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Solano helps after Napa quake

SUISUN CITY — Fairfield resident Debbie Shott came to the Kroc Center on Monday morning to use the therapy pool – and ended up preparing lunches for Napa earthquake victims. “Because I’m grateful,” Shott said. “I’m grateful my mobile home is still on its jacks. I’m grateful my friends in Napa aren’t hurt. I can […]

3 die in I-680 crash; 2 from Vacaville

FAIRFIELD — Two Vacaville residents and a Bay Point man were killed Tuesday in a solo-vehicle crash at the Lake Herman Road off-ramp on northbound Interstate 680 in Benicia that occurred after their vehicle was involved in a minor accident with another vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol. It was initially reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. as a two-car […]

Solano promotes hand washing

FAIRFIELD — Solano County is calling on people to wash their hands to help avoid spreading germs. The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to declare September as Food Safety Education Month. It declared Sept. 21 through 27 as Clean Hands Week. “Hand washing is important for food safety, disease prevention and personal health,” […]

Solano County supervisors get raise

FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors have received a 1.83 percent raise, boosting their annual base salaries to $97,843. The Board of Supervisors in 1997 tied the base salary for its members to a percentage of the salary of a Superior Court judge, with the amount set at 53 percent. California recently raised the salary for judges. […]

State librarian to visit Fairfield for International Literacy Day

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Library will host a program that features Greg Lucas, the California state librarian, in honor of International Literacy Day on Sept 8. Lucas will speak about his work with the state library and the campaign to eliminate adult illiteracy in California. Also on hand to share their stories will be a […]

Solano supervisors declare quake state of emergency

FAIRFIELD — Earthquake damage in Vallejo prompted the Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to declare a state of emergency. By doing so, the board ratified County Administrator Birgitta Corsello’s decision Sunday to declare a state of emergency. It allows the county to pursue state and perhaps federal reimbursement for its response to the […]

Been challenged yet? Tell us about your experience or opinion

FAIRFIELD — The ice bucket challenge to raise awareness and funds for ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease – is running rampant throughout the world. What do you think of it? Have you donated to the ALS cause? Do you have someone close to you with ALS? The ALS Association as of Monday stated in a press […]

Solano lends a hand in earthquake’s aftermath

SUISUN CITY — Fairfield resident Debbie Shott came to the Kroc Center on Monday morning to use the therapy pool – and ended up preparing lunches for Napa earthquake victims.

“Because I’m grateful,” Shott said. “I’m grateful my mobile home is still on its jacks. I’m grateful my friends in Napa aren’t hurt. I can do something.”

The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Suisun City is the hub of the Salvation Army’s efforts to feed hundreds of quake victims and emergency responders who worked long hours. Monday’s

Napa quake a rude wake-up call

NAPA — A moment that seemed like an eternity hit Napa at about 3:20 a.m. Sunday, really only about 15 seconds, 15 really lousy seconds. That’s how I felt when I woke up to find my 1975 north Napa subdivision house shaking like it might come down on my head. Wave after wave rocked my bed and I […]

New driver’s license law discussed

FAIRFIELD — Voces Unidas Solano will host a presentation on the new driver’s license law as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1600 Union Ave. Representatives from the Sacramento Department of Motor Vehicles and the Consulate of San Francisco will be on hand to answer […]

Yippie needs applicants for internship program

FAIRFIELD — Teens and young adults who seek real-world work experience are encouraged to apply for the Yippie Foundation’s youth job training program academy. The program consists of 11 months of job readiness education, a six-month paid internship at the Yippie Yogurt shop in Fairfield, mentoring and two months of job placement support, according to […]

Free e-waste to help Scarlet Brigade Saturday

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield High School Scarlet Brigade Band will host a free e-waste collection day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. GreenMouse Recycling will collect monitors, computers, cellphones, telecom equipment, TVs, wire/cable, scrap metal/aluminum, stereo equipment, copy machines, printers, ink cartridges and small appliances. Dropoff is fully assisted. It will take place at Fairfield High School, […]

Zombie Run for a cause on Saturday

FAIRFIELD — A Zombie Run to help raise money for scholarships will be held Saturday at the Police Activities League Center, 2195 Union Ave. The event will have a zombie-infested obstacle course and several physical challenges for the runners. The race is open to those who are 10 or older. It’s strongly recommended that guardians accompany children. […]

Local government meetings scheduled

FAIRFIELD — A variety of local government bodies will have meetings this week. They include: Solano County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, county Government Center, 675 Texas St. Info: www.co.solano.ca.us. Vacaville City Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, council chamber, 650 Merchant St. Info: www.ci.vacaville.ca.us/index.aspx?page=206. Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board, 5 p.m. Thursday, first floor board room […]

Vallejo hardest hit Solano city

FAIRFIELD — Vallejo bore the brunt of the damage in Solano County associated with Sunday’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake just a few miles away in Napa County. Between broken water mains and structural damage, the city late Sunday estimated that the quake caused $5 million in damage to the community. That total was expected to change through […]

Strong quake shakes famed wine country

NAPA – The San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California’s wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region’s famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending dozens of people to hospitals.

The magnitude-6.0 quake, centered near the city of Napa, an oasis of Victorian-era buildings nestled in the vineyard-studded hills of northern California, ruptured water mains and gas lines, hampering firefighters’ efforts to extinguish the blazes that broke out after the temblor struck at 3:20 a.m.

Strong quake shakes Solano, Napa counties

FAIRFIELD — A strong earthquake roiled Solano County early Sunday, injuring dozens and leading to reports of massive power outages that extended to Vallejo and into Green Valley and Fairfield. No fatalities were reported. A preliminary 6.0 magnitude earthquake happened at 3:20 a.m., 4 miles northwest of American Canyon and 6 miles south-southwest of Napa, just over […]

Vallejo celebrates cultural diversity

FAIRFIELD — Business Insider called Vallejo the most diverse U.S. city country in 2013.

The conclusion was drawn from the fact the four main ethnic groups, Hispanic/Latino, white, black and Asian/Pacific Islander, are almost equally represented.

That news prompted Frank Malifrando, the man behind the city’s annual Mad Hatter Festival, to introduce another event to the county’s most populous town, appropriately titled “Celebrating Diversity in Vallejo.”

More than 100 people filled a block of Georgia Street on Friday to listen to R&B music, watch Ballet Folklorico Elle Valle of St. Helena do traditional Mexican dances in costume, and check out the surrounding art galleries.

Brown signs two bills by Wolk

FAIRFIELD — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that includes two bills proposed by State Sen. Lois Wolk, who represents the 3rd District that includes Fairfield, Vacaville, Rio Vista and Suisun City. One measure by Wolk, D-Davis, requires the director of the Department of Pesticide Regulation to enforce regulations for safe carbon monoxide pest control devices […]

‘Nuttin But Fun!’ theme of 2015 Dixon May Fair

DIXON — With walnuts and almonds as two of the top 10 commodities grown in Solano County, the Dixon May Fair says that it is “Nuttin’ But Fun!” The fair announced its 2015 fair theme this week, unveiling new artwork by Steve Dana that depicts a cast of farm animal characters that have become familiar to fair visitors. […]

Adult literacy efforts in need of volunteers

FAIRFIELD — Solano County Library’s Literacy Services is in need of volunteers for its Adult Literacy Program. Some 20 percent of Solano County’s population is considered functionally illiterate – 64,993 adults and their households, according to a press release from the library. Children with parents who struggle with reading and writing skills are much more likely to […]

County looks for Solano centenarians

FAIRFIELD — Solano County wants to honor local centenarians. The Board of Supervisors will have a Centenarian Day reception at 1 p.m. Sept. 23 at the county Government Center, 675 Texas St., Fairfield. As a first step, it is putting out a call for people who are 100 years old or older. People who know a […]

Brown approves ‘dining with dogs’ law

FAIRFIELD — Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada that allows dogs on restaurant patios. “It will soon be legal to take your beagle with you to dinner,” Yamada, D-Davis, said in a press release. “With Gov. Brown’s signature, restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and […]

Green Valley water users appeal court ruling

FAIRFIELD — Rural Green Valley water customers on Thursday filed an appeal in a lawsuit against Vallejo that seeks to lower water rates. The appeal came quickly. Visiting Superior Court Judge Arvid Johnson on Wednesday ruled against the Green Valley Landowners Association. Johnson accepted Vallejo’s arguments filed in a demurrer, agreeing that the 12 legal […]

Potrero Hills Landfill legal appeals exhausted

FAIRFIELD — All existing legal roadblocks to the Potrero Hills Landfill expansion are gone. The California State Supreme Court on July 31 denied a petition to review an April decision by the state Court of Appeal that allows the landfill expansion. It issued the decision without an opinion explaining the reasons. Attorney Kelly Smith, who […]

Supervisors take no action in closed session

FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors took no action Tuesday during a special meeting behind closed doors. Supervisors usually don’t meet the third Tuesday of the month. They did so this month to discuss the vacant Health and Social Services director position. Ann Edwards stepped down as Health and Social Services director in June. Former director […]

Curtola park-and-ride bill goes to governor

VALLEJO — Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Lois Wolk to modernize and expand the Curtola Park-and-Ride Hub is in the hands of Gov. Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 1368 would allow the state Department of Transportation to transfer property surrounding the Curtola facility to Solano County Transit, which runs buses for Vallejo and Benicia. It would […]

Memorial flight honors beloved Gordon Valley man

VACAVILLE — Writing a eulogy for Duncan Miller, the Rev. Larry Vilardo of Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship said, was one of the easiest tasks he has had.

Miller, a much-loved aviator and Gordon Valley resident, was lauded at his Monday memorial service as a man who always did all he could to help others.

Such as the time he stayed up all night in temperatures that dropped to 25 degrees to ensure one of the slabs for the Gordon Valley fire house was laid properly. It was one of the many things Miller did as a . . .

South Solano Dems schedule candidates meet, greet

VALLEJO — Area Democrats are planning a meet-and-greet for Democratic candidates for elected office early next month in Vallejo. The United Democrats of Southern Solano County will host their 32nd annual barbecue from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at 316 Moorland St. in Vallejo. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, is scheduled to speak at […]

Caltrans advises Highway 12 delays likely

FAIRFIELD — Many drivers on the six-mile stretch of Highway 12 through Jameson Canyon have experienced delays beyond the  norm this week and could experience more delays at times over the next few days. A final pavement layer is being added to the inside lanes in both the eastbound and westbound directions along the hill […]

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