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Vacaville police promote 3 from within

VACAVILLE — Some familiar faces in the Vacaville Police Department will have new ranks come May 1. After the in-house promotion of Chief John Carli, several officers within the department were promoted. Those promotions include filling a captain’s position for the first time in 15 years – funded by combining three vacant department positions – […]

Brown reappoints Vacaville man to post

VACAVILLE — Gov. Jerry Brown reappointed Vacaville resident Robert Weist III, 51, to the California Volunteers Commission. Weist has served on the commission since 2013. Weist has been captain at the Davis Fire Department since 2012 and has been with the department since 1985. He was a field representative at Carroll Burdick and McDonough from 1999 […]

Author to sign books at Vacaville Museum

VACAVILLE — Fern Henry, a local historian and author of the biography of Luzena Stanley Wilson, “My Checkered Life,” will talk and sign copies of her book from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Vacaville Museum, 213 Buck Ave. The event coincides with the current museum exhibit, “In Her Shoes; Women Who Walked West 1841-1865.” Wilson, […]

Council agrees to nix Vacaville plastic bag ban talk, for now

VACAVILLE — City Council members once again dug in their heels Tuesday, opting to hold off on work that could lead to an eventual countywide plastic bag ban. The overwhelming reason by all council members came down to reluctance to having staff spend time on the project given that a duplicate plan is wending its […]

Mustangs and More event moved back to October

VACAVILLE — The date for this year’s Mustangs and More event at the Nut Tree Airport is being moved again, this time to Oct. 18, said organizers of the gathering that is dedicated to one of World War II’s most successful aircraft, the P-51 Mustang fighter. “It is better weather and it is not as […]

Rotary club to host clay shooting derby

BIRDS LANDING — The Vacaville Sunrise Rotary Club will host a clay shoot beginning with a 7 a.m. registration Saturday at the Birds Landing Hunting Preserve. The two-derby event includes 100 National Sporting Clay Association registered targets, continental breakfast and lunch, silent auction and door prizes. Pre-flight begins at 8:15 a.m., main flight at 10:30 […]

Museum readies to host Sallie Fox Day in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Museum’s annual Sallie Fox Day is noon to 3 p.m. May 4 at the museum, 213 Buck Ave. The free event is geared toward children who want to learn all about pioneer life and Fox. The 12-year-old traveled to California with her family by wagon train. She survived an American Indian […]

Council to hear presentation on plastic bag ban bill

VACAVILLE — A plan to discontinue plastic bag use in local retail will make yet another pass next week before the Vacaville City Council. Council members will hear a presentation from the Solano County Resource Management Office concerning the single-use plastic bag ban proposal in the Legislature. The same presentation was given March 13 to the […]

Night closures possible at Merchant Street ramp

VACAVILLE — Nighttime motorists during May could find the westbound Interstate 80 onramp from Merchant Street closed at times. The state Department of Transportation is doing work there in connection with its I-80 metering light program. That will involve relocating a natural gas pipeline at the Merchant Street onramp, as well as installing the metering light […]

Family matriarch celebrates 100th birthday

VACAVILLE — When Isadora Norwood was born on a small farm in Brooksville, Miss., on April 17, 1914, only four months before the outbreak of World War I, no one, especially in the segregated South, thought a black man would become president. On Thursday, the 100-year-old matriarch of the Norwood family, who everybody called Mother […]

Vacaville’s interim housing director to take reins permanently

VACAVILLE — Emily Cantu was named the permanent director of Vacaville’s Housing Department after holding the interim position for several months. Cantu took over the temporary role in August 2013, when Cyndi Johnston retired. She said she is “excited and privileged” to be named the new director. “The Housing Services staff is a great group of […]

Carli takes oath, now Vacaville’s 14th police chief

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Police Department has a new leader – Chief John Carli. A whole lot of people were on hand Wednesday morning at the Vacaville Opera House to witness Carli’s promotion from lieutenant to chief, take his oath of office and be pinned by his wife of 30 years, high school sweetheart Joanne […]

Vacaville set to usher in new chapter for Police Department

VACAVILLE — Since Lt. John Carli was tapped to assume the top position in the Vacaville Police Department, he’s been called a couple of names, title-wise, and been asked repeatedly, “Hey, what am I supposed to call you now?”

The confusion about how to address Carli, 47, ends at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at his badge-pinning ceremony, when he officially becomes Vacaville’s 14th police chief.

While the title transfers on Wednesday, his transition started the day he was named to take over the role after Chief Richard Word retired in November. The city appointed interim Chief Randy Ulibarri . . .

Solano Jews gather for start of Passover

VACAVILLE — The fifth annual Chabad Solano County Passover Seder went on as planned Monday in spite of deadly violence Sunday outside a Jewish community center in the Midwest.

There was no reason it shouldn’t, said Rabbi Chaim Zaklos, citing text of thanksgiving from the Haggadah, a Jewish text that sets for the order of the Passover Seder.

“The Jewish people are still around to tell the story (of the Passover),” he said. “God protects us. God saves us.”

A boy and his grandfather …

Championship race in Vacaville targets children 2 through 5

VACAVILLE — The Strider Championship Race that’s scheduled May 10 at Andrews Park will give children ages 2 through 5 a chance to test their skills through obstacles and ramps. Strider Sports International, manufacturer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, sponsors the event running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park in downtown Vacaville. […]

Fiesta Days pageant organizers seek contestants

VACAVILLE — Applications are being accepted for the Little Miss and Mr. Vacaville Fiesta Days Pageant. The event is May 10 at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. The competition is open to babies through 12 years. Contestants will be judged on beauty, poise and personality. For more information, call Carole Warren, pageant director, at 514-7080 or […]

Planning Commission to look at Nut Tree retail policy change

VACAVILLE — The Planning Commission will look at a policy change Tuesday that would allow a European Wax Center to locate in the Nut Tree retail complex. Businesses currently tagged as “health and beauty services” are limited both in location and total square footage in order to ensure that the Nut Tree project remains a […]

April 16, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | 2 Replies

Country fest a hit in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — They came for country. Cowboy boots and belt buckles were in fashion on the Town Square Saturday as the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District hosted its annual Country & Western Festival. From The Beer Brothers to the Terry Sheets Band, there were a number of musical acts to entertain the crowd as well as […]

Egg hunt a splash

VACAVILLE — The pool was hopping as children scrambled for dozens of eggs laid in the warm waters of the Graham Aquatic Center. The city’s second annual underwater egg hunt made a splash – close to 175 people participated, said Recreation Supervisor Jackie Beecham. “We more than doubled our participation from last year,” she said. Separated by […]

Candidates will speak at taxpayer group session

FAIRIFELD — Gerald Clift, a candidate for the 4th District seat on the Solano County Board of Supervisors, and Krishna Abrams, who is running for Solano County district attorney, are the guest speakers at Monday’s Solano County Taxpayers Association meeting. The membership meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. The speakers should begin their presentations about 7:15 […]

Music kicks off Country and Western Festival

VACAVILLE — It’s time to put on the dancing shoes for the third annual Country and Western Festival in downtown Vacaville. The nice weather will make for a great time to get out and have some fun Saturday at the Town Square. A crowd of about 200 people were on hand Friday night for the […]

‘Year of Recovery’ leads to forward movement for Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Last year was the “Year of Recovery” for Vacaville and 2014 will be the year of “moving forward.” Vacaville leaders touted a positive economic forecast for the city during the annual State of the City address Friday morning in the community room at Travis Credit Union. “Things look much better this year,” Mayor […]

April 12, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged | 1 Reply

Vacaville poised to lose $3.8M in reserves

VACAVILLE — The city’s general fund is poised to take a major hit as Vacaville prepares to return $3.8 million to its former redevelopment agency. Staff presentations during a previous City Council meeting indicate that the action will shrink the city’s 2014-15 estimated general fund reserve from approximately 20 percent down to below 15 percent, […]

Vacaville chef loves to explore fusion cooking

VACAVILLE — If Chef Brian Jaco was content with cooking up burgers and sandwiches, he would probably still be at a bar and grill in Missouri. “But I wanted to go into cooking further than that,” Jaco said. Jaco said that started an ongoing fascination and exploration of fusion cooking, where he can mix and […]

Council split on Vacaville economic development options

VACAVILLE — The subject of economic improvement for Vacaville brought about varied and decisive opinions Tuesday as City Council members heard a number of recommendations from a stakeholder committee. The recommendations, created by the Economic Development Committee, included: Develop standard and expedited process schedules for planning, permits and special events to reassess performance standards accounting […]

Friends, family recall crash victims at vigil

VACAVILLE — More than 300 friends and family gathered Tuesday night in a field next to Nut Tree Road to remember Gilberto Guzman, the guy who loved to live loud, and Christie Brinsley, the girl who always was kind to everybody.

“He was the guy who everyone wanted and needed as a best friend and bro,” Jesse Perez said of Guzman, using the hood of a four-wheel drive pickup truck as a podium to talk to a crowd of people, many of whom were holding candles.

Jessica Wallace, one of those in the crowd, described 16-year-old Christie as someone “who was an amazing girl and I . . .

City looks at ways to boost Vacaville’s economy

VACAVILLE — Council members will hear several new recommendations to boost Vacaville’s economy Tuesday from the stakeholder-driven Economic Development Committee. They four recommendations are: Develop standard and expedited process schedules for planning, permits and special events to reassess  performance standards accounting for current staff levels, which is 20 percent lower than before the economic crisis. […]

Mayor, city manager to talk about state of Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Mayor Steve Hardy and City Manager Laura Kuhn will give a State of the City address for Vacaville at the Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Business Issues Educational Forum on Friday. The event will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. at Travis Credit Union, 1 Travis Way in Vacaville. The Business Educational Forum meets […]

CHP identifies teen crash victims

VACAVILLE — A makeshift memorial continued to grow  in memory of two Vacaville teens who died Saturday night after a pickup truck veered off Pleasants Valley Road and flipped several times. Christie Brinsley, 16, died at the hospital after the crash. A red wooden cross bearing her name stands among scattered debris in a dirt […]

CHP: 2 teens dead in rollover crash

VACAVILLE — Two teenagers died and three sustained major injuries in a crash Saturday that authorities suspect involved alcohol. A group of five teens were returning from Lake Berryessa when a 19-year-old’s Chevrolet pickup truck veered off Pleasants Valley Road and flipped several times, the California Highway Patrol reports. All five occupants were ejected from the […]

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