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Fairfield Employees Association has OK for strike but seeks contract

FAIRFIELD — The Service Employee International Union has authorized the local Fairfield Employees Association to strike, but the chapter president says she seeks an agreement with the city rather than workers going out on strike. “That’s definitely not the intention of our association,” Teri Luchini said of striking. A contract with Fairfield “is the best […]

Media, budget work bring honors to Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The city’s Information Technology Division was honored for its media programming at the 2015 STAR Awards, which recognize excellence in government programming in California and Nevada. Meanwhile the city’s Finance Department was once again singled out for its annual budget preparations. Fairfield received the first place STAR in promotions for “Safe Routes to […]

Fairfield City Council schedules closed session on labor negotiations

FAIRFIELD — A special closed session of the City Council will take place at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in the city manager’s conference room on the fourth floor of City Hall for a conference with the labor negotiator about seven employee organizations. Organizations for firefighters, police managers and police officers are among the employee groups. Reach Ryan […]

June 30, 2015 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged | 3 Replies

Frazier appointed Assembly Transportation Committee chairman

FAIRFIELD — State Assemblyman Jim Frazier has been appointed chairman of the the Assembly Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee. “I am honored that Speaker Toni Atkins has appointed me to Chair the Assembly Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee as a part of the special session called by Governor Brown last week,” said Frazier, D-Oaklely. “I […]

Optimist Club seeks miniature golf sponsors

FAIRFIELD — The Optimist Club of Solano County plans its 2015 miniature golf tournament Oct. 30 at Scandia Family Fun Center, 4300 Central Place. Sponsors are needed so children from Aldea Family Services and The Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club can participate. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. This is the third year for the […]

State plans intermittent I-80 closures

FAIRFIELD — Intermittent overnight closures are planned for westbound lanes of Interstate 80 on Friday as construction crews begin positioning equipment on and adjacent to the new Green Valley Road/I-80 overcrossing, according to the California Department of Transportation. The traffic control measures will take place on westbound I-80 between the Cordelia truck scales and the […]

Fairfield library schedules free Teen Zumba class

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Civic Center Library will host a Teen Zumba class Thursday. Instructors from Bliss Urban Arts Center in Vacaville will offer the class from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the library, 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield. The class is free as part of the Solano County Library’s Teen Summer Challenge. Reach Susan Hiland at […]

Fairfield church increases security in aftermath of Charleston tragedy

FAIRFIELD — Prayer isn’t enough, the Rev. Anthony Gilmore of Bethel Community Church told a Tuesday night gathering of parishioners about increasing the security and safety of his congregation. The shooting deaths of a Bible study group in Charleston, South Carolina, combined with Bethel’s own hate crimes in the form of offensive graffiti inflicted on the church prompted […]

Grass fire races through Fairfield hills

FAIRFIELD — A 15-acre grass fire threatened the backs of several homes Tuesday on Palmer Circle and Bear Creek Drive before firefighters were able to put the four-alarm blaze down for the count.

Residents had nothing but praise for fire crews that included firefighters from as far away as Vallejo who saved their homes.

“They got on it pretty quick,” said a relieved Patricia Jensen, who was coming out of a bookstore with her husband when they spotted the towering plume . . .

2 hurt when SUV crashes through pizza eatery storefront

FAIRFIELD — A multiple-vehicle crash that happened at about 11:35 a.m. Monday injured two people and backed up traffic on North Texas Street at Pacific Avenue for hours.

Four cars were hit by a maroon Lincoln Navigator that came to rest inside the New York Pizza Kitchen on the 2100 block of North Texas Street.

The driver of the Navigator, a 51-year-old Fairfield resident, was transported to a local trauma center, according to Fairfield police. Another driver went to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The Navigator was traveling south on North Texas …

Teen crash victim played sports, tenor sax at Armijo

FAIRFIELD — The 16-year-old killed Sunday afternoon on Waterman Boulevard has been identified by the Solano County Coroner’s Office as Andrew Lucas. Witnesses told police that Lucas was traveling east at a high rate of speed and appeared to have lost control. His car entered into oncoming traffic, hitting a pickup truck head on. Lucas as […]

Juneteenth celebrated in Solano County

FAIRFIELD — The Juneteenth celebration at Laurel Creek Park on Saturday was a reminder of how far the country really has come since 1863. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, to abolish slavery. Slaves in Galveston, Texas, received the news on June 19, 1865. They responded with spontaneous celebrations that became […]

Summer fun at Jelly Belly on Saturday

FAIRFIELD — Jelly Belly started the summer with a fun day of activities for children and adults, as well as some four-legged working companions. The Guide Dogs Puppy Fun Day brought out about 60 members of Solano County Puppy Raisers and members of the Guide Dogs for the Blind. Upstairs at Jelly Belly, Mark Ruefenacht, founder […]

Garamendi praises pope for climate change statement

FAIRFIELD — The call for action by Pope Francis to address climate change won praise from Rep. John Garamendi and more than a dozen other Democrats in Congress, while a Fairfield resident who has called climate change a hoax questioned the papal statement. “I thank his holiness Pope Francis for his leadership on this urgent matter,” […]

State medical board revokes certification for Fairfield doctor

FAIRFIELD — Dr. Donovan Paul Shively, whose certification as a physician and surgeon was revoked by the Medical Board of California, says his medical license expired in 2013 and that he hasn’t practiced medicine in California for four years. “You can’t take away what I don’t have,” the Fairfield resident said Thursday. “To take away […]

Laurel Creek Park site of Juneteenth celebration

FAIRFIELD — A Juneteenth celebration will take place Saturday at Laurel Creek Park. The event is open to the public with free food, drinks, games, karaoke and drawings. The celebration will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at 2896 Gulf Drive, Fairfield. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, to abolish slavery. Slaves in Galveston, […]

Son’s good deed makes Father’s Day come early for dad

FAIRFIELD — Paul Vela can’t stop bragging about his 19-year-old son Matthew, who found and returned $15,000 Monday at his new job. “I asked him how his day went and he told me the story,” Paul Vela said Thursday. “I could not believe it.” A woman’s wallet was left in one of the shopping carts outside […]

Survey: Rents up, vacancies down for Fairfield apartments

FAIRFIELD — Rents climb while vacancies decline, a city survey of apartments finds. Rents range from $895 for a studio to $1,487 for a three-bedroom. Vacancy rates were 2.4 percent at the end of the first quarter in 2015, the Community Development Department said. A healthy rental vacancy rate is usually 5 percent, according to industry standards, […]

Small quakes shake East Bay region, to include rural Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A small earthquake late Monday near Fairfield was followed by a larger quake Wednesday afternoon near Napa, though neither quake was deemed significant. A 1.5-magnitude temblor happened at 8:39 p.m. Monday a mile north-northeast of Green Valley, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It occurred 5.5 miles deep along the Concord-Green Valley fault. […]

Council accepts $705,122 park-and-ride, delays discussion of town hall

FAIRFIELD — City Council members, on a 2-1 vote Tuesday, accepted the $705,122 park-and-ride lot on Oliver Road as complete – but delayed discussion of an April town hall meeting about the project until the full council was present. Councilwoman Pam Bertani opposed accepting the 160-space park-and-ride as complete after her motion to continue the […]

Fairfield police issue call for National Night Out celebrations

FAIRFIELD — Police are inviting as many neighborhood groups as possible to join those other neighborhoods across the county that are turning on their porch lights, opening their garage doors and gathering to celebrate this year’s National Night Out between 5 and 9 p.m. Aug. 4. National Night Out is a crime-prevention event that is sponsored by the […]

Park-and-ride lot in Fairfield spurs new question

FAIRFIELD — It’s disingenuous of the city to place on the City Council agenda for Tuesday’s meeting acceptance of the 160-space park-and-ride lot on Oliver Road – followed by a report on a community meeting about the project, resident Richard Battersby says. He has questioned how the city approved the $705,122 park-and-ride lot and said […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in Fairfield | 8 Replies

Group invites Armijo grads, former students to picnic

FAIRFIELD — The Armijo Alumni Association Inc. will host its fifth annual summer picnic from 2 to 6 p.m. July 11. The event is open to anyone who attended Armijo High School. It will take place at Rush Ranch. Solid Gold, a Rio Vista-based band that features Armijo 1961 graduate Bob Jacobs, will provide music for dancing. The catered event […]

Realtors schedule poker night to benefit Child Haven

FAIRFIELD — The Northern Solano County Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation will host its third annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament on Friday with a goal of raising and donating $10,000 to Child Haven of Solano County. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. and the game will start at 7 p.m. at Northern Solano County Association of Realtors […]

Federal grant totals $128,335 for Solano law enforcement

FAIRFIELD — The city will receive $37,733 in federal funds for law enforcement as part of a grant that will provide $67,565 to Vallejo. The U.S. Department of Justice funds also means $18,733 for Vacaville. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants will pay for equipment that includes body cameras worn by law enforcement officers. A […]

Escort services not home occupation in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Escort services are not a permitted home occupation, according to a revised Fairfield zoning ordinance that the City Council takes up Tuesday. The change to the text in the city ordinance is among revisions that are necessary from time to time to clarify language, the proposed ordinance notes. Proposed changes won’t affect the […]

Methodist women plan bunco night

FAIRFIELD — The United Methodist Women will host a bunco night fundraiser this month to benefit the local Girl Scouts’ Got Choices program at Solano County juvenile hall, the Heather House homeless shelter and the LIFT3 Support Group domestic violence shelter. A light dinner will be served, along with bunco, games and prizes, according to a press release about […]

Fairfield library joins summer free food program for children

FAIRFIELD — The free summer food program added to the Fairfield Civic Center Library started Monday and served more than 100 meals to youths through Friday in the Fairfield-Suisun School District program, Serena Enger said. “It was a decent turnout for the first week,” the supervising librarian said. ” Children and teens 18 and younger are […]

Firefighters extinguish brush fire at familiar location

FAIRFIELD — Firefighters responded to a brush fire Friday morning at a location that’s familiar to them, according to Battalion Chief Matt Luckenbach. The fire, reported at 10 a.m., was on the steep embankment between eastbound Interstate 80 and the freeway exit ramp to West Texas Street. It’s an area that burns every year, Luckenbach […]

Brush 37 unit will enhance firefighting in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The Brush 37 unit, which carries 500 gallons of water in a vehicle akin to a fire engine with four-wheel drive, will help enhance community safety during the elevated risk brought by the fourth year of the drought, the Fairfield Fire Department says. The unit allows the Fire Department to respond more aggressively […]

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