Wednesday, October 22, 2014

California man goes missing during road trip

WOODLAND — Authorities are searching for a 37-year-old man who disappeared while driving from Southern California to Seattle. Sheriff’s officials say Rico Omarr Harris’ black Nissan sedan was found Oct. 13 by a deputy at a park in Yolo County, California. His mother tells investigators the 37-year-old left her house in Alhambra around 1 a.m. […]

2nd guilty plea in California tainted beef case

SAN FRANCISCO — A second defendant has pleaded guilty in a case alleging that a Northern California slaughterhouse at the center of a massive recall processed and distributed tainted beef. Eugene Corda, an employee of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., entered the plea to one count of aiding and abetting in the distribution of adulterated, misbranded […]

Golden Gate Bridge officials float sidewalk toll

SAN FRANCISCO — Golden Gate Bridge officials are again floating the idea of charging bicyclists and pedestrians to use the famed span’s sidewalks. The bridge district released a plan on Monday keep the agency solvent that includes the sidewalk toll. District spokeswoman Priya Clemens tells the Marin Independent Journal the proposal is just in the […]

5 Jonestown victims buried in California

OAKLAND — Five victims of the 1978 mass suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, were laid to rest after their cremated remains were recently discovered inside an abandoned Delaware funeral home. The remains were buried in Oakland, California, on Monday in a grave where more than 400 other unclaimed or unidentified Jonestown victims are interred, the Oakland […]

Breaking news ‘facts’ worthy of note

Is the long darkness of bad economic news almost over? It may be. After a wrenching recession, America is showing signs of life. But you’ll never hear that from our Republican friends. And you’ll never hear that from Fox News, the mouthpiece of the Republican Party. Ignoring the breaking good news, I am struck that […]

Is it truly affordable health care?

The Affordable Care Act has been law for almost four years and is still opposed by two-thirds of the population. Yet, The New York Times reported, “The federal government budgeted millions this year on advertising to promote the ACA.“ Private insurers will, also. Citizens are becoming aware of the consequences of the 2,700 pages of […]

Time to vote: Do so wisely

This election we shall exercise our right to vote, a right which in many countries would be considered a special privilege. This is a right which should be exercised with education and care. Why education? Because as of late, the election cycle has become less of an effort to elect the most qualified person and […]

Why I’m voting for Proposition 1

I’m voting for Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond (aka, “The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014”). I’m here to tell you why. First, I sort of feel an obligation to say something, because you, the people of Fairfield, paid me all those years as your “go-to” guy on water policy […]

Dodd best choice for 4th District Assembly

There’s a clear choice for residents of northern and western Solano County’s primarily rural areas when it comes to who will represent them in the 4th Assembly District. That choice is Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd. Whoever wins will represent only a small portion of Solano County’s residents – we accounted for just 5.8 percent […]

Sound off for Oct. 19, 2014

Fairfield prior to Tuesday had remained homicide-free for nearly six months. Here are some comments from our website on the city’s fifth homicide of the year: — How much you wanna bet the majority of those charged will be found not guilty? — Tolerance and diversity bring crime and poverty. — Cutting the police force […]

What’s in a word? A great deal

Attorney General Kamala Harris has weighed in on a debate among politicians and law enforcement officials with her own proposal about measuring “recidivism” – re-offending by those who’ve already been through the criminal justice system. Her definition conflicts with one developed by the Board of State and Community Corrections, but she says she hopes for […]

O’Reilly doesn’t get truth about his hometown

Levittown, the Long Island community where Bill O’Reilly grew up, holds a unique place in history for two reasons: It was the original subdivision, a mass-produced town of neatly uniform, affordable Cape Cod homes that would serve as a model for postwar suburbs for decades to come. And it was available only to whites. The […]

October 18, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 7 Replies

Adult school offers second chance

I am a 27-year-old African-American from the Bay Area. I dropped out of school in the 10th grade. After dropping out of school, I started working temporary jobs hoping to get hired permanently. It wasn’t until later in life that I realized, I should have stayed in school. I really started to notice my friends who […]

Pulse poll question

Last week’s results: Will you vote in this year’s election? Sampling was too small to display.

Suisun mayor offers his endorsements

Thanks for the recent front page articles, photos and objective write-ups on Suisun City and Fairfield candidates. With no recorded debates to be replayed on television and no funds for some candidates for campaign fliers, or big signs for others, it’s a great service for the DR to run full pages of colored photos and […]