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Vacaville School Board to take part in special closed session talks

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VACAVILLE — Members of the Vacaville School District governing board will meet in special closed session Tuesday to consider two items related to personnel.

People may comment on those items at the start of the meeting, but will be limited to three minutes each, with a 20-minute time limit for each item. The board is required by law to report any action that may be taken in the closed session.

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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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Coronavirus: Vacaville mask makers aid veterans, families in need

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Joel Rosenbaum — The Reporter

Ronda Madrid said yes — and ended up touching the lives of local military veterans and families in need.

The ask — to sew masks for clients of Vacaville’s Navarre Corporation, which transports veterans to medical appointments at no charge.

The result — 300 masks made with the help of a fellow Vacaville friend and donations from grateful recipients going to Families Helping Families, a nonprofit founded by Anheuser Busch employees that provides 400 needy families with food every year.

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Vacaville dad spreads joy through ice cream

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Courtesy Photo, Ryan Rucker

Like all kids, Ryan Rucker loved ice cream.

Decades later, the Vacaville Parks and Recreation Commissioner has turned his passion into a sweet success his family, and the community, enjoys.

“Ice cream is just so fun. It just beings people together,” the married dad of two little girls advised on a recent day.

Apparently, “Be Ice Cream Or Be Nothing” was born just a few years ago after visiting his grandparents and blossomed from a hobby to a profession.

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Pavement work on I-80 on-, off-ramps set this week in Vacaville

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FAIRFIELD — Pavement work on Interstate 80 and Interstate 780 that started Monday night will continue overnight through early Friday in the Vacaville area, the state Department of Transportation announced over the weekend.

Here is the schedule:

During the off-ramp closures, motorist traveling on eastbound I-80 are encouraged to use the exit that follows the closure. During on-ramp closures, detour signs will be posted.

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Invasion Of Privacy? Police Catching More Criminals With Community License Plate Reader Cameras

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) — Vacaville Police tracked down yet another stolen vehicle out of Stockton and made another arrest with the help of community cameras equipped with License Plate Recognition or LPR cameras.

Gary Elliott showed CBS13 how the cameras work. His homeowner’s association bought several recently that are now posted throughout his Vacaville neighborhood. They already lead Vacaville Police to two suspects in a stolen vehicle with stolen items and shaved keys to possibly steal more.

“It looked to me like they were potentially looking, casing the place to steal another care or something so. So not two weeks after we installed the cameras, they paid off,” said Elliott.

Attorney David Mastagni worries such technology is an invasion of privacy.

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Vacaville Private School Plans For On-Campus Instruction To Begin School Year

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) – Vacaville Christian Schools said it is planning to reopen with full-time on-campus instruction when the school year begins later this month.

Head of School Ben Davis said in a letter to the community that he feels confident in the anticipated Aug. 24 school start date. In his letter, Davis also covered the topic of face coverings.

“We also understand that wearing face masks has created quite a bit of concern amongst families in our community,” he said. “VCS will only require face masks if it is mandated and only to the extent needed to meet minimum county and state requirements. We will partner as much as possible with families who are not comfortable with face masks should this county requirement be in place.”

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Vacaville Allows Businesses To Operate Outdoors On Vacant City Property

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) – The Vacaville city council will allow certain businesses to operate at city-owned properties.

Businesses like gyms, places of worship, and barbershops in 29 California counties were told to cease indoor operations on July 13. That meant some businesses with outdoor space nearby could continue to operate, but others without that space were left without options.

Those businesses are now permitted to use parks, vacant areas, and vacant private parking lots to work.

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Fairfield, Vacaville voters to say ‘yah,’ ‘nay’ on pot taxes in November

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FAIRFIELD — Cannabis business owners in Fairfield would be charged what amounts to a 6% sales tax on gross receipts for retail operations, and business taxes on the type of business and square footage of their operations if voters pass Measure C in November.

The ballot measure reads:

“Shall the ordinance imposing a cannabis business tax be adopted with the city taxing cannabis or hemp businesses at annual rates not to exceed $10 per canopy square foot for cultivation (adjustable for inflation), 6% of gross receipts for retail cannabis businesses, and 4% for all other cannabis businesses which is expected to generate an estimated $237,500 to $360,000 annually and will be levied until repealed by the voters or the City Council?”

Vacaville voters will decide on a similar initiative, Measure V, with the same tax assessments.

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Coronavirus: Vacaville City Council to consider outdoor operations for certain businesses

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Certain businesses prohibited from operating due to California’s stay-at-home order might be able to run their business outdoors of the Vacaville City Council approves a resolution at its Tuesday meeting.

As coronavirus cases continued to rise by March, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order suspending a variety of businesses from operating to stop the spread of the virus, including indoor malls, barbershops, gyms, movie theaters, bars, museums and more. In May, restrictions were relaxed in Solano County, allowing more businesses to open up.

However, with a new surge in cases starting in June, Newsom issued a new order July 1 directing bars and indoor operations of restaurants and museums to close as Solano was put on a state “watch list.” Twelve days later, he ordered additional closures of indoor operations for gyms, hair salons, barbershops, personal care services, malls and places of worship.

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