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Transportation agency to consider Solano road repair funding source

SUISUN CITY — The Solano Transportation Authority governing board on Wednesday will consider asking the county Board of Supervisors to consider a local funding source for maintenance and repair of local streets and roads. The discussion also will include road safety projects, as well as senior and disabled mobility provisions. The agency’s action comes in response […]

Former Solano County exec tops state with $375,990 pension

FAIRFIELD — Michael D. Johnson, former Solano County administrator, tops the list of highest government pensions in California with a yearly payout of $375,990 and the city of Vacaville is among the top 10 agencies in the state for full-career pensions for public safety retirees, the group Transparent California reported. Average public safety pensions for Vacaville […]

October 11, 2015 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged | 1 Reply

Ombudsman helps families navigate elderly services

VACAVILLE — Denise Williamson hopes to save families from the agonizing experiences she had dealing with care for her elderly parents. “I had to navigate so much with my mom and dad,” said the retired Vacaville school teacher. “I just want to take the stress off families in similar situations.” Williamson is one of 14 […]

Realtors can help new residents see community

When you decide to move to a new area, it can feel overwhelming. I remember when I first moved here; I wanted to pull up a chair and have a chat with a local, someone who knew what was what. If you are new to the area, perhaps you want to get a sense of […]

Make home, retirement decisions early

Everyone dreams of a retirement with dignity and financial security. Many of us consider moving down after retiring to a one-story home with less maintenance when we reach retirement age. Some folks move to a retirement community like Sun City in Roseville, Trilogy in Rio Vista or even places like Palm Springs, the California Coast […]

Crazy old man? Maybe so – at times

As much as anything, I am writing this column for myself, to remind myself of the importance of hanging in there. My life is going through a rough patch right now. Equipment failures, service failures, health issues. I am reminding myself how important it is for us to stick to it; to persist. Many folks […]

Buyer commits unintentional fraud: What next?

Q: Last month I bought a home to use as a rental. My Realtor was also the person who did the VA loan. This weekend I was sorting through all the paperwork I got after the escrow closed and discovered a document which says it is a declaration that I intend to live in the […]

Rheumatoid arthritis more than a joint disease

We tend to think of rheumatoid arthritis as being a joint disease, but it is actually a systemic illness. Many clinicians refer to it as “rheumatoid disease,” due to the potential for complications that involve internal organs. For example, lung damage may be noted as a manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis. Medications designed to minimize joint inflammation may […]

Rep. Thompson, Berkley to speak to Solano EDC

FAIRFIELD — U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson and Shelley Berkley, chief executive officer and senior provost at Touro University Western Division, will be the featured speakers at the Solano Economic Development Corporation breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield on Friday. Thompson, D-St. Helena, represents the state’s 5th District. Berkley is a former Nevada congresswoman […]

Real estate transactions for Oct.10, 2015

BENICIA TOTAL SALES: 9 HIGHEST AMOUNT: $630,000 LOWEST AMOUNT: $228,000 MEDIAN AMOUNT: $425,000 AVERAGE AMOUNT: $456,167 344 East 2nd Street – $465,000, 09-18-15 [3 Bdrms – 1439 SqFt – 1984 YrBlt] Previous Sale: 01-11-1999, $205,000 234 East E Street – $422,500, 09-18-15 [3 Bdrms – 1442 SqFt – 1997 YrBlt] Previous Sale: 09-07-2000, $280,500 12 […]

City offers tour of Peabody Road project site

FAIRFIELD — A cadre of the city’s elected and appointed officials got a close-up look Friday at progress to date at Fairfield’s largest public works project in recent history – a project to realign Peabody Road to accommodate a new train station. The tour of the work along Peabody Road at the railroad tracks included […]

UC Davis vet school to host pet adopt-a-thon

FAIRFIELD — The University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine hosts its second annual pet adoption event in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation on Sunday at Central Park in Davis. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park is located on C Street, between Third and Fourth streets. This multiple-species adopt-a-thon will […]

Woman, son escape fire that guts Fairfield home

FAIRFIELD — A woman and her son safely escaped a fire that gutted their west Fairfield home Friday.

The two-alarm fire, reported just after 2:30 p.m., left the two-story home on the 2900 block of Calaveras Drive with approximately $350,000 in damage, according to Battalion Chief John Sturdee.

He declined to discuss the possible cause of the fire until the investigation is complete. The Solano County Fire Investigative Unit was beginning its work early Friday evening, Sturdee said.

Carolyn Sargent was working at her computer in a first-floor room near the front of the house when the fire broke out somewhere upstairs, she said.

Opposing sides: Pot for sale, for personal use

FAIRFIELD — Uriel Cendejas had more than $800 in cash in his pocket, along with a digital scale in the kitchen at his Vacaville home with a safety bar on the front door and more than 100 marijuana plants inside the residence, Solano County Superior Court jurors heard Friday. Cendejas told police during a May 15, 2014, […]

Stone’s condition upgraded to fair after stabbing

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The condition of Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone was upgraded from serious to fair Friday as he continues to recover from stab wounds at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. He is awake, able to get out of bed and in good spirits, the medical center said […]

Solano workforce board schedules regional career fair

FAIRFIELD — Approximately 100 regional employers are expected to participate as the Workforce Investment Board of Solano County conducts a regional career fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. The career fair, which marks the 10th anniversary event for the Workforce Investment Board, will take place at the University of Phoenix, 5253 Business Center Drive in […]

Fairfield man’s prison sentence upheld on appeal

FAIRFIELD — The four-year state prison sentence for a Fairfield man who left his 84-year-old father alone in a wheelchair for four days without a phone has been upheld by a state court that found a Solano County Superior Court judge could impose the prison term after the man violated probation. Charles Lalicata, 59, was placed […]

Judge: ‘Don’t blow smoke up my robe’

FAIRFIELD — A judge told a roofer convicted of grand theft and contracting without a license that she’s more concerned with the victims of his crime than his financial status. Solano County Superior Court Judge Wendy Getty asked Ryan Raphael, 40, of Vacaville, about the people bilked out of money. A single mother can’t afford […]

Brown signs Wolk’s drought, energy bills

FAIRFIELD — Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill by Sen. Lois Wolk to improve water management and conservation in California, and another bill to boost participation in programs that enable utility customers to receive part of their electricity from renewable energy sources. Senate Bill 555 requires all urban water suppliers in California to audit annual water loss to […]

Fairfield firefighters booting up fund drive effort

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield firefighters will stand at the corner of Travis and Gateway boulevards on Oct. 17-8 asking motorists and others to fill fire boots with donations to help fund the community’s Fun on the Run program. Firefighters are stepping forward to help the mobile recreation and nutrition program for children “because they are involved with giving […]

Writer’s workshop helps develop skills

FAIRFIELD — The Writers Resource Center will host a workshop at its meeting Saturday. This workshop starts a 12-part structured curriculum that covers all aspects of writing, according to a press release. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at 1745 Enterprise Drive, Room 113, Fairfield. The workshop is free to members. Nonmembers pay a small […]

Fairfield police log: Oct. 8, 2015

12:30 a.m. — Vandalism, 800 block of TEXAS STREET 12:38 a.m. — Battery, 1200 block of B. GALE WILSON BOULEVARD 1:26 a.m. — Shots fired, 2400 block of SHOREY WAY 6:58 a.m. — Forgery, 700 block of FIFTH STREET 7:07 a.m. — Forgery, 1000 block of WEBSTER STREET 7:08 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 1100 block of HORIZON DRIVE 7:36 a.m. — Reckless driver, WALTERS ROAD 7:49 a.m. — Trespassing, 1300 block […]

Suisun City police log: Oct. 8, 2015

5:35 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 300 block of CANVASBACK DRIVE 10:44 a.m. — Fraud, 1600 block of PASEO FLORES DRIVE 10:50 a.m. — Fraud, 100 block of SUNSET AVENUE 2 p.m. — Reckless driver, PINTAIL DRIVE / TREEDUCK WAY 9:51 p.m. — Reckless driver, PINTAIL DRIVE / WALTERS ROAD 11:07 p.m. — Assault with a deadly weapon, 100 block of RAILROAD […]

Examining Cordelia’s The X Ray newspaper

Cordelia’s The X Ray was a newspaper published every Friday that debuted in February 1897. Its boast next to the nameplate was that it was the “only paper published in beautiful Green Valley.” The original editor/proprietor was Dan H. White, who later became Solano County superintendent of schools. I was able to peruse several vintage […]

October 09, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

‘Hold On’ one more day for Wilson Phillips

VACAVILLE — Wilson Phillips may be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their hit, “Hold On,” but the trio formed a bond early on in their youth. Sisters Wendy and Carnie Wilson are the daughters of the legendary Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. Chynna Phillips is the daughter of The Mamas and the Papas’ Michelle […]

Retired educator continues to share love of music

FAIRFIELD — Tim Mack spent 34 years in education, 32 of them with the Fairfield-Suisun School District as a music teacher and administrator. The 70-year-old Fairfield resident isn’t one to sit still. He performs with two wind instrument groups, including the Solano Winds Community Concert Band. He also leads a string group at his church. […]

October 09, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Leaked track poses listening problem

While we tend to think of a fan as “someone who likes something,” the root of the word is in fanatic. Fanatic, though, speaks to a stronger level of commitment, perhaps even going a bit overboard, like the fan I spoke to last month at the Bay Area Vibez festival who claimed he’d seen Santa […]

It’s a dark (comedy) day for new theater company

VALLEJO — On the Fringe, a new theater company in Solano County, is introducing itself to theatergoers with “God of Carnage.” The choice was pretty easy, said Maria Normington-Stats, who founded the theater company. She was introduced to the play four years ago and felt it really resonated with her. Stats said she and her […]

Pumpkin Patch returns to railway museum

SUISUN CITY — The annual Pumpkin Patch returns to the Western Railway Museum this weekend with the return of fall. The pumpkin patch opens at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with roaming zombies. Visitors are encouraged to wear costumes. Guests at Gum Grove will enjoy a huge hay bale fort, food, tractor rides, music, games and more, […]

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