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Storm Watch: Storm Slams Northern California, Knocking Out Power Across Region

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) — The latest on the severe weather hitting Northern California:

6:30 p.m. 

Officials have lifted the evacuation for a portion of the LNU burn scar in Solano County. The Solano County sheriff’s office says residents should still remain vigilant and have a go-bag ready in case of another bad storm.

5:25 p.m. 

Interstate 80 remains closed from Colfax to the Nevada State line due to spinouts. Eastbound traffic is being during around at the Colfax exit due to the dangerous conditions. Some vehicles pulled over to the side of the road to wait out the closure, but Caltrans has no estimated time of reopening.

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Solano educator earns statewide honor

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Susan Labrecque with the Solano County Office of Education has been named California’s Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year by the Association ofCalifornia School Administrators (ACSA).

The ACSA’s award program, according to a press statement, “honors individuals for their significant contributions to education through outstanding performance and achievements.”

Labrecque joined the SCOE in 1995 as a vocational specialist to support the employment needs of students with different abilities and is now the director of resource development andtransition services.

She oversees Workforce Development and Career Technical Educationprograms and serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves.

Labrecque, the statement reads,”was honored for having great passion for improving student outcomes for students of different abilities and out-of-school youth.

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SCOE partners with Solano Library, First 5 to deliver backpacks to 5,500 early learners

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The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) wants to ensure even the youngest learners have the tools needed for education.

The agency has partnered with the First 5 Solano Commission and Solano County Library Literacy Services to provide 5,500 backpacks filled with school supplies to kindergartners and transitional kindergartners at Solano public schools.

The backpacks are filled with everything a child needs for learning, including crayons, pencils, paper, and cards to help youngsters learn letter sounds and sight words. Unit counters, a dry-erase board and markers are also included in the backpacks to support virtual learning at home.

Courtesy of Solano County Library and California State Library, the bags also include children’s books. Handouts for parents regarding screen time, library services and the Triple P parenting program can also be found in the backpacks.

The bags are intended to serve as a mid-year support for teachers, students and their families as they continue to experience distance learning, officials wrote in a news release. The bags are being distributed to school districts and charter schools throughout the county, which in turn will be distributed to families throughout Solano.

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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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