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Dixon woman, 2 sons make burger joint go despite Covid-19

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DIXON — Diane Long would not have intentionally chosen to open up her BurgerIM franchise during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Who would?

The plan for her and her two sons, Ryan, 32, and Matthew, 29, who co-own the restaurant, was to open in June 2019, or shortly after – long before anyone had ever heard of the novel coronavirus.

The preceding months and the 10 months that followed, however, were anything but easy, including having to fire a contractor, battling banking red tape to get a new one, not getting training and other support from BurgerIM as promised and a host of other problems that kept Long up at night.

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Warehouse project gets nod from Vacaville Planning Commission

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The Vacaville Planning Commission unanimously approved a request Tuesday to change the land use designation for parcels at the corner of Aviator Drive and East Monte Vista Avenue to accommodate a pair of warehouses.

The matter will now go before the City Council for final approval.

The project calls for two warehouse buildings — one 305,000 square feet and the other 204,000 square feet — south of Vaca Valley Parkway near the Solano County Water Agency building. Planning Technician Saul Uribe said the applicant, Buzz Oates Real Estate, was not proposing any exact uses at this time but would be providing 398 parking spaces, and the buildings would be concrete tilt-up structures.

Additionally, Uribe said Buzz Oates wished to obtain an exception to the height of the second building by allowing three additional feet.

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New tech helps Vacaville police recover stolen vehicle

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VACAVILLE — The city announced new measures Monday to fight crime with technology company Flock Safety, a crime-solving company that provides what the city describes as the most advanced and affordable security for neighborhoods, small businesses and law enforcement.

Two neighborhoods came together to purchase 10 license plate reading cameras to help the Vacaville Police Department ensure public safety, resulting in the first successful arrest in the Cheyenne neighborhood, Sgt. Adam Senf said in a press release.

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Vacaville barbershop owner speaks out about Gov. Newsom’s COVID-19 orders

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VACAVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) – Barbering and cosmetology guidelines were released Monday by industry officials following Governor Gavin Newsom’s approval for barbers and salons to offer services outdoors.

“Look, I was a Marine, I was a law enforcement officer and I’m just an American. And it’s un-American to be afraid, live in fear. We’re not going to be told what to do,” said Juan Demarais, the owner of Primo’s Barbershop in downtown Vacaville.

When the governor initially ordered all salons and barbershops to close, Demarais’ shop stayed open.

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Coronavirus: Young Artists Conservatory of Music is back open

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When Wanda Cook, the founding artistic director of the Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM) at 500 Davis Street in Vacaville, got back into her office in June after being shut down for COVID, she was amused to see the message on the whiteboard in the main hall.

It read, “Classes are suspended for two weeks.” That was back in March.

“Wow, that’s what we really thought,” she reflected. “We were struggling with how to produce our events with two weeks less of rehearsals.”

As with everybody else, that two weeks stretched into four months. The school’s production of West Side Story, Aladdin (the musical), the annual Black Tie Gala Concert and six all-school recital concerts had to be shut down, as did the conservatory’s programs in the Vallejo school district serving 1,500 at-risk youth. COVID-19 also closed down the program’s Solano Youth Chamber Orchestra, three A cappella groups and in-person private lessons for more than 150 students.

Fortunately, the school was able to offer online lessons in lieu of in-person. But it was a challenge, especially at the outset.

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Senior coalition, agencies choose priorities for Solano’s elderly

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VACAVILLE — Several people who as individuals or through their work are focused on senior issues came together Friday in remote fashion to brainstorm strategies to better serve Solano County’s older residents.

The needs of the county’s senior citizens was the focus of a workplan planning retreat hosted by the Senior Coalition of Solano County.

The coalition, which launched in 2005, is an advisory body to the Solano County Board of Supervisors.

The annual centenarian celebration is one of its events. Fall prevention classes, a mini medical course and the Savvy Saving Seniors program were also created through the coalition. Senior poverty issue summits, Living Legacy awards and a photo contest also came into being through the coalition.

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Coronavirus: Some Vacaville parents want schools to reopen full time

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Joel Rosenbaum — The Reporter

About a dozen people gathered outside Vacaville Unified School District headquarters Thursday to rally for a full reopening of the schools instead of the 50/50 plan approved for fall.

Kids need to return to school full time, they said, not a hybrid mix of two rotating days of 2 1/2 hours of instruction each and two days of distance learning.

The kids need the structure, the socialization and their teachers, supporters said, not being stuck at home trying to learn digitally.

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1 Home, Multiple Vehicles Burned In Vacaville House Fire

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) – At least one home and two vehicles were engulfed in a house fire Saturday night, the Vacaville Fire Department said.

The fire department said the scene is along Westwood Street. Officials said everyone was able to get out of the home and no one was injured.

Fire officials said the blaze was upgraded to a second-alarm due to the amount of fire on the scene.

The house fire was separate from a series of fires that burned along I-505 and caused a brief closure.

Source: CBS13 CBS Sacramento

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