Thursday, October 2, 2014

Head-on crash sends 2 to trauma centers

FAIRFIELD — A head-on crash Wednesday afternoon sent the two drivers to local trauma centers and closed a portion of Vanden Road for about four hours.

Both victims were adults, one male, one female, said Lt. Randy Fenn of the Fairfield Police Department.

The male driver was extricated and listed in critical condition Wednesday night. The female driver was listed in serious condition, according to Fairfield police.

The accident happened at about 4:15 p.m. on Vanden Road, about a half-mile north of Canon Road. Vanden Road . . .

Polls put Garamendi, Logue at different political knolls

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi leads his Republican opponent Dan Logue by 12 points in the Nov. 4 election for the 3rd Congressional District. Or state Assemblyman Dan Logue trails Garamendi by only six points. Take your pick of polls, voters. Both results were available Wednesday when the Garamendi campaign released a survey of likely […]

Money from many for Fairfield City Council candidates

FAIRFIELD — The chamber of commerce contributes. So do companies, along with unions. For some candidates, financial support is partly a family affair. Contributions to Fairfield City Council candidates include $1,500 from the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee to Chuck Timm, $5,000 from B&L Properties in Fairfield to John Mraz and $1,000 contributions each […]

Hearing delayed as councilman’s convicted killer gets new lawyer

FAIRFIELD — Yet another delay popped up abruptly Wednesday for an oft-delayed hearing about possible juror misconduct during the 2010 murder trial for the ex-con who shot and killed Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia. The deputy public defender who has served as Henry D. Williams’ defense lawyer for the past year, without explanation, declared his office […]

Vacaville man earns Carnegie heroism medal

VACAVILLE — A Vacaville paramedic who helped save a Vallejo man from the burning wreckage of a tractor-trailer cab in January 2013 was among 21 people with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. Trucker William D. Ballard, 43, of Roseville, was trapped in the cab of his burning tractor-trailer in Vallejo on […]

Middle school students put school candidates on the hot seat

VACAVILLE — Tuesday night marked the third time the many Vacaville School District governing board candidates met in a question-and-answer forum. This one had a twist, however. In charge were five Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy middle school students who kept the candidates, minus Deloris Roach, who could not attend, on the hot seat for the […]

Suisun City candidates get lively in 2nd council forum

SUISUN CITY — A more combative Suisun City Council incumbent Mike Hudson told voters he had brought Suisun City through the dark economic times and had the long-term vision to keep Suisun City on course toward a better economic future.

He mainly took aim at opponent Amit Pal, rebutting Pal’s comment that he already has a track record of actively bringing new businesses such as nDataStor Inc. and Del Taco to Suisun City, along with Pal’s vow to continue to do that if elected.

Ex-wife of Garcia killer in jail awaiting hearing

FAIRFIELD — The ex-wife of the ex-con who shot and killed Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia is sitting in the same jail as her former husband, Henry D. Williams. They are both awaiting Wednesday morning court appearances after she was picked up by authorities earlier in the week on a $100,000 arrest warrant. The ex-wife, Jerilyn […]

Pact with union wins Vacaville council OK

VACAVILLE — An agreement with Operating Engineers Local 39, the union that represents about 90 members in the Public Works and Utilities departments, won unanimous Vacaville City Council approval Tuesday. “It took both sides to get to the table,” Councilman Ron Rowlett said. “I thank both sides.” The union approved the contract last week after […]

California’s water agencies look to budget water

LOS ANGELES — As California’s severe drought continues, state and local agencies are looking at budgeting water use by creating a daily water allocation for each household. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that under such a scheme, a household would be allotted a certain number of gallons for indoor water use and another for outdoor […]

California’s crop harvest much smaller than usual

SACRAMENTO — With harvest time across California, many of the state’s once-robust crops – from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds – are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state’s historic drought. The water shortage has also led to shrinking orange and pistachio crops as well, the Sacramento Bee […]

Emotional toll taxes military drone operators too

SAN DIEGO — President Barack Obama has assured Americans he opposes sending U.S. ground troops to crush Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria – well aware the country is not ready to return to the battlefield with its war wounded still recovering from a decade of conflict. But airmen have been sent back into combat in […]

Country High program teaches girls soft, life skills

VACAVILLE — Apalonia Carges is a newly minted high school graduate and about to head out and find her first job. She sat Wednesday in a classroom at Vacaville’s Country High School – her last “class” of her high school career wasn’t even mandatory, yet she was there; like she had been for the better part […]

Incumbent Spering stresses experience

FAIRFIELD — Incumbent Supervisor Jim Spering wants another encore in his long Solano County political career. He’s been in the local political spotlight for 28 years, 20 years as Suisun City mayor and the past eight years as a Solano County supervisor. He is running against Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani in the Nov. 4 election […]

Solano ceremony honors ‘forgotten war’ veterans

VALLEJO — Veterans of the “forgotten war” were remembered, honored and thanked Sunday in an event sponsored by the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco and Rep. Mike Thompson.

Korean War veterans didn’t come back in the 1950s to parades as they did after World War II, but returned instead to a war-weary country, said Thompson, D-St. Helena, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War who represents the 5th Congressional District.

“The country forgot the war,” he said, “and sadly, the warrior.”

US struggles to blunt Syria rebel anger at strikes

BEIRUT — The U.S. is struggling to counter anger among the Syrian opposition, where many believe that the air campaign against extremists in the country is only helping President Bashar Assad and that Washington is coordinating with Damascus, despite American insistence it backs the rebel cause. Since the U.S.-led campaign of air raids and missile strikes […]

Bertani emphasizes community connection

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani wants to take her next step in the local political world. She wants to unseat incumbent Supervisor Jim Spering in the Nov. 4 election for the 3rd District seat that covers much of Fairfield and Suisun City. It’s the newcomer versus the veteran, at least in relative terms. Bertani […]

Clown teams with cancer project to raise awareness

FAIRFIELD — Michael Langberg isn’t afraid to wear pink, act goofy or be in a rodeo ring.

He’s also not afraid of hard work in pushing a cause he believes in and is close to his heart – cancer awareness.

As “Relay,” the Cancer Awareness Clown, Langberg does all of these, often at one time. Sponsored, in part, by Wrangler Jeans Tough Enough to Wear Pink, he wears the pink clothing line and clowns around in various rodeo rings, from Wyoming to Texas, all in the name of bringing cancer awareness to as many people as he can.

Thunderstorm brings rain, but drought continues

FAIRFIELD — A thunderstorm rumbled Friday afternoon through Suisun Valley and central Fairfield, bringing lightning, hail and plenty of rain. But a drought-buster? It’s just a drop in a big, fairly empty bucket after three relatively dry rain years. Solano County Water Agency General Manager David Okita said Friday afternoon that this late-September rain might […]

Pentagon wants tighter soldier loan protections

WASHINGTON — Aiming to restrict lenders who prey on members of the military, the Obama administration on Friday moved to close legal loopholes that have placed hundreds of thousands of service members at risk of excessive payday and other short-term loan fees. The Defense Department proposed new rules to toughen a 2006 law that limits […]

Huge California fire mostly spares infrastructure

SACRAMENTO — Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday. The blaze has burned more than 150 square miles of a heavily forested region of the Sierra Nevada that […]

Police: Woman beheaded at Oklahoma workplace

OKLAHOMA CITY — A man fired from an Oklahoma food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official, police said Friday. Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said police are waiting until Alton Nolen, 30, is conscious to arrest him in […]

Wolk ready to look beyond Delta tunnels

RIO VISTA — State Sen. Lois Wolk on Thursday said it’s probably time to start looking at alternatives to the proposed twin tunnels to solve the challenges that face the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Brown administration favors building the tunnels as a way to improve the existing Delta water pumping regimen that can run afoul of […]

Mission Solano graduates 6 to better lives

FAIRFIELD — For Douglas Harteman and Daniel Contreras, Thursday was the latest step to a better life.

They were two of six people who were honored for making the decision to change their lives through Mission Solano’s Rays of Hope program. Desarie Keefer, Anabel Miramontes, John Moreno and John Sly joined Harteman and Contreras to get diplomas.

Harteman came to Fairfield from Orange County as part of his effort to find a job, “but it wasn’t working out because I was in construction.” An injury and the loss of his truck . . .