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Plenty of offerings to fuel a happy holiday mood

FAIRFIELD — There’s no reason to lack holiday spirit when Solano County cities offer a bevy of events celebrating Christmas. All you need to do is put on a Christmas sweater, grab those tickets where needed and get your jolly on. Here’s a city-by-city list of holiday-related performances and events. Fairfield Parthenon Ballet returns to the Fairfield […]

Solano steps out for holidays with community festivities

FAIRFIELD — Communities across Solano County will again get into the holiday spirit this winter with community tree lightings, caroling, Christmas gift vendors and the arrival of Santa Claus. Vacaville gets things started Vacaville starts the season when it hosts its 33rd annual Merriment on Main celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday from West Street to Davis Street in downtown […]

Suisun police warn about stopping on RR tracks

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City police are telling southbound motorists who are stopped at the red light on Sunset Avenue – at Railroad Avenue – not to stop their cars on the railroad crossing north of the stop light. Police put out the advisory Wednesday after one of the officers saw two cars this week backed up […]

SEIU workers ratify contract with county

FAIRFIELD — Solano County employees represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 voted overwhelmingly this week to ratify a tentative contract with the county, the union announced. The Board of Supervisors received an update about the contract during a closed session Tuesday, and is expected to vote on the pact at its next meeting Dec. 8, […]

Suisun City Senior Center hosts Thanksgiving Day meal

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Senior Center will host a free Thanksgiving Day meal from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday. The center is located at 318 Merganser Drive. For more information or to make a reservation, call 421-7203. Reach the Daily Republic newsroom at 425-4646.

School bands put best feet forward at Tournament of Champions

FAIRFIELD — Band members from across the regions were giddy with anticipation Saturday as various aspects of the the 27th Annual Tournament of Champions – hosted by the Scarlet Brigade at Fairfield High School – took place throughout the day.

The nervousness of band members subsided as they put their best effort into the day’s activities.

Emily Washburn, 15, a clarinet player at Benicia High School, was there for the first time. She’s also in her first year at Benicia High.

Supervisors consider plan to create new public health unit

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a proposed reorganization of the Department of Health and Social Services to create a new Medical Services Division. The county’s Department of Health and Social Services has recommended dividing Public Health into two divisions: the Public Health Division and the Medical Services Division. The […]

She said, she said ends 2nd week of murder trial

FAIRFIELD — The second week of the murder trial for the suspect in the April 2014 fatal shooting of Salathiel J. Maynard ended Friday with prosecutors presenting hours of video showing two women being questioned by Suisun City police. Laron M. Gilbert, 21, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. The two women were on the witness […]

Authorities arrest 4 during Solano sex offender compliance checks

FAIRFIELD — Four people were arrested after 16 sex offender compliance checks Wednesday and Thursday, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office said. Three were arrested for failing to comply with the terms of their parole, and one for failing to comply with the terms of his probation, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s Investigations Bureau, Solano County […]

Catered meals for Fairfield-Suisun School District panel cost $990

FAIRFIELD — Catering for meals of chicken fettucine alfredo and three-cheese tortellini served to the facilities master plan committee members of the Fairfield-Suisun School District at September and October meetings cost $990. Thirty-five people had dinner at each of the two meetings, and the $11 meal cost includes tax and a 20 percent tip, according […]

Solano unemployment rate up for October

FAIRFIELD — The unemployment rate in Solano County increased slightly for October, one of several months to experience an uptick during a year that has seen a steady decline in jobless figures, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. October’s jobless rate was 5.6 percent, compared to a revised 5.2 percent figure […]

Labor dispute focused in part on negotiating process

FAIRFIELD — Service Employees International Union Local 1021 officials complained during the current labor dispute with Solano County that the county refused to engage in real negotiations – a claim the county denied. Specifically, SEIU Local 1021, which represents more than 1,700 county employees, claimed the county failed to engage in dialogue at the bargaining table. The […]

Solano County, SEIU reach tentative pact in labor dispute

FAIRFIELD — A late-night tentative agreement with the Service Employees International Union was reached Thursday after a 10-hour session with a state mediator, Solano County officials said – and a union spokeswoman said its bargaining team will recommend members approve the agreement. …

Travis changes flight patterns

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — If residents are seeing more Travis Air Force Base aircraft overhead in eastern Fairfield or southeastern Vacaville this fall, it is because the Air Force has changed its flight patterns, the base announced Thursday. Travis implemented the flight pattern changes Oct. 9 to enhance flight safety and improve training flexibility, the announcement […]

New traffic signals going in at Walters and Pintail

SUISUN CITY — Work to install the new traffic signal system at Walters Road and Pintail Drive is expected to wrap up by Dec. 15, according to a Suisun City press release. The $448,000 project to improve traffic conditions at the intersection had been delayed two months due to coordination and approvals required by Pacific Gas […]

Band to perform at Suisun City library

SUISUN CITY — The Raymond Victor Band will perform at the Suisun City Library at 1 p.m. Saturday. Victor worked as studio musician in Los Angeles for 10 years and as a staff writer for CBS. The library is located at 601 Pintail Drive. For more information call 866-572-7587. Reach the Daily Republic newsroom at 425-4646.

Red Kettle Kickoff attracts more than 200, raises $40,269

FAIRFIELD — More than 200 people attended the Very Cherry Red Kettle Kickoff luncheon Wednesday, when $40,269 was raised and a video told how The Salvation Army of Solano County helped change the life of a 37-year-old Suisun City woman.

“I live a life that I never knew was possible, and it’s because of The Salvation Army,” Corinne said.

She spoke on the video, shown at the annual event at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center, about growing up in a family full of alcoholism.

Mission Solano takes to airwaves to raise money

VACAVILLE — Mission Solano and 95.3 KUIC radio station will have the 13th annual Hope Begins with a Meal radio-thon from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Listeners to the station will be able to call in to sponsor meals at the mission, which is Solano County’s largest provider of services for the homeless and needy. […]

Labor group ratifies agreement with Solano County

FAIRFIELD — The Public Employees Union, Local One, bargaining Unit 16 has voted to ratify the tentative agreement reached with Solano County late last week, the county announced Wednesday. The unit represents more than 90 midmanagement employees within the county. The tentative agreement provides a 3 percent wage increase in 2015 and a 3 percent […]

County workers strike as talk of mediation develops

FAIRFIELD — Members of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 went on strike Tuesday for the second time in two months – protesting what they claim is illegal conduct by the county in contract negotiations.

While their frustration was evident as workers staged a midday rally, a new step toward resolving the labor issue may come later this week when Solano County and the union go before a mediator.

The county announced Tuesday afternoon that the union, which represents more than 1,700 county employees, is willing to engage in the mediation process.

“We’re concerned about our employees and hope a mediator can add . . .

Suisun awards train station improvement contract

SUISUN CITY — After a month’s delay to come up with more money, the Suisun City Council on Tuesday awarded the contract to improve the Suisun-Fairfield Train Depot to All-American Construction. The council held off last month, rejecting all three bids to renovate and improve the Suisun-Fairfield Train Depot after the bids came in higher than […]

Engineering group names Frazier legislator of the year

FAIRFIELD — State Assemblyman Jim Frazier has been named 2015 legislator of the year by the American Council of Engineering Companies. The group honors a lawmaker who demonstrates political courage and strength of conviction on public policy issues important to the engineering and land surveying industries, the engineering council said. Frazier, D-Oakley, supports high-occupancy toll […]

Solano County workers strike for the 2nd time

FAIRFIELD — Members of the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 were picketing their Solano County workplaces Tuesday, protesting what they describe as the county’s “illegal conduct in contract negotiations.” The workers took to the picket lines at 10:21 a.m., the second time they have walked off the job since their contracts expired Sept. 28. […]

Fairfield officer recounts incident judge calls asinine

FAIRFIELD — A veteran Fairfield police officer was stopped at a red light in North Texas Street on the morning of March 17, when he became the target of a brazen crime, according to his court testimony Monday. Officer Steve Garcia recalled watching David D. Yepiz, 23, walking through a nearby parking lot, pause, raise […]

Suisun City police log: Nov. 16, 2015

9:42 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 600 block of KLAMATH DRIVE 9:52 a.m. — Grand theft, sub-100 block of RODONDO AVENUE 10:38 a.m. — Fraud, 200 block of SPINNEY WAY 10:47 a.m. — Hit-and-run with injury, ALEXANDER WAY / NADEL DRIVE

Suisun City police log: Nov. 15, 2015

6:32 a.m. — Shots fired, SUISUN STREET / COMMON STREET 8:34 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1100 block of PINTAIL DRIVE 10:02 a.m. — Shots fired, SAVANNAH LANE / YOUNGSTOWN LANE 7:09 p.m. — Shots fired, LINE STREET / SCHOOL STREET

Suisun City police log: Nov. 14, 2015

12:32 a.m. — Shots fired, 1100 block of MAIN STREET 4:09 a.m. — Shots fired, 900 block of FREEDOM DRIVE 9:04 a.m. — Burglary, 200 block of WALNUT STREET 7:26 p.m. — Hit-and-run property damage, EMPEROR DRIVE / PINTAIL DRIVE

Frazier schedules holiday open house

FAIRFIELD — State Assemblyman Jim Frazier will host a holiday open house Dec. 17 at his office at 1261 Travis Blvd., No. 110. Food, beverages and fun will be featured at the 5 to 7:30 p.m. event, Frazier’s office said. Donations will be accepted for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and for the U.S. […]

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