Japan Summerfest returns this month

FAIRFIELD — A fundraiser to benefit Fairfield’s sister-city exchange program returns this month for its second year. Japan Summerfest will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky St. The event will include performances and activities for all ages, as well as food from Texas Roadhouse, according to a press release about the event. […]

Solano Tea Party Patriots schedule meet

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Tea Party Patriots will meet Monday. The guest speaker will be Kevin McGary, who is an author, public speaker, facilitator/teacher and ministry leader. He has worked the past 27 years in information technology and has written two books. His focus has been to challenge politicos and clergy to live with the highest levels […]

Price will seek re-election as Fairfield mayor

FAIRFIELD — Mayor Harry Price filed Wednesday for re-election and said the Mayor’s Commission on Crime he proposed and the City Council approved is a top priority for him. “They’re 10 committed, very talented citizens,” he said of the panel. Price praised police and fire services in the city and said residents have become much more […]

Mall to host Ultimate Army Throw Down

FAIRFIELD — Pull-ups, push-ups and prizes await those willing to take part in the Ultimate Army Throw Down from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Solano Town Center mall, 1350 Travis Blvd. In addition to a boot camp-worthy competition, participants will enjoy free demonstrations from Army soldiers and the opportunity to enter a raffle for prizes. There […]

Highway 12 crash sends 2 to hospital

FAIRFIELD — A morning crash Wednesday at Highway 12 and Beck Avenue tied up traffic and sent two people to NorthBay Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. A white Chevrolet sedan was traveling northbound at about 9:08 a.m. on Beck Avenue and a burgundy Toyota Camry eastbound on Highway 12, Sgt. Sam Rowland said. One […]

Big-rig crash shuts down freeway onramp

FAIRFIELD — A big-rig crash Tuesday on the Beck Avenue onramp onto eastbound Interstate 80 led to traffic delays and to the closure of the onramp and the intersection of West Texas Street and Beck Avenue. The 18-wheeler truck-trailer combination spun out shortly after 10 a.m. and hit the retaining wall and a neighboring Public […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fairfield tries to end Cordelia Road detour

FAIRFIELD — A yearlong shutdown of Cordelia Road between Chadbourne Road and Hale Ranch Road for road renovations remains tantalizingly close to ending – as it has for months.

“We probably have less than a week’s worth of work there and we’re done,” Fairfield Construction Manager Tom Martian said.

But that situation has existed since fall 2013. The last bit of road repaving needs to be done on both sides of a railroad track spur that crosses Cordelia Road. Martian said finishing touches have been delayed by a disagreement with the railroad companies, which want …

CHP: Fairfield man who fled traffic stop arrested after crash

NAPA — California Highway Patrol officers arrested an 18-year-old Fairfield man who crashed his vehicle after fleeing a traffic stop in Napa. A pair of CHP officers were monitoring traffic on Highway 12 east of Mountain Avenue just before 3 a.m. Sunday when they attempted to stop a 2002 Dodge Intrepid for a speed violation, according to […]

30 years ago, Art Koch died keeping the city safe

FAIRFIELD — The Games of the XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles were getting underway. Actor James Mason had a heart attack and died at 75. And Fairfield lost a part of its innocence with the death of Art Koch, the first – and only – Fairfield police officer to die in the line of duty.

It was July 28, 1984.

“In some respects, it seems like it was yesterday,” said Chuck Timm, Koch’s partner.

Other times, Timm said he realizes three decades have passed.

A decade ago, Timm said he couldn’t talk about Koch without shedding a tear. Now he can smile and recall playing softball with Koch, and the phrase they used, “time to roll,” when a call came in.

‘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 […]

Military service a family tradition

FAIRFIELD — All branches of the military were represented Saturday at Doug Daut’s Cordelia Villages home where family gathered to send off the their youngest recruit. Reid Daut, 19, is set to continue a family tradition of military service after joining the U.S. Army. Facing basic training, the Rodriguez High graduate joins a lineage of service members that have collectively served […]

Fairfield residents: Coyotes preying on pets

FAIRFIELD — The drought is driving coyotes to seek water, city residents say, and the animals are getting closer to homes where they prey on pets. Sheryl McNamare, a resident of the Woodcreek subdivision across from Rancho Solano, wants the city to post warnings about the danger and said a coyote killed her cats Callie […]

Cows graze unusual Rockville park location

FAIRFIELD — Cows are in Rockville Hills Park at a time of year they usually are not – in a location they are usually not allowed to graze.

That is raising questions from some park users. They wonder why cows are wandering around the ponds on the park’s plateau. The city’s 2002 Rockville Hills plan called for keeping cattle away from the ponds to help the aquatic and wetlands habitat thrive.

“Why would you add this fencing to exclude cattle and suddenly have cattle inside?” park user Les Barclay said Thursday as he stood near the pond called Upper Lake.

Retirement costs boost Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District expenses

FAIRFIELD — Expenses increased $550,125 beyond a projected budget section for the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District because of payments to the California Employers’ Retiree Benefit Trust for 61 employees, district General Manager Gregory Baatrup said. A total of $1.6 million was budgeted while actual expenses are $2.1 million, Baatrup said in a report directors take up Monday. […]

Suisun Valley’s grandest villa set for September auction

FAIRFIELD — Randy Franklin knows the story of Villa de Madre better than anyone. He’s the nephew of the owner, saw it built and may see it sold.

For millions of dollars. In September.

Franklin is the nephew of Willis Johnson, founder of auto auction company Copart and owner of Villa de Madre, the 22,882-square-foot house on Suisun Valley Road just north of Rockville Road. It’s in an 80-acre vineyard and is available for $18 million – what Franklin calls the “buy it now” price.

The problem? Villa de Madre’s been on the market for more than four years, during which time few potential buyers have looked at the property. That led to a new approach: A Sept. 10 auction that could see the home change hands – and could . . .

Crashes snarl Friday traffic on Interstate 80

FAIRFIELD — It was a busy day for the California Highway Patrol Friday in Fairfield. In the morning, several lanes of eastbound Interstate 80 were blocked for a half-hour after a pair of crashes scattered debris across the freeway. The first crash was reported at 10:23 a.m. just west of Suisun Valley Road and involved […]

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 […]

The Leaven to open center in Parkway Gardens

FAIRFIELD — The Leaven, which works with children throughout Solano County to improve academic performance and keep them out of gangs, will host an Aug. 5 event at Parkway Gardens to announce opening its new center at the condominium development. Rep. John Garamendi and Fairfield Mayor Harry Price are among special guests scheduled to be at the […]

Bertani schedules town hall meet

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani is hosting a Town Hall meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the City Council chamber, 1000 Webster St. Discussion topics include homelessness and crime in Fairfield. Members of the Mayor’s Commission on Crime will attend. The commission met with residents Tuesday night at St. Stephen […]

Critic: Fairfield labor pact backers will be held accountable

FAIRFIELD — A critic of a project labor agreement passed unanimously by the Fairfield City Council says “those who voted for this backroom deal, especially any council member registered as a Republican, will be held accountable to the taxpayers.” “I’m not going to let this bone go,” said Eric Christen, executive director of the Coalition for […]

City buys PG&E property for train station project

FAIRFIELD — The city will pay Pacific Gas and Electric Co. $265,858 for two acres along Peabody Road sought by Fairfield as part of its Intermodal Station Project, according to a filing in Solano County Superior Court. The land at 3101 Peabody Road is for a road extension east of Vanderbilt Drive that would serve […]

Unauthorized, paid lessons to be barred at Fairfield golf courses

FAIRFIELD — A measure that prohibits paid, unauthorized lessons at Fairfield’s two golf courses – while not affecting informal volunteer instruction – won City Council approval Tuesday. Prohibiting teaching for pay by anyone but certified professional instructors is standard in the golf industry and needed to protect the Kemper Sports Golf Management Company from financial […]

Vice Mayor Vaccaro will attend LA conference

FAIRFIELD — Vice Mayor Rick Vaccaro will attend a Los Angeles conference of the League of California Cities, Fairfield City Council members decided Tuesday after Vacaville Councilman Curtis Hunt spoke about the importance of the event. Hunt, who is also a board member of the league, said the September conference will address issues that include panhandling […]

Fairfield labor pact wins City Council OK

FAIRFIELD — A project labor agreement – criticized as contrary to capitalist competition by limiting bidding and boosting costs to taxpayers, while praised as providing honest wages with benefits and jobs for local workers – won unanimous approval Tuesday by the Fairfield City Council for the Intermodal Station Project.

Eric Christen, executive director of the Coalition for Fair Employment, spoke first during the public hearing and opposed the pact for the train station project.

“It’s a political document, not a business tool,” he said.

But Ben Espinoza, president . . .

Moy wants tour of Fairfield property owned by group housing immigrant youths

FAIRFIELD — City Councilwoman Catherine Moy says she’s asked to tour the Fairfield property owned by a religious organization that helps house Central American youths who crossed the American border. “I want to know exactly what is going on,” Moy said. The councilwoman has also asked the Fairfield city staff to review use of the property […]

Polk first to file for Fairfield council

FAIRFIELD — Perry Polk, a former City Council member who is now a Fairfield-Suisun School District trustee, is the first to file for Fairfield City Council. Incumbent Councilwoman Catherine Moy and Ben Afisivalu, Joe Martinez, Chuck Timm and Scott Tonnesen have announced their candidacies for City Council. Randy Blakenchip, Scott Mulvey and Brian Thiemer took […]