Thursday, June 19, 2003

Bay Area growth may get 'smarter' excerpt:

A "smart growth" Bay Area could mean more townhouses in downtown Oakland and San Jose and fewer new subdivisions in outlying Solano County than previously forecast.

...ABAG predicts Fairfield will grow from about 100,000 residents to 139,400 by 2025 - 7 percent less than the previous estimate of 150,000. It will grow to 144,700 by 2030.

Under the "smart growth" scenario, Vacaville will grow by 2025 from 89,304 people to 129,100, Vallejo from 119,917 to 155,700, Suisun City from 27,000 to 35,400, Dixon from 16,180 to 32,200, Rio Vista from 4,715 to 18,100 and Benicia from 26,928 to 30,600.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Bay Area's growth likely to slacken Contra Costa Times

Vallejo seeks donations to support anti-drug nonprofit

Vallejo officials hope area businesses will help the city support a nonprofit that expels drugs and violence from area neighborhoods.

For more than a decade the Fighting Back Partnership used its yearly budget of more than $1 million to clean up drug-infested areas around Vallejo.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

SCC board votes on new funds today

Solano Community College's governing board will vote today on bringing $274,260 to the college's budget to provide a plethora of student resources ranging from meals for the soccer team to a new counselor.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Kaiser to Build New Hospital in Vacaville

Kaiser officials say there is a growing membership base in Solano County that is spurring the need for more services. Kaiser serves nearly 250,000 members in Solano and Napa counties. The group's only hospital in the two-county region is in Vallejo.

KXTV 10 News

Firefighters Rescue Bridge Worker

The worker was up on the bridge as part of the construction team working on the new span of the bridge.

Vallejo firefighters were called to the scene and freed the man just before 8 a.m.

NBC 11 News

Gordon looks to find edge in homecom The Vallejo native is third in the Winston Cup standings behind leader Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr., very much in the title picture as the season approaches the halfway point. Contra Costa Times

Gordon praised for fast F1 stint Consensus at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal over the weekend was that the four-time Winston Cup champion fared better than expected in his first drive in an F1 car last week. Gordon was described as "quick" and "unafraid." USA Today

Gordon is circuit's top road warrior Vallejo native prepares for Sears Point race Oakland Tribune
Gordon looks to find edge in homecoming San Jose Mercury News

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

County eyes making parks district

If the taxed passed, the dream of a huge regional park in the hills between Fairfield and Vallejo could become a reality. The Solano Land Trust owns 2,614 acres of open space there with its King Ranch and Lynch Canyon, but has no money for rangers, trails and other things needed to run a park.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Race fans, crews rev up for annual trek to Infineon

Many drivers aren't all that keen on road-course racing, but most do favor the Bay Area and bring their families for the weekend.

Gordon, who grew up in Vallejo before moving to Indiana, has won at Sonoma three times. Rudd, who won last year when leader Jerry Nadeau's car suffered a rear gear break with three laps to go, has won twice, as has NASCAR veteran Rusty Wallace. Tony Stewart, Winston Cup points champion a year ago, won at Infineon two years ago, and was second last year.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

State Farm favors Vallejo for center

State Farm refused to disclose potential locations, but Vallejo sources said the nation's largest auto and life insurer is looking at sites in Vallejo and Emeryville.

The Vallejo site, said to be State Farm's top pick, may not be available on State Farm's schedule because of a dispute causing new delays in the city's waterfront development plan.

State Farm plans to move up to 300 employees from its regional operations center in Rohnert Park, said Lonny Haskins, a State Farm public affairs specialist. The center in the Santa Rosa suburb currently has 830 workers.

... Delays in Vallejo's waterfront plans because of neighborhood opposition could send State Farm to Emeryville, Vallejo political and business sources said. That would be a major blow to the city's attempts to rebuild its economic base following the 1996 closure of Mare Island Naval Shipyard.


MSNBC News

UPDATE:

Vallejo's waterfront plan is being challenged by the St. Vincent's Hill Neighborhood Association, which claims the plan allows too much development. The group has threatened to sue if the city approves the project's environmental impact study. Much of the dispute centers on plans, in existence since the mid-1960s, to build condominiums on a 5-acre tract at the north end of the redevelopment area, about a mile from the State Farm site.

The association's president, Anne Catherine Bowcutt, declined to comment on the State Farm proposal, saying she wasn't aware the building was proposed for the waterfront area.

Bowcutt is part of a growing environmental movement in southern Solano County. She and other association members were among residents who joined under the banner of Vallejo for Planned Community Renewal

East Bay Business Times

Landless Tribe Seeks Site For Casino

Richard Hodges of the 500-member Sonoma Citizens to Stop the Casino said a casino on the proposed site would be a disaster for the environment and traffic -- despite the tribe's promise to ease any local impacts. "We are a little skeptical about that -- would they be willing to widen Highway 37 all the way to Vallejo? I would guess not," he said.

Gambling Magazine

Golf review: Blue Rock Springs in Vallejo

The newer East side is the better of the two layouts, with just enough variation in holes and changes in elevation. The greens rival any public course in the Bay Area and are better than some at country clubs.
True and undulating, the greens can be dangerous. A good general rule is to stay below the hole at all times.

The 358-yard No. 4 hole has one of the most difficult greens. From there, two nice par-5s are next and separated by the 148-yard sixth hole. The 502-yard No. 7 hole traverses a canyon and is a good risk-reward hole. Birdie is a distinct possibility.

Marin Independent Journal

Open for amusement

The economic downturn hasn't stopped theme parks from adding rides and live performances, nor has it deterred visitors from crowding through the entrance gate, park officials say.

"We have seen no (attendance) decrease," says Jeff Jouett, spokesman for Marine World in Vallejo. "We have seen family groups at the park and, talking to them, they're trying to get away from the TV sets. There's been a lot of war coverage, distressing daybreak to midnight coverage of war."

Marin Independent Journal

Sex Offenders Lookup

ZIP code 95112 has 369 registered offenders. ZIP code 94590 in Vallejo had the second highest with 235 registered offenders.
KGO ABC-7 News