Adult grief support class offered

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Hospice and Bereavement is offering a free, eight-week Journey Through Grief adult support class. The course is designed for those whose loss has occurred at least three months before the start of the class. Participants will receive a helpful book and journal designed to support them in their grieving process. The class will take place from 6 to […]

Local government meetings on schedule

FAIRFIELD — Local government entities will be having meetings this week. The schedule includes: Fairfield City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, City Council chamber, 1000 Webster St., Fairfield. Info: Rio Vista City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, City Council chamber, City Hall, One Main St., Rio Vista. Info: Suisun City Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, City Council chamber, 701 […]

Fairfield grass fire forces evacuations, shuts down Highway 12

FAIRFIELD — A four-alarm grass fire Sunday along Highway 12 that forced evacuations of nearby homes also shut down the highway and tapped out the city’s firefighting resources. The fire was reported shortly before 2 p.m. along eastbound Highway 12 between Beck and Pennsylvania avenues and was quickly upgraded to two alarms, then to four alarms to […]

Fast-moving grass fire forces evacuations, shuts Highway 12

FAIRFIELD — A four-alarm grass fire Sunday along Highway 12 forced the evacuation of several homes and stopped traffic as a cadre of firefighters from the surrounding areas converged to battle the fast-moving blaze.

The fire also tapped out the city’s firefighting resources.

Fairfield fire crews responded about 2 p.m. to the creek just east of the Meyer Corp. property where a vegetation fire sent clouds of white and black smoke into the sky. …

Summer car washes benefit Solano Warriors

FAIRFIELD — A series of car washes that started Saturday will benefit the Solano County Warriors youth football and cheerleading teams in preparation for the upcoming season. “We’re trying to raise money for practice uniforms and help the less fortunate kids pay for next season,” said coach Brandon Jackson. A handful of children, parents and […]

Fairfield City Council eyes LA trip

FAIRFIELD — A $1,330 trip for a council member to attend all three days of the annual League of California Cities conference in September in Los Angeles – or a single day costing $525. Or, don’t send anyone at all. Take your pick, Fairfield City Council members. The yearly business meeting of the cities league takes […]

Wanted: City official with sense of humor

FAIRFIELD — Politically savvy. A good sense of humor. Easygoing. Those qualities – and at least six years of progressively responsible administrative experience in municipal government – are among qualifications the city of Fairfield seeks in a new assistant city manager position that pays $155,000 to $175,000. An Aug. 1 deadline looms to apply at Los […]

City eyes destruction of old Fairfield police records

FAIRFIELD — Five-year-old records about investigations of citizen complaints against officers are among Fairfield Police Department documents proposed for destruction. The complaint records do not include any officers involved in pending litigation. The record destruction schedule follows a policy the City Council approved in 2012, a staff report states. Warning records about school parking will […]

Jehovah’s Witnesses convention coming to Sacramento

FAIRFIELD — Jehovah’s Witnesses are inviting Fairfield residents to attend the annual convention later this month in Sacramento. The theme of this year’s program is Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom. “People of many faiths pray for God’s kingdom. This convention will explain what that kingdom is and how it can be a positive influence in our lives,” […]

Squatter law may include Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A state assemblyman, whose legislation to ease enforcement of criminal trespassing laws against property squatters spurred Suisun City’s request to be included in the law’s pilot program, says “people taking advantage of middle class America” led to his legislative bill. Fairfield may also ask to be added to the program. Assemblyman Steve Fox, D-Palmdale, […]

I-80 crash slows traffic

FAIRFIELD — A traffic collision between a gray Chevrolet Malibu and gray Mazda took place at noon Thursday on eastbound Interstate 80 near the Green Valley interchange. One car came to rest in one of the right lanes, causing traffic to slow. The California Highway Patrol called the incident a minor-injury accident. The cause wasn’t available […]

Fairfield eyes $44,000 pact with Sacramento lobbyist

FAIRFIELD — A $44,000 contract with a Sacramento lobbyist – who represented the city from 1999 to 2007 – to advocate for legislation and additional revenue for Fairfield goes before City Council members Tuesday. Joe A. Gonsalves & Son has unique experience assisting Fairfield in advocating its position on state legislative issues affecting local government, according […]

FAST to change fare structure next month

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield and Suisun Transit will implement a new fare structure starting Aug. 1 to comply with an updated card payment system. The Clipper universal transit card is expected to be implemented in Solano County this fall, according to a city press release. The Fairfield City Council adopted a new fare structure March 18 to comply with the new […]

Chapkis Dance takes top honors in Fairfield parade

FAIRFIELD — Chapkis Dance and its show-stopping routine during Fairfield’s Fourth of July parade won the Suisun City-based dance company the grand sweepstakes award for being best overall favorite, parade’s organizers announced Wednesday. Republic Services-Solano Garbage Company collected the sweepstakes award for best portrayal of theme of Stars & Stripes Forever. These and the other […]

Writers Resource Center sets next workshop

FAIRFIELD — The Writers Resource Center will host a workshop on how to write your life story from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in Fairfield. It will presented by Writers Resource Center and by three authors: Sheila Keller, author of the teen novel “Desperado Moon,” Vicki Ward, author of “Life Spices from Seasoned Sisthas,” and Janie P. Bess, author of […]

City clerk announces Fairfield council filing period hours

FAIRFIELD — Anyone interested in becoming the mayor of Fairfield or fill two open seats on the City Council in the Nov. 4 election can get candidate nomination papers from the City Clerk’s Office beginning Monday. The deadline for filing nomination paperwork will be 5 p.m. Aug. 8 unless an incumbent fails to file by that time. […]

Grants provide new equipment to NorthBay pediatric units

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Healthcare purchased several key pieces of medical equipment to help with pediatric trauma patient care, thanks to grant funds. The funds were used to purchase two baby scales, a cardiac monitor and thermometers for patient rooms in the emergency departments at NorthBay Medical Center and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital. The grant for the equipment […]

Police chief, top probation officer, superintendent will travel to Washington, D.C.

FAIRFIELD — Police Chief Walt Tibbet, Solano County Chief Probation Officer Chris Hanson and Fairfield-Suisun School District Superintendent Kris Corey will attend a Sept. 8-10 program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., about juvenile justice reform. People will be able to improve juvenile diversion by attending the program, according to a letter from the Center […]

Car club plans garage sale for Assist-A-Grad fund

FAIRFIELD — A local car club is having its annual garage sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to benefit the Assist-A-Grad scholarship fund. The Golden Hills Mustang Club event will take place at 2611 Hilborn Road in Fairfield. Items for the garage sale are donated from the 100-plus members of the car club. In addition to showing […]

Fairfield-Suisun School District holds hiring fair July 14

FAIRFIELD — Applicants can talk about teaching, operations and substitute work with human resources officials, school site administrators and district managers at a recruitment and hiring fair scheduled for July 14 at the Fairfield-Suisun School District central office building. The school district at the event, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., […]

Local government meetings scheduled

FAIRFIELD — Local government entities will be having meetings this week. They include: Vacaville City Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, council chamber, 650 Merchant St. Info: Solano County Board of Education, 6 p.m. Wednesday, board room of the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive, Fairfield. Info: Solano Transportation Authority governing board, 6 […]

LIFT3 Support Group offers training

FAIRFIELD — The LIFT3 Support Group will soon offer domestic violence advocate training for anyone interested in volunteering. Volunteer opportunities are available at the Drop-In Center, Crisis Shelter and Solano Family Justice Center. All volunteers are required to complete a 40-hour training course, plus 60 hours of additional training. LIFT3 helps victims through a 24-hour crisis line, […]

Green Valley hosts 2nd Farmers’ Market of season

FAIRFIELD — A shady enclave among the vineyards provided the setting of a leisurely Sunday afternoon for those who perused produce and sipped wine at the Green Valley Farmers’ Market.

The monthly festival that kicked off in June returned over the Fourth of July weekend with its host of local growers and artisans hawking everything from tomatoes to jams to olive oils. Suisun Valley fixtures Robledo Produce and Erickson Ranch sold the season’s fruits and vegetables while Il Fiorello Olive Oil Co. and Pleasants Valley Honey offered their own unique products from the land.

Another Fourth of July parade entertains thousands

FAIRFIELD — Two-year-old Gwendolyn Johnson had her own way of amusing herself before the Fourth of July parade began Friday in downtown Fairfield. She chased the bubbles that Derick Lapurga, 10, was blowing from his dad’s lap. Derick admitted that blowing the bubbles kept him amused while he sat with his sister, Kaira Lapurga, 10, […]

Rockville, open space in Fairfield closed July 4

FAIRFIELD — Limited safety resources will close Rockville Hills Regional Park for the Fourth of July – a shutdown that also includes Rolling Hills, Serpas Ranch and Spy Glass open space, the city said. Rockville and the open spaces will reopen at dawn on Saturday, the city said. Fairfield closed Rockville for a night in January in […]

Parade float memorializes loved ones lost to violence

FAIRFIELD — “And justice for all” is a phrase repeated daily as Americans recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The same expression will be part of Friday’s Fourth of July parade in Fairfield.

A group of family members and friends of loved ones who have died violent deaths will participate, holding pictures of those victims.

“We support each other,” said Lisa Gutierrez, who is organizing the And Justice For All entry. “You don’t know the loss until you have been through it.”

Fairfield firefighters present $10,890 check to Meals on Wheels

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Professional Firefighters Association presented a $10,890 check to Meals on Wheels, the program in Solano County that serves older residents and found its federal funding cut after the automatic spending reductions called sequestration. “These are people who paved the way for us,” Capt. Bobby Silva of the Fairfield Fire Department and […]

NorthBay earns Level II trauma center verification

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Medical Center earned verification as a Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons – the first hospital in Solano County to do so, reaching the “gold standard” that has been the Fairfield hospital’s goal, NorthBay said Thursday. NorthBay notes that Solano County chose Kaiser Permanente in October as its […]

In academia, English can seem a second language


The “implementation status of the LEA.” Common Core units of instruction. The “process of writing instructional units aligned to the Common Core state standards in English Language Arts.”

The world of education can seem a blur of acronyms and jargon that defy understanding even by an English teacher – or “English Language Arts teacher,” as they’re now formally known.

School principals have a new name too: “district site administrators.”

Homeowners, not Fairfield, fund Parkway Gardens management

FAIRFIELD — The homeowners association at Parkway Gardens, not the city of Fairfield, pays the court-appointed receiver managing the condominium development, said City Manager David White, who will provide the figure on total fees paid the receiver. Councilwoman Pam Bertani asked at the city council meeting Tuesday how much Ben McGrew has been paid since beginning […]