Wednesday, August 27, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Downtown residents voice worries about new commercial chapel

By
From page A5 | April 02, 2014 |

SUISUN CITY — Residents who live near the former First Church of Christ, Scientist on Main Street that is being reopened as a commercial chapel told the Suisun City Council on Tuesday that the increase in traffic would disrupt the narrow residential streets around it.

The business’ owner defended his operation. He said it would not be the disruption that his future neighbors fear and promised to talk with neighbors in an effort to improve relations.

Those residents opposed to the new owners of what was once a church located at 900 Main St. called it a funeral home and said it would generate traffic problems created by funeral processions on the residential streets around it and push down property values.

“This would create disruptive traffic problems,” said resident Ray Klein, who lives about a block away from the building.

Eric Bianco, the owner of what will be called Main Street Chapel, said the former church will be used as a chapel for small memorial services, private family viewings and weddings, as well as offices.

“The use is consistent with what it was,” Bianco said.

Some residents pointed out the city is about to update its specific plan for the downtown and contended that such a commercial use in the residential part of downtown does not fit the vision for the area.

Residents also voiced dismay that they were not notified by the city about the new tenant, saying it should have at least gone before the Planning Commission. Since the property was zoned commercial and it would be used as a chapel, city staff granted a permit on the grounds that it was a permitted similar use as the church.

One neighbor said she only found out about the new tenant Sunday when she found a flier written by others opposed to the new use that had blown into her front yard.

City Council members could not add much. City Councilmen Mike Hudson and Mike Segala both said this is the first they heard about the new tenant.

“This is as new to us as it is to the neighbors,” Segala said.

He said he wanted city staff to respond to both the council and the residents about the issues that were raised.

City Manager Suzanne Bragdon promised get answers to both the council and the residents as quickly as possible.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or ithompson@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 9 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • The MisterApril 02, 2014 - 6:39 am

    That's right... Christians are bad for the neighborhood. Another tattoo or massage parlor might be nice... but church-goers? I think NOT!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalApril 02, 2014 - 4:56 pm

    The Mister, no one said anything about Christians being bad for the neighborhood. The issue is about parking and traffic. The type of business that generates that is beside the point. Personally, I believe the neighbors jumped the gun without doing due diligence as to the scope of the business. We'll see how it plays out.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mayor SanchezApril 02, 2014 - 8:53 am

    I think Gerry Raycraft was misquoted in this article. He actually supported the new owner 's plan for this building.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mayor SanchezApril 02, 2014 - 1:28 pm

    As you have since corrected the original quote you attributed to Gerry Raycraft , please delete my earlier comment. The printed paper will still show the erroneous quote but that's the way news goes sometimes.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • S KApril 02, 2014 - 7:08 pm

    If that building was already zoned for a Church I doubt the city will have a choice/say one way or another, and that is the way it SHOULD BE>>>IMO. Could be opening themselves up to a law suit, if denied.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalApril 02, 2014 - 7:25 pm

    SK, that's not necessarily true. If the zoning was changed after the church was there they would be grandfathered in. Any new business would have to comply with the current zoning. The city has a specific plan for the waterfront, which I believe was put in place after Christian Science Reading Room located there.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Skeptic ScroogeApril 02, 2014 - 11:03 pm

    Who gets married at a funeral parlor???!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • S KApril 02, 2014 - 11:10 pm

    Isn't getting married the same as going to a funeral>>LOL LOL :-)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • She's Alive! She's Alive! - Bride of Frankenstein 1935April 02, 2014 - 11:16 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zhqCccFsGc

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Walnut Grove: Fun facts, things to see

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1

 
Ryde Hotel: A speakeasy from the past

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

Walnut Grove shows a bit of historic Japan

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Solano County supervisors get raise

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A2, 2 Comments

Solano helps after Napa quake

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Weather for Aug. 27, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: B3

Solano supervisors declare quake state of emergency

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3

 
 
Solano promotes hand washing

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Golf tournament to benefit college sport’s teams

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A6

 
Man steals car from Fairfield resident

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A6, 4 Comments

 
Learn about local travel opportunities

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6

Solano College to host college transfer fair

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A6

 
Pierce Brosnan thriller kicks off week’s new films

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A7

 
Museum guild schedules trip to historic San Francisco home

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A8

 
 
3 die in I-680 crash; 2 from Vacaville

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A9

 
Fairfield police log: Aug. 24, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

 
Fairfield police log: Aug. 23, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Aug. 24, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: Aug. 23, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

Fairfield police log: Aug. 25, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: Aug. 25, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

.

US / World

Napa quake stirs clamor for warning system

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
American woman held hostage in Syria

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Putin and Poroshenko meet for bilateral talks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 1 Comment

 
Group files petition to idle coastal nuke plant

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 1 Comment

 
Los Angeles schools halt iPad deal amid criticism

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Report finds 1,400 children exploited in UK town

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 1 Comment

 
Police: Slain woman ID’d ex-deputy as her attacker

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Officials: Instructor accidentally killed by girl

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 1 Comment

 
Judges blast Indiana, Wisconsin gay marriage bans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Obama defends handling of veterans affairs issues

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 2 Comments

Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with US

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 1 Comment

 
AP sources: US surveillance planes fly over Syria

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 2 Comments

.

Opinion

Abandoned carts are everyone’s responsibility

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 4 Comments

 
Editorial cartoons for Aug. 27, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

Question of the week: Is US policy on hostages correct?

By Daily Republic | From Page: A11

 
Obama risks alienating Latinos from Dems

By Thomas Elias | From Page: A11

 
How to reduce taxes without busting the budget

By Ramesh Ponnuru | From Page: A11

.

Living

Today in History: Aug. 27, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Aug. 27, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

We were good parents. Why won’t our adult children help us out?

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B6

 
Horoscopes: Aug. 27, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B6

Choosing chutney

By Mcclatchy-Tribune News Service | From Page: B7

 
Banishing the blues with healthy blueberry muffins

By Sara Moulton | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Women talk about sports on CBS Sports Network

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Miley Cyrus’ date wanted by Oregon police

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
NBC’s Emmycast logs robust 15.6 million viewership

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

.

Sports

Prep football preview: Indians positive heading into 2014 season

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Serena Williams beats American teen at US Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Carter’s HR in 8th leads Astros over A’s 4-2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
US teen Bellis, 15, stuns Cibulkova at US Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Raiders CB DJ Hayden to start season on PUP list

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
49ers prepare for possible Aldon Smith suspension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Bumgarner flirts with perfection, finishes with 1-hitter in Giants win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
No reason to feel sorry for Jim Furyk

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

TMS 2015 schedule springs back to night race

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Love struck: Kevin Love pledges commitment to Cavs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Sarkisian: USC looking into Shaw’s heroic story

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Davis, US men beat Slovenia in basketball exhibition

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Latest Astrodome proposal: massive indoor park

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
.

Business

UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Survey: US consumer confidence near a 7-year high

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Burger King buys, plans expansion of Tim Hortons

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
.

Obituaries

Nadine L Wetherell

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Frank W. Moy Jr.

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Lyle Cullum

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
Gary Allen Person

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Florentino”Paul” Castaneda Bersola

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6