Saturday, April 26, 2003

Tribe Planning To Build Casino Sonoma County Irked At Flip-Flop
If the hotel casino project is built, it would have the luxury of sitting next to Highway 37, a major artery that connects the North Bay to Vallejo and other East Bay cities. It would be the closest full-fledged gambling casino to San Francisco and Oakland.

Poker Magazine

Former Vallejo city council member being investigated for insurance fraud ||excerpt:
State and local investigators searched an insurance broker's office on Georgia Street this week as part of an ongoing fraud investigation into the financial affairs of former city council candidate Jimmie Earl Jackson, police said Friday.

Jackson, 57, allegedly continued to operate his business, Jaxson Insurance Services, despite having his insurance license revoked in September 2001, according to a California Department of Insurance statement.
The agency revoked his license after he accepted money from a client and then failed to obtain a valid insurance policy.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Friday, April 25, 2003

Vallejo hero will pitch at A's game tonight
Alejandro Martinez, the Vallejo man who rescued the 3-year-old boy allegedly tossed into the waters of the Mare Island Strait, will throw out the first pitch tonight, when the A's host the Cleveland Indians.

California drivers making lots of noise
Facing regulations that restricted minors from racing at high level competition, Jeff Gordon's family relocated from Vallejo, Calif., to Pittsboro, Ind., during Gordon's early teenage years. They hoped Jeff, one of the nations' most promising go-kart and quarter-midget racers, would be able to hone his skills, move to a higher level and get noticed in a more racing-friendly environment. Obviously, it worked.

Today the bright young stars of California no longer have to worry about being obscured in the shadows of the West Coast.

ESPN

Pro boxing card May 24 in Vallejo
Napa's Juan Arias, a professional fighter with a 35-3-1 record, pulled out of a May 24 card at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo due to sinus problems, his manager and trainer, Gary Sullenger said Thursday. Arias will be replaced by Anthony Thompson, a former two-time national amateur champion from Philadelphia who will headline the show, which starts at 6 p.m.

Napa Valley Register

Earth Day activities planned Saturday around County
Several area cities will celebrate Earth Day Saturday by stressing recycling and the proper disposal of household hazardous waste.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Napa-Solano rail: $216 million ||excerpt:
The cost to establish passenger rail service between the Napa Valley, Fairfield/Suisun and Vallejo is a staggering $216 million, a feasibility study concludes.

Because of the large start-up cost, passenger rail would likely require voter approval of a sales tax increase, Mike Zdon, executive director of the Napa County Tranportation Planning Agency, said Tuesday.

The Napa Valley hasn't had a passenger rail link to Vallejo since before World War II when an electric line was dismantled. As highway congestion increases, transportation planners believe the need for rail travel may return.

For $216 million, Napa Valley residents could have hourly service connecting them to the ferry dock in Vallejo and the Capitol Corridor trains that run through Suisun to Sacramento and San Jose, according to a study by R. L. Banks & Associates Inc. of Tiburon.

Napa Valley Register

Tribe planning to build casino / Sonoma County irked at flip-flop ||excerpt:

If the hotel casino project is built, it would have the luxury of sitting next to Highway 37, a major artery that connects the North Bay to Vallejo and other East Bay cities. It would be the closest full-fledged gambling casino to San Francisco and Oakland.

San Francisco Chronicle

Jamestown man shot, paralyzed ||excerpt:
While attempting to pick up his child from his estranged wife, a Jamestown man was shot and paralyzed last week in front of the Vallejo Police Department — and the suspect is the woman's boyfriend.

William Adams, 39, remains in critical condition at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek after being shot twice Friday — once in the right shoulder and once in the abdomen. The bullet that entered his shoulder lodged in his spine, and Vallejo Police Lt. David Jackson said Adams is now paralyzed from the chest down.

David Bullock, 45, of Vallejo, live-in boyfriend of Jennifer Adams, has been arraigned on charges of attempted murder. He remains in the Solano County Jail in Fairfield in lieu of $500,000 bail. A Solano County Superior Court clerk said Bullock pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the single charge.

Union Democrat

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Good Samaritan, Boy Reunite
Rescuer Honored By Board Of Supes:: excerpt
There were smiles and hugs this morning when a Vallejo boy got to meet the man who rescued him last Thursday. The boy's mother is now charged with attempted murder for throwing her son into the Mare Island Strait. But today he and his father were able to say thanks and gave their hero a helping hand.

Three-year-old Robert Harris, III is a little bundle of energy. From watching him run today you'd never know how close he came to drowning last

KGO 7 News

Accused cop killer's defense wants more time excerpt:
The start of next month's death penalty trial for an accused cop killer was delayed Monday after an anger-laced hearing and a half-hour closed-door meeting between a judge and defense attorneys.
Judge William M. Kelsay expressed some disbelief and disdain at requests made by Joseph Teitgen's attorneys to cancel the May 12 start date of jury selection and to postpone it until the fall.
Teitgen is accused of fatally shooting Vallejo Police Officer Jeffrey Azuar while the 22-year veteran officer was helping serve an arrest warrant with two other police officers at Teitgen's house in April 2000.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Vallejo man sought in East Palo Alto killing
A little more than a week after Kenneth Hamel III was shot to death in his home in East Palo Alto, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect and issued an arrest warrant Monday.
Kevin Edward Clarke, a resident of the Vallejo area, is wanted in connection with Hamel's slaying. He is described as a black man who weighs about 170 pounds and is 5 feet, 5 inches tall. He has a shaved head, and his freckled face is scarred by pock marks.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact detective Craig Denton at (650) 363-4363 or detective Rick Tippins at (650) 363-4347. Or call the anonymous witness line at (800) 547-2700.

San Jose Mercury News

Filipinos flex growing power excerpt:
Suisun City Councilman Pete Sanchez remembers being the only Filipino parent at PTA meetings back in the 1980s when he immigrated to the U.S. and settled with his family in Suisun City.
The lack of Filipino parents attending the meetings was not because few Filipinos resided in Suisun or Fairfield, Sanchez said.
Instead, Sanchez surmises that the hard economic times among the working poor and middle-class of that time was to blame. Many people, among them Filipinos, were working long hours to make ends meet and probably did not have time to attend PTA meetings or other school functions, he said.
Now, almost two decades later, Sanchez said his compatriots are showing more interest in their community.
...Filipinos in Solano County are making a mark in their community, as well as in the political arena, said Mel Orpilla, a Vallejo resident who is vice-chair of the Northern California chapter of the Filipino American Democratic Caucus

Fairfield Daily Republic

Local rail study to be unveiled excerpt:

Trains running from here to Napa and Vallejo could give commuters an option to driving on congested roads - if the service ever becomes a reality.
A draft study makes it clear that challenges exist. Routes will take greater subsidies than some Bay Area train routes and much work must be done to make tracks safe for speedy trains.
"It all depends on m-o-n-e-y," Cordelia Villages resident and rail enthusiast Michael Pechner said.
Residents can view and comment on the draft study on Wednesday. The meeting will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Suisun City Hall, 701 Civic Center Drive.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Monday, April 21, 2003

Gas prices plummet in the United States

The average cost of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline continues to drop, falling slightly less than 6 cents during the past two weeks, according to a nationwide survey released Sunday.

The average price fell 5.73 cents, to $1.61, between April 4 and April 18. It marks the second straight drop in gasoline prices in the bi-weekly survey, which prior to that had been on the increase since last November, said Trilby Lundberg, publisher of the Lundberg Survey.

In the past month, the price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline has dropped 11.8 cents, from $1.73, a "dramatic decline," Lundberg said. This year's high of $1.73 was the survey's highest ever, not adjusting for inflation.

CNN

Vallejo resident quoted on this biz report
Nigeria's woes loom over oil market excerpt:
Ikenze had worked as a financial analyst and software developer after attending college in the United States, but then returned to Nigeria, first to work for ExxonMobil, then to establish his own petroleum distribution company, which rapidly expanded to eight of Nigeria's 36 states.

But when Gen. Sani Abacha took control in a 1997 coup, Ikenze abandoned the business and returned to the United States, where he's settled in Vallejo and become the executive director of the Vallejo Business Incubation Center.

Ikenze, who holds dual U.S.-Nigerian citizenship, is typical of the two generations of "brain drain" that have left Nigeria without the middle class that he says is one of two necessities for democracy to flourish.

Nigeria largely has been ruled by the military since winning independence from Great Britain in 1960. If Obasanjo is re-elected and remains in office, it will be the first time in 43 years that an attempt to run the nation of 120 million through the ballot box hasn't triggered a post-election military coup.

The other key to stability in Nigeria, Ikenze says, is to return control of oil and gas to private ownership.

East Bay Business Times