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Bay Area makes growth plans

FAIRFIELD — Critics call it a move toward “rack-and-stack” housing and supporters a way to promote compact communities built around mass transit hubs. Plan Bay Area sets forth how the nine-county Bay Area will handle an expected population influx of 2 million people by 2040. Solano County is to grow from 413,000 residents to 511,000. It […]

Alooma Temple keeps children in mind

SUISUN CITY — There was an abundance of activities for the children at Heritage Park Saturday thanks to a local fraternity organization that keeps kids in mind. Alooma Temple No. 212 hosted its annual Youth Activity Day next to the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center where dozens of children got to romp ahead of the […]

Earth Day means cleanup Day for Suisun City

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City waterfront hosted the fourth annual Earth Day celebration with a day of cleanup on Saturday. Mission Solano and Suisun City organized the Earth Day Solano event with more than 20 vendors. Participants arrived at the Hampton Inn & Suites in the morning to form cleanup teams. The teams then […]

Easter egg hunt brings out the smiles

FAIRFIELD — With a shout, children rushed the Lee Bell Park grass to hunt for Easter eggs on Saturday. The annual Kiwanis Club of Fairfield puts on the Easter egg hunt every year. Kiwanian Tess Downey said there were about 150 children at the park. “It was a little smaller group than last year,” she said. […]

Supervisor candidates vary on Plan Bay Area

FAIRFIELD — Plan Bay Area is a controversial Bay Area growth strategy that has fans and detractors among Solano County Board of Supervisors candidates.

Whoever is elected to the Board of Supervisors could get to further shape the Plan Bay Area vision – or try to move away from it. The Board of Supervisors has representatives on the regional groups that put the plan together.

Two seats are on the June 3 ballot.

DA kicks more cash into campaign; endorsements continue

FAIRFIELD — With a $75,000 donation to his own campaign earlier this week, District Attorney Donald A. du Bain has now given his campaign nearly $225,000. The latest donation follows donations of $20,000 and $30,000 apiece that du Bain put into his campaign a few weeks ago. Those donations accompany more than $80,000 left over […]

Solano unemployment inches downward

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s unemployment rate in March continued its 2014 trend of falling each month, if only by a little. The March seasonally unadjusted rate was 7.9 percent, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday. That compares to 8 percent in February and 8.2 percent in January. Typically, the unemployment falls just a little […]

Spering, Bertani spar over fighting crime

FAIRFIELD — Pam Bertani says statements by incumbent Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering show he doesn’t care about crime in Fairfield – while Spering counters that the city councilwoman’s criticism reflects her desperation after failing to deal with crime in Fairfield. Bertani and Spering are among four candidates on the June 3 ballot for the […]

Crash shuts I-80 offramp to Highway 12

FAIRFIELD — A vehicle hit a freeway work crew Thursday night and shut down the eastbound Highway 12 connector from Interstate 80 leading toward Suisun City and Rio Vista. The accident happened at 9:15 p.m. The firm O. C. Jones was doing contract work for the state Department of Transportation that involved restriping and had […]

Napa County bridge to close for work

FAIRFIELD — A bridge on Highway 128 over Hopper Slough in the heart of Napa County Wine Country between Yountville and Calistoga will be closed from noon May 5 until May 16. The state Department of Transportation will be repairing the support wall. This section of Highway 128 is also known as Rutherford Road, a […]

Puppies to take part in Vallejo dog show

ELMIRA — It takes practice to become a champion.

Kiki is just a puppy, but has already started the journey. The 6-month-old Saluki will test her chops at the dog show this weekend hosted by the Chief Solano Kennel Club.

“I don’t usually push them too hard at this stage . . .,” said owner Nancy Leising, who has been breeding dogs for 45 years. “At this age, I mostly want to make sure that they have a good time.”

The 55th and 56th Annual All-breed Obedience and Rally Dog Shows will feature conformation events Saturday and Sunday at the Solano . . .

Railway museum offers wine-tasting rides

FAIRFIELD — Riders on the Vintage Comet will get to sip local wine on a train trip through the Montezuma Hills. Partnering with the Suisun Valley Wine Cooperative, the Western Railway Museum will roll out its historic train equipment for wine-tasting tours during the month of April while the wildflowers are in bloom. Passengers will have the […]

Supervisor candidates square off at forum

FAIRFIELD — Crime and jobs were among the issues addressed Wednesday by Solano County supervisor candidates who will be on the June 3 ballot.

Incumbent Supervisor Jim Spering, Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani and Michael Oman participated in the forum for 3rd District candidates, with Steven Lowe absent. The 3rd District covers much of Fairfield and Suisun City.

The Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce and Solano County Farm Bureau sponsored the forum at the Fairfield . . .

Solano DA hosts workshop to fight human trafficking

FAIRFIELD – The Solano County District Attorney’s Office advanced its campaign against human trafficking Wednesday by bringing in an expert – who survived being a victim to talk – to local law enforcement about what to look for and how to combat the problem. District Attorney Donald du Bain and Sheriff Thomas Ferrara said the […]

Kaiser area head Villalobos to leave for SoCal

VACAVILLE — Max Villalobos, who served for more than three years as the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano area manager and senior vice president, is moving to another job with the company in the San Diego area. Villalobos guided Kaiser Permanente’s efforts to establish a trauma center at its Vacaville hospital. The hospital in November 2013 became […]

Donate a car, help build a house

FAIRFIELD — Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program celebrates its Every Day is Earth Day initiative throughout April, encouraging people to donate their used cars, trucks, RVs, boats and other vehicles to help raise money for Solano-Napa Habitat and other Habitat affiliates throughout the country. “This is a great way for people to support […]

Supervisor candidates file conflict-of-interest forms

FAIRFIELD — Supervisor Jim Spering sat out the county’s recent decision to deny a business license for the Salubrious medical marijuana clinic at Rockville Corner. The reason: Spering owns nearby property that gave him a potential financial conflict-of-interest under state law. He stepped down from the dais for the Feb. 11 board hearing on applicant […]

County discusses consolidated dispatch

FAIRFIELD — Some other counties have consolidated their dispatch centers for fire and medical services and Solano County is exploring whether it should do so as well. Solano County emergency officials have mentioned the idea of having one dispatch center at various times over the years. Recent discussions about possibly consolidating rural fire districts has […]

Paper Clover Campaign supports Solano County 4-H

FAIRFIELD — Solano County 4-H members are hoping for another successful 2014 Paper Clover Campaign that begins April 23 and ends May 4. This marks the fourth years the national 4-H Council has partnered with Tractor Supply Company. Shoppers at the Dixon Tractor Supply Company, 2000 N. First St., can purchase a paper clover with […]

People who have moved can update voter registration

FAIRFIELD — People who have moved over the past year must update their voter registration information if they want to participate in the June 3 election. “Unlike telephone numbers or your mail, voter registration does not follow you when you move,” said Assistant Registrar of Voters John Gardner in a county press release. To verify […]

Miner Slough Bridge to see repairs

RIO VISTA — A bridge on a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta highway in one of the more remote parts of Solano County is scheduled to be closed from noon May 12 until May 21 for repairs. The Miner Slough Bridge carries Highway 84 over Miner Slough at the northern end of Ryer Island. Repairs are to […]

Easter hunt set for Mare Island

FAIRFIELD — Children on Saturday can take part in the Easter Golf Ball Hunt and Egg Exchange on Mare Island. The free event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve Visitors Center. Children will hunt for golf balls in the grass at the visitors center and then exchange the golf balls […]

Coakley joins Solano fair board

FAIRFIELD — Mike Coakley is the newest member of the Solano County Fair Association board of directors. Each of the five Solano County Board of Supervisors districts has three directors appointed by their district’s supervisors. Supervisor Erin Hannigan appointed Coakley to help represent her 1st District that covers much of Vallejo. Coakley will fill a seat […]

Spring class for emergency response team

VACAVILLE — The local emergency response team will offer its spring class beginning Thursday. The Vacaville Community Emergency Response Team is looking for volunteers who can be called into action during disasters. Residents are educated about disaster preparedness and are trained in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, flood safety, light search and […]

Volunteers needed for plant monitoring

FAIRFIELD — Volunteers are sought to help monitor rare plants on the Solano Land Trust’s Lynch Canyon property. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. Volunteers will be on the steep section of Prairie Ridge identifying plant populations, flagging them and noting the locations on global positioning system units. They will […]

Land Trust offers Get the Rush event

SUISUN CITY — The monthly Get the Rush celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Rush Ranch. It’s a series of activities offered the third Saturday of each month. April’s will include Smithy Virgil Sellers and his team demonstrating traditional blacksmithing skills; Little Bear at a table of Native American […]

Rock hike set at Rockville Trails Preserve

FAIRFIELD — Various rock types and their sources will be the focus of a docent-led hike from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Rockville Trails Preserve. The hike will explore how the rocks got there, what is underground at the preserve, the rocks’ relationship to the nearby Green Valley and San Andreas faults, and […]

Local government meetings

FAIRFIELD — Local government entities will be having meetings this week. The schedule includes: Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board, 5 p.m. Tuesday, special board meeting study session, district office, 2490 Hilborn Road, Room 108, Fairfield. Info: www.fsusd.org/Page/9271. Fairfield City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, City Council chamber, 1000 Webster St., Fairfield. Info: www.fairfield.ca.gov/gov/city_council/. Rio Vista City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, […]

Free beverage service training

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Prevention Coalition will offer free responsible beverage service training from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday for businesses, service clubs, restaurant workers and others involved in the sale or service of alcohol. The training will result in a two-year certification that in some cases is required […]

Passport Sunday promotes the valley

FAIRFIELD — Wine connoisseurs carried their “passport” around the Suisun Valley loop Sunday for a taste of what local vintners have to offer. Wineries partnered with local restaurants for the Suisun Valley Vintners and Growers Association’s annual Passport Sunday. Participants could choose red or white blends as they made their way around the valley where […]

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