Friday, May 09, 2003

Sutter breaks ground on new Solano facility

and health complex in Fairfield, as part of the Sutter Health network's $3.5 billion expansion and upgrade plan in Northern California.

The Sutter Fairfield Surgery Center and Health Village complex will include an outpatient care center and a medical office building for 30 physicians. The outpatient center will be a high-tech surgery center with five operating suites, a diagnostic imaging center and women's center, where patients can receive basic radiology, CT scan, MRI scan, and other diagnostic tests.

Sacramento Buisness Journals

East Bay manages to increase jobs

Solano-Napa area also was a job winner, gaining 2,700 jobs over the year.

Contra Costa Times

An island of isolation
Former Vallejo resident quoted on this report

Hendrickson is originally from Vallejo, Calif. and joined the club after she went to a meeting for extra credit for her Spanish class. Hendrickson and her roommate, Erin Lewis, joined the club to practice their Spanish, work on their accent and learn about the Latino culture.
Hendrickson said the club has enriched her knowledge of Latino culture in many ways. For Cesar Chavez Day 2003 the group went to the Gridley labor camps and Hendrickson said she was shocked by the poverty levels the families lived in. Families live in these camps for free, but the living quarters are rodent infested and laborers work for under minimum wage.

The Orion

Sweep nets 5 suspected gang members ||excerpt:

The arrests are the latest in a spate of what police call gang-related violence during the past month or so.

On April 24, police served five search warrants -- in Daly City and Vallejo -- and arrested six other suspected members of East Side and Fogtown who authorities believe are associated with two other beatings and robberies.

San Mateo County Times

Seeking acceptance -- Gays encouraged by police chief's disclosure || excerpt:

Vallejo City Councilman Gary Cloutier said in his community being gay is "not the biggest deal." It's not even newsworthy, he added.

During the past four to five years, Vallejo has seen a growing and active gay community, said Cloutier, who is an attorney and is running for mayor.

Affordable homes, proximity to San Francisco, and acceptance and tolerance are reasons why gay people are moving to Vallejo from the Bay Area, Cloutier said.

"You put those things together, and you have a winning formula," said Cloutier, who is a member of the Vallejo Gay Network, a newsletter and forum for more than 400 members of the gay community.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Thursday, May 08, 2003

Pet adoption fair in Vallejo Petco
Shoppers dropping by the Vallejo Petco for dog food and kitty litter will have new furry faces meeting them on Saturdays.

The store teamed with volunteers from the Solano County Animal Shelter to launch an adoption fair program for dogs and cats from 10 a.m. to
2:30 p.m. every Saturday. The first one held last weekend connected two dogs and a cat with new homes, and that's just the beginning, shelter volunteer Michael Vaticano said.

Vaticano and other volunteers plan to drive about five dogs and 10 cats from the Fairfield shelter to the Vallejo store every weekend. The goal is to find families to adopt some of the hard-to-place animals, Vaticano said.

Fairfield Daily Republic

CKP's Anthony Thompson fights Friday, May 24 in Vallejo, CA

Undefeated welterweight sensation Anthony "The Messenger" Thompson of Philadelphia, who's promoted by Cedric Kushner Promotions, is scheduled to appear in his second semi-main event May 24 in Vallejo, Calif.

East Side Boxing

CHP speeding citations have almost tripled in past 10 years

Speeding hot spots in the Bay Area include Interstate 680 in Contra Costa County and Interstate 80 in Solano County, particularly between Vallejo and the Yolo County line.

"Let's face it," said Wright, "there's not much of anything between Vallejo and Sacramento to slow you down -- especially during the midday."

San Francisco Chronicle

Man sought in California stabbing kills self in Reno

A man being sought in a fatal stabbing last year in Oakland, Calif., apparently shot himself to death as authorities moved in on his Reno apartment to arrest him, officials said.
Tekada Washington, 24, was being sought for questioning in the Nov. 27 death of Dwayne Williams in West Oakland, police said.

Las Vegas Sun

Agency on Aging sets public hearings
The Advisory Council for the Area Agency on Aging in Napa and Solano counties will hold three public hearings area next week.

The first hearing will be May 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. The second hearing will be at 1 p.m. May 14 at the Napa Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St. The final hearing will be May 15 at 2 p.m. at the Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador Street in Vallejo.

Napa Valley Register

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Two more SARS cases suspected in Solano County ||excerpt:

Almost a month after the first case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Solano County was announced, two more residents are suspected to have the disease, public health officials said Tuesday.

"We are at a total of three suspected SARS cases, and that includes the original person, who is healed and back to work," the county's Health Education Director Robin Cox said.
"Both of the new patients are doing well, and there are no secondary cases from any of the three suspected SARS cases."

Fairfield Daily Republic


Bay Area developments ranked 'smart,' 'dumb'
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Delta Cove's live-work units in Suisun City won coalition support as Solano County's best example of smart growth. A plan to build luxury homes and a golf course in Lagoon Valley in Vacaville earned the dumb growth spot.

Contra Costa Times

Insults fly at La Salles MC showdown||excerpt:
Chains, medallions, lip rings, nose rings, teeth, crosses, even the hair extensions were blinging gold Saturday afternoon at La Salles MC showdown. During the three hours of the battle, the only way to look good was to make someone else look bad. And only one of the more than 20 participants would pimp-walk away from the brutal beating they would receive from other rappers and the judging audience.

Second place was awarded to the man with a straw hat that I2K said made him look like "a Chinese rice peddler." MC DarCcead, Tobias Anthony Tate, originally from Vallejo, Calif. thanked the crowd many times.

The Orion, CSU-Chico

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

County hopes to amend flood zones
Solano County might lobby for revised federal flood hazard designations that match where rural floodwaters actually surged during recent years.

The problem: rural floods last winter and the winter of 1996-97 caused most of their damage outside of federally recognized 100-year flood zones, a county memo said. The flood zones show areas that can expect flooding at least once each century.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Tri-Solano County cops say resident bankrolled major marijuana operation

Solano County police are looking for a Danville man they say bankrolled a lucrative marijuana operation in Benicia.
The Benicia Police Department said it found between $800,000 and $1 million at an industrial warehouse during a raid Friday afternoon.

Tri-Valley Herald

The CompanY back from successful US concert tour

“It’s really unbelievable but this is our first concert tour in the US in our 17-year existence,” Moy Ortiz told. “It’s really all in God’s time. Everything happens according to His will.”

The group’s first performance was at the Lisner Auditorium of The George Washington University in Virginia Beach, Washington DC (where they and Aiza Seguerra proceeded to right from the airport!). Their succeeding shows were at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville, Florida; Manila Alley in Staten Island in New York; Sta. Clara Convention Center Theatre in San Jose, California; the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles; Solita Bar & Grill in South San Francisco; Vallejo Maritime Academy Theatre in Vallejo, California; and Deghert Performance Arts Theatre of St. Francis in La Canada, California.

Manila Bulletin

Monday, May 05, 2003

Flying Pig Marathon results (Ohio)

Male 65-69: 1. Arnoldo Levy (Cincinnati) 3:50:36. 2. Ray Wylam (Fairborn, Ohio) 4:07:09. 3. David Kenney (East Moriches, N.Y.) 4:13:12. 4. Richard Sheehan (Orchard Park, N.Y.) 4:29:12. 5. Ronald Vertrees (Vallejo, Calif.) 4:40:09. 6. James Schwartzhoff (Dayton, Ohio) 4:43:12 7. Louis White (Eldorado, Ariz.) 4:43:31. 8. Kenneth Uecker (El Paso, Texas) 4:54:51. 9. Charlie Gregory (Marietta, Ga.) 5:13:05. 10. Ronald Pfeffer (Cincinnati) 5:25:33.

Cincinnati Post

Police Seize $800,000 Worth Of Pot Plants
Benicia police conducted a large-scale marijuana bust Friday and Saturday, seizing marijuana plants valued at between $800,000 and $1,000,000 from one address and conducting warranted searches at four other addresses.
A Vallejo man and a Benicia man were arrested in connection with the illegal plants, both of whom were charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and criminal conspiracy.
The Vallejo man, Thomas James Mineo, 33, a convicted felon, was also charged with being in possession of a loaded firearm, and Wayne Lee Huffman, Jr., 27, of Benicia, was slapped with an additional charge of possession of psilocybin mushrooms, according to a police report.

KGO TV News

Mare Island development could get $28 million boost
Vallejo's plans to develop the abandoned Mare Island Naval Shipyard could get a $28 million boost - at least on paper.

The potential windfall, in the form of debt erasure, comes from a 1999 federal law giving former military installations to local government if the land and facilities are used for economic development.

East Bay Business Times

Sunday, May 04, 2003

Patience pays for promoter

After going through the learning process of becoming a boxing promoter last year, Lance Spencer is ready for his second try on May 24 at the Solano County Fairgrounds' Exhibition Hall in Vallejo.
Fortunately for Spencer, he has some very interesting talent to highlight his show, including undefeated Pittsburg junior welterweight Art Morales (13-0).

Contra Costa Times

Shipping channel funding won't be dredged up soon

Beyond funding, there are delicate questions of timing - when weather will allow work to be done - and where the often-polluted dredge material can be dumped, he said. Vallejo is restoring dredge ponds on Mare Island to accept future deposits from local and regional work.

East Bay Business Times

Argument ends in shooting, Vallejo teen arrested

Fairfield police pursued the juvenile and arrested him on the 100 block of Greenwood Street in Vallejo, he said. According to police scanner traffic, the juvenile may have been heading to his mother's house at 1149 Warren Ave., called Genesis House, a drug rehabilitation center.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Vallejo woman involved in fatal motorcycle crash

Jhoanna Flores, 27, of Vallejo apparently didn't see the motorcycle as she turned left from Highway 116 toward Pine View, Lubiszewski said.
She waited for one car to clear the lanes, then made the turn, striking the motorcycle.

Press Democrat