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Full bus service restored in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Full bus service on City Coach, the public transit system for Vacaville, has been restored, the city says. All routes are running at 100 percent, with regular 30-minute intervals, city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said Thursday. The labor dispute between the city of Vacaville and members of Stationary Engineers Local 39 affected service Wednesday. Updates […]

Strike affects City Coach bus service in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The labor dispute between the city and Stationary Engineers Local 39 interrupted City Coach bus service Wednesday morning, Vacaville spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said. Vacaville advised bus riders to seek alternative transportation but said later in the morning that buses were running every hour as Vacaville sought to restore service to regular schedules. Updates on […]

Vacaville announces Friday DUI checkpoint

VACAVILLE — The Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI–drivers license checkpoint between 6 p.m. and midnight Friday, the city says. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed two lives and resulted in 47 injury crashes harming 62 of our friends and neighbors,” Officer James Smith of the Vacaville Police Department Traffic Section […]

Vacaville center to host free Senior Health Fair

VACAVILLE — The McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place, will host a free Senior Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Monday. Flu shots will be available, as well as free hearing and vision tests and blood pressure screenings. Snacks will be provided. There will be prize drawings. For more information, call 469-6660. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 […]

Engineers strike, plan to picket after Vacaville cuts wages by 21 percent

VACAVILLE — Stationary Engineers Local 39 will go out on strike and picket Wednesday after a unanimous Vacaville City Council vote in front of a packed meeting room to put in place the city’s last, best offer and cut wages by 21 percent over the next 10 months. The Tuesday council vote followed more than […]

Jim Lawrenz Memorial Golf Tournament set Oct. 26

VACAVILLE — The Jim Lawrenz Memorial Golf Tournament takes place Oct. 26 a the Chardonnay Golf Club, 2655 Jameson Canyon Road. The event was renamed to honor Lawrenz, an avid golfer, community servant, retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and pilot, and former member and president of the Vacaville Museum board of trustees. It is a four-person […]

Trio of candidates for Vacaville council talk business

VACAVILLE — Challenger Cara Fox sees the city at the crossroads while incumbents Curtis Hunt said Vacaville doesn’t need a new direction and Mitch Mashburn quoted Ronald Reagan’s warning about government. The Vacaville Chamber of Commerce forum Monday brought the three candidates for two City Council seats before scores of people attending the event at […]

3 candidates for Vacaville mayor make their case

VACAVILLE — The three candidates for mayor made their case Monday when Len Augustine cited his history of success in Vacaville, Rodney Harrison said he’d represent the working class and Ron Rowlett spoke about how the responsibility now falls on his generation to lead the city. Scores of people attended the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce […]

$1.5M in savings loom for Vacaville, report says

VACAVILLE — Savings to the city by adopting a fact-finding recommendation for a dispute between Vacaville and a union total $1.5 million, says a staff report the City Council takes up Tuesday. Dawn M. Del Biaggio-Leonardini, director of human resources for the city, said the council could unilaterally put in place for a fiscal year […]

Annual festival raises awareness of domestic violence

VACAVILLE — Andrea Corral had a lot to be thankful for Saturday. The 20-year-old lost her mother, Vicky Corral, in act of domestic violence in 2011. She joined several others at the third annual Vicky C Hope Festival of Hope in Vacaville. Friends, family and supporters packed into a room at the Three Oaks Community […]

Family turns tragedy into voice for others

VACAVILLE — Elyjah Whitman prefers to remember the good things. His mother’s funny laugh. Her macaroni and cheese, which he still craves.

The now 13-year-old was home with his three siblings three years ago when his mother was shot to death in the garage of the family’s Vacaville home. The gunman was his mother’s boyfriend and the father of his two youngest siblings.

Events of that night are still fresh in his mind. His older sister Andrea Corral, who was 17 at the time, woke him up, then his little brother.

“He started crying,” Elyjah said. “I thought my mom was dead. I was crying.”

The youngest child, a girl, remained asleep as all four children huddled in their mom’s bedroom.

Locals gather for Stand Up To Cancer viewing party

VACAVILLE — Stories of loss and hope were shared Friday night as Solano and Napa county residents gathered at Iron Steed-Harley Davidson for a Stand Up To Cancer viewing party. The event tied in with an hour-long, commercial-free telecast featuring a star-studded cast that was broadcast on the four major networks as well as some […]

2,000 chickens find new – but temporary – home

VACAVILLE — The white feathers were thin, with pink skin exposed in large sections. The chickens took tentative steps on rocks and hay for the first time. Within minutes they clustered together, some walking away and some just staring off into space. Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch saved 2,000 chickens between Thursday and Friday. Most will be adopted […]

World Day of Prayer returns to Vacaville

VACAVILLE — All are invited to be part of the annual worldwide Unity World Day of Prayer from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday at Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 350 N. Orchard St. Chaplains will offer silent prayer. One may come and leave at any time that is convenient, honoring the gift of silent prayer […]

Vacaville teen shows his filmmaking chops

VACAVILLE — He co-teaches a film class, had a video he made shown at the White House and this weekend the Nevada City Film Fest will include “XTAL,” a post-apocalyptic short by Jason Carman.

A nice resume for any filmmaker – and something more for the 14-year-old freshman at Vacaville Christian School whose own favorite movies include “Saving Mr. Banks,” the 2013 film about the making of “Mary Poppins.”

Carman is modest about what he’s done but passionate about filmmaking….

CMF employee sues state over second floor workplace

VACAVILLE — An employee at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville contends the state directed him to work on a second floor at the site, even though he uses a wheelchair and fears being trapped because he won’t be able to get out in an emergency at the building with what’s described as an unreliable elevator. An Oct. 8 […]

Fundraiser begins for 7-year-old cancer patient

VACAVILLE — Bella Terra is hosting a fundraiser called Fight Like A Kid through Sept. 13. Proceeds will benefit Taliyah Sweeting, a 7-year-old Vacaville girl who is battling cancer. A percentage of each sales made at the paint-it-yourself ceramic pottery and mosaic studio will help the young girl and her family with out-of-pocket medical expenses. Those who wish […]

Festival of Hope returns to Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The third annual Vicky C Hope Foundation Festival of Hope takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Three Oaks Community Center, 1100 Alamo Drive. The event is to raise awareness of domestic violence and celebrate the life of Vicky Corral, who was shot and killed by her boyfriend Sept. 8, […]

Stand Up 2 Cancer Viewing party set in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The American Cancer Society and Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Stand Up to Cancer first-ever viewing party in Solano County will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Iron Steed Harley-Davidson, 100 Auto Center Drive, Vacaville. Register at www.main.acsevents.org/goto/vacavilleca. Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or shiland@dailyrepublic.net.

Police in Vacaville schedule DUI checkpoint

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Police Department’s traffic unit will conduct a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight, the city announced. DUI checkpoints reduce the number of people killed and injured in alcohol- or drug-involved crashes, the city said in a press release. […]

Church group announces 2nd annual St. Michael’s Golf Tournament

VACAVILLE — St. Michael’s Catholic Community will host the second annual golf tournament to help raise money for the Jay Henry Scholarship Fund for children of military personnel. The tournament will take place Oct. 4 at Cypress Lakes Golf Course. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and start time is at 8:30 a.m. The entrance fee will […]

Council deadlocks on rejecting bids for $2M Vacaville project

VACAVILLE — Rejecting bids on a $2 million public works project because of a bid irregularity deadlocked the Vacaville City Council on a 2-2 vote Tuesday. The bid award, which the city staff said involved an irregularity that did not affect bids on the Brown Street project, will return to the council at its next […]

Council delays review of pilot program for backyard chickens

VACAVILLE — Review of a city staff recommendation for a $15,000 pilot program to keep chickens in backyards was continued Tuesday because Councilwoman Dilenna Harris, who in July sought a discussion about Vacaville’s regulations on keeping chickens, was absent due to a family emergency. The matter is set to return to the council’s Sept. 23 […]

Vacaville OK’s 20-percent reduction in water use

VACAVILLE — Mandatory 20-percent reductions in water use and landscaping irrigation restricted to four days week – with residents deciding which days – won approval Tuesday by the Vacaville City Council. No fines or penalties will be assessed for four months to allow the city’s water conservation measures, including cutting city park watering by up to 50 […]

Wage cuts Vacaville wants are OK, report says

VACAVILLE  — Wage concessions proposed by the city are appropriate, a mediator says of Vacaville and Local 39 – a finding the union disputes. Mediator Paul Roose said in his advisory findings, posted Monday on the city’s website, that all other bargaining units agreed to concessions equivalent to what the city proposes for Local 39, […]

Learn about local travel opportunities

VACAVILLE — Adults are invited to the McBride Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 4 to hear about travel destinations for 2015. The center is at 91 Town Square Place. To reserve a seat, or for more information, call 469-6673. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Museum guild schedules trip to historic San Francisco home

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Museum Guild plans a jaunt to The Haas-Lillenthal House on Sept. 11. The 1886 building survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and is identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of 34 national treasures in America. The private docent-led tour will cover all floors of the mansion. There is […]

Award $2M pact to Livermore low bidder, Vacaville staff recommends

VACAVILLE — A Livermore company should be awarded a $2 million contract for a public works project despite another bidder’s assertion that the company failed to list license numbers of subcontractors as required by law, the city staff recommends. Steven Hartwig, public works director for Vacaville, said in a report to the City Council that […]

Vacaville eyes $15,000 pilot program for backyard chickens

VACAVILLE — Direct the city staff to develop a $15,000 pilot program for residents to keep chickens in backyards. That’s the recommendation of the Vacaville city staff, which would then present an outline of the pilot program for City Council consideration. The council takes up the recommendation at its meeting Tuesday. Backyard chicken-keeping has become more […]

August 27, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | 13 Replies

Art, Wine & Brew Festival continues today

VACAVILLE — Tim Steele was ready for some Whiskey & Honey while sampling some Sierra Nevada brew. He wasn’t alone. The Vacaville resident was accompanied by his wife, children, sister, brother-in-law, father and his girlfriend at the annual Art, Wine & Brew Festival. They were all there to listen to the tunes of Whiskey and […]

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