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Vacaville council limits landscape watering to 2 days a week

VACAVILLE — Limiting landscape watering to two days a week from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. won Vacaville City Council approval Tuesday – with an enforcement program to follow. “We’re not interested in killing people’s vegetable gardens,” said Royce Cunningham, director of utilities for the city. He said enforcement measures will go before the council […]

Mayor: Lagoon Valley helps Vacaville tourism grow

VACAVILLE — Visits to Lagoon Valley Park are among reasons for Vacaville’s tourism boost, Mayor Len Augustine said – and the executive director of Visit Vacaville also noted increased travel by families. “Pretty soon we will need new hotels in Vacaville,” Melyssa Laughlin told the council Tuesday about increased tourism in the city. Councilwoman Dilenna […]

Heart of Fairfield community workshop set for June 4

FAIRFIELD — A second community workshop for the $807,500 Heart of Fairfield plan will be held June 4 at the Fairfield Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m. A website for the plan states that downtown Fairfield is the original town center for the city and contains the Fairfield Community Center, the County Government Center, […]

Three days a week watering starts June 1 in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The city’s three-day per week watering plan for homes starts June 1 when addresses with odd numbers will be able to water Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while residences with even numbers water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The first contact with residents who don’t follow the watering plan will provide information about the arrangement, […]

Dumas named community development director for Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Karl Dumas, who began work in 1995 as a project manager for economic development, has been named community development director for Fairfield, the city announced. He served from 2011 to 2015 as the Economic Development manager and was involved with major commercial, industrial, and real estate development projects and programs. Dumas has been […]

2-day-a-week limit on landscape watering proposed for Vacaville

VACAVILLE – Residential and commercial landscape watering would be limited to two days a week from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. in conservation measures Vacaville City Council members take up Tuesday – with enforcement actions and water rate changes to be presented later. Royce Cunningham, director of utilities, said Friday watering could take place any […]

Mom of slain Suisun City man drops suit against Fairfield, county

FAIRFIELD — The mother of a man slain in Suisun City has agreed to drop her wrongful death lawsuit against Fairfield and Solano County. Janice Weeden, whose son Leigh Weeden of Suisun City was shot and killed by Fairfield police in July 2013 after a law enforcement pursuit that began near the corner of East […]

Motorcyclist in fatal Vacaville crash identified

VACAVILLE — The motorcyclist killed Thursday in a crash on the Browns Valley Parkway on-ramp to Interstate 80 has been identified as Cameron Nichols, 20, of Vacaville. Nichols lost control of the motorcycle he was riding, was thrown and fell in front of a truck that hit him, the California Highway Patrol said. Drugs, including […]

Earthquake north of Napa felt in Solano County

FAIRFIELD — A 4.1-magnitude earthquake Thursday night 9 miles north of Napa was widely felt but no injuries were reported, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Jessica Turner of the USGS said the 7:53 p.m. earthquake was about 6 miles northeast of Yountville. At 9:15 p.m. on the federal agency’s “Did You Feel It” Web page, which […]

20-year-old Vacaville motorcyclist dies in crash

VACAVILLE — A 20-year-old Vacaville resident was killed Thursday when he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding along the on-ramp to Interstate 80 from Browns Valley Parkway, was thrown and fell in front of a truck that hit him, the California Highway Patrol said. “He literally fell right in front of him,” CHP Officer Paul […]

Hotel occupancy rates, cost rise in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Hotel occupancy rose 5 percent last year in Vacaville and the average daily hotel rate reached $78, the annual report by Visit Vacaville says. Occupancy has been increasing in recent years, climbing from 55 percent in 2011 to last year’s 64 percent, according to the report. The average daily cost for a hotel […]

Settlement in suit against Fairfield 7-Eleven over alleged beating

FAIRFIELD — A settlement is pending in the suit filed by a woman who said gang members beat her at gunpoint just outside the 7-Eleven on Phoenix Drive in Fairfield, where a City Council candidate announced his candidacy last May. Fairfield attorney Gregory Jansen, representing Jessica Selby, declined Thursday to comment about resolution in the […]

Vacaville rehab site settles suit against state

FAIRFIELD — Orchard Post Acute Care in Vacaville, which challenged a state agency’s $16,000 fine in 2011 for allegedly failing to ensure nurses correctly administered medicine, has settled its suit against the California Department of Public Health. San Francisco attorney James Napoli, representing the rehabilitation and skilled nursing site at 101 S. Orchard St., confirmed […]

Club, with roots that reach back to 1956, shines silver and gold

FAIRFIELD — They still talk about the man who traveled from San Diego with $2,000 for the women who had helped him a half-century ago. He called the Fairfield Senior Center in 2007, past garden club president Laura Labrado said Wednesday, and the center had contacted her and she let a lot of Geranium City […]

Fairfield program part of climate-change hoax, resident says

FAIRFIELD — Clean energy financing approved Tuesday by the Fairfield City Council is part of the global-warming-turned-climate-change hoax, a resident says. “This is one of the largest scams in history,” John Takeuchi told the council before the vote. Takeuchi, who has a degree in meteorology, said the city staff report on the program was rich […]

New pact for downtown theater group wins Fairfield council OK

FAIRFIELD — Changes to the city’s contract with the Downtown Theatre Foundation for the Arts that include tripling incentive pay for performances at the Texas Street site won approval Tuesday on a 4-1 vote by the City Council. “I think the city believes in us,” Dae Spering, general manager of the theater, said after the […]

Medic Ambulance donates van to Fun on the Run

FAIRFIELD — A refurbished and painted Medic Ambulance van was turned over Tuesday to the Fun on the Run program of the Fairfield Community Services Foundation. Helen Pierson, co-owner of Medic Ambulance, said at the City Council meeting that the donation represents an effort “to invest in our future.” Fairfield Vice Mayor Chuck Timm said […]

Council OKs $1.3M lighting project for Allan Witt Park

FAIRFIELD — A $1.3 million lighting project at Allan Witt Park – that includes infrastructure for security cameras planned to be added – won approval Tuesday from Fairfield City Council members. Little League players, parents and officials in March spoke about problems that include vandalism, drugs and harassment at the park. “A variety of nuisance issues have […]

Food stamp misuse at gas station will cost $513,854

FAIRFIELD — A gas station in Solano County will pay $513,854 for allowing customers to use food stamps to buy gas, liquor and cigarettes, according to a default judgment in Solano County Superior Court. Owners of A&A Grand Gas on Springs Road in Vallejo failed to answer the complaint filed last July by the Solano […]

Fairfield seeks planning commissioners

FAIRFIELD — The city seeks applications for two seats on the Planning Commission, the primary land use advisory board to the City Council. The Planning Commission also reviews applications for new development in Fairfield, including residential, commercial and industrial projects, as well as public buildings. Commissioners evaluate projects for consistency with the city’s General Plan […]

Medic Ambulance provides van for Fun on the Run

FAIRFIELD — A refurbished and painted Medic Ambulance van was turned over Tuesday for the Fun on the Run program of the Fairfield Community Services Foundation. Helen Pierson, co-owner of Medic Ambulance, said at the City Council meeting that the donation represents an effort “to invest in our future.” Fairfield Vice-Mayor Chuck Timm said the […]

Fairfield-Suisun School District seeks $45,000 tuition repayment

FAIRFIELD — A speech and language pathologist should repay $45,000 plus 10 percent annual interest, the Fairfield-Suisun School District says because she resigned in 2011 before completing three years of service as required in an agreement with Fairfield-Suisun that the school district would cover part of her tuition at the University of the Pacific. Fairfield-Suisun […]

Woman held to answer on elder abuse charge after Dixon incident

FAIRFIELD — Norma Lee Penny Rivera was held to answer Monday on a felony elder abuse charge after a Dixon police officer testified Rivera told him she’d kicked her mother in the head. “She thought her mother was dead,” Officer Chris Rackley testified that Rivera, 54, said of the April 5 incident that Rivera said […]

$18,500 consultant’s contract won’t cost Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — An $18,050 consultant’s contract – for design of traffic signals at Manuel Campos Parkway and Paradise Valley Drive – that won’t cost the city any money goes before members of the City Council when they meet Tuesday. Funds from the Lewis Operating Corporation will pay for the agreement with Kimley-Horn and Associates, a […]

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Fairfield council schedules closed-door meet for labor talks

FAIRFIELD — A special closed session of the City Council to confer about labor negotiations will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the city manager’s conference room on the fourth floor of City Hall. City Manager David White, Assistant City Manager Laura Snideman and Steven Janice, employee relations manager for Fairfield are representatives of the […]

City considers $1.3M lighting project for Allan Witt Park

FAIRFIELD — A $1.3 million lighting project at Allan Witt Park – that includes infrastructure for security cameras planned to be added – goes before Fairfield City Council members when they meet Tuesday. “A variety of nuisance issues have been identified at Allan Witt Park prompting a multipronged and coordinated effort to address them,” a […]

Fairfield may triple incentive pay for Downtown Theatre Foundation

FAIRFIELD — The city will triple incentives to up to $120,000 a year to the Downtown Theatre Foundation for the Arts in proposed changes that also mean Fairfield will cover most utility costs for the Texas Street building – amendments that the theater foundation says must be approved or it will vacate the building Aug. […]

Hilton Homewood Suites, Staybridge Suites in Fairfield on sales block

FAIRFIELD — Hilton Homewood Suites and Staybridge Suites on Business Center Drive are being sold and the development agreement – which included improvements that owner Sonmar of Fairfield LLC completed – with the city will end in a proposal that goes before City Council members who meet Tuesday. City planning commissioners voted unanimously April 22 to […]

Quake Cottage set for Emergency Medical Services public day

VACAVILLE — The Solano County Emergency Medical Services public day will happen Thursday at the Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center where demonstrations – including an earthquake simulator called the Quake Cottage – will take place. Health care organizations and first responders will join to promote and educate about public safety. Kaiser Permanente, NorthBay Healthcare, Solano County […]

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