Thursday, August 28, 2014

Q&A: Few laws govern children at shooting range

A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca’s death at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, has raised questions about allowing young children access to such weapons at firing ranges. SHOULD YOUNG CHILDREN HANDLE FIREARMS LIKE UZIS? Gun […]

Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

LAS VEGAS — The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism. With gun laws keeping high-powered weapons out of reach for most people — especially those outside the U.S. […]

Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration

WASHINGTON — With a self-imposed deadline looming, President Barack Obama said Thursday he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his past vows to act by end of summer. Obama raised the slim hope that Congress could take action on a broad immigration overhaul after the […]

Fairfield police log: Aug. 27, 2014

1:47 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1300 block of SECOND STREET 2:50 a.m. — Prowler, 1600 block of PARK LANE 5:33 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 300 block of PITTMAN ROAD 5:44 a.m. — Hit-and-run, 3800 block of CLAY BANK ROAD 6:34 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1800 block of FILLMORE STREET 6:36 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 200 block of EAST ALASKA AVENUE 8:13 a.m. — Vehicle […]

Suisun approves easement for PG&E pipeline safety project

SUISUN CITY — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. got the nod Tuesday from the Suisun City Council to put in an above-ground automated valve facility by the city’s bikeway across Highway 12 northwest of the Marina Shopping Center. The council approved selling the easements on land owned by the Suisun City Housing Authority and needed to build […]

Council delays review of pilot program for backyard chickens

VACAVILLE — Review of a city staff recommendation for a $15,000 pilot program to keep chickens in backyards was continued Tuesday because Councilwoman Dilenna Harris, who in July sought a discussion about Vacaville’s regulations on keeping chickens, was absent due to a family emergency. The matter is set to return to the council’s Sept. 23 […]

Vacaville OK’s 20-percent reduction in water use

VACAVILLE — Mandatory 20-percent reductions in water use and landscaping irrigation restricted to four days week – with residents deciding which days – won approval Tuesday by the Vacaville City Council. No fines or penalties will be assessed for four months to allow the city’s water conservation measures, including cutting city park watering by up to 50 […]

Museum guild schedules trip to historic San Francisco home

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Museum Guild plans a jaunt to The Haas-Lillenthal House on Sept. 11. The 1886 building survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and is identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of 34 national treasures in America. The private docent-led tour will cover all floors of the mansion. There is […]

Prosecutor: Suspect in Fairfield shooting to face federal charges

FAIRFIELD — The last time Markell Davis encountered U.S. Marshals was in June in a Walmart parking lot, where they shot him before arresting him because he was a fugitive. Davis was in court briefly Monday to learn that he will meet U.S. Marshals again soon because state officials are suspending their prosecution of the ex-con since federal […]

Closing the opportunity gap with school choice

The events that have recently overtaken Ferguson, Missouri, have exposed much more than just the vestiges of racial distrust and strained law enforcement-citizen relationships. They remind us how the poverty of opportunity in too many American communities – particularly those that are poor and minority – is a powerful contributor to the persistent racial divide that plagues […]

California water policy on tap

Why are Californians surprised when after three years of drought we don’t have the water we need? Why do we think it’s strange that our current reservoirs can’t meet that need? For years, more demands have been placed on these public structures, which are not up to the task. Yet, we don’t seem to listen […]

Be sure to water your trees

I hope that’s not too controversial. So, let’s talk about water and the lack of it. People are letting their lawns die. This may show their concern for saving water, or it could reflect the lingering effects of the economic recession. Either way, the problem comes when we look at the trees there. Almost all […]