S.T. Johnson Co. joins Fairfield manufacturing hub

The recruitment of manufacturing companies remains a high-priority target for local economic development efforts and is a critical engine of economic growth. Manufacturing is certainly visible in Fairfield, with major companies like Anheuser-Busch, Clorox and Ball employing hundreds of people and contributing significantly to the local economy. Fairfield offers a central location, available water and […]

October 06, 2013 | Posted in Local Business | Tagged ,

Big bets on stocks often go wrong

There’s a famous story about Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. They were standing next to one another after dining in an elegant restaurant. Fitzgerald asked what made the rich so successful. Hemingway, according to the story, said, “Fitz, the rich are different from us. They have more money.” I would have to guess that […]

October 06, 2013 | Posted in Local Business | Tagged ,

Autumn crush keeps Suisun Valley hopping

SUISUN VALLEY — Autumn is about The Crush in Suisun Valley and a whole lot more. Wineries are bustling with activities. Grapes are being harvested and turned into what the winemakers hope will be award-winning wines. Meanwhile, produce stands continue selling their fruits and vegetables, though some begin to shut down as the autumn wears […]

October 06, 2013 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,

Prep volleyball: Vikings play cards right in victory

FAIRFIELD — The Vanden High volleyball team may as well have been playing Black Jack as it swept American Canyon 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 in Solano County Athletic Conference play, Thursday. The Vikings’ Kamara Jackson served a perfect 18 of 18 with two aces, six kills, two blocks and four digs, while Meghan Herout was 8 […]

October 04, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Armijo-Fairfield: Not quite Clash of the Titans

FAIRFIELD — Somebody has to win Friday’s Armijo-Fairfield high school football game. It’s in the Sac-Joaquin Section bylaws. The Indians and Falcons head into the clash off monstrous losses, 49-7 to Antelope for the former, 67-0 to Stagg of Stockton for the latter. Kickoff at Schaefer Stadium is set for 6 p.m., following the 4 […]

October 04, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 274: Mercyful Fate, ‘Don’t Break the Oath’

Artist: Mercyful Fate Title: “Don’t Break the Oath” Year: 1984 Format: Spotify Grade: A- “Don’t Break the Oath” is the second of Mercyful Fate’s two slabs that arrived during the Danish metal group’s first incarnation. As the pointing-demons-head-against-a-background-of-fire cover might suggest, it’s also the more sinister of the two. Singer King Diamond’s fascination with LaVeyan […]

September 30, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Solano plays role in revival of region’s beer legacy

FAIRFIELD — Some walks near J-E Paino’s workplace in downtown Sacramento got the wheels turning in his head. His walks took him around the Ruhstaller Building, a historic-register building that used to house the offices of both Ruhstaller Brewery and Buffalo Brewery – a family brewing dynasty that put the West on the beer map. […]

September 29, 2013 | Posted in Local Business | Tagged ,

Cooling down the global warming baloney

What do you think bothers the far left the most? A Republican in the White House? Income inequality? Flexing our military muscles overseas? Walmart remaining nonunion? The alleged power of Wall Street? I could go on, but let me suggest what they devote the most energy to, with Al Gore as their poster child. Yes, […]

September 27, 2013 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Armijo boys get overtime water polo win over Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The Armijo boys water polo team came out on top of Fairfield for the second time this season with a 9-7 overtime win, Thursday. Cody Gonzales led the Indians with five goals, while Conrad Miholich had two and Josh Wilson and Chris Parodi each had one. Goalie Trent Baker finished his night with […]

September 27, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Prep girls tennis update: Interesting season shaping up

FAIRFIELD — The Armijo High girls tennis team is unbeaten and focused on winning its third straight Monticello Empire League title. The Vanden squad is looking to get back to the top in the Solano County Athletic Conference after winning the title last season. Rodriguez has plenty of returning players, while Fairfield has had its […]

September 27, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

City squads look to rebound from tough losses

FAIRFIELD — There’s always next week. That’s what the Vanden, Rodriguez and Armijo high school football teams must have told themselves after difficult losses last week. The Vikings and Mustangs had their games decided late, the winning points scored in overtime and the fourth quarter, respectively. Armijo, meanwhile, stared at a big deficit all night, […]

September 27, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Don’t feed the trolls

Allan Brauer, the communications chairman for the Sacramento County Democratic Party, rightly resigned after an inexcusable tweet he sent to a Republican rival: “May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.” Unfortunately, Brauer is not alone in his use of social media and the Internet for hate speech. Popular Science announced this […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,


September 25, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 268: Rush, ‘Clockwork Angels’

Artist: Rush Title: “Clockwork Angels” Year: 2012 Format: Spotify Grade: B- “Clockwork Angels,” the 19th studio effort from Toronto’s Rush, marks a move to full-fledged concept-album territory. A novelization was recently issued, charting the record’s concept, which is about getting lost in dreams. Like any good concept record, it’s neat to contemplate, but it’s all […]

September 25, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Horoscope for Sept. 24, 2013

The Gemini moon is a harmonious complement to the other air-sign influences currently in the sky, including the sun and Mercury in Libra, the arbiter of good taste. These lighthearted, intellectual muses throw the focus onto what’s new, novel and worth sharing. Make the most of this sky by exploring a trend or starting one. […]

September 23, 2013 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Grape harvest comes early to Solano County vineyards

FAIRFIELD — Grapes at Rock Creek Vineyard are already picked and fermenting – at a time when the small winery would just be getting started with harvest.

“This is almost a month ahead for us,” said Carolyn West, who runs the winery with her husband Tom. “It was a very, very mild spring.”

Solano County’s strange weather year has launched an early grape harvest, though Rock Creek seems even further ahead than some wineries. The Wests grow Cabernet, …

Rain storm shakes up Vacaville Jazz Festival

VACAVILLE — Rain put a damper on the Vacaville Jazz Festival Saturday as organizers had to scramble to keep the music going. The 14th annual event started Friday evening and was supposed to continue Saturday at Town Square and Nut Tree Plaza. However, a morning rain storm forced the closure of the Town Square stage […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 264: Ben Folds Five, ‘The Sound of the Life of the Mind’

Artist: Ben Folds Five Title: “The Sound of the Life of the Mind” Year: 2012 Format: Digital (Spotify) Grade: C+ “I never thought I’d see this guy again,” says Ben Folds on the exhaustively titled “The Sound of the Life of the Mind.” It’s a bit of art informing life. “Sound” marks Ben Folds Five’s […]

September 21, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Get rid of US Department of Education

With all the articles in the papers about the schools, it would be a good time for all the teachers, teachers unions, school trustees, school administrators and everyone else who would like to have better schools to understand that there is a way. One of the ways is to do away with the U.S. Department […]

September 20, 2013 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Prep football capsules: Week 3

Armijo (0-2) vs. Benicia (3-0) When: Today, 7:30 p.m. Where: Benicia High Series: Benicia leads 22-14-5 Last meeting: 2012, Benicia won 34-14 Last week: Armijo lost to Davis, 27-0; Benicia defeated Maria Carillo, 35-7 Of note: You can’t win if you don’t score and the Indians have yet to do either in 2013. The last […]

September 20, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Finders are not keepers

Imagine you’re walking through the mall parking lot and you find a wallet. You open it up and it’s stuffed with $2,000. Also in that wallet is the driver’s license of the owner, with his address clearly printed on it. What would you do? A 19-year-old Fairfield man faced a similar scenario and is now […]

September 19, 2013 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Bridge Sept 17

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder IF YOU CAN RUFF, DO NOT DELAY Robert Orben is primarily a comedy writer, but he has been a magician and was a speechwriter for Gerald Ford. Orben said, “I always get to the airport an hour early. That way, I can be one of the first to know […]

September 16, 2013 | Posted in Comics | Tagged

Heretic Brewery opens Fairfield tasting room

FAIRFIELD — Jamil Zainasheff brought his Heretic Brewing Co. to Fairfield because Fairfield came to him. He started the craft beer brewing venture in Pittsburg in 2011. When he outgrew his space there, he sent emails to Bay Area cities asking about possibly relocating there. He got only a few responses, most saying he could […]

September 15, 2013 | Posted in Local Business | Tagged ,

Prep volleyball: Falcons top Indians in four sets for victory

FAIRFIELD — Kaila Tyson 10 kills, four aces and eight digs to lead the Fairfield High volleyball team to a 25-8, 16-25, 25-15, 25-18 nonleague victory over Armijo, Thursday. Talia Glenn added six kills, three solo blocks and four digs for the Falcons (1-4), while Javona Hill had five kills, 18 assists and six digs […]

September 13, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Lessons we’ve learned since 9/11

This week, Americans observed the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. We noted it in speeches, moments of silence, news stories and on social media. With the observation comes the refrain to “never forget” and “learn the lessons” of 9/11. Some claim we haven’t learned those lessons. I disagree, with one notable […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Random act of kindness worthy of note

SAN DIEGO — With so much bad news in the world, it was refreshing to learn recently about someone’s good deed. The gesture was simple and yet profound. It didn’t cost much and yet it had immeasurable value. It was bestowed upon a single family with a special-needs child, and yet – because the story […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Late goal lifts Indians to boys water polo win over Falcons

FAIRFIELD— Jose Gaglianone scored tipped in a pass from Chris Parodi with 34 seconds left as the Armijo High boys water polo team escaped with a thrilling 10-9 victory at Fairfield, Thursday. With one minute left in the game, the Indians had the lead 9-8, but the Falcons scored to tie it up. Conrad Miholich […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Prep football capsules: Week 1

Fairfield (0-0) vs. Del Campo (0-1) When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: Del Campo High, Fair Oaks Last year’s records: Fairfield 1-8, Del Campo 9-3 Series: First meeting Last week: Fairfield had a bye; Del Campo lost to Antelope, 14-7 Of note: The Falcons, who play their first game under new coach David Fishleigh, are looking […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Finding the right path forward in Syria

President Barack Obama has asked Congress to authorize U.S. military strikes in Syria, where the government has evidently used chemical weapons in its ongoing civil war with rebels. Obama says international norms against chemical weapons use must be enforced, but polls show a large majority of Americans don’t want the United States to take military […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,