Saturday, June 14, 2003

Vallejo teens shines in Tokay Junior Golf Tournament

In the boys 14-15 flight, Vallejo's Blake Yu finished first with a 148, and was followed by Vallejo's Roberto Galletti (149) and Acampo's Kamden Brakel (150).

Lodi News-Sentinel

Burnin' bluegrass
Vallejoan quoted:

"This is what I live for," said John Murphy, a 59-year-old guitarist from Vallejo who joined the girls for a round, the stainless-steel picks on his fingertips glistening in the evening sun.

Murphy, who has a band of his own, grew up in Asheville, N.C., and has played since he was 7.

The Union

Former Napan arrested on manslaughter warrant

Working with Vallejo police, Napa police detectives arrested a former Napa resident on an outstanding manslaughter warrant in connection with the shooting death of a Vallejo man.

Jerry Milton Fowler, 19, was taken into custody in Vallejo on Thursday.

Fowler is accused of shooting Franklin Rodriguez, 23, on Feb. 21. Rodriguez had moved to Vallejo just one week prior to his death, according to Vallejo police.

Napa Valley Register

All's fair in north country

The 2003 fair season could be the last for the Solano County Fair in Vallejo, which is evaluating its future.

According to Pat Skelton, assistant general manager of the Solano County Fair, the fair is currently taking "very early steps" with developers to investigate possible development of the fair property, which is located directly across the street from a major amusement park.

Daily Racing Form

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Sly Is No Show in Family Stone Reunion

The Family Stone, the California band that paved the way for modern funk, is back in the recording studio for the first time in 32 years.

But missing is Sly Stone -- the heart and soul of a band that blended race, gender, music and politics in a glorious evocation of Sixties idealism.

Washington Post

UT's Garrido proudest of his players, not his props

Garrido's 1,428 career wins not only place him atop the coaching victory list, they lend credence to Nevin's assertion when one considers Garrido's the only coach to win national titles in four different decades and the only coach to lead two schools to national titles.

All from someone who became a coach because his dad said he wouldn't.

As a kid living in a federal housing project in Vallejo, Calif., Garrido risked expulsion in elementary school for a chance to play baseball. He was sent home eight times in six years for eating his lunch on the playground.

"If we lived close enough, we could go home for lunch, but if I ate in the lunch room, I'd have to stay in there and I wouldn't get a chance to hit," he said. "I was expelled a few times, but I would always be second or third in the line to hit."

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Lennar signs first Mare Island property sale

Vallejo's much-publicized Navy property-cum-commercial destination Mare Island got its first inhabitant with the first property sale to Earthquake Protection Systems Inc.

The 10-acre plot includes a 120,000-square-foot industrial building on the northern portion of the 650-acre island near Highway 37. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The Vallejo City Council adopted the final reuse Plan for Mare Island in 1994 and selected Lennar Mare Island as a reuse partner in 1997. Since then, the team has worked on transforming Mare Island into an industrial and commercial complex.

Earthquake Protection Systems plans to move its 20 employees from Richmond to the Vallejo site.

San Francisco Business Journal

Monday, June 09, 2003

Entries plentiful as fairs kick off

The northern California fair racing season commences Wednesday at the San Joaquin County Fair, and despite a one-week overlap with Bay Meadows, entries are strong.
Wednesday's 10 races drew 103 horses, including 75 in seven Thoroughbred races. The Thursday card had 94 entrants, including 79 in eight Thoroughbred races.

The fair season continues through Sept. 1 with stops in Stockton, Pleasanton (Alameda County Fair), Vallejo (Solano County Fair), Santa Rosa (Sonoma County Fair), Bay Meadows (San Mateo County Fair), Ferndale (Humboldt County Fair), and Sacramento (California State Fair). In addition, the Big Fresno Fair runs for two weeks in October.

Daily Racing Form

Vallejo development chief to retire

Alvaro da Silva, Vallejo's economic development director for 23 years and one of the key players in the conversion of Mare Island from an abandoned Navy facility to a commercial-industrial center, is planning to retire under a "golden handshake" program the city is developing to cut costs.

East Bay Business Times

Caltrans hopes circular pit will keep landslides at bay

Caltrans is building a giant drain on the hillside between Fairfield and Vallejo. If all goes well, the $7.2 million project will slow the landslide that threatens the freeway.

That 300-foot-deep, 20-foot-wide circular pit will have horizontal drains with perforated pipes extending from them. Water inside the hill will go into the pit during the rainy season and get pumped into American Canyon Creek. If all goes as planned, the drain will keep the landslide from becoming a soggy mess that's prone to move.

Fairfield Daily Republic