Saturday, May 17, 2003

Johnson wins NASCAR All-Star
Jeff Gordon faded to eight

Three-time Winston winner Jeff Gordon took the lead on the back straight at the beginning of the third, and decisive, segment. Johnson, Gordon’s teammate, pulled alongside on the fourth lap but could not immediately take the edge. Johnson took the lead on the back straight the next time around.

“He was doing a good job holding his line,” said Johnson, referring to the pass of Gordon. “I didn’t want to use the bumper to get past him because he’s my teammate.”

Shelby Star

Cart Racing is back

After two weeks of being rained out, Vallejo Speedway 2 was back in action at the Solano County Fairgrounds. In the junior outlaw division, local second grader, "Little" Joe Stornetta had a an exciting evening. The 8-year-old racer finished first in his heat, second in the dash by a couple of inches, and after tipping over to start the main event, he drove all the way from the back of the pack, to capture his second main event of the year.

Napa Valley Register

Pro Boxing in Vallejo next Saturday

For tickets:

A four-eyed look at Lions Club eyeglass donations

Here's a quick run-down on what happens with those glasses: The Carson Valley Lions Club ships its collected glasses to a basement in Reno, donated by a Reno Host Lions Club member. From there, glasses are shipped to one of 11 international recycling facilities.

The Reno glasses go to the Vallejo, Calif., site, and from there are distributed mainly to Mexico, South America, Central America and sometimes Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

The Record-Courier, Nevada

Service held for fire victim

"She lived with my family for six years," said Loveta Prast of Vallejo. "She was not bouncing from place to place. She had a home. She had a job. She had a life."

Heitz had worked for two years for a shipping and mailing company in Novato and, after a spell of unemployment, had just found a job at a pawn shop, Prast said.

Another friend, Rhonda Showalter, said Heitz lived down the street from her in Vallejo.

West County Times

Friday, May 16, 2003

Attention Vallejo officials
Will air drive sales of no-emission vehicle?::excerpt:

Maeder, a native of Switzerland who worked in technology consulting and telecommunications and earned two patents in car dashboard illumination, said once he's gained exclusive Bay Area rights, he will try to build the first ZevCat manufacturing facility in either the East Bay or Solano County. He hopes to eventually build a family-sized sedan, as well as vans, taxi-size vans and a pickup.

"I would like to find a site in Oakland or Richmond, or possibly Solano County," Maeder said. "We would really prefer to have production right in the Bay Area."

East Bay Business Times

Will it last?
We like to think our homes are safe havens. But that doesn't mean the boom will go on forever.

The hottest metropolitan area over the past five years: The Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa area of California, where home prices increased by 106.8 percent.

Money Magazine

Vallejo boxer floored

It was the last bout of an action-packed fight card when little-known Alfonso Gomez of Los Angeles stepped in the ring against undefeated Juan Amezcua of Vallejo and promptly knocked him around for three rounds before the referee stopped the bout.

Gomez handed Amezcua (9-1, 7 KOs) his first defeat and smiled.

Max Boxing

Architecture draws from painter's palate
Hiddenbrooke housing inspired by Kinkade's 'bucolic townscapes'

Many people were amused to hear of a new housing tract near Vallejo, Calif., inspired by mass artist Thomas Kinkade's bucolic townscapes and happy-happy cottages. While there's much that can be said about Kinkade's trademark painting style -- none of which I'll say here -- there's nothing new about architecture being influenced by art. It's been happening for centuries.

Inman News

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Davis plan restores college programs,
Services for disabled spared big cuts

Davis' first budget proposal, released in January, included $530 million in community college cuts -- a reduction of more than 10 percent -- and a huge fee increase for students.

But the revised budget reduced the cuts by nearly half, to $285 million. The proposed fee increase also was reduced. Students who now pay $11 per unit for classes will be asked to pay $18 per unit, rather than the $24 per unit Davis originally sought.

The new budget proposal includes restoration of funds to the disabled students programs, which were originally slated to be cut by 45 percent. Also, $36 million was restored to the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, which serves disadvantaged students.

Ventura County Star

Local leaders loby for mercy

They knocked on doors, delivered pleas not to balance the budget on local government's backs to lawmakers and listened to legislators say Gov. Gray Davis' proposed budget is a rough one on everyone.

Several dozen mayors, councilmembers, police, fire and other city employees from every city in Solano County became the latest group to lobby the capitol for mercy in its efforts to do away with a $38.2 billion deficit.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Total Eclipse Of Moon Expected Tonight

On the West Coast, the eclipse gets under way just as the sun sets and the moon rises.

ABC7 News

Davis' revision hikes license fees, sales tax::excerpt:

Californians would see their car license fees triple, sales taxes increase by a half-cent and cigarette levies rise under a $100 billion spending plan unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Gray Davis.

In addition, personal income taxes on wealthy residents -- those filing single who earn more than $150,000 a year or couples who make more than $300,000 -- would go from 9.3 percent to 10.3 percent.

Contra Costa Times

Vallejo conference to discuss children, violence

Residents can learn about the many ways violence and criminal behavior affect children this weekend.

The Children's Network of Solano County will hold its fifth annual conference Saturday in Vallejo. Called "Nurturing Our Communities," the event features two nationally known experts in preventive health and the incarcerated population.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Gambling, si!

The Chronicle editorial writer was thunderstruck that there were actual proposals for Indian casinos, or versions thereof, in Richmond, Vallejo, San Pablo and on the border between Napa and Sonoma counties.

The Chronicle even ran a map in the editorial with the locations of potential Indian casinos around the Bay Area -- surrounding San Francisco. How dangerous.

San Francisco Examiner

Solano County launches search for nurses to fill jail positions

Solano County recruiters have six months to hire nurses to fill long-empty positions in county jails or the Sheriff's Office will contract with an outside vendor to provide missing services, according to a plan approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Because of a nationwide shortage of nurses, the Sheriff's Office has struggled for years to find full-time nurses to provide medical, mental health and dental care, Sheriff Gary Stanton said. The county employs just four correctional care nurses out of 14 budgeted positions at the jails, and only two of four mental health slots are filled.

...The strategies include implementing a visa program to recruit nurses from other countries, especially the Philippines.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Tribe Offers County $100 Million Deal For The Casino Plan

The Coast Miwok Indians are offering Sonoma County payments that could exceed $100 million to sweeten reaction to the tribe's plans for a casino in the undeveloped bay lands near Sears Point.

In a 10-point pledge of cooperation distributed to local officials, the Miwoks promise to fund social services, pay the full cost of law enforcement and improve roads related to the proposed casino on traditional tribal lands.

Gambling Magazine

California Cities Bet On Casinos

San Pablo hopes it's hit the fiscal jackpot - again. Richmond is deciding whether to roll the dice. The rest of Contra Costa County is waiting to see if it's worth a bet, but isn't likely to take a piece of the action.
San Pablo is backing a proposal from Sonoma County's Lytton Band of Pomo Indians to turn the 9.5-acre Casino San Pablo into an Indian reservation where blackjack and slot machines would be allowed in California's first truly urban casino.

Poker Magazine

Sonoma board opposes Indian casino

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution yesterday that opposed a Sears Point casino proposal but called on county officials to enter into "good faith" discussions with the American Indian tribe seeking to develop the facility.

Yesterday's resolution gave county staff the authority to pursue litigation against the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria to ensure that its proposed "world class resort" complies with environmental, public health and safety regulations.

Marine Independent Journal

CEO gives new life to party stores

Privately owned Party America has 36 stores, including 30 stores in California, five stores in Colorado and one in Utah.

Locally, it has stores in Redwood City, Union City, Pleasant Hill, Vallejo and Larkspur.

San Mateo County Times

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

May Newsletters:

Vallejo Ballet Conservatory
Hiddenbrooke Community
Vallejo Gay Network

Homicide #3
Local police are investigating a possible homicide.

[ Yahoo! Maps ]

Map of crime scene at
100 block of Maher Ct
Vallejo, CA 94591-4046

U.S. Wind Industry to Grow More Than 25 Percent

Combining the economic effect of the jobs created, the property taxes paid to the local area boosted, and the lease payments to farmers for the use of their land, PNM estimates that the economic benefit for the area will be more than US$40 million over 25 years. In California, FPL Energy is installing 81 1.8-MW Vestas turbines in Solano County, Calif., for the High Winds project. PPM Energy has contracted to purchase the entire output of that project.

Solar Access

Pasadena is Going with the Wind ::excerpt

The power will be generated from a wind farm under construction in Solano County

The City Council voted unanimously yesterday in favor of the city's first- ever wind-power contract, the Pasadena Star-News reported today.
Under the terms of the 25-year contract, Pasadena Water and Power is to buy six megawatts of power from an Oregon company, beginning in July.

About 1.5 percent of Pasadena's total power supply reportedly will be derived from wind power.

ABC7 News Pasadena Star News

Hospital to raise the bar

With more than 17,000 medications available, the potential has grown for patients to get the wrong one at the wrong time, sometimes with serious consequences.

To reduce such errors, Sutter Solano Medical Center began using a high-tech bar-coding system this month designed to catch mistakes before they occur.

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network became the first in California to install the system developed by Bridge Medical in Solana Beach.

Contra Costa Times

Monday, May 12, 2003

Senior hearings offer forum to talk about services

The first hearing starts at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive in Fairfield. Additional hearings will follow Wednesday in Napa and Thursday in Vallejo.
For more information, call Leanne Martinsen at 644-6612 or visit For a lunch reservation at the hearings in Fairfield or Vallejo, call (800) 788-5114.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Cities may get to raise sales tax

City leaders in Vallejo are giving the idea serious thought.
Current state budget proposals could sap $3 million from the city's $70 million general fund, Vallejo spokesperson Mark Mazzaferro said.
"So, yeah, we are actually thinking about doing a local sales tax," Mazzaferro said. "But at this point, it's just in the discussion stages."

Fairfield Daily Republic

Vallejo boxer KO'd!

Welterweight Alfonso Gomez (7-2-1, 2 KOs) of Tustin floored Juan Amezcua (9-1, 7 KOs) of Vallejo four times before stopping him in the third round. It was Gomez's sixth victory over an undefeated opponent.

Orange County Register

Kung fu master preserves ancient warrior legacy
Crouching Tiger Hidden in Vallejo!

These days, Master Lau judges such martial arts exhibitions as UC Berkeley's recent Wushu, gives demonstrations at masters seminars, and teaches Eagle Claw at her Vallejo studio, in San Ramon and at the homes of students like Sherry Kennedy, a Burton Valley Elementary School mom and nationally ranked martial artist.

Contra Costa Times

Town torn over mental health center plan / Treatment center plan divides Pleasant Hill|| excerpt:

At the center of the dispute is a report, prepared by the city's police department, showing hundreds of police calls in recent years associated with nine Northern California facilities owned by Crestwood, including unlocked facilities in Vallejo and Sunnyvale. Seven of the centers are locked facilities, including those in Fremont, San Jose and Napa.

San Francisco Chronicle

Student service learning conference Thursday in Eureka High

Mare Island Technology Academy students participating in Environmenta and Spacial Technology showcase.

Eureka Times-Standard