Saturday, July 12, 2003

Fairgrounds development to get green light - 2003-07-11 - East Bay Business Times: "Solano County and Vallejo officials plan to use the opening of the 2003 county fair on Friday as the backdrop for a ceremony removing the last restriction on commercial development of the 152-acre fairgrounds site, located in a prime commercial area of the city." East Bay Business Times

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Golden State Amateur Football League playoffs:
"The Capital City Fury and Elk Grove Wolverines have advanced to the Golden State Amateur Football League playoffs.
The GSAFL is an adult tackle league that features 24 Northern California teams in two conferences.
The Wolverines (7-4), who finished in third place in the American Football Conference's Northern Division, will play against the second-place Solano Chiefs on Saturday at Mare Island in an AFC wild-card game." Sacramento Bee

Bill aims to keep cleanups on track :
"A proposed law winding its way through the Legislature could keep the cleanup of Mare Island Naval Shipyard moving ahead on schedule.
Vallejo wants to turn the former navy base into a showplace with businesses, homes, a regional park and wetlands reserves. But first, toxic materials still present from the shipyard days must be removed."
Daily Republic

Hayward wins lawsuit against famed attorney:
"Reproach is not new for the Vallejo native who's practiced law in California for more than 30 years."
San Jose Mercury News

Hayward wins lawsuit against famed attorney:
"Reproach is not new for the Vallejo native who's practiced law in California for more than 30 years."
San Jose Mercury News

Monday, July 07, 2003

Viability is fair question at fairgrounds

When people talk about the Solano County Fair, which begins a two-week run Wednesday, one question inevitably is asked.
How long will racing continue there?

Fair general manager Kim Myrman feels a lot like Mark Twain when she hears the question. Twain, who once quipped that reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated, provides Myrman some inspiration in answering the question.

"We're in racing until we're not," she said.

Daily Racing Form

California dreamin' in whaleboat finals

The Californian contingent took two firsts and a second place in Sunday's Independence Day Whaleboat Race finals.
"We're ready to come out again next year," said Kathy Fuller, team captain of the "Funatics," who beat the local Hot Flashes in Women's Division 4 by less than eight seconds. The Funatics were one of three teams that came east from the Straits of Mare Island Rowing Association (SMIRA) in Vallejo, Calif., to compete in the annual two-day event, held as part of the Greater New Bedford Summerfest celebration.
The Left Coast Boys, the lone California entry in the Men's Division, took first place in Men's Division 2, finishing more than a minute ahead of the Park Sharks, sponsored by the Whaling National Historical Park.
Best time of the day again went to the Shirtless Wonders from Peinert Boatworks in Mattapoisett, with a finish time of 9 minutes and 53 seconds to take first place in Men's Division 1.
The third team from Vallejo (located on the northern end of San Francisco Bay), the Channel Cats, took second in Women's Division 3. Mid-life Crisis, the team fielded by AA Wrecking and Abatement, took first place in 11 minutes, 47.07 seconds, followed by the Channel Cats in 12 minutes, 31.06 seconds. In third place in Women's Division 3 was the Whale's Tail team at 12 minutes 50.79 seconds.

New Bedford Standard

Sunday, July 06, 2003

A second life:

"For decades, Victor Gray tried to hide his true self. Now, says Vicki Gray, 'I stepped out of that closet, and I'm not going to step into another one.' "

...Mary Ann Smith opened her brother's letter after a day at her job cleaning offices. A photo of a woman with gray hair fell out.

"You must have puzzled over the enclosed picture," the letter continued. "Yes, it's me. I'm a transsexual - you know, Christine Jorgensen, Renee Richards - and have undergone years of therapy and hormonal treatment. After a series of surgeries that will begin October 8, I will be a woman and my true self. As you must see from the picture, it is a prospect that brings me real joy. I no longer have to lie to anyone - not to myself, to Mimi, nor to those others I love and owe complete honesty."

Baltimore Sun

A Traveler's Tale: Nursing shortage boosts demand for "gypsy" nurses:

"Kaiser Permanente doesn't seem to think so. Kaiser employs about 500 travelers in its California hospitals - including Oakland, Walnut Creek and Vallejo - but management plans to phase out all of them by summer's end.
Despite state mandated nurse-to-patient ratios scheduled to go into effect in January, based on legislation passed in 1999, Kaiser said the high costs of travelers, combined with concerns about patient care, are putting an end to the practice. "

Tri-Valley Herald

Origins of osteopathy

"Today there are 20 osteopathic colleges and about 45,000 doctors of osteopathy in the United States, according to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. That's about 5 percent of the country's physicians.

Two of the osteopathic colleges are in California: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo and Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona. "

The Union, NV