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5 Bay Area nurseries have the plants you’re looking for — orchids, palms and more

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VACAVILLE, CA - JANUARY 29: Ornaments and plants are displayed for customers at Morningsun Herb Farm in Vacaville, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Sure, you can go to your favorite home improvement store and pick up the plants that everyone grows. But if there’s something special —something unique — you just have to have for your garden, nothing compares to a homegrown nursery, and the Bay Area boasts plenty of them.

While it’s true that big box stores, which often offer plants at discounted prices, have driven several family-owned businesses under, the nurseries that survived did so with clever pivots: They expanded their plant selection and focused on specialty plants, such as herbs, orchids, California natives, Asian plants and palms.

These are some of our favorites.

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San Juan Unified To Welcome Back All Students For First Time Since Distance Learning Began

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CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) – On Monday, the San Juan Unified School District is welcoming all students back for the first time since distance learning began more than a year ago.

It’s something that some students and parents like the Oldham family in Citrus Heights were happy to see come to fruition.

“I was really excited to take this chance and go back,” Audrey Oldham, a sophomore at Meraki High School, said.

“It just feels weird to have to reintroduce myself to some people and get to know people again,” Sabrina Oldham, a fifth-grader at Carriage Drive Elementary, said.

A spokesperson for the district said that there have been some students on campus that were there for special education and other types of programs prior to this move. The district is eager and excited to welcome back students again.

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Coronavirus: Solano public schools unlikely to return to the ‘before times’

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Rebecca Schlafer-Miller a fifth-grade teacher at Edwin Markham Elementary School in Vacaville works with her students via Zoom during distance learning Tuesday. After a year of teaching by video conferencing software either from their homes or empty classrooms, teachers in the Vacaville Unified School District will be welcoming students back to school in the coming days. (Joel Rosenbaum -- The Reporter)

Like most of us, Vacaville area educators, students and families recall the week in March 2020 when their world began to change. A year and some days since, many long for the “before times.”

However, across Solano County and the nation, online education has taken root. As classroom instruction is about to resume in a hybrid model for what’s left of the academic year, local educators hold out hope that students will welcome the change.

In emailed responses to a series of Reporter questions, Ed Santopadre, associate superintendent for Vacaville Unified, noted ways student learning and achievement has been affected by the pandemic and remote learning.

“We are very proud of the work by our students, teachers, administrators and support staff to make sure students had the tools they needed and continue to motivate them to keep trying,” he said. “We have concerns about the academic progress of some students but believe we can work hard to have them catch up for what they missed. Learning is not a straight line and is very individual, so our teams are looking at each student and what supports they need.”

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Graduations In Person? California Allows Districts To Begin Making Ceremony Plans With Limits

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) — The pandemic has led to many missed milestones for students and their families, but there’s new hope graduation may go on.

The California Department of Public Health says districts can start making plans for possible in-person graduation ceremonies, as numbers trend in the right direction. The catch is that the ceremonies will likely be outdoors, with limits on who can attend.

“I’m missing out on my senior year,” said Samantha Brown, a Vacaville high school senior. Thanks to COVID, she’s lost nearly a year of activities.

“When it started, I really thought it would be two weeks or a month,” Brown said.

Starting Monday, she’s finally returning to campus and headed back to sports. Her family said things seem to be looking up.

“We’re just packing the whole year into five weeks,” said her mom, Lael Brown.

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Vacaville launches pilot program blending street cleanup with homeless work experience

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Andre T. Walker picks up litter near the Vacaville Art Gallery building Tuesday near Andrews Park. Walker is part of a pilot program called Vacaville Clean Streets that offers members of the city's houseless community, coaching, mentoring, and even the ability to perform citywide beautification tasks, such as cleaning up graffiti or picking up litter, receiving a gift card for their work at the end of the week.  (Joel Rosenbaum -- The Reporter)

A program aimed at providing job skill opportunities for unhoused individuals while also beautifying city streets has finally made its way into Vacaville in the form of a pilot program called Vacaville Clean Streets, which launched Tuesday.

Vacaville Clean Streets is an offshoot of Downtown Streets, a San Jose-based nonprofit that operates in several Northern California communities and provides a structured work program for the homeless. The program allows participants to receive coaching, mentoring and even the ability to perform citywide beautification tasks, such as cleaning up graffiti or picking up litter, receiving a gift card for their work at the end of the week.

Vice Mayor Nolan Sullivan has been trying to bring such a program to Vacaville, as he has seen the Downtown Streets program in person in West Sacramento, where he works as a service centers branch director for Yolo County’s Health & Human Services Agency.

“West Sacramento, in particular, has done some really unique things to assist their homeless but also assist the city and the residents,” he said. “We’ve been trying to bring something like this to Vacaville for the last few years.”

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Chase That Started In Vacaville Ends With Rollover Crash In Front Of California State Capitol

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A chase that started in Vacaville ended with a rollover crash right in front of the California State Capitol early Tuesday morning.

The chase started a little before 2 a.m. California Highway Patrol says they tried to pull over a driver in the Vacaville area on suspicion of speeding and possible DUI, but that driver took off.

Officers chased the suspect all the way to the Capitol Mall in Sacramento.

There, the car then appears to have hit some barriers and ended up flipping over.

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The driver and a passenger were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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Doctors rewrite ‘Hamilton’ song to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

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VACAVILLE, Calif. (KOVR) – A doctor in California and his colleagues found some Broadway inspiration, using a song from “Hamilton” to encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Andrew Liu, who has a specialty in hospital medicine, and six of his fellow physicians wrote their own rendition of “My Shot” from the hit musical “Hamilton” to encourage people not to throw away their shot when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The real struggle is the hearts and minds of people to convince them that you don’t have to be afraid,” Liu said.

The doctors released a music video to showcase their song and message. Liu hopes it shows others that their doctors are getting the vaccine and people should follow their example.

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When Can I Get A COVID-19 Vaccine? How Will I Find Out? Answers To Your California Vaccine Questions.

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While California started vaccinating health care workers and other high-risk residents in December, there are still a lot of questions about who will get vaccinated when as the state’s rollout continues to expand.

Over time, California has shifted the groups eligible to receive the vaccine and when, with many potential ways for residents to sign up for a dose. The process has been frustrating for many.

Below, find our best answers to how the state is handling the roll-out (see the state’s vaccine website here) but know that the details are changing. We will continue to update this page as new information comes out.

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Vacaville Barber Plans To Sell Shop After Licenses Get Revoked

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) — Juan Desmarais, the owner of Primo’s Barbershop in Vacaville, is just weeks away from being banned from cutting hair in the state of California.

“I don’t know how the suspension turned into revocation but it did,” Desmarais said.

The Solano County small business owner says he got a letter in the mail from the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology last month, telling him both his establishment and barber licenses will be revoked, effective March 25th.

Desmarais has been vocal about staying open defying public health orders over the past several months, keeping his shop open for his barbers to keep their jobs and provide for their families.

He says he’s even gone to court to try to keep his licenses but lost.

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Several Box Trucks Involved In Crash On WB I-80 Near Vacaville

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) — Crews have cleaned up after a crash along Interstate 80 near Vacaville involving several box trucks.

The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday along the westbound side of the freeway near Cherry Glen Road.

Exactly what led up to the crash is unclear, but at least three box trucks were involved.

One person was taken to the hospital, authorities said. Their condition was not stated.

The crash caused a significant delay as Caltrans crews worked to clean up the scene, but the debris was cleared by the early morning commute hours. Residual delays had dissipated by 7 a.m.

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