Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Area LGBT Democratic Club cancels meet

FAIRFIELD — A meeting Wednesday of the Bayard Rustin LGBT Democratic Club in Vallejo has been canceled, the organization has announced. Solano County District Attorney-elect Krishna Abrams was scheduled to be among the speakers. Brendalynn Goodall, president of the East Bay Stonewall Democrats, was also scheduled to speak. No specific reason for the cancellation was given. No […]

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Nonprofit turms to Kickstarter to publish children’s nature book

FAIRFIELD — Tuleyome has launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish a children’s nature book based on the organization’s Tuleyome Tales, the nonprofit announced Monday. Tuleyome Tales are informative, educational, entertaining articles written predominantly by Tuleyome staff members and distributed to the local press as feature articles. Past articles have included coverage of native bees, local bird populations, […]

Library teens plan summer reading party

FAIRFIELD — Members of the Youth Advisory Board at the Fairfield-Cordelia Library are planning a summer luau this week to celebrate the summer reading program. The luau is geared toward teens. Activities include various games and crafts. Photo stand-in cutouts will be available to commemorate the summer reading program party in pictures. The luau includes a potluck. […]

Candidate workshop for Fairfield-Suisun School District wins praise

FAIRFIELD — A fine balance of communication with the public is required for school board members, a Fairfield-Suisun School District trustee said Monday at a candidates workshop. “We’re armed with a lot of facts,” John Silva said of school district trustees. “Most of what the public is armed with is pure hearsay.” “Maybe you can […]

Big-rig driver strikes telephone lines in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Traffic along East Travis Boulevard was diverted Monday afternoon between Coolidge and Eisenhower streets after a big-rig truck driver struck telephone lines near San Bruno Street. No one was injured. The commercial truck driver was able to drive off at about 5:40 p.m after the incident that was reported at 4:04 p.m., said […]

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Caltrans makes I-80 lane change

FAIRFIELD — Westbound Interstate 80 near the Interstates 80 and 680 interchange will be four lanes instead of five lanes for the next year. The state Department of Transportation made the change Sunday night between the Interstate 680 connector and Green Valley Road overcrossing. The configuration will allow crews to work behind concrete safety barriers […]

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Ducks Unlimited schedules Military Appreciation Dinner

VACAVILLE — The fourth annual Ducks Unlimited Military Appreciation Dinner will return in September. The Suisun Marsh Chapter of Ducks Unlimited invites military families to join them for a catered meal by Dickey’s BBQ Pit. The event includes a raffle with more than 20 guns, a live auction, silent auction and more. Doors will open at 5 p.m. […]

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull in the fighting illustrated the difficulties in […]

Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month. The U.S. State Department, meanwhile, released satellite images that it says back up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia […]

Families camp out in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Families who wanted the camping experience without the hassle pitched their tents at Peña Adobe Park, Saturday. The Vacaville Community Services Department hosted a Community Campout with dozens of activities to keep the campers busy while the temperature soared over 100 degrees. “It’s been a lot of fun so far, even with the […]

‘Rosie’ the Shelby Mustang arrives at Jelly Belly

FAIRFIELD — The Shelby Mustang that was parked at Jelly Belly on Saturday had already covered a lot of ground. The high-powered car named Rosie traversed the country for the fifth annual High Five Tour that raises funds for Wounded Warriors. Members of the Golden Hills Mustang Club got to drive the enhanced Ford Mustang GT500 to various locations […]

Woman dead, child injured in Vallejo; police catch suspect

FAIRFIELD — A state parolee was caught Saturday in Vallejo hours after he allegedly attacked a woman and her young son, killing the woman and seriously injuring the boy. Police received a call at 1:52 a.m. reporting an assault on the 2000 block of Marin Street in Vallejo, according to a press release. Officers arrived there […]

Wildfire forces evacuation of rural NorCal homes

PLYMOUTH — A fast-moving wildfire in Northern California has prompted the evacuation of homes along a rural road east of Sacramento. CalFire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said the fire broke out Friday afternoon in a riverbed along the Amador and El Dorado county line, north of the town of Plymouth. She said the fire crossed the […]

Ex-Bell councilwoman gets 2 years for corruption

LOS ANGELES — A former Bell city councilwoman has been given two years in state prison and ordered to pay $242,000 in restitution for misappropriating public funds. Teresa Jacobo is the fourth person sentenced in a corruption scandal that left the blue-collar Los Angeles suburb teetering on the edge of financial ruin. Prosecutors say former […]

Database details California school employee pay

LOS ANGELES — California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide. The information appears in a new database released online that allows users to search and download detailed employee […]

California state senator facing additional charge

SAN FRANCISCO — A California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown was also charged Friday with racketeering. A federal grand jury filed the additional charge against Sen. Leland Yee, accusing him of taking bribes in exchange for votes in favor of several legislative bills, […]

Designer: Bay Bridge bolts don’t need replacing

SAN FRANCISCO — The chief designer of the new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge says more than 2,000 bolts and rods on the span that have been called into question are safe and can remain in place, a newspaper reported. The bolts and rods came under scrutiny after 32 other […]

SF professor charged with taping students in bathroom

SAN FRANCISCO — An accounting professor has been charged with secretly taping students in his San Francisco apartment’s bathroom. Prosecutors say Mark Landis, who taught at San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco, frequently hosted students at his home. In November, a male student found a camera hidden in a tissue box on […]

California man gets 4 years in counterfeit case

SAN JOSE — A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a copyright infringement scheme that involved selling counterfeit CDs and DVDs in Northern California. Federal prosecutors say Otto Godinez-Sales was sentenced Wednesday for conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. According to court documents, Godinez-Sales maintained warehouses near […]

California wine collector set for sentencing on fraud charges

NEW YORK — The sentencing for a California wine collector convicted of selling fake wine was postponed on Thursday after his lawyers claimed that the government inflated the size of the fraud. Prosecutors allege that Rudy Kurniawan sold at least $20 million in fake wine – a calculation meant to justify a longer sentence. The […]

San Joaquin authorities seek man who refused tuberculosis treatment

STOCKTON — Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk. Eduardo Rosas Cruz, a 25-year-old transient, went to the San Joaquin General Hospital’s emergency room in March, complaining of a severe cough. […]

Assembly candidate Henthorn to appear at GOP dinner

FAIRFIELD — Alex Henthorn, running for the 11th Assembly District seat now held by Democrat Jim Frazier, will be welcomed when the Solano GOP has a Texas Roadhouse barbecue dinner Friday. Randy Blankenship, owner of the Texas Roadhouse, will host the dinner at the Republican Party headquarters at 625 Jackson St. in Fairfield. Barbecue chicken and […]

Satellites show major groundwater loss from Colorado River

SAN FRANCISCO — Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites. Researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine say their study is the first […]

Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

LOS ANGELES — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers. “I don’t care if it’s legal,” Obama declared. “It’s wrong.” Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing to severely limit such […]

Toxic algae closes Oakland’s Lake Temescal

OAKLAND — Officials have closed one of Oakland’s most popular swimming holes indefinitely because of a rare toxic algae bloom that poses health risks to people and dogs. The Oakland Tribune reported Thursday that the East Bay Regional Park District closed public access to Lake Temescal last week after tests discovered toxic blue-green algae blooms […]

Police chase shuts down EB I-80 in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — An afternoon chase on Interstate 80 that began Thursday with a suspected break-in in Suisun City came to an end in Vacaville. The resultant police activity shut down all eastbound lanes of the freeway for nearly an hour. Police in Suisun City were called shortly before 1:35 p.m. to the 400 block of Marina […]

Poll finds Californians back smaller water bond

SACRAMENTO — A slim majority of likely California voters support an $11.1 billion water bond slated for the November ballot, but public support would grow if the bond comes with a smaller price-tag, according to survey results released late Wednesday. The Public Policy Institute of California poll comes as lawmakers are negotiating changes to a […]

Sesame Street USO tour visits Travis

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Approximately 1,600 members of the Travis Air Force Base community watched “Sesame Street’s” Elmo and friends perform Tuesday and Wednesday at the Travis Air Force Base Fitness Center. “This really brightened my child’s day,” said Jeff Cornett, crew chief with the base’s 660th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. “She loves Elmo, so […]