Thursday, May 01, 2003

Bay Area Air Quality Improving
Four Bay Area counties have improved their air quality grades. C ontra Costa, Santa Clara and Solano Counties have moved from an "F" to a "D," and Sonoma County improved most from a "D" to a "B."

KRON 4 News

Study shows 'deadly' diabetes, obesity trends in Solano County Complete article here
Solano County residents suffer from diabetes and obesity at rates higher than the state average and higher than other Bay Area counties, according to figures released Tuesday from the 2001 California Health Interview Survey.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Volunteers needed

Mentoring inmates: Match-Two Mentoring Outreach is seeking volunteers to be trained as mentors for inmates and wards of the state. Volunteers are asked to donate one to four hours once a month. For details, write to Match-Two Inc., P.O. Box 4424, Vallejo, CA 94590 or call (707) 553-1311.

Vallejoan quoted on this article:
Veterans revisit parts of past in Vietnam || excerpt:

Norma Banks, 57, of Vallejo, Calif., first traveled to Vietnam in 2000, to see the place that held so much significance in the life of her husband Michael, who died of Agent Orange exposure about 20 years after returning from Vietnam. She says she fell in love with the country.

"I returned a second time because I needed to make sure everything I saw and experienced was real," Banks said. "I came back a third time because it was."

The Oregonian

Rail plans will require taxes, study finds ||excerpt:
...newly released preliminary study concludes it would cost more than $200 million to start a passenger rail service system between the northern Napa Valley to Vallejo and Fairfield-Suisun in Solano County.
Voters in Napa and Solano counties would have to approve a half-cent sales tax to pay for the $216 million needed to get the system up and running, according to the study commissioned by the Napa County Transportation Planning Agency and the Solano Transportation Authority.

Marin Independent-Journal

Crime increase contravenes state stats || excerpt:
While the number of aggravated assaults decreased across the state and in most Solano County cities last year, Fairfield experienced a 14 percent jump in such crimes.

According to Fairfield police data, there were 331 aggravated assaults reported last year.
The increase could be due to a larger population, a shortage of officers and an overall jump in crime, Fairfield Lt. Michael Hill said.

...In neighboring cities aggravated assaults decreased.

In Vacaville there were 160 reported assaults, a drop of 13 percent; and in Vallejo there were 704 assaults, a 7 percent decrease, according to police data.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Errors, not nerves, costly to C.C. ||excerpt:
C.C. Sabathia grew up an Oakland A's fan. He still lives in Vallejo, Calif., which isn't that far from Network Associates Coliseum.
Before Sunday, Sabathia's two starts against the A's, both in 2001, turned out poorly. He was 0-1 with a 19.06 ERA (12 runs in 5?innings).

"I was always more excited about coming home than pitching," Sabathia said.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Vallejo City Council Honors Couple Who Saved Boy
The council will present certificates of appreciation and valor to Almarosa and Alejandro Martinez. They received a similar honor from the Solano County Board of Supervisors last week.
The Martinezes were walking along the Vallejo waterfront when the boy's mother allegedly dangled her son over a railing before dropping him into the water.


Vallejo woman hits $848,000 jackpot during Boomtown pit stop ||excerpt:
Melanie Enriquez of Vallejo says her family was returning home from Lovelock when they decided to take a break at Boomtown Hotel Casino west of Reno.

She says she played for about an hour and plunked about $40 into a Wheel of Fortune progressive machine when she hit the jackpot.

KRNV News Reno

Sonoma Tribe Hires Lobbyist With Davis Ties To Push Casino || excerpt:
A Sonoma County Indian tribe has hired a Sacramento lobbyist with ties to Gov. Gray Davis and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer as it seeks to build a casino north of San Francisco. Darius Anderson "will get me an audience with the governor," said Greg Sarris, chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, as he announced plans last week for a casino near Sears Point, west of Vallejo.
Davis has opposed casinos in urban areas, but that hasn't stopped several tribes from attempting to tap into the San Francisco Bay area's population with proposed nearby casinos. The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, which wants to build in San Pablo north of San Francisco, also has hired Anderson, as have the Shingle Springs Miwoks and the Rumsey Pomos.

Poker Magazine

Former Vallejo Ins. Broker's Office Searched || excerpt:
Investigators from the California Department of Insurance Fraud and Investigations Divisions, along with the Vallejo Police Department, served a search warrant April 22, 2003 to former insurance broker Jimmie Earl Jackson.

According to investigators, Jackson was operating Jaxon Insurance Services in Vallejo. CDI revoked Jackson's insurance license in September 2001 for accepting premium money from a client and failing to obtain a valid insurance policy. In April 2003, Vallejo Police Department discovered Jackson was continuing to sell insurance, which led to another investigation by Vallejo Police and CDI.

Insurance Journal

City Council Meeting

Agenda for April 29, 2003

April newsletters:

Vallejo Ballet Conservatory

Vallejo Gay Network

Blogging rules!

GetLocalNews restructures its news operations || excerpt:

That shift resulted in the layoff last week of much of the company's full-time reporting staff, some of whom may be retained for part-time or freelance work.

The company also is moving its headquarters from Benicia to San Francisco.

Monday, April 28, 2003

California crime reports 2001/2002
Vallejo homicides in 2001: 4, 2002: 7
Complete Table here.

Sabathia's mistake opens it up for A's||excerpt:
Indians starter C.C. Sabathia was perfect through three innings, and if the A's were going to sweep the series, it appeared the Cleveland ace would have to throw a mistake pitch at some point.
Sabathia finally did make a mistake, but it wasn't over the plate.

His wild toss into left field gave the A's their tying run in the sixth and opened the door for their ninth-inning 4-3 win Sunday over the Indians at the Coliseum.

Sacramento Bee

Time warp strikes Cordelia -- Group holds fund-raiser to preserve town's history ||excerpt:
The day's activities and events were centered around Thompson's Corner and the Cordelia Fire Protection District building on Cordelia Road.

Jill Tomkins-Bone of Vallejo, who was there with her daughter Kathryn Bone, said attending the event took her back to her childhood.

Tomkins-Bone said as a child growing up in Green Valley, the school bus she rode would on occasion stop in Cordelia to pick up a child.

"It hasn't changed that much at all," she said holding the hand of her daughter Kathryn, who wore a flower-print dress, bloomers and a bonnet, period clothes of the late 1800s.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Speedway is Gordon's comfort zone ||excerpt:
Gordon, the only two-time winner in Fontana, has led 329 of the 1,500 laps run at the Speedway and his average finish of 5.83 is also tops. He will start today's race from the 13th spot.
Maybe he likes the Speedway because it is close to his hometown of Vallejo.
Gordon is a NASCAR driver born in California and raised in Indiana, which at times has made him an outsider to fans with roots in the deep South.
"It is nice to come out here," said Gordon, "but it's more about the track. I really like it and have gotten very comfortable with it. And it helps that we have won here, that gives you confidence. And this track has been good to me.

Whittier Daily News