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Local fire departments begin administering COVID-19 vaccine to first responders

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Firefighters and paramedics wait outside LAC + USC Medical Center during a surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Los Angeles, California, U.S., December 27, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As California’s vaccine distribution rolls out, firefighters across the state are receiving their first doses of the coronavirus vaccine. 

Several local fire departments recently began administering their first doses. According to Fire Chief of Sacramento Fire Department Gary Loesch, some in his department started getting their first round of vaccines Thursday morning.

“Myself and a couple other members of Sacramento Fire have gotten their first shot today, and that was the Moderna shot,” Chief Loesch said in a conversation with ABC10.

Firefighters are part of Phase 1A in California’s vaccine rollout plan because they work on the frontlines, with the public, and often in a medical capacity, said Loesch. Sacramento fire personnel that are scheduled as 1A for the coronavirus vaccine have some type of medical training.

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League of Women Voters expands world affairs program in Solano County

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Want to learn more about newsy topics such as worldwide supply chains and their relation to national security? China’s role in Africa? How international organizations deal with and adjust to the pandemic?

Then you will want to register for the League of Women Voters Solano County’s “Great Decisions” program, which has been expanded this year to have a countywide reach.

In a press release issued Monday, League spokeswoman Sandy Coury said the group’s Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions program has grown over the past 60 years into a “multidimensional global studies program and is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.”

With the widespread use of Zoom, the League, which has offered the discussion series for several years and in collaboration with the Benicia Public Library, expanded access to the program “to all of Solano County,” she added in the prepared statement.

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North Bay fitness centers to miss out on post-holiday membership rush as pandemic rages on

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Paige Wray lowers her outstretched arms during an outdoor Pilates class at Airport Health Club in Santa Rosa, California, on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Alvin A.H. Jornada / The Press Democrat)

In a normal year, North Bay gyms would be gearing up for a rush of new members hoping to get back in shape after the holiday season.

But with the coronavirus pandemic intensifying and an extension of stay-at-home orders imminent, local fitness centers are instead scrambling to stay afloat while only allowed to operate outdoors in the winter elements.

“We will miss our peak season,” said Francesca Schuler, a Sonoma County resident and chief executive of In-Shape Health Clubs. “It’s like ski slopes being closed during the winter. January is everyone’s biggest month, and we’re closed.”

Schuler said only 18 of the company’s 64 gyms ― including certain North Bay locations in Napa, Vallejo, Vacaville and Fairfield ― are open for outdoor workouts. That’s devastated the company’s membership and revenue, forcing it to file for bankruptcy protection this month at time when it would traditionally aim to expand its business.

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Flooring And Tiles Marketplace Zothex Flooring Opens A New Location In Vacaville, California

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Zothex Flooring, a flooring and tiles marketplace in California, has opened a new location in Vacaville, California. Zothex Flooring is a family-owned business that has been serving residential and commercial properties in the Sacramento and Bay Area for over 12 years. The company also offers services such as in-home shopping and virtual shopping with video calls and its product visualizer tool app for phones.

The store carries carpet, carpet tile, laminate, hardwood, bamboo, linoleum, vinyl composite tile, luxury vinyl tile, and WPC. The company also carries kitchen cabinets and countertops. It also provides in-home estimates. They carry all the major brands like Mohawk, Shaw, Mannington, Armstrong, Dreamweaver, and more for the lowest prices on the market. The company claims its pricing is competitive thanks to its innovative floor solutions and competitive floor selection, its low overhead, and personal approach. The company says that all of these qualities allow them to not only offer its customers the lowest prices but also connect with them in a way that the big box stores simply can not.

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New coronavirus case records lag as counties halt testing, reporting for New Year

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Coronavirus cases continued to climb across California as public health officials closed down testing sites and halted reporting for New Year’s Day.

Health officials across the state reported 30,711 new coronavirus cases and 179 new deaths for a total of 2,356,569 cases and 26,538 deaths. In the Bay Area, 2,720 new cases were reported and nine new deaths counted as some counties closed down for the new year.

A total of 270,241 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the Bay Area, and 2,633 people have died from the virus. The most coronavirus deaths were reported in San Francisco on Saturday, with health officials reporting 5 new deaths for a total of 194 deaths. Officials in the city so far have reported 23,900 cases of the virus, 379 new cases were reported Saturday.

In the North Bay — which includes Sonoma, Solano, Marin and Napa counties — officials reported 599 new cases of the coronavirus and four new deaths for a total of 54,334 cases and 462 deaths.

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Protesters call for firing of Vacaville officer caught punching police dog

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VACAVILLE, Calif. (KGO) — Protestors are calling for Vacaville Police to fire the officer caught on video punching his K-9 partner.

(Warning video may be disturbing to some viewers.) Video shows the officer sitting on and punching the police dog.

Vacaville Police say the K-9 was not returning a toy and got aggressive — which prompted the officer’s violent response.

Protesters today called on the department to take action against that officer.

“Police dogs are police officers. If one cop is beating up another cop, he should be fired,” one protester said. “Any other time an officer would have been put on leave right away.”

But the city says the investigation is still in progress.

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Vacaville Planning Commission to further review city’s energy plan

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The Vacaville Planning Commission will revisit the city’s energy conservation strategy at a special meeting Tuesday.

According to a staff report by acting Community Development Director Fred Buderi, Senior Planner Christina Love and Traffic Engineer Gwen Owens, the City Council adopted the Environmental Impact Report for the city’s General Plan update as well as Energy and Conservation Action Strategy (ECAS) documents in 2015. The strategy seeks to improve environmental sustainability in Vacaville by developing a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve greater conservation of resources with regard to transportation and land use, energy, water, solid waste and open space in a manner that aligns with California’s goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

The ECAS is required to be reviewed by the city every five years and updated as necessary to continue reducing emissions.

On July 1, Senate Bill 743 went into effect, requiring the state’s Office of Planning and Research to amend California Environmental Quality Act guidelines to revise the analysis of traffic impacts by removing the Level of Service standard and replacing it with Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT).

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After August fire, Vaca couple resilient, grateful as they rebuild

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Jean and Chuck Ortega of Vacaville lost their 2,800 square-foot home when the LNU Lightning Complex Fire roared through English Hills in August. They plan to rebuild their "dreamed-of retirement home" on the lot and are grateful to the support they've received from their neighbors both on the night of the fire and now. (Joel Rosenbaum -- The Reporter)

Chuck and Jean Ortega, who lost their rural Vacaville home during the August LNU Lightning Complex Fire that swept through parts of the North Bay, are greeting the coming new year with plans to rebuild and with a decidedly positive attitude that appears to have become a balm to their neighbors who also lost their homes.

The harrowing chapter in their lives began with a 1 a.m. phone call on Aug. 19, and the Ortegas heard a neighbor warn them that fire had jumped Lake Berryessa “and was heading straight for them,” they recounted during a telephone interview earlier this month.

The news caught them completely by surprise. After all, when they went to bed, the fire was on the northwest side of Lake Berryessa, more than an hour away with 10 miles of lake between them and their Skyhawk Lane home off English Hills Road.

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CMF erects tents to deal with inmate Covid outbreak

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VACAVILLE — The California Medical Facility in Vacaville once again erected tents to help space out the inmate population after a Covid-19 outbreak at the prison.

Lt. Brady Olivias, the public information officer for CMF, said 10 of the 12-man tents were scheduled to be set up Monday.

“Some tents are being set up to spread out our population,” Olivias said. “We had these tents before . . . They were taken down about two months ago.”

Solano County Public Health officials described the tents as a field hospital, but Olivias indicated that is not accurate.

The idea is to spread out the inmate population to better prevent the transmission of the disease. As of Monday, there were 232 inmates with active cases of Covid-19 in the facility. No CMF inmate has died from the disease.

“The well-being and safety of the incarcerated population and staff within CDCR (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) and CCHCS (California Correctional Health Care Services) is our top priority,” officials said in a statement issued by the Office of Public and Employee Communications.

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