Friday, March 28, 2003

County seeks year-round use for fairgrounds Daily Republic
The Solano County Fair Association contacted 200 multi-use developers to gauge the interest. Developers who want to be considered must reply by April 18.

fairgrounds: aerial photo

Chase ends in Richmond arrest Contra Costa Times
Vallejo police and the California Highway Patrol arrested a motorist Thursday after he allegedly brawled with an officer during a traffic stop, then led police on a looping freeway chase after receiving a face full of pepper spray.

Thursday, March 27, 2003

Theme parks tighten security San Jose Mercury News
Amusement parks throughout California are increasing security personnel, installing more surveillance systems and doing closer searches of visitors' bags in response to the war in Iraq and concerns about potential terror attacks.

Elephant is stillborn at Six Flags Contra Costa Times
The loss occurred less than six months after Tika, a 24-year-old African elephant, had had a calf die in her womb. Tika was euthanized in November from untreatable internal infections. That calf would have been the seventh in the world born after being conceived through artificial insemination.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Thank God it's Thursday? National Post, Canada
The civic administration of Vallejo, Calif., switched to a workweek of four 10-hour days in 2001, with the hope of saving on energy bills during California's electricity crisis. The program was so popular with the city's 125 employees, however, that they voted to extend it after the crisis had abated.

Former Maritime head picked as USD prez San Diego Union-Tribune
The University of San Diego has named a new president who is credited with improving her college's academic reputation, quadrupling the school endowment and infusing a Catholic tradition into class curriculum.

Tartan Completes Swap of Plants With Angelica Press Release
Tartan Textile Services, Inc. announced today it has completed the exchange of its Vallejo, California operations for those of Angelica Textile Services in Philadelphia, Penn.

Busy Times in California for PowerLight Solar Access
Powerlight has had no shortage of work lately in California. The company has recently put the finishing touches on three large solar arrays in both Fresno and Vallejo, California.

This Rose, by Another Name, is a Crack Pipe Joint Together
Vallejo Fighting Back Partnership worked with state lawmakers to pass a nuisance-abatement ordinance that made sales of Chore Boys and the other crack-related items illegal if sold within 10 feet of the store's checkout area

Reluctant soldier leads way on Mare Island
Contra Costa Times
The government paid some $83,000 for the island to its three owners in 1853. It was a rather flat, treeless plain of an island. There were some squatters living on it, and getting rid of them became Farragut's first priority.

Vallejo Casino Idea Intrigues Another Tribe
Gambling Magazine
City officials say that the Upper Lake Band is looking at building a casino and hotel complex on a site northeast of Interstate 80 and Highway 37

Links: Upper Lake

Philippine food outlets to open in Vallejo
East Bay Business Times
Four of the Philippines' largest food service businesses are coming to Vallejo in a move that officials hope will transform a 40-year-old shopping center into an economic and cultural magnet for Filipinos throughout the Bay Area.

Also: Food Ingredients First, The Netherlands

Solano seeks developer for fairground site
East Bay Business Times

Solano County is in search of a developer who can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. The "ear," in this case the Solano County Fairgrounds, has plenty in its favor.