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Solano supervisors set federal, state legislative tenets for 2021

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FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors this week approved nine priority issues to focus on in their state legislative platform and six more in the federal platform.

The platforms define the issues of greatest concerns to the county, whether to voice its support or to rally in opposition.

There are additional issues that range from agriculture, water and natural resources; to human services; to general government; and to public safety and emergency response.

“California’s actions continue to greatly impact the county’s ability to provide vital services to the public. To fulfill the county’s commitment to the community, additional state resources should be sought to support the county’s mission to enrich the quality of life locally,” the state platform document states.

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Local firefighters sent to help hospitals struggling with COVID-19 across the state

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FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KTXL) — California’s firefighters are used to answering the call to help fight wildfires at a moment’s notice.

Now, the state is turning to them again in the fight against the latest COVID-19 surge.

“We have been working since the 6th,” explained firefighter and paramedic Blake Dombrowski.

For the past week, Dombrowski and two of his colleagues from the Fairfield Fire Department have been helping out at Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City in Los Angeles.

Dombrowski said the COVID-19 surge in Los Angeles County is worse than he expected.

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Spering moves forward with proposal to re-open Solano businesses

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FAIRFIELD — Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering said Friday he hopes to have a proposal to reopen and keep open local businesses ready for board consideration Jan. 26.

He said the health order restrictions that have closed businesses or reduced their customer capacities have “wiped out businesses.”

“I talked to a businessman who told me has been wiped out,” Spering said.

But first, the supervisor said in a phone interview, he wants to identify protocols needed to keep the public as safe as possible.

“What I am doing is I’m going to be working with staff to establish protocols we need to have in place,” Spering said.

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Effective date delayed for California’s flavored tobacco ban

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California state officials have agreed to delay the effective date of what state lawmakers intended as a Jan. 1 ban on flavored tobacco products, after opponents led by tobacco companies said they filed enough signatures to put the new law to a statewide vote.

The secretary of state and attorney general’s offices won’t enforce the pending law until county clerks have enough time to verify that there are at least 623,000 valid signatures.

Inyo County’s top elections official, Kammi Foote, this week said she was referring the petition there to the county district attorney because her office found a high level of signatures that do not match county records.

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Officials open evacuation areas in rural Fairfield, parts of rural Vacaville

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FAIRFIELD — Residents in rural Fairfield and portions of rural Vacaville were allowed to return to their homes midmorning Saturday after evacuation orders for the areas were lifted.

The areas now open in rural Vacaville include portions of Allendale and English Hills east of the existing fire perimeter.

The areas now open in rural Fairfield include rural Green Valley and rural Suisun Valley. An evacuation warning was also lifted for lower Green Valley, to include areas within the Fairfield city limits.

The area along Lyon Road in rural Fairfield remains closed.

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Back-to-school giveaway sees flood of recipients

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FAIRFIELD — Bethel Community Church joined Saturday with the city and the Fairfield Community Services Foundation for a well-received giveaway event, providing school supplies and reusable masks to local families.

Cars were lined up along East Tabor Avenue to gain entry to Bethel’s busy parking lot to pick up supplies during the two-hour drive-thru event.

Sullina Sanchez, who works with the Fairfield City Manager’s Office and was volunteering at the event, said volunteers had gathered 2,000 adult masks, 700 youth-sized masks, hand sanitizer and 624 backpacks filled with school supplies. Sanchez said she was “excited to come together to help the community, especially in these hard times.”

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Fairfield, Vacaville voters to say ‘yah,’ ‘nay’ on pot taxes in November

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FAIRFIELD — Cannabis business owners in Fairfield would be charged what amounts to a 6% sales tax on gross receipts for retail operations, and business taxes on the type of business and square footage of their operations if voters pass Measure C in November.

The ballot measure reads:

“Shall the ordinance imposing a cannabis business tax be adopted with the city taxing cannabis or hemp businesses at annual rates not to exceed $10 per canopy square foot for cultivation (adjustable for inflation), 6% of gross receipts for retail cannabis businesses, and 4% for all other cannabis businesses which is expected to generate an estimated $237,500 to $360,000 annually and will be levied until repealed by the voters or the City Council?”

Vacaville voters will decide on a similar initiative, Measure V, with the same tax assessments.

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Fairfield first responders reunite with baby they saved in April

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In April, an 8-week-old baby was unresponsive and not breathing when Fairfield Police, Fairfield Fire and Medic Ambulance crews provided lifesaving aid.

On Friday, many of the first responders were reunited with the child, who reportedly has had a full recovery.

Back in early April, Officer Jerriod Mack was the first to arrive on scene and began CPR on the infant, Jordynn. Paramedics with Fairfield Fire and a Medic Ambulance crew took over her care upon their arrival and subsequently rushed her to a hospital.

On Friday, Jordynn’s family brought the baby to meet her rescuers.

“As you can see she brings a smile to our faces,.” wrote Fairfield police officials in a Facebook post.

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Local student-athletes keep training as they await CIF’s decision on fall schedule

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FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KTXL) — Local high schools are allowing student-athletes back on the field for distance workouts.

In Fairfield, the Vanden Vikings football team just completed its second week of training.

All high schools are waiting for word from the California Interscholastic Federation to see if fall sports will continue as currently scheduled.

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CVS To Open COVID-19 Testing Site In Fairfield

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FAIRFIELD, CA — CVS Health announced Wednesday that it will open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Fairfield.

The new site is among 35 slated to open Friday across California, with the ultimate goal of processing more than 1.5 million tests per month nationwide, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity, according to CVS Health.

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