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See How Benicia, Solano County Roads Stack Up To Rest Of Bay Area

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BENICIA, CA — The city of Benicia did not fare so well in a recently released report that analyzes the quality of Bay Area roads.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which oversees transportation planning and more for the nine-county Bay Area, annually releases its Pavement Condition Index for the region’s jurisdictions, including cities. Last month MTC released its latest report, which assigns communities a score of one to 100 — with 100 being the best possible score — based on a three-year average of data collected from 2017 to 2019. From there, communities were placed in categories ranging from “Excellent” to “Poor.”

Best, Worst Roads In Bay Area

Who’s got the worst roads in the Bay Area? The city of Petaluma once again was ranked dead last in the “Poor” category with a score of 45 PCI. Joining Petaluma in the “Poor” category were: the city of Pacifica with 46 PCI, unincorporated Sonoma County with 47 PCI, and unincorporated Napa County with 49 PCI.

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New federal relief package offers slew of new financial options to North Bay businesses hit by new lockdowns

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Like a belated, creative Christmas stocking, the $900 billion federal relief package graces the North Bay with a little bit of everything — from $284 billion in loans to $110 billion in tax benefits.

“In Congress, they call this Christmas tree legislation,” said David Colgren, spokesman for CalCPA, a 45,000-member accountant association with 14 chapters across California.

The long-awaited stimulus — signed Sunday — features another round of the Paycheck Protection Program business loans and excise tax credit extensions that benefit wine, beer and distilled spirit producers.

It also includes $15 billion in arts and entertainment funding to help devastated music venues and cultural institutions. Museum of Sonoma County Executive Director Jeff Nathanson pledged to look into that. The museum has been closed since March.

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COVID-19 vaccine rollouts fall short: How delays impact Bay Area

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, senior Clinical Research Nurse Ajithkumar Sukumaran prepares the COVID-19 vaccine to administer to a volunteer, at a clinic in London. U.K. researchers said Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020, they are preparing to begin a controversial experiment that will infect healthy volunteers with the new coronavirus to study the disease in hopes of speeding up development of a vaccine. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – President-elect Joe Biden coming down hard on operation warp speed after news that the program is falling far short of its goal of shipping 20 million vaccine doses by early January.

The CDC says that more than 11 million doses have been distributed to states so far and about 2 million doses have been administered.

Operation Warp Speed is turning out to be quite a bit slower than expected but vaccinations are continuing to roll out here in the Bay Area.

UCSF says so far they’ve given nearly 6,000 doses to their frontline health care workers since mid-December, which represents about 41% of their workers in phase one.

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‘It gives you a little hope’: Wedding rings found in wildfire-ravaged home

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It’s tough to find a silver lining among all the devastating news related to California’s wildfires, but a Vacaville-area woman is thankful after discovering a glimmer of hope among the ashes of her home that was destroyed by wildfire this week.

With help from family, Chloe Carroll found her wedding rings among the rubble where her home once stood.

Early Wednesday morning Chloe, her husband and sons scrambled to leave their home as flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires started tearing toward their land — a piece of property with two homes on it that’s been in her family for about 35 years.

“It looked like a tornado of flames,” Chloe said, describing the fire. “I have just never seen something move so fast… The flames were taller than trees.”

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Evacuation Centers Solano County

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Solano County evacuation centers have been setup at the following areas. Staff will be available to provide information and resources.

VACAVILLE

Vacaville Ice Rink – 551 Davis Street, Vacaville CA 95688
McBride Senior Center – 91 Town Square Pl, Vacaville, CA 95688
Ulatis Community Center – 1000 Ulatis Dr, Vacaville, CA 95687 (Ulatis is a 24/hr shelter with beds)
Will C. Wood High School – 998 Marshall Rd., Vacaville, CA 95687

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State reporting glitch might keep Solano on state watch list

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FAIRFIELD — The statement came as a bit of a surprise.

Dr. Bela Matyas, the Solano County public health officer, told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that if it was not for the state reporting glitch on Covid-19 testing, the county could be close to being removed from the state watch list.

That would create the prospect of having more businesses reopen and get elementary schools closer to in-classroom instruction.

But because of the glitch, involving about 300,000 cases statewide, the Covid-19 numbers simply cannot be trusted.

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Little free food pantries pop up like mushrooms after rain across Solano

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A Food is Free Solano distribution stand was built recently at the home of Felicia Salinas in Suisun City. (Courtesy photo)

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City resident Felicia Salinas said the sign in her front yard is “simple and to the point.”

The wife, mother and nearly retired medical field worker said the Food is Free sign attached to the 5-foot-wide and 4-foot-tall pantry installed to offer free groceries, reads, “Take what you need, leave what you can. Above all be blessed.”

Salinas is just one of a rapidly growing number of locals who are jumping on the Food is Free Solano bandwagon, which was launched just weeks ago by Benicia resident Heather Pierini.

“There are 28 stands throughout the county including Benicia, Fairfield, Vallejo, Suisun, Vacaville and (Napa County’s) American Canyon,” Pierini said. “And we have connected with more than 100 agencies and organizations who have expressed interest in or have come and picked up food for distribution from us. We hit a million servings of produce – 238,000 pounds – on (July 20) – about 25 days since we started.”

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Elderly hikers airlifted after cow chased them in Solano County park

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Two people described as elderly were airlifted to a local hospital on Sunday after suffering injuries from a cow chase while hiking in a Solano County park, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP helicopter H-32 responded to the call at Lynch Canyon Regional Park, an open, hilly space north of Vallejo, and found the injured couple on a trail with a cow and calf standing feet away.

Officials hovered above the scene and sounded the helicopter’s siren to move the animals.

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Solano health care workers protest over PPE concerns

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VACAVILLE — Becky Cherry-May, a registered nurse for Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center, is concerned for the safety of patients and nurses at the hospital because of the reuse of personal protective equipmentthe concerns are underscored by Covid-19.

She along with other members of the California Nurses Association and the Caregiver and Health Care Employees Union who work as registered nurses, respiratory therapists, lab and other technicians held a protest Wednesday at Kaiser Permanente’s hospitals in Vacaville and Vallejo as well as Sutter Health’s facility in Vallejo.

It was part of a much larger information campaign.

“When you see us on the outside of the building like this, you know there is something wrong on the inside,” Cherry-May said.

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