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Farmers Fed Up With People Trespassing For Sunflower Selfies

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DIXON (CBS13) — Sunflower blooms can make the perfect picture and Solano County has become a destination for some photographers trying to capture the right shot.

Solano County farmer Spencer Bei farms 1,000 acres of sunflowers and around this time every year, his fields are busy with photographers and selfie seekers. He says cars are causing problems and each year it gets worse.

“The next thing you know they are in the canal or the ditch and the tow truck comes out,” Bei said.

Bei worries about liability issues when sunflower selfie seekers and photographers go onto his land for full-blown photoshoots and picnics. He is more worried this year with the COVID-19 crisis because nobody is wearing masks or social distancing. Not to mention, they leave behind trash and take what is not theirs.

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Gov. Newsom: COVID-19 Monitoring List Grows To 23 Counties Including Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Monterey

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SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday outlined some of California’s efforts at COVID-19 enforcement over the holiday weekend as new coronavirus cases continued to skyrocket with 23 counties being monitored by health officials.

Despite the fact that Californians by and large heeded warnings to stay away from beaches and other public spaces during the holiday weekend, numbers indicated that coronavirus infections and hospitalizations were still climbing at an alarming rate.

Gov. Newsom opened his Monday update by noting that 23 counties across the state were now on the monitor watch list. New additions to the list included Colusa, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey and San Diego counties.

The governor noted that Contra Costa County had managed to drop off the monitor list during the weekend, but has since been re-added. Solano County remains on the list, while Santa Clara County has dropped off.

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Protect pets from frightening Fourth of July experience

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FAIRFIELD — The Fourth of July, as nearly all Solano County residents have again become aware of in recent days, is not a one-day celebration when it comes to fireworks.

The pops and bangs and whistles have been delighting children and children-at-heart for more than a week.

That can be an annoyance to many neighbors, frightening for those concerned about fires and terrifying for animals who are sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and even strong smells.

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Volunteer efforts helping to carry county through Covid-19

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FAIRFIELD — Rhonda Smith and her team of volunteers spent Monday morning handing out as many as 10,000 face masks to nonprofit organizations and their teams of volunteers.

The giveaway was mentioned as part of a presentation made last week to the Solano County Board of Supervisors about how volunteer efforts have helped the county during the Covid-19 crisis.

“Our goal here in Solano County was to reach out to anybody who felt they were isolated and alone,” Supervisor Erin Hannigan said. She said the goal was to make sure they had access to food, medication and other needs.

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Child care providers launch union organizing effort

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FAIRFIELD — Allison Davis wants to empower home-based child care providers.

“Child care keeps America working . . . and child care is critical to any economic recovery,” Davis said.

She said the time is ripe for the movement to create Child Care Providers United.

“The union is a huge step to get child care recognized as an essential business,” Davis said. “I think it just builds up child care and will bring in more people into child care with better wages and benefits.”

Nearly 80% of Solano County children in working families do not have access to the child care they need, according to, a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

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Solano jobless rate in May: a little better than April, much worse than 2019

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FAIRFIELD — Solano County is slowly waking up from a hard Covid-19 sleep as unemployment fell from 15.2% in April to 14.2% in May, the Employment Development Department reported Friday.

The number of local jobs climbed to 125,400, a gain of 1,800 over April’s figure, the Labor Market Division of the EDD reported.

However, compared to May 2019, there are 20,200 fewer local jobs, the EDD reported.

One of the more promising figures was that construction added 1,000 jobs since April, now 12,400, though it is down 400 jobs compared to May 2019.

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Free Mask Giveaway

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SOLANO COUNTY – The Solano County Department of Health and Social Services, Public Health Division, is participating in a series of free reusable face covering giveaway events hosted by the Links2Hope and Pull Up Neighbor community organizations.  The free reusable face covering giveaway events will take place in the city of Vallejo on Friday, June 19 and in the cities of Fairfield and Dixon on Saturday, June 20.

Anyone interested in getting a free reusable face covering can walk or drive up to the location.  Participants will receive a bag, including a washable/reusable face covering along with resource information from Solano County Public Health on ways to stay safe and healthy during COVID-19.  Social distancing protocols will be implemented during the event and all volunteers will be equipped with the proper personal protective equipment, including gloves and face coverings.

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Vacaville district, county schools office, UC Davis team for virtual GIRL camp

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VACAVILLE — An effort to teach young girls about robotics shifted gears last week when a group of middle schoolers took part in a virtual camp that aims in part to close the gender gap in science-based career fields.

The Solano County Office of Education, in partnership with Vacaville School District and UC Davis Computing-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program, piloted a five-day virtual Girls in Robotics Leadership Camp for middle school girls.

In-person GIRL Camps, offered in previous years, were paused this year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Order includes movie theatres, satellite wagering facilities, racetracks, campgrounds, recreational vehicle (RV) parks and day camps.

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SOLANO COUNTY – Public Health officials have amended the County’s stay-at-home health order and directive to include industry guidance for low and medium-risk activities approved by the California Department of Public Health on June 5, 2020, including movie theatres, satellite wagering facilities, racetracks, campgrounds, recreational vehicle (RV) parks and day camps.

It is important to note that while the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has approved campgrounds and RV parks to open, Lake Solano Park and Campground, and Sandy Beach Park and Campground are not yet open except for boat launch during posted park hours.  These parks are developing new procedures for operating their campgrounds and day use facilities to meet the State’s guidelines and will be open for limited access at a later date. The announcement as to the opening date will be posted on the Department of Resource Management’s Solano County Parks web page at once determined.

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38 Percent Of Solano County Households Face Financial Ruin

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SOLANO COUNTY, CA — When the coronavirus pandemic hit, millions of California households were one emergency away from financial ruin — setting the stage for the unprecedented economic impact of the crisis. Here in Solano County, just under 56,500 households fit the profile.

That’s according to the latest ALICE —Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed— Report from the United Way. ALICE reports provide county-by-county data and analysis of how many households are struggling, including the obstacles ALICE households face on the road to financial independence.

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