City eyes Popeyes-spurred extension for planning appeals

FAIRFIELD — Extending the deadline to appeal Planning Commission decisions – a change spurred by the controversial approval of Popeyes’ plans for a restaurant along Hartford Avenue – goes before City Council members when they meet Tuesday. Appeals would have to be filed within 14 business days, or after the next council meeting following a […]

Popeyes site in Fairfield still has residents seeing red

FAIRFIELD — One resident urged Popeyes to find a different location and promised Wednesday that pickets will be present every day at the site off Interstate 80 along Hartford Avenue – where the restaurant owner said he’ll open unless someone will pay the nearly $700,000 he’s spent so far.

The comments by Ron Lawson and franchisee Camran Nojoomi came at a meeting held by representatives of the restaurant chain that faces opposition by residents who cite traffic, noise and trash as problems they say will come with Popeyes at that site.

“You don’t care that the neighborhood doesn’t want you there,” Leticia Chavez said . . .

Governor reappoints Fairfield man to state panel

FAIRFIELD — Max Duley has been reappointed to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, where he has served since 2013, Gov. Brown’s office announced this week. The 47-year-old Fairfield resident has been auction and outreach director at The V Foundation for Cancer Research since 2009. He was executive chef and chief executive officer at A […]

Frazier to host Covered California medical insurance workshop

FAIRFIELD — Assemblyman Jim Frazier is inviting community members to a Covered California workshop and enrollment event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at his Fairfield district office. Certified representatives will be available to help participants with enrollment through Covered California, according to a press release from Frazier’s office. Assistance will also be available […]

The Leaven welcomes new board appointments

FAIRFIELD — The nonprofit after-school program The Leaven welcomes three new directors effective this month. The new appointees include Chick-fil-A operator Annette Forney; in-service operations director at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom David Zellner; and Mat Fratus, the city of Rialto’s fire chief. The Leaven, which is based in Fairfield, has an active program in Southern […]

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce plans immigration workshop

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host “The Road to Immigration: Understanding the Executive Order,” Jan. 29 at St. Stephen CME Church, 2301 Union Ave. The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include guest speakers from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the law offices of Miriam Samaratino and […]

Senior center to reboot bridge lessons

FAIRFIELD — Free bridge lessons return to the Fairfield Senior Center starting Feb. 5. Bidding in the 21st Century is taught by American Contract Bridge League certified instructors. Classes are from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. The course will meet 11 weeks. While the lessons are free, there is a […]

Clydesdales welcome visitors in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Doris Pettigrew checked an item off her bucket list Sunday. The Vallejo woman came to Fairfield to see the famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the majestic 2,000-pound horses. “They are beautiful,” she said, looking at the geldings. A year ago, Pettigrew was on life support and given a one percent chance of survival, she said. […]

Missing 9-year-old reunited with parents after search

FAIRFIELD — A 9-year-old boy, who was missing for more than 2 hours, was found safe in Rockville Park shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday. A family member in the park found the boy, who police identified as Jess Ohara. They notified the Solano County Sheriff’s Office. The young boy has autism. He went missing about 1:30 […]

Pepperbelly’s owner, insurer at odds over coverage of club

FAIRFIELD — The owner of Pepperbelly’s says a $1 million insurance policy isn’t enough to cover repairs – leaving the comedy club that burned Jan. 25 2013, closed for almost two years – while the insurer counters that the payment is enough to rebuild the property and that Dave Wayne Mayhew didn’t want to pay for more coverage.

Statements in Solano County Superior Court for the settlement conference in the case filed for club owner Mayhew show sharply different accounts of insurance coverage for Pepperbelly’s.

The attorney for Mayhew in the Jan. 2 statement said cleanup and repair costs total $2.4 million and . . .

Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast Jan. 19

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield-Suisun City-Vacaville Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative breakfast 9 a.m. Jan. 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2000 Gateway Place. The theme is “Remember the Past, Envision the Future with Hope and Confidence.” The guest speaker is Cassandry […]

Passenger pepper sprays 3 in second vehicle in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A passenger in an older model, green Land Rover pepper sprayed three people Thursday afternoon in another vehicle at a stoplight along Highway 12 and Pennsylvania Avenue, Fairfield police said. The Land Rover driver, described as driving aggressively, was westbound when the second westbound vehicle was at the stoplight. The Land Rover passenger […]

Garamendi will consider U.S. Senate run

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi said he is considering running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Barbara Boxer, who announced Thursday she will not seek re-election in 2016. “My first duty is to the people of the 3rd Congressional District,” Garamendi said in a press release Thursday. “Sen. Boxer is an outstanding senator […]

Price violated state open meeting law in vice-mayor selection, Moy says

FAIRFIELD — Mayor Harry Price violated the state open meeting law when the city council selected a new vice mayor in December, Councilwoman Catherine Moy said – an assertion Price disputed. Price told her a week after the Nov. 4 city election that he was going to speak with other council members about the vice […]

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Woman hopes to secure pup tents for homeless

FAIRFIELD — Barbara Marianno, who works independently under the name of Helping Hands, is seeking donations to purchase pup tents for the area’s homeless. Marianno visits the local parks and gets many requests for pup tents, she said. The lifelong Fairfield resident also works with Mission Solano and Child Haven. For information, or to donate, […]

Workshop focuses on best foods for cancer patients

FAIRFIELD — Cancer patients are invited to hear how nutrition-rich foods can support them at a workshop Jan. 14. NorthBay dietitian Devin Robinette, will share information on what to eat before, during and after cancer treatments and how to eat to enhance one’s response to treatment. “Coping Cuisine – Eating Well During Cancer Treatment” will […]

Missionaries feted as they prepare for new journeys

FAIRFIELD — They’ve sold their worldly possessions, quit their jobs and are heading to foreign countries to answer the call of ministry. On Sunday, five adults were feted at Liberty Christian Center as they prepare to take God’s word to the Philippines and China. Keith and Bonnie Swearingen are slated to leave Thursday for China. […]

American Girl dolls get own club, event

FAIRFIELD — The catalogs began arriving at Pam Parkhurst’s home when her daughter was a freshman in high school, a little older than the target audience for American Girl dolls.

Parkhurst found them interesting. But life was too busy with raising two children, working and being a Girl Scouts leader.

After her first bout with breast cancer, Parkhurst rediscovered the joy of dolls, albeit for a different reason than the one in her youth.

“I knew I couldn’t quit my job and travel the world,” she said. “But I could play with dolls.”

Not just any doll. She picked American Girl dolls because many of them bring history . . .

Area Boy Scout troops collect trees for fundraiser

FAIRFIELD — The rich scent of pine and the roar of the chainsaw heralded the end Saturday of the iconic fixture, the Christmas tree.

Members Boy Scouts Troops 100 and 182 were working hard in the early morning to collect and prepare the trees for recycling.

Each year the Boys Scouts collect Christmas trees as a fundraiser for the various troops. They ask for a specified donation for a 6-foot tree and a bit more for a tree that’s taller than 6 feet. The money raised goes to various activities for each troop.

“Our troop is going to use the money for summer camp in the High Sierra,” said Brendan . . .

Fairfield seeks members for golf panel

FAIRFIELD — The city seeks applicants for its Golf Advisory Board, a seven-member board that provides advice on the promotion and development of golf at Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano golf courses. The board is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. every other month on the second Thursday. Additional meetings are scheduled as required. These additional […]

American Girl club plans meet, event

FAIRFIELD — Members of the American Girl club are planning their next meeting this weekend and an event later in the month. The club meets at 9 a.m. Sunday at the First Assembly of God of Fairfield church, 2207 Union Ave. Members of the club are planning an American Girl Samantha (Parkington) tea party from 10 a.m. to […]

Missing 77-year-old Fairfield man found safe

FAIRFIELD — The search for a missing 77-year-old Fairfield man had a happy outcome Friday when he was found at the food court in the Solano Town Center mall. Rene Villalta, who had been reported missing after last being seen by his family at 4:20 p.m. Thursday at his Rancho Solano residence, was found at 12:10 p.m. […]

New license means freedom for unlicensed driver

FAIRFIELD — For an undocumented Solano County resident that we’ll identify as Gabriela Jimenez, a driver’s license will mean freedom from the stress and fear of being pulled over while driving to go to work, do shopping or pick up her young daughter from school without a license. There is still enough of that fear about […]

Locals start year out with 5K Resolution Run

FAIRFIELD — The temperature was hovering in the low 40s when a dedicated group of runners hit the pavement at 11 a.m. Thursday at the first Solano Resolution Run. Their reasons for getting up on a brisk holiday morning varied. The common bond was to start off the new year doing something they love. Friends […]

1st baby of 2015 worth the long wait

FAIRFIELD — Cristina Ramirez didn’t have her heart set on having the first baby of 2015 in Solano County.

The Fairfield resident just wanted to give birth after 21 hours in labor. Her son Jorge Javier Sanchez Jr. had a different idea. He waited until 12:09 a.m. Thursday to make his arrival at NorthBay Medical Center.

Welcoming him into the world on New Year’s Day were many family members and friends.

And, his big brother, Miguel Sanchez, 5, who can’t wait to teach his sibling how to play soccer.

Fairfield police schedule next DUI checkpoint

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Police Department has announced plans for its traffic unit to conduct a DUI checkpoint starting Friday night. The checkpoint, which will also be used to verify valid driver’s licenses, will take place at an undisclosed location in the city between 7 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday, according to a Police Department […]

Parkway Gardens election goal is part of new receiver’s role

FAIRFIELD — The new court-appointed receiver for the 240-unit Parkway Gardens condominiums says he hopes to have elections for the homeowners association board within about the next four months. “I’m working very hard to make that happen,” Peter Martin said Tuesday. Superior Court Judge Paul Beeman set such a goal, noted Martin. Martin said he […]

Top Stories 2014: Solano not immune to California drought

FAIRFIELD — Solano County this year felt the effects of the state’s withering drought. The year began with a carryover of the 2013 fire season that didn’t end until February 2014. Next came the call from Gov. Jerry Brown to cut water usage statewide by 20 percent, and by mid-July the state Water Resources Board issued […]

Slain CHP officer from Fairfield among those to be honored during Rose Parade

FAIRFIELD — A slain police officer from Fairfield will be recognized during the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day in Southern California. Kenyon Youngstrom was a California Highway Patrol officer for seven years before he was shot in the line of duty Sept. 4, 2012, during a traffic stop in Interstate 680 in […]