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Solano sees days of rainfall in week’s forecast as wildfire recovery continues

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FAIRFIELD — Much of the San Francisco Bay Area is bracing for rain as a series of storms move across the region, with expected rainfall across much of Solano County starting Sunday.

The forecast calls for a 70% chance of showers between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday and a 50% chance of showers Sunday night at Travis Air Force Base, and a 60% chance of showers during the middle portion of the day Sunday and a 50% chance of rain Sunday night at the Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville.

Travis Air Force Base and the surrounding area could see between 0.10 inch and 0.25 inch of rainfall during the day, and less than 0.10 inch of rain Sunday night, the National Weather Service reports. Vacaville could see less than 0.10 inch of rainfall during the day and a similar amount Sunday night.

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Solano’s Covid-19 case increases getting smaller

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FAIRFIELD — Solano County on Wednesday experienced another decline in the daily increases of Covid-19 cases.

The Public Health Division reported 177 new cases, down from the four-day average of 288 cases experienced from Saturday through Tuesday.

The total number of cases is 25,983.

“I’m cautiously optimistic we are post-peak,” Dr. Bela Matyas, the county public health officer, said in a phone interview, “which would allow us to come off the health order.”

That, he said, would mean opening more businesses and allowing more schools to reopen.

But Matyas said there have been glitches in the numbers reporting, so he still wants to wait to make sure it is a trend.

Another good sign for the county was the step up in the intensive care unit capacity, which was reported at 28%. It was 24% Tuesday.

The seven-day positivity testing rate, however, inched up from 21.3% to 21.7%.

The county also reported its 107th deaths that’s attributed at least in part to Covid-19, and hospitalizations increased by one to 156, the county reported.

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Group launches Solano 30-day service activity, others plan MLK Day celebrations

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FAIRFIELD — The Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership kicks off its Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Service campaign Monday with “30 Days of Action” through Feb. 18.

Melinda Earp, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership AmeriCorps VISTA in Marin and Sonoma counties, and Sophia Luna, an AmeriCorps VISTA member, have worked in partnership with AmeriCorps California and California Volunteers to design special Days of Service for 2021.

The campaign focuses on food insecurity.

“While many see Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day off, we see it as a ‘day on,’ ” Earp said in a press release. “MLK Day of Service inspired us to create projects that specifically address these issues.”

Earp and Luna have created Operation DREAM, an acronym for Dedicated Readers Excel and Motivate, which operates on Solano, Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties. It’s through Operation Dream that the 30 Days of Action is being coordinated through the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership.

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Focused maintenance plan part of Solano Parks & Rec workplan

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FAIRFIELD — An ad hoc committee will be formed to help with the development of a new and more focused maintenance management plan for Solano County parks.

The action was taken as part of the approval Thursday of the 2020-21, 2021-22 Parks and Recreation Commission Workplan. Commissioners Terry Riddle and Steve Hermsmeyer were absent.

The maintenance management plan would be more detailed about the tasks that are needed to be completed, and when, and more readily available to staff without having to meet as a group.

More importantly, it would set a standard of expectations, said Chris Drake, the Parks Service manager.

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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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