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Solano County Office of Education honors 2 staff members

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FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Office of Education teacher of the year is Ron Major and the classified employee of the year is Shelia Vogel.

Recognition of Major and Vogel was announced in a press release.

The Office of Education hosts the annual Solano County Educators of the Year awards each year. The county agency began recognizing exemplary teachers in 1978 and the program has expanded to recognize outstanding teachers and classified school employees for Solano school districts and charter schools.

Each Solano County district or independent charter school can select two employees to represent their organizations in the countywide Educator of the Year program. One educator from each category will then be selected to represent Solano County at the state level.

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Family among the 15% of Fairfield residents who moved in 1-year span

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FAIRFIELD — A new study from Construction Coverage that looks at the most transient American cities found that 15.4% of Fairfield residents – 17,764 people – moved in a one-year span.

Some stayed within the county and some within the state.

Others joined the exodus from the Golden State as 135,600 more people left California than moved here in 2020.

There are a variety of reasons people leave California, including surging home prices, to be near family and more recently, the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among them is longtime Suisun City and Fairfield resident Jean Taylor Hamilton, who has called Fairfield and Suisun City home since July 1958.

She entered the Job Corps after high school. She returned and spent a few years in Vallejo with her late husband, Joe Hamilton, who taught many years at Solano Community College.

Hamilton’s mother died when Hamilton was 24. Her husband died 22 years later and she was left with a 10-year-old son to raise alone.

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Fairfield-Suisun board reviews plans to return to in-school learning

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FAIRFIELD — Shifts this week in how that state ranks counties for novel coronavirus infection have once again opened the doors for a return to in-person classroom instruction and may soon allow some high school sports to resume.

The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board continues to wrestle with the issue of educating students in the time of Covid-19, evident Thursday when the matter was once again a topic of discussion.

At issue is whether to continue with distance learning or return to in-person instruction. The topic has been covered over the past few months at each meeting, but continued changes to the state’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic has caused delays in returning to normal learning structures for students.

Superintendent Kris Corey covered the “Safe Schools for All” plan, which has been proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom and has not been adopted but is working its way through the Legislature. The plan might be implemented in February, starting with the return of children in elementary school to in-person learning. Children in middle school and teens in high school would return to classrooms in the spring.

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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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