comments about the project,” Hew Hesterman, park planner for Vacaville, said in a report, “and the effort to attract wood ducks back to the area is appreciated by many park visitors.”

Trustees OK $16,000 trip to Dallas for Fairfield-Suisun staff

FAIRFIELD — A $16,000 trip by seven Fairfield-Suisun School District teachers and four administrators to attend a convention at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas won approval Thursday by the school board. The national convention of No Excuses University, a program that emphasizes every student has the right to be educated in a way that prepares […]

Fairfield High band gets OK for Memphis trip

FAIRFIELD — Travel to Memphis, Tennessee by the Fairfield High School Scarlet Brigade to perform at the 57th Annual Liberty Bowl Beale Street Parade and Liberty Bowl halftime show won approval Thursday from the Fairfield-Suisun School District board. “The Scarlet Brigade’s invitation to perform at this prestigious event is a reflection of the excellent music program […]

Speakers back music education for Fairfield-Suisun

FAIRFIELD — Hire four more credentialed music specialists, trustees for the Fairfield-Suisun School District were asked Thursday by a speaker who cited “irrefutable evidence that music literacy makes children better students and better citizens.” Cliff Gordon spoke during public comment at the school board meeting. Joan Gaut, president of Music for Our Children, also told […]

2 men hurt in crash that closed Highway 12 for 2 hours

RIO VISTA — Two men were injured Thursday in a collision on Highway 12 west of Azevedo Road when a driver lost control of his car and hit a big rig, the California Highway Patrol said. Christopher Johnson, 20, of Suisun City, was driving a 2001 Ford Taurus east on Highway 12 at 8:49 a.m. Miguel Cruz, 46, of […]

Mayor, Armijo High band to mark McDonald’s opening

FAIRFIELD — Mayor Harry Price and the Armijo High School Marching Band will help mark the grand opening of a McDonald’s restaurant Saturday at 3500 Nelson Road. The grand opening begins at 11 a.m. and includes a special number by the Armijo High School Marching Band. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with the mayor happens at noon. […]

‘Crazy’ environmental standard could cost Vacaville $7.5M

VACAVILLE — A new environmental standard in place only in California could cost the city $7.5 million – for a standard that a Vacaville official says has been called crazy. “It was politically driven,” said Royce Cunningham, director of utilities for the city. “It was driven by the environmental industry.” He spoke to City Council […]

No $8,375 for Fairfield man who took Vacaville to court, judge rules

FAIRFIELD — The city of Vacaville doesn’t have to pay $8,375 to a Fairfield man who sought the funds for damage to his car after he drove over an unmarked center divider in Vacaville when exiting Interstate 80 at Leisure Town Road. A judge pro tem ruled for Vacaville in the small claims case Charles […]

Fairfield rally backs Iran nuclear pact

FAIRFIELD — A Moveon.org rally Wednesday to support the nuclear arms agreement with Iran brought about 15 people to the front of Rep. John Garamendi’s office where they held signs that included thanks to the congressman for his support of the pact. “Diplomacy can work,” Mary Shilts Taylor said of the agreement. A Dixon resident who works […]

Date with Destiny set in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, baseball at Allan Witt Park and the two restaurants at Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano golf courses cannot rival the controversy that comes with the subject of the town hall Saturday about Destiny Place, a proposed homeless resource center.

Homelessness is the hair-trigger issue for reactions that include rage by the left at the heartlessness of conservatives to exasperation by the right at liberalism’s failures.

Tracy Miller, an associate professor of economics who has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, said he faced no criticism for stating that little evidence . . .

Metering ramps have Vacaville seeing red

VACAVILLE — Metering ramps for vehicles to enter Interstate 80 have City Council members seeing red about the project they say the state mandated and that stacks up traffic on city streets. City Council objections followed a presentation Tuesday by a senior transportation engineer from the Oakland office of the state Department of Transportation. Adrian […]

Vacaville opposes statewide tax on water bills

VACAVILLE — The city opposes any statewide tax on water bills, a measure the vice mayor called “a permanent tax on a temporary situation.” “We’re hoping it doesn’t happen,” Curtis Hunt said. Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine in a letter the council approved Tuesday asks that if California lawmakers pass such a bill in the name […]

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