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Author Archive: Susan Winlow

Council to hear presentation on plastic bag ban bill

VACAVILLE — A plan to discontinue plastic bag use in local retail will make yet another pass next week before the Vacaville City Council. Council members will hear a presentation from the Solano County Resource Management Office concerning the single-use plastic bag ban proposal in the Legislature. The same presentation was given March 13 to the […]

Vacaville’s interim housing director to take reins permanently

VACAVILLE — Emily Cantu was named the permanent director of Vacaville’s Housing Department after holding the interim position for several months. Cantu took over the temporary role in August 2013, when Cyndi Johnston retired. She said she is “excited and privileged” to be named the new director. “The Housing Services staff is a great group of […]

Carli takes oath, now Vacaville’s 14th police chief

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Police Department has a new leader – Chief John Carli. A whole lot of people were on hand Wednesday morning at the Vacaville Opera House to witness Carli’s promotion from lieutenant to chief, take his oath of office and be pinned by his wife of 30 years, high school sweetheart Joanne […]

Vacaville set to usher in new chapter for Police Department

VACAVILLE — Since Lt. John Carli was tapped to assume the top position in the Vacaville Police Department, he’s been called a couple of names, title-wise, and been asked repeatedly, “Hey, what am I supposed to call you now?”

The confusion about how to address Carli, 47, ends at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at his badge-pinning ceremony, when he officially becomes Vacaville’s 14th police chief.

While the title transfers on Wednesday, his transition started the day he was named to take over the role after Chief Richard Word retired in November. The city appointed interim Chief Randy Ulibarri . . .

Hundreds flock to Krispy Kreme as it opens doors

VACAVILLE — Under a rare “blood moon” eclipse, Krispy Kreme devotees waited Monday night to claim their free doughnuts. And they waited. And they waited. Clad in pajamas, wrapped in blankets, all ages waited for the 5:30 a.m. Tuesday opening when the “hot light” was flipped on by first person in line, local resident Rudolph […]

Planning Commission to look at Nut Tree retail policy change

VACAVILLE — The Planning Commission will look at a policy change Tuesday that would allow a European Wax Center to locate in the Nut Tree retail complex. Businesses currently tagged as “health and beauty services” are limited both in location and total square footage in order to ensure that the Nut Tree project remains a […]

April 16, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | 2 Replies

Hosting a foreign exchange student offers world view

FAIRFIELD — For the Lewis girls, Ayanna, 16, and Najja, 17, and their 17-year-old friend Sierra Knuckles, Vanden High School’s recent prom night was a rite of passage – one experienced by American teens all over the country.

For Jana Jensen, 17, who is from Germany, and Brazilian Nathalia Carvalho, 18, it was a different, uniquely American experience, something they likened out of “High School Musical” or Twilight’s “New Moon,” minus the vampires and werewolves.

“Prom is like something you know from American movies, Jensen said.

‘Year of Recovery’ leads to forward movement for Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Last year was the “Year of Recovery” for Vacaville and 2014 will be the year of “moving forward.” Vacaville leaders touted a positive economic forecast for the city during the annual State of the City address Friday morning in the community room at Travis Credit Union. “Things look much better this year,” Mayor […]

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

Vacaville poised to lose $3.8M in reserves

VACAVILLE — The city’s general fund is poised to take a major hit as Vacaville prepares to return $3.8 million to its former redevelopment agency. Staff presentations during a previous City Council meeting indicate that the action will shrink the city’s 2014-15 estimated general fund reserve from approximately 20 percent down to below 15 percent, […]

Council split on Vacaville economic development options

VACAVILLE — The subject of economic improvement for Vacaville brought about varied and decisive opinions Tuesday as City Council members heard a number of recommendations from a stakeholder committee. The recommendations, created by the Economic Development Committee, included: Develop standard and expedited process schedules for planning, permits and special events to reassess performance standards accounting […]

City looks at ways to boost Vacaville’s economy

VACAVILLE — Council members will hear several new recommendations to boost Vacaville’s economy Tuesday from the stakeholder-driven Economic Development Committee. They four recommendations are: Develop standard and expedited process schedules for planning, permits and special events to reassess  performance standards accounting for current staff levels, which is 20 percent lower than before the economic crisis. […]

Mayor, city manager to talk about state of Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Mayor Steve Hardy and City Manager Laura Kuhn will give a State of the City address for Vacaville at the Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Business Issues Educational Forum on Friday. The event will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. at Travis Credit Union, 1 Travis Way in Vacaville. The Business Educational Forum meets […]

Little church with a big heart opens arms to community

FAIRFIELD — Friday was Plan B day at the Samoan Christian Fellowship church on Western Street.

The rain and darkened skies were the dictator.

It’s food give-away, or feeding day – twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays – and it’s usually done outdoors but, said Leinati Tomanogi, leader of the Helping Hands Ministry, because of the weather, the tables of food in shopping bags or plastic crates were moved indoors.

“The more good you do for others, it will come back to you,” she said. “We’re joyful in our . . .

Solano College to host 9th annual peace jamboree

FAIRFIELD — The local community college’s Umoja Program and Ethnic Studies Program, in coordination with Kaiser Permanente, will host the ninth annual, three-day Peace Summit, “Stop the Violence,” later this month. The event will take place at various locations on the Fairfield and Vallejo campuses. The keynote speaker is Lecia Brooks, who leads the Southern […]

Local accordion club to meet week

VACAVILLE — The monthly meeting of Vacaville’s chapter of the Golden State Accordion Club will occur Thursday at Pietro’s No. 2, 679 Merchant St. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to join the evening of fun and music. Call Jack Behseresht at 925-256-9055 for more information. Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or […]

Charter school enters into agreement with Vacaville district

VACAVILLE — The law is the law. Despite that simple board member statement, the passage of a facilities use agreement between the Vacaville School District and Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy didn’t come without some hefty grumbling and complaining from the governing board Thursday night before approving the agreement 5-2. Focal point of the lengthy […]

April 04, 2014 | Posted in Education | Tagged | 5 Replies

Underwater egg hunt returns to Vacaville waters

VACAVILLE — The second annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 12 and younger will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. April 12 at the Graham Aquatic Center, 1100 Alamo Drive. The egg hunt will occur in the activity area and the pool and includes swim time and a visit from the Easter bunny. […]

Vacaville library to start teen reading club

VACAVILLE — Teens between 12 and 18 who are interested in a book club are asked to join a planning meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Cultural Center branch of the Vacaville Public Library. The meeting will be to select books for the group to read. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For […]

Prison uses cultural awareness to bring cohesiveness

VACAVILLE — Saia Reupena, wearing his traditional lava-lava, said his goal was to have the audience smile and have fun. Judging by the reaction to his banter at the fourth annual Cultural Awareness Day at California State Prison Solano, he succeeded. The Samoan took the lead during a few Hawaiian/Pacific Islander ceremonial dances in front […]

Home sweet home – maybe – for Vacaville charter school

VACAVILLE — It could be that a new public charter school has found a home in the former Elm Elementary School buildings. Whether Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy will put down roots in the longtime vacant buildings will be up for approval Thursday at the Vacaville School District school board meeting that begins at 7 […]

Vacaville chamber names Kaiser its Business of the Year

VACAVILLE — Kaiser Permanente has been chosen by the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce as its 2013-14 Business of the Year. Its community commitment through leadership and involvement, and its community partnerships made the chamber’s decision an easy one, said Mark Creffield, the chamber’s president, in a press release. According to the chamber’s press release, Kaiser […]

Alpaca event makes 1st-time showing in Solano County

FAIRFIELD — A chance to meet and greet a friendly alpaca will be yours April 12-13 at the Dixon Fairgrounds, when the venue hosts the ninth annual California Classic Show. This is the first time the California Alpaca Breeders Association alpaca and fiber show has taken place in Solano County. Vacaville alpaca rancher Bruce Nelson […]

Celebrate Vacaville to make 3rd annual appearance

VACAVILLE — It’s almost time to Celebrate Vacaville. The event is one the three main fundraisers for the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce and is an outdoor expo offering live music and food and beverages. This year – the third annual – will take place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 30 at the Creekwalk in […]

Silent film event set, proceeds go to RioVision

RIO VISTA — A reservation-only event is bringing back the silent film to Rio Vista. The matinée will occur from 3 to 5 p.m. April 22 at Hunter Hall, 218 California St. Dave Moreno at a Wurlitzer pipe organ and vintage vocalist Matias Bombal will give live accompaniment to silent films that feature Laurel and […]

Job networking, support group to launch in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Concord resident Jennifer Minck had been out of work for two years when she found Danville’s Job Connections. She’d run through her unemployment benefits but said she was lucky in one respect – she was in the loop of people who got an extension so she had 99 weeks of unemployment. Minck was spending hours […]

City closer to barricading makeshift parking lot

VACAVILLE — The hundreds of weekly Lagoon Valley Park visitors who find free parking refuge under the “No Parking” signs in the area adjacent to the front entrance payment kiosk will soon have to find a new place to park – preferably inside the park after paying the $3-per-vehicle entrance fee.

The area will soon be blocked by a series of boulders and gates, in addition to new signs, possibly as early as Easter, said Hew Hesterman, the city’s park planner. Access will be allowed only during special events such as Loop the Lagoon and Festival de la Isla.

Solano business leaders, officials hear positive economic news

FAIRFIELD — Solano County is seeing, by and large, positive economic and community growth and that trend should continue into the future. Those are the encouraging words local business leaders and city officials heard Friday at the monthly Solano Economic Development Corp. get-together at the Hilton Garden Inn. Robert Eyler from Economic Forensics and Analytics […]

Entertainment Calendar March 28, 2014

ART EXHIBITS Arts Benicia: “Next Generation,” through Sunday; Open Studios, April 17 through May 4; open noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday during exhibitions, 991 Taylor St., Suite 114, Benicia. Free. 747-0130, Benicia Plein Air Gallery: Iris Sabre is March’s featured artist; Marshall Lockman is April’s featured artist; open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday […]

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