Internet cafe measure goes before state Senate

FAIRFIELD — A bill authored by lawmakers that include Assemblyman Jim Frazier, to prohibit gambling at Internet cafes, goes before the California state Senate on Friday. Frazier worked with Fairfield city staff on the legislation. Fairfield’s interim urgency ordinance prohibiting computer gaming in the city expires Sept. 3 unless extended for another year. If Frazier’s measure is not […]

Ducks on the pond, sturgeon in the water

FAIRFIELD — The figure-eight filled with 7 acre-feet of water has a history reaching back decades – and, said Suisun City resident Jerry Gallon, several sturgeon swimming in its waters.

Gallon, 48, a chef, spoke Wednesday about taking a 4-foot sturgeon recently out of the pond at the Fairfield Civic Center.

“It looks scary,” he said of the fish.

And tastes great, Gallon said.

Fairfield candidates hear about lean, nimble city staff

FAIRFIELD — City officials described the municipality as a lean, nimble and resourceful organization during an orientation Wednesday for candidates running for Fairfield City Council. “We want to make ourselves available to you,” said City Manager David White. “We want you to be the best candidates possible.” White, along with Police Chief Walt Tibbet, Fire […]

Travel costs for Parkway Gardens manager total $25,550

FAIRFIELD — The court-appointed manager for Parkway Gardens has billed $25,550 for trips to the condominium development over the past 17 months – an expense Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani says should be controlled. “We can do better than that,” Bertani said. Her comments came after a discussion Tuesday by the City Council about the […]

Fairfield mayor to appear at GOP dinner

FAIRFIELD — The Solano GOP will welcome Fairfield Mayor Harry Price to a dinner of El Pollo Loco fare on Friday. The dinner will consist of roasted chicken, flour tortillas, salad, corn on the cob, rice and beans, chips and salsa. Dinner begins at  7 p.m. with cocktails at 6 p.m. at Solano Republican Headquarters, 625 Jackson St. There […]

Railroad crossing stalemate continues

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield continues to look for a way to break the logjam that has left Cordelia Road closed at a railroad crossing for more than a year. The unresolved question remains who should pay for safety improvements to the railroad spur crossing near Hale Ranch Road. City officials have said the cost is $230,000 to […]

Faith in Action puts out call for volunteers

FAIRFIELD — Faith in Action has put out a call for people who wish to be trained to help homebound seniors across the county. The not-for-profit organization, which is based in Vacaville, will host a volunteer orientation training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1600 Union Ave. Once trained, volunteers will […]

Geiger sworn in as Fairfield planning commissioner

FAIRFIELD — Thomas Geiger, assistant county counsel for Contra Costa County, was sworn in Tuesday as a Fairfield planning commissioner. “He will bring a fresh perspective and a lot of new ideas and know-how,” Councilwoman Pam Bertani said at the City Council meeting. Geiger spoke of the many major projects on the horizon for Fairfield. […]

Limited number of tickets remain for Prime Rib in the Park

FAIRFIELD — A limited number of tickets are available for this weekend’s Prime Rib in the Park in downtown Fairfield. This is the 10th year for the Fairfield Host Lions Club’s signature event. It benefits the city’s Fun on the Run mobile after-school recreation and nutrition program. The night includes appetizers, barrel wine, a prime […]

Yippie job training program seeks applicants

FAIRFIELD — Teens and young adults who seek real-world work experience are encouraged to apply for the Yippie Foundation’s youth job training program academy. The program consists of 11 months of job readiness education, a six-month paid internship at the Yippie Yogurt shop in Fairfield, mentoring and two months of job placement support, according to […]

Council OKs pact for backup water supply to Travis

FAIRFIELD — An agreement for an emergency water connection – estimated to cost about $1 million and paid for by the federal government – to provide a backup supply to Travis Air Force Base won unanimous approval Tuesday by Fairfield City Council members. The city needs to take care of the base, Councilwoman Catherine Moy said, because the […]

Group announces driver’s license law presentation

FAIRFIELD — Voces Unidas Solano is hosting a presentation on the new driver’s license law as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1600 Union Ave. Representatives from the Sacramento Department of Motor Vehicles and the Consulate of San Francisco will be on hand […]

Fairfield eyes 4X2 buy for Public Works

FAIRFIELD — Public Works will buy a 4X2 SUV costing $24,768 to inspect job sites if the City Council agrees to replace the 2003 Crown Victoria now used. The city sought bids and three vendors responded with Ford Lincoln Fairfield providing the low bid. Kevin Berryhill, assistant public works director, said the 4×2 costs less […]

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Geiger nominated for Fairfield planning post

FAIRFIELD — A recommendation that Thomas Geiger be appointed to the city Planning Commission for a term that ends in 2018 goes before Fairfield City Council members when they meet Tuesday. Councilwomen Pam Bertani and Catherine Moy interviewed eight applicants for the post. The vacancy was created when commissioner Don McDonald’s term expired in June. McDonald, Alvina […]

City reaches milestone for train station project

FAIRFIELD — One of the biggest planned public works projects in recent Fairfield history – constructing the Peabody Road overcrossing and adjacent train station stop – is out to bid.

Fairfield will conduct a mandatory meeting Thursday for prospective bidders. It is to open bids at 2 p.m. Sept. 30. City Engineer Kevin Berryhill …

The time is ripe for the 23rd annual Tomato Festival

FAIRFIELD — Two plump juicy tomatoes and 30 seconds was all it took for Vacaville teen Jessie Campbell to earn $25. The 14-year-old Vacaville High student bested a handful of other youth in the tomato eating contest at the 23rd annual Tomato Festival on Saturday. Her mother, Janette Campbell, videotaped the contest. Jessie had hoped […]

Paths to Healing Conference scheduled

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Recovery Project and Unity Hall plan a Paths to Healing Conference, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 23. The event opens with the film “The Anonymous People,” which highlights addiction recovery. A variety of stars, including actress Kristen Johnson and Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006, share their stories in the documentary. The […]

Summerfest brings the Far East to Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Patsy Merritz carefully placed one small flower after another inside a small plastic water bottle that would serve as a vase. The Vallejo resident was happy with her creation done at Japan Summerfest 2014 on Saturday. Her next stop was making origami. “My son was stationed in Japan,” she said. “I got to […]

A festival fit for a glorious fruit

It’s all about the juicy red fruit in downtown Fairfield as the city celebrates the 23rd annual Tomato Festival. Tomatoes were once the top crop in the county. Today, that honor is held by walnuts. But that doesn’t stop people from paying homage to the item that graces everything from eggs to hamburgers. The fun […]

Church hosts back-to-school day for children

FAIRFIELD — Hundreds of children got a back-to-school boost Saturday as community groups set up shop at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for an annual backpack giveaway. St. Mark’s for the past seven years has hosted its Back-to-School Day with in excess of 1,200 families in need coming to get a free backpack. The backpack giveaway has taken place for 14 years, […]

Travis asks Fairfield for backup base water supply

FAIRFIELD — The agreement for an emergency water connection to provide a backup supply to Travis Air Force Base – spurred by uncertainty about the long-term reliability of groundwater resources and the federal government evaluation of privatizing the water system for the base – goes before Fairfield City Council members Tuesday. Travis Air Force Base […]

Acorn woodpeckers returned to Rockville Park

FAIRFIELD — Larry Herzig slowly opened the top of the plastic animal carrier.

Out flew one bird, toward the blue sky. A second quickly followed. The third wasn’t far behind and headed for the white oak tree. It’s the same oak tree whose limb broke off, sending the three acorn woodpeckers about 15 feet to the ground.

Herzig was riding his mountain bike in that area of Rockville Park when he heard hissing and chirping noises. A few feet away, he found the bird siblings. One had fallen out of the nest. The other two were inside the limb, where the nest was.

A few hours passed before the birds could be rescued. It was nearing midnight when. . .

Fed mandate spurs $300-a-month jump for Fairfield Housing Authority office rent

FAIRFIELD — A federal privacy protection requirement means the rent for the Fairfield Housing Authority office on Jefferson Street will cost $300 more a month, a city staff report says. Secure file areas the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires will mean expanding the city housing authority office into an adjacent 415-square-foot space […]

Tomato paradise Saturday in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The man whose farm supplies the Tomato Festival has been growing the fruit since 1982 and was introduced to agriculture by his brother, who ran cattle in Mendocino County.

“I loved the country life,” Steve Tenbrink recalled.

He grows tomatoes on his Suisun Valley farm that includes wine grapes, walnuts and four acres of fruit trees.

“It’s in my heart,” he said of agriculture. “I’ve always loved growing things.”

Tenbrink, 60, had in his truck this week tomatoes the size . . .

Fairfield commission approves projects with 207 lots

FAIRFIELD — The Enclave at Red Top, a 143-lot single-family residential subdivision on 22 acres, and Gold Hill 2, a 64-unit single-family subdivision on 8 acres southeast of Red Top Road, won Fairfield city planning commissioners’ approval Wednesday by a 6-1 vote. Commissioner Camille Jones, who cast the lone “no” vote, noted concerns expressed by […]

NorthBay modernization wins Fairfield panel OK

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Medical Center’s modernization plans, including a 60-foot-tall building addition at the center on B. Gale Wilson Boulevard, won unanimous approval Wednesday by Fairfield city planning commissioners. “It’s time to retire the older parts of the hospital,” NorthBay representative Steve Huddleston told commissioners. “And we want to stay downtown.” Commissioner Camille Jones praised NorthBay […]

NorthBay gets new MRI building – quickly

FAIRFIELD — A crane swung a 13,000-pound component to a Toshiba Vantage Titan magnetic resonance imaging machine through the air and aimed for the opening in the roof of a new building. This silver, checker-shaped, 7-foot-tall piece of equipment had two small arrows on its plastic wrapping indicating which side is the top. After all, a […]

Fairfield planners eye subdivisions with 207 units, new fire station

FAIRFIELD — The Enclave at Red Top, a 143-lot single-family residential subdivision on 22 acres, and Gold Hill 2, a 64-unit single-family subdivision on 8 acres southeast of Red Top Road, go before Fairfield city planning commissioners when they meet Wednesday. Commissioners will also consider a new $3.8 million fire station the subdivisions developer will […]

NorthBay modernization goes before planning commissioners

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Medical Center’s modernization plans, including a 60-foot-tall building addition, go before Fairfield city planning commissioners Wednesday with a Community Development Department recommendation that they approve a use permit for the project. The three-story building addition will match the height of the existing 1992 addition at the site, a city staff report notes. A […]

Land trust sets next Rockville Trails hike

FAIRFIELD — A hike of 4 miles to 5 miles will take place Aug. 23 along the hills of Rockville Trails Preserve. The event hosted by the Solano Land Trust will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rockville Trails Preserves in the hills above Suisun Valley and Green Valley is open only to docent-led hikes. Participants should […]