Saturday, April 05, 2003

Vallejoan pleaded "no contest" in bb bat murder
Chico Enterprise-Record

Reigh Carl Ellis, 21, of Vallejo, pleaded "no contest" to second-degree murder in exchange for dismissal of additional charges and enhancements.
Superior Court Judge Robert Glusman ordered him held without bail pending sentencing in June. Ellis faces 15 years to life in prison for the slaying.

War in Iraq: Vallejoan in action
Air ferry runs long legs
Raleigh News & Observer

On one side of the giant cockpit, Thomas I. Boylan sat at the engineer's station, fashioning yet another Christmas ornament -- a red-and-green chili pepper made of wire and plastic beads -- while occasionally glancing at the instruments that track the complex hydraulic and electrical systems that kept the vast C-5 Galaxy aloft.

...Everyone has a different strategy for coping. Boylan, who lives in Vallejo, Calif., makes the ornaments to give to friends and family, and when he is on the ground he goes sightseeing.

Sheldon welcomes Nelson
Sacramento Bee
"Deep down, leaving Vallejo is not something I really want to do right now," the 6-foot-3 junior guard told the Vallejo Times-Herald. "But when we move, I just want to be able to relax, be a kid, concentrate on high school and have fun."

Friday, April 04, 2003

National HS robots tournament in Vallejo this weekend
Press Release

A new generation of robot builders will be descending on Vallejo, California for the second annual 2003 BattleBots IQ Tournament. BattleBots Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2003 BattleBots IQ Tournament will be this Saturday, April 5th through Sunday, April 6th, 2003 at Mare Island.

The BattleBots IQ Tournament is the official interscholastic competition for schools participating in the BattleBots IQ engineering curriculum, which is currently being implemented in high schools across the United States. In BattleBots IQ, robots built and driven by student teams compete in a 32' by 32' arena laden with hazards and obstacles activated by the students themselves.

Related article: Anoka County Union, MN
Links: battlebots

SARS suspected cases in eight counties including Solano
According to this report from Fresno Bee
More on SARS: faq | cdc

Scholarship open for eight student from Solano
California Aggie
College-bound and enrolled students of Solano County who are interested in agricultural-related careers can apply for one of eight scholarships offered by The Friends of Dixon May Fair and The Friends of the Solano County Fair.

As the scholarships are intended for students specializing in agriculture, those involved in that area have an advantage in the selection process; however, anyone who has participated in county fair activities is encouraged to apply, according to Vice President Tootie Huffman. Other applicable areas of interest include horticulture, livestock and home economics.

more info: application

Vallejoan quoted on this war report
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Marine Staff Sgt. Matthew St. Pierre of Vallejo, Calif., and his platoon found rocket propelled grenades, mortars, anti-aircraft guns and rounds, land minds, grenades, Iraqi uniforms and helmets at three houses.

"We just showed up and the people in town just took us right to them," St. Pierre, 28, said.

State solar energy units exempted from exit fee
Solar energy advocates won a victory on Thursday when California regulators voted to exempt utility customers running their own small solar electric systems from paying an "exit fee" to leave the state grid.

Conservation corps closes center
San Jose Mercury
Closing the labor-intensive Vallejo center saves $790,000 a year, agency officials estimated. The 20 civil service state workers who supervise the younger corps members at Mare Island are being offered corps jobs elsewhere in California, Levitzsky said.

Thursday, April 03, 2003

Vallejo Gay Network Newsletter
VGN Website
March Issue

The Vallejo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Great site! Also read their latest newsletter here.

FAQs About Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
MSN Health
Mysterious Illness: SARS. Declared a "worldwide health threat" by the World Health Organization, the mysterious Illness dubbed severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is confounding researchers who are trying to identify its cause, control its spread -- and save lives

Vallejoan charge with burglary at Harrah's
Tahoe Daily Tribune
About $2,500 in jewelry was taken from stores at Harrah's Lake Tahoe by a man who had burglary tools, a Douglas County sheriff's deputy said. Howard Chasteen, 44, from Vallejo, bought a pair of earrings at Harrah's Gift Shop on Friday. After the purchase, a clerk found necklaces missing where Chasteen stood talking on a cell phone, The deputy said. Casino security caught Chasteen, who pulled out $2,555 worth of jewelry from his pants pockets, the deputy said. A modified knife and other tools were also found on Chasteen, the deputy said. Chasteen was booked into Douglas County Jail on charges including burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property and grand larceny.

Vallejo ePlanet: Could he be the same person featured as Vallejoan of the Day by Click his profile here. Interesting to note that his favorite hobby is "fishing".

Heartfelt support from those on home soil CC Times
Sure, people are protesting the war -- but I feel that a majority honor and respect those citizens out defending us," said Pelton Stewart, executive director of Continentals of Omega Boys & Girls Club in Vallejo.

VA clinic at MI will continue its service - Miller CC Times
"For the veterans in my district, I am grateful that the VA was able to stretch their limited resources to better serve our community," Miller said Wednesday. "The Travis and Mare Island clinics are critical for veterans throughout our area in need of medical care. While there are still threats to veterans health care funding from budget cuts pending in Washington, at least these clinics are now secure."

94590: 2nd in number of Sex Offenders KGO ABC-7 News

Vallejo ePlanet: A total of 353 sex offenders in maniac's capital of the Bay Area ? Find out here

To take a look at all the numbers registered offenders in the Bay Area by county, city, and ZIP code, select the information you want to access.

MI Conservation corps closes center Contra Costa Times
The only California Conservation Corps residential center in the Bay Area has closed, another victim of the state's budget crisis. The last of 60 corps workers based at the Mare Island center transferred Tuesday to other centers, agency spokeswoman Suzanne Levitzsky said. Their departure leaves the Bay Area without a large emergency labor pool to fight floods and wildfires, and do environmental restoration projects, such as trail building and creek maintenance.

Live in Vallejo: Aiza Seguerra and the Company
I received a promo postcard about an upcoming concert by Filipino artist Aiza Seguerra. It will be held @ California Maritime Academy - Rizza Auditorium April 13. Ticket prices range from $20-30, 707-648-1630. I google her and found the ff info from MTV Asia:

Without a doubt, last year's recording wonder -- teen sensation Aiza Seguerra -- has turned out to be this year's delightful debutante. Even as a precocious three year old, Aiza had captured the hearts of millions of televiewers when she landed Little Miss Philippines first runner-up in 1987 on the Philippines’ longest-running noontime show, Eat Bulaga, where she eventually became a mainstay. Highly sought-after artist after the phenomenal success of her album, Aiza went on to record another successful album, Pinakamamahal, and even a Christmas album titled Christmas Sing With Aiza.

venue map: yahoo | mapquest
More on Aiza: trust fund | music bytes | hit maker

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Transportation funds in jeopardy San Francisco Chronicle
38 Bay Area projects could be shelved. The California Transportation Commission, which distributes all state funding for transportation projects, froze the flow of money in December after it became evident that the state faced a deep deficit and that the anticipated amount of money would not be available.

Increase in anti-Semitic cases Oakland Tribune
The numbers included an arson fire at the Beth Jacob synagogue in Oakland and five assaults on people whose religious garb made them identifiably Jewish, Bernstein said. It also included anti-Semitic graffiti and fliers; e-mails and phone calls to Jewish organizations, and incidents of harassment at schools. Also on the list was an item from an ANG Newspapers-owned Vallejo Times-Herald columnist who joked about holding a "white Jewish expo."

more info: freedman's apology

Legislature looks at making changes in cockfighting laws Napa Valley Register
The bust of a major cockfighting ring in Napa "made it more urgent" for Humane Society officials to back the legislation, said Wayne Pacelle, senior vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society. The bill was introduced by state Sen. Nell Soto (D-Ontario) last month.

Amusement parks tighten security Contra Costa Times
The heightened measures, which are being implemented from Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo to Disneyland and Universal Studios in Southern California, arrive just in time for the spring breaks that continue through April.

marine world: aerial photo