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California governor says 4 banks to waive mortgage fees

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SACRAMENTO — Four of the nation’s largest banks agreed to temporarily suspend residential mortgage payments for Californians affected by the coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday.

The announcement comes as more than 1 million Californians have filed for unemployment benefits since March 13 because many businesses have had to shut down because of a statewide “stay at home” order to prevent the spread of the virus.

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City asking residents to practice effective social distancing at parks

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The City of Vacaville is asking all of its residents to remember to practice and follow effective social distancing guidelines when visiting one of our many beautiful parks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With spring in full bloom and the weather improving on a daily basis, parks in Vacaville seem like a great place to escape the pressures of the current COVID-19 shelter at home orders that are in place, and they are. But at the same time, we all still need to maintain effective social distance protocols to assure a safe, healthy experience at places like Lagoon Valley, Andrews Park and other favorite neighborhood spots.

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Sacramento region’s air quality expected to improve as coronavirus order cuts traffic

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One bright spot amid the coronavirus pandemic: The Sacramento region has been experiencing relatively clean air this spring.

While it’s still too early to tell, local air quality experts say they expect reduced pollution levels in the coming weeks as thousands of cars and trucks are kept off the road following California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order last week for all residents to stay at home except for essential chores or jobs.

For the last three weeks, the region’s air for particulate matter (PM2.5) on the Air Quality Index has been rated “good” except for two days, which were “moderate.” It’s an improvement from the air quality in January and February, according to data from Sacramento Region Spare The Air.

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Caltrans set to start EB I-80 project in Fairfield, Vacaville

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FAIRFIELD — The state Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin an overnight project Monday along eastbound Interstate 80 in Fairfield and Vacaville.

Caltrans will be working on existing bridges along eastbound I-80 at Ledgewood Creek Bridge near Fairfield Auto Mall in Fairfield, and the Davis Street Undercrossing Bridge and Horse Creek Bridge near Leisure Town Road located in Vacaville.

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Vacaville shop a business lesson for students

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Sparkling jewelry, potted plants in cute containers, wood-backed string art and more are just some of the cool and eclectic finds at “This and That,” a pop-up store at McBride Senior Center in Vacaville.

Even cooler are the folks behind the store — Solano County Office of Education Adult Program staff and students.

The program is all about teaching special education students skills that will help them in life outside of school.

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Solano Town Center, Vacaville outlets close as county issues shelter-at-home order

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FAIRFIELD — Both the Solano Town Center mall in Fairfield and the Vacaville Premium Outlets announced Wednesday that they have closed as a result of Solano County’s order for people to shelter at home.

The outlets plan to remain closed until March 29, while the Solano Town Center will be closed through April 8, according to announcements from each entity.

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Variety of services being offered for Vacaville seniors

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The City of Vacaville has set up a help hotline to assist seniors who are currently in self-quarantine because of COVID-19 – the Senior Helpline.

“These are some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” Mayor Ron Rowlett said. “We need to make sure our seniors are safe and secure. I know our staff and community want to do everything they can to help, and I thank you all in advance for your assistance during these difficult times.”

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City wants to help Vacaville small businesses

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Small businesses are the backbone of any local economy, and Vacaville is no different. In an effort to work with our local small businesses, we would like to ask those that are impacted by the Coronavirus about any online platforms that are being utilized to sell your product to customers.

For instance, many restaurants are utilizing apps and/or carry-out options to sell meals.  We would want to know the name of your restaurant and methods that are still available to buy a meal from you.

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Board extends date to file state income taxes to June 15

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FAIRFIELD — The deadline to file state income tax forms has been extended to June 15 for Californians who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“During this public health emergency, every Californian should be free to focus on their health and well-being,” state Controller Betty T. Yee, who serves as chairwoman of Franchise Tax Board, said in a statement. “Having extra time to file their taxes allows people to do this, as the experts work to control the spread of coronavirus.”

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