Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Celebrate the New Year Without Gunfire

SUISUN CITY POLICE ANNOUNCE ANTI-GUNFIRE CAMPAIGN

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Police Department has launched the "Celebrate the New Year Without Gunfire" campaign based on a simple principle of physics: what goes up, must come down.

Celebrating the New Year by firing weapons into the air is dangerous and carries significant potential legal penalties. Each year, people in cities across America are injured or killed as bullets fall to earth after being fired into the air in a burst of celebratory vigor.

"This is an absolutely senseless danger," said Suisun City Police Chief Ed Dadisho. "People are endangering themselves, their loved ones and neighbors by illegally using firearms to celebrate. All too often alcohol consumption is a contributing factor to this lack of responsible decision-making."

Under California state law, reckless discharge of a firearm carries a maximum prison sentence of up to three years.

According to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, falling bullets most often strike victims in the head with sufficient velocity to cause death.

The Suisun City Police Department asks all residents to enjoy the holiday responsibly by locking their weapons away during New Year’s Eve celebrations, limiting alcohol consumption, and not drinking and driving.

The Department will also staff additional patrol officers on New Years Eve, with directed patrol for drunk drivers, random gunfire, and other disturbances.

>> More about the Suisun City Police Department >>

Monday, December 27, 2010

Firm Sought to Help Closeout Hwy. 12 Project Documentation

SUISUN CITY - The Public Works Department is seeking professional consulting firms to prepare and process closeout Right-of-Way Map, easement documents and related documents on a federal-aid project - the State Route 12 Widening Project - for approval of Caltrans and responsible governing agencies.

The chosen consultant will provide complete, professional, high-quality services and products; to consult City personnel, Caltrans and others who are involved with the project; and to provide the expertise, guidance, advice and assistance in accomplishing the work.

The State Route 12 Widening Project was completed in the early 1990s. The City was the lead agency and was to acquire lands for the highway and the environmental mitigation area, as well as all necessary easements, including a 20-foot-wide public utility easement for underground utilities that were relocated along the south side of State Route 12. Portions of the land acquired by the City were to be turned over to Caltrans. The City has acquired the necessary lands but the process to closeout right-of-way documents for the project was never completed.

The City-acquired parcels have not been transferred to Caltrans and the easements have not been granted to the utility companies, which include AT&T, the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District, PG&E and Travis Air Force Base. The scope of work on the closeout project is to complete this process to the satisfaction of the City and Caltrans.

Submittals are due January 20, 2011.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Architect Sought for Suisun City Senior Center Project

SUISUN CITY - The Public Works Department is seeking qualified firms to provide the architectural and engineering expertise necessary to design and prepare the plans and specifications for the Senior Center Renovation and Remodeling Project.

The City of Suisun City has received a Community Development Block Grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development to rehabilitate and remodel the Suisun City Senior Center in the amount of $600,000. >> Read Related Article >>

The Suisun City Senior Center was built in 1987 and is approximately 5,000 square feet. Since opening in 1987, the senior population in Suisun City has grown to three times the original population, increasing demand on the Senior Center and its services. The City is requesting services to prepare construction plans and specifications for a renovations and remodel of the Suisun City Senior Center. Possible renovations include kitchen remodel, additional building square footage, roof replacement, and other interior and exterior improvements.

Statements of qualifications are due January 6, 2011, and with the contract awarded in February.

>> Learn more about this bid opportunity >>

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Suisun City Police Offer Holiday Crime Prevention Tips

SUISUN CITY - Nothing can ruin the Christmas spirit faster than being the victim of a crime. Unfortunately, burglars view the holiday season a little differently than most people. For them, it is an opportunity to burglarize your home for cash, credit cards and gifts.

Don’t be an easy target. Follow these simple tips and have a safe, happy holiday season.

At Home:

  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave home even for a few minutes.
  • Don’t openly display your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window.
  • If you go out for the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so it looks like someone’s home.
  • Make it a point to retrieve your mail shortly after it is delivered. The longer it stays unattended in your mailbox, the greater the chances of someone stealing it.

Shopping:

  • Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  • Park in a well-lit space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk. If shopping near your home, consider returning home to drop off gifts. They’ll be safer there than in your car.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever possible.
  • If you need to use an ATM, use one inside the mall or some other well-lit populated area.
  • Accompany and supervise children in public facilities, including restrooms.

If you see something that looks suspicious, call 9-1-1. For Non-Emergency calls, dial 707-421-7373.

Have a safe and joyous holiday season.

>> Read more about the Suisun City Police Department >>

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Drive Carefully This Holiday Season

SUISUN CITY - With the holidays upon us and millions of Americans hitting the roads, Suisun City Police Department wants everyone to arrive safely at their destinations. Drivers and passengers need to know that officers will be out in force sending the strong message to “Click It or Ticket.”

“No one wants to start the holidays off wrong with a ticket,” said Police Chief Ed Dadisho. “Save your money for turkey and buying presents for loved ones – don’t throw it away simply because you failed to buckle up.”

While seat belt use is at a record high of 83 percent nationwide, 45 million Americans still fail to buckle up when they get in a motor vehicle. Even though in California 96.2 percent use their restraints, it still means that over 1.5 million Californians don’t buckle up.

During the holiday period, over 35 vehicle occupants who are not buckled up will be killed in motor vehicle crashes each day nationwide. Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009 due in part to the increased use of seat belts. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades.

“Sadly, the holidays, which for many are the happiest time of the year, is also one of the deadliest and most tragic,” said Chief Dadisho.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Applicants Sought for Suisun City Commissions

SUISUN CITY - Interested Suisun City residents are invited to apply for one of several vacancies on the City's Planning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission.

On the Planning Commission, there are three appointments for full terms each expiring January 2015. Applications will be accepted at the City Clerk's Office in City Hall until 6 p.m., Thursday Dec. 23, 2010.

On the Parks and Recreation Commission, there are
two appointments for full terms each expiring January 2015. Applications will be accepted at the City Clerk's Office in City Hall until 6 p.m., Thursday Dec. 23, 2010.

In addition, there is an immediate appointment available to an unexpired term on the Parks and Recreation Commission that ends
in January 2013. Applications for this position must be filed as soon as possible, as an appointment could be made as early as Dec. 21, 2010.

>> Click here for an application and more information >>


Salvation Army Community Center Study Released for Comments

SUISUN CITY - The Suisun City Community Development Department released a draft Mitigated Negative Declaration on the proposed Salvation Army Corps Community Center project for public comment.

The Salvation Army proposes to renovate and expand the shuttered community center at 586 East Wigeon Way for continued use as a community center. The project will involve expansion of the building to provide additional services, rezoning from Single-Family Residential to City Park District and a lot line adjustment.

An initial study of the proposal indicated that with mitigations the project would have no significant adverse environmental impacts. As a result, a draft Mitigated Negative Declaration was prepared and released for public comment until Dec. 14, 2010.

>> Read more about the project or review the documents >>

Monday, November 22, 2010

Your Preview of the Fall Discovery Newsletter

SUISUN CITY - While the paper copies of the Fall issue of Discovery newsletter make their way to every postal patron in town, those of you who follow us electronically get the sneak peak.

Here are the headlines, with links to individual articles:
You can also flip through an electronic version of the entire newsletter by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy the update, and have a very safe and happy holiday season!

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Community Meetings on County Solid Waste Plan Set

SUISUN CITY - Solano County will hold a series of community meetings to gather public input on proposed changes to the Countywide Siting Element of the Countywide Integrated Waste Management Plan.

The Siting Element describes the solid waste disposal facilities used by all Solano County cities and the County itself, and demonstrates the minimum 15-year disposal capacity required by State law.

Copies of the Siting Element are available at the Solano County Department of Resource Management, 675 Texas Street, Suite 5500, Fairfield, CA 94533.

The community meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

December 1, 2010 6 p.m. December 6, 2010 6 p.m. December 7, 2010 6 p.m.
Solano County Govt Center
675 Texas St., Fairfield
John Kennedy Library
505 Santa Clara St, Vallejo
Elmira Firehouse
6080 A St., Elmira
1st Floor Multi-Purpose Rooms 1600-1610 Joseph Room

In addition to the above public meetings, written comments may be submitted to Narcisa Untal Solano County Department of Resource Management, 675 Texas Street, Suite 5500, Fairfield, CA 94533 or by email.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Suisun City Senior Breeze Now Online

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - The Suisun City Senior Center is proud to announce the December issue of the Senior Breeze is now available online at http://www.suisun.com/RecCommSrvcs/SeniorCenter.html.

Get the full calendar of December events in the Breeze including:
  • Annual Kiwanis Christmas Dinner on Dec. 15
  • Karen's Annual Christmas Party on Dec. 18
  • Upcoming trips, classes and gatherings and
  • The brand new Golden Age Art Class


21 Non-Profits to Participate in 3rd Annual Suisun City Christmas Tree Auction

SUISUN CITY, CALIF. - Twenty-one local organizations will benefit from the 3rd Annual Charity Christmas Tree Auction sponsored by local business organizations at the Christmas at the Waterfront celebration on Saturday, Dec. 4.

In addition to the auction, Christmas at the Waterfront features an outdoor skate rink, lighted boat parade, daylong live music - including a 38-piece Salvation Army brass band, Christmas tree lighting, pictures with Santa, a bonfire, unique vendors and more!

The artificial auction trees were donated by the Suisun City Historic Waterfront BID and the Suisun City Business Group. Each tree is auctioned off during the event, and all proceeds return to the organization that decorated the tree. Tree delivery service is available. All trees are judged by a committee for theme and decorations. The top three winners receive a monetary prize.

For more information, call Linda Feins at Air, Land and Sea Travel, (707) 422-9777.

These non-profits will participate with these themes:

  • Premier Cats & Kittens - Shoes and Purses
  • N. Calif. Sled Dog Rescue - All I Want for Christmas is a Fur-Ever Home
  • Solano Parents of Twins and Triplets - Angels
  • Greater Calif. German Shepherd Rescue - Traditional Elegance
  • Assist-a-Grad Scholarship Foundation - Santa Claus Has Come to Town
  • Peace Jam - Saving the Animals
  • Suisun Marsh Natural History Assn. - Wildlife
  • Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano - Sweets to Share
  • Relay 4 Life - Lights, Cameras, Action!
  • Relay 4 Life (Papa Joe's Pit Crew) - A Mickey Christmas
  • Ramone gets a Service Dog - A "Green"Christmas
  • Fairfield Civic Theatre - A Musical Christmas
  • Greater Vallejo Jack and Jill of America, Inc - Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child
  • Animal Life Line - Animals - Dogs
  • OLMV Cancer Support Group - The Spirit of Christmas
  • Missouri Street Theatre - Small World
  • Cub Scout Pack #252 - Cub Scouting
  • Regents of the University of Calif. - 4H
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the No. Bay - Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Volunteerism
  • Armijo Softball Booster's Club - Giants

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Travis AFB Conducts Preparedness Exercise

SUISUN CITY - Travis Air Force Base is conducting an ongoing, around-the-clock training exercise through Friday night designed to prepare airmen for deployment operations.

Travis officials notified Suisun City that the training will include firearms simulators, explosions, smoke grenades and amplified voice commands during both day and nighttime hours. These will primarily be used Wednesday Nov. 3 through Friday Nov. 5.

Residents of Suisun City, particularly those near Travis Air Force Base boundaries, may see or hear portions of this military exercise, particularly during nighttime hours when sound tends to carry further. It is only a training exercise necessary to prepare airmen for deployment.

Travis officials issued the notification to prevent panic or anxiety from members of the community unaware of the exercise.

If you have any questions or concerns about this exercise, contact the Travis AFB Public Affairs Office at 707-424-2011.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Earthquake Drill

Suisun City is participating in a statewide earthquake drill.

Had this been an actual emergency, you would have received new updates through this channel.

>> Click here for more information on the Great California ShakeOut >>
>> Click here for disaster preparedness tips >>

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Suisun City Secures $685,000 Grant for Senior Center Improvements

SUISUN CITY – The Suisun City Senior Center will get a new roof, kitchen, site improvements and pedestrian safety measures thanks to a $685,000 federal grant.

Suisun City Public Works officials received written confirmation of the grant award this week from the state Department of Housing and Community Development, which administers the program. The City applied for the grant for the second time this June through the Community Development Block Grant program.

The block grants, designed to benefit low- and moderate-income people, are highly competitive. This is the first rehabilitation grant Suisun City has received through this program.

“The money is sorely needed to upgrade this vital facility that serves so many Suisun City seniors,” said City Manager Suzanne Bragdon. “We are delighted the State recognized this need in our community, and appreciate the outstanding grant-writing by Public Works Management Analyst Alysa Majer.”

By early 2011, Public Works staff expects to issue bidding documents to start the process of designing and building the Senior Center improvements.

The Senior Center, located at 318 Merganser Drive, was built in 1987 to provide recreation and social activities for local seniors, and access to a variety of resources. But since the Center was constructed, Suisun City has seen its population of seniors increase more than 150 percent.

The block grant will
  • Renovate the kitchen, including new energy efficient appliances and safety devices
  • Replace the roof, which regularly leaks during storms
  • Upgrade landscaping, parking, trash enclosures, fencing and other exterior features.
In addition, the City will upgrade the facility’s driveway and ramps to enhance accessibility, install countdown pedestrian signals at nearby intersections, repair sidewalk tripping hazards and improve accessibility at a nearby bus shelter.

Snow Coming to Suisun City!

As part of the opening day of the Old World Christmas Market on Thanksgiving weekend, the Suisun City Historic Waterfront B.I.D. has partnered with the Matt Garcia Foundation to present Snow Day on the Waterfront free for children 12 and under.

Weather permitting, the snow will be available on the east end of Solano Street between Air, Land and Sea Travel and the Athenian Grill on Saturday, November 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“To have children play in the snow who may not otherwise have ever seen snow is an wonderful idea,” says Vince Guisande, foundation board member and B.I.D. member. “To the best of our knowledge, there has not been a snow event in the Fairfield-Suisun area.”

The 1,000 square foot snow park will be covered with about a foot of blown snow created using 20 tons of ice chopped on site by Glacier Ice of Fremont. The area will be fenced for safety reasons, and hay bales will be placed around the perimeter of the snow to provide seating for parents.

Depending on the outside temperature, the blown snow is expected to last three to five hours. As snow events do not work well in the rain, the event will be cancelled if there be rain in the forecast the day before the event.

The Matt Garcia Foundation is dedicated to supporting youth and helping to stop crime in order to build a stronger community in Solano County.

For more information on the event, email info@suisunwaterfront.com, or check www.suisunwaterfront.com and www.mattgarciadreamteam.org websites for the latest information.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Salvation Army to Reveal New Vision for Suisun City Center

SUISUN CITY, California - The Salvation Army and Suisun City Council invites the entire community to attend a very special unveiling on Tuesday night of all new plans for the Salvation Army Corps Community Center.

"The old is being wiped away with an expanded and improved plan that is virtually incomprehensible," City Manager Suzanne Bragdon said. "We still have to pinch ourselves to be sure we're not dreaming!"

The Salvation Army will present its plans to the City Council at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 19) at the start of the regular City Council meeting in City Hall, 701 Civic Center Blvd, Suisun City

A brief reception will follow during which residents can meet Capt. Jonathan Harvey, his wife Vicky and other members of The Salvation Army team, and see the new renderings up close.

It's been just about a year since the Suisun City Council sold the shuttered community center on East Wigeon Way to The Salvation Army. Initial demolition and remodeling work was put on hold when a new source of funding became available that nearly doubled the budget for the Suisun City center.

From the start, Suisun City leaders and The Salvation Army shared a commitment to provide the community with the very best center and do it right. The new plans are the next step in that process.

For more information on the Suisun City Corps Community Center, go to www.Facebook.com/SuisunSalArmy or call 707-332-3209.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Speed Radar Signs to be Installed in Suisun City

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - New solar-powered speed radar signs will be installed on Pintail Drive this fall near two local elementary schools.

The signs are designed to remind motorists of the speed limit on the street and encourage them to comply. The new signs will create a safer environment for students walking or riding their bikes to and from the schools.

The Suisun City Public Works Department is seeking quotes from qualified contractors to install the new signs.

Contractors interested in providing quotes for this work are encouraged to submit a formal bid to the Public Works Department. All bids are due by 2 p.m. Wednesday October 27, 2010. >> Read more >>

Suisun City to Upgrade Highway 12 Signage

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - The Suisun City Public Works Department is seeking quotes from qualified contractors to upgrade the signage along Highway 12 through the city.

To enhance the highway driving experience and support the City's economy, various signs along Highway 12 will be relocated and some additional signage will be installed. The work is expected to take place in late 2010 or early 2011.

Contractors interested in providing quotes for this work are encouraged to submit a formal bid to the Public Works Department. All bids are due by Noon Tuesday October 26, 2010. >> Read more >>

Fuel Cleanup Work Continues

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - A contractor working for Travis Air Force Base has begun excavating soil near the site of a fuel pipeline leak that occurred nearly two years ago.

Working for the Air Force under guidance from Solano County, the contractor will excavate a trench approximately 10 feet wide by 60 feet long to a depth of 12 feet on the shoulder of Highway 12 near Lawler Ranch Parkway.

The soil is being hauled to a certified hazardous waste facility out of the area.

The work is expected to continue through October 26.

No traffic disruptions or public safety hazards are expected related to the current work.

For more information, please contact Merrie Schilter-Lowe at Travis Air Force Base Public Affairs at 424-4011.


Suisun City on Good Day Sacramento!

Good Day Sacramento came to Suisun City this morning looking for dining with a view! They got not one, but two awesome places to dine right on the Waterfront!

Check out Bab's Delta Diner and Athenian Grill on Good Day Sacramento!



Congratulations Rebecca and Shelly!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"Dracula" to Haunt Harbor Theatre This Halloween

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - Plan to catch the classic retelling of Bram Stoker's classic "Dracula" this Halloween season at the Harbor Theater in the Suisun City Waterfront District.

Presented by Solano College Theatre under the direction of Daren A.C. Carollo, this dramatization by Steven Dietz is the truest version to Stoker's classic novel, and bring suspense and seduction to the stage.

As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances – in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate.

Rich with humor, horror and sensuality, Dracula is rated PG-13.

Dracula opens at the Harbor Theater, 720 Main Street, Suisun City, on October 21 and runs through November 7 with shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, and a Sunday matinee.

>> Click for more information >>

Monday, September 27, 2010

2010 Coast & Creek Cleanup a Big Success

SUISUN CITY - The volunteers who participated in the Coast & Creek Cleanup this past Saturday pulled a tremendous amount of garbage and recyclables from local waterways, according to initial figures reported by the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District.

According to the District, the 364 volunteers hauled
  • 6,381 pounds of garbage and
  • 1,173 pounds of recyclables from
  • 22.5 miles of creek and waterfront in
  • 14 sites in Suisun City, Fairfield and Solano County.
In Suisun City, a key work site was near the Boat Launch and Peytonia Slough, and in the waterway with volunteers using kayaks. Other nearby sites included several at key spots on Grizzly Island Road extending out into the Suisun Marsh.

While the participation and haul was tremendous, the amount of rubbish pulled from the waterways also serves as a reminder for everyone to be more careful about their waste. Make sure all items are disposed of properly, and waste containers are properly closed, particularly to protect against our trademark Suisun City winds.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and particular thanks to the Sewer District for taking the lead in organizing the local Cleanup each year! We hope to see you all again in 2011!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

West Nile Virus Detected in Solano County for First Time in 2010

WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY SPURS REMINDERS TO AVOID MOSQUITOES

Solano Public Health officials confirmed today that there is current evidence of local West Nile virus activity and urged residents to avoid exposure to mosquitoes and horse owners to vaccinate their horses.

Solano Public Health received lab confirmation late last week that a horse within the city limits of Dixon, had contracted West Nile virus (WNV) which resulted in its death. The horse had not been vaccinated.

In addition, a chicken within one of the county’s (Cordelia) sentinel surveillance flocks, which are screened routinely to test for mosquito-borne diseases, tested positive for WNV Friday.

“These two test results are the first confirmed equine and poultry WNV cases of 2010 in Solano County, and are the first confirmed indication of local WNV activity for this year,” said Michael W. Stacey, MD, Interim Solano Public Health Officer.

WNV is a virus transmitted to humans and animals from mosquitoes who feed on the blood of infected birds.

“I urge residents to avoid exposure to mosquitoes, and urge horse owners to vaccinate their horses,” Dr. Stacey said. Horses need to be vaccinated against WNV at least annually and horse owners are advised to consult with their local veterinarian for advice on frequency of vaccinations for their specific area.

Solano County Mosquito Abatement District (SCMAD) regularly traps and tests groups of mosquitoes for various diseases, as one of many steps they take to control the mosquito population.

“Three samples of mosquitoes collected in the vicinity of the deceased horse in Dixon were tested, and all three were negative for WNV,” said Jon Blegen, Solano County Mosquito Abatement District Manager.

“We are vigilantly working to control the mosquito population in our county. Our mosquito counts have been very low so far for this season. However, unmaintained swimming pools due to home foreclosures have become a problem statewide and can potentially produce the types of mosquitoes that spread WNV. If you have seen a green pool, please report it to us at (707) 437-1116,” said Jon Blegen, Solano County Mosquito Abatement District Manager.

Symptoms of West Nile fever in humans include headache, fatigue, fever, skin rash on the trunk of the body, swollen lymph glands and eye pain.

“It’s important to remember that 80 percent of people who contract WNV will have no symptoms. Approximately 19 percent of people infected with WNV will develop West Nile fever and notice mild, flu-like symptoms. Less than one percent of those infected will develop severe neurological disease,” Dr. Stacey explained.

“West Nile virus is rarely life threatening, but the most severe forms of the virus may
affect the central nervous system causing meningitis and encephalitis,” Dr. Stacey said.

Although people of all ages can become ill, people at most risk for developing severe neurological diseases as a result of WNV infection include those over age 50, those with immune systems compromised by illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, or people who are undergoing cancer treatments.

“Anyone who experiences flu-like symptoms with a stiff neck should seek medical care,” Dr. Stacey emphasized. There is presently no vaccine or antiviral treatment available to combat WNV in humans.

As of September 20 this year, the California Department of Public Health reports that there have been forty-five human cases of WNV from eleven counties across the state. The first human fatality in California was announced last week from Fresno County.

“The best strategy to avoid contracting WNV is to prevent mosquito bites. I strongly urge the public to practice the five D’s of prevention,” Dr. Stacey added.

  • Dawn and dusk - wear pants and long-sleeve shirts when you are going to be out at these times.
  • DEET – use insect repellent that contains DEET according to packaging directions (non-DEET alternatives, picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are also approved by the EPA).
  • Doors and windows – make sure screens are tight fitting and doors close completely.
  • Drain standing water around your house and use mosquito fish in areas, such as ornamental ponds and horse troughs [call SCMAD at (707) 437-1116 for free mosquito fish].
  • Dead birds – report dead birds and tree squirrels online at www.westnile.ca.gov or by calling 1-877-WNV-BIRD (1-877-968-2473).
“As we approach duck hunting season, with hunters out in the marsh at dawn and dusk, we remind them to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes and to use DEET,” Blegen said.

From 2002 through 2009, there have been fifteen symptomatic cases of WNV in humans in Solano County, eight of which had neuroinvasive disease. There have been no fatalities in Solano County attributed to WNV to date. In 2009, Solano County had no confirmed human cases of WNV and there have been no human cases year to date in 2010.

Additional information about WNV can be found on the Internet at www.westnile.ca.gov or www.cdc.gov.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Free Foreclosure Prevention Event

FREE “SAVING THE DREAM” EVENT FOR SOLANO COUNTY HOMEOWNERS

If you are having trouble with your mortgage or are moving toward a foreclosure, then the "Saving the Dream" foreclosure prevention event on Sept. 11 may help you.

Representatives from Wells Fargo/Wachovia Bank, Bank of America, Chase Bank and HUD-approved housing counselors will help homeowners avoid foreclosure at this free foreclosure prevention event hosted by the Solano Association of Realtors.

HUD-approved housing counselors will assist homeowners who have mortgage loans with other financial institutions apply for HAMP and other mortgage loan modification programs.

The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at the Solano Association of Realtors, 1302 Springs Road, Vallejo >>Click for map>>

This event is co-sponsored by the City of Suisun City, and sponsored by the City of Vallejo, Vallejo Neighborhood Housing Services and East Bay Neighborhood Housing Services. Additional co-sponsors include the cities of Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield and Vacaville.

It is made possible with a grant from California Housing and Finance Agency and the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling (NFMC) program.

This event is FREE. The first 25 people to register are guaranteed an appointment with their servicer or a HUD-approved counselor.

Attendees must bring copies of their current paystubs, bank statements, recent tax returns and completed Counseling Service Request and Contract Application.

Interested homeowners should preregister by calling (510) 237-6459 ext 11 and download the program application at www.eastbaynhs.org.

Applications may also be obtained at any of the participating/sponsoring agencies. Se Habla Espanol.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Engineers to Present Recommendations to Fix Lawler Falls Park Ponds

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - The Suisun City Parks and Recreation Commission will receive a report on Sept. 1, 2010, from KASL Consulting Engineers regarding the perpetually leaky Lawler Falls Park ponds.

KASL was hired by the City Council in June, following a competitive bidding process, to conduct a comprehensive investigation and study to identify the factors contributing to the water loss.

The resulting study included a thorough inspection of the facility, and a report that identifies deficiencies and provides recommendations to restore the ponds and pump circulation system to full operations with minimal water loss.

The ponds in Lawler Falls Park have leaked for some time, despite the best efforts of City engineers to determine the source of the leak and at least one attempted repair.

KASL will present its report and recommendations to the Parks and Recreation Commission at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1 in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 701 Civic Center Blvd.
>> See meeting agenda >>

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Friday, August 13, 2010

General Plan Guiding Principles to be Considered by City Council

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - On Tuesday (Aug. 17), the Suisun City Council will consider confirming guiding principles for the update to the City's General Plan.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Suisun City Hall, 701 Civic Center Blvd.

Many jurisdictions throughout California have chosen to establish guiding principles at the beginning of their General Plan Update process to assist in the development of the General Plan.

The creation of such principles is usually followed by the development of (or confirmation of) goals, objectives and implementation measures in the final General Plan. The vision of the plan is “what” you want to accomplish, while the guiding principles are “how” you would accomplish that vision.

The General Plan is the main community planning document required for every community in California. It is designed to outline acceptable uses for every section of the city to ensure orderly development of homes, businesses, parks, schools, transportation and other community facilities.

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New Website Alerts Public When Sex Offenders Remove GPS Devices

SUISUN CITY POLICE OFFERS CONVENIENT LINK TO NEW FREE SERVICE

SUISUN CITY, Calif. -
The Suisun City Police Department is providing City residents easy access to a new free statewide alert service that notifies subscribers about sex offenders who violate their parole by removing GPS tracking devices.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation launched the new website to provide the public with the parolee’s name, physical description, picture and last known whereabouts. Alerts are updated within hours of a warrant being issued.

Anyone can via email to the alert system free of charge.

This web page was established following a directive issued earlier this month by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that CDCR notify the public and the media whenever a paroled sex offender removes his or her GPS unit and absconds from parole.

CDRD already notifies law enforcement through the California Department of Justice’s Criminal Intelligence and Investigation system alerts.

To subscribe to alerts, visit http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/parole/GPS-Wanted-Alerts.html.

>> For more information on California parole reform and public safety efforts please visit: www.cdcr.ca.gov and click on the Parole tab. >>


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Consultants Sought for Senior Housing Feasibility Study

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - With seniors often limited in housing options due a variety of lifestyle, medical and economic issues, Suisun City is committed to helping ensure an adequate supply of suitable housing for senior residents.

The Community Development Department is seeking a qualified consultant to conduct a Senior Housing Feasibility Study to identify sites within the Waterfront District appropriate for possible development of housing for low- to moderate-income adults who are 55 years of age and older.

Using a California Community Development Block Grant program Planning and Technical Assistance Grant, the Department will hire a consultant to conduct a needs and market analysis to help determine suitable locations. Early in 2011, the Department anticipates issuing another request for proposals for a site-specific predevelopment study.

The City has identified a need for housing that is accessible to residents aged 55 and older. At present, there is one 104-unit senior living development in the city with 16 units restricted to very low-income seniors. However, 83% of Suisun City senior renters are low, very low or extremely low-income.

The Housing Element identified a number of objectives and programs to respond to this community need. One action is to assist developers located suitable sites for senior housing developments.

A priority development area has been established in the Waterfront District near the Suisun Train Station with the intent of creating an area of high-density housing were the day-to-day needs of residents are met in a pedestrian-friendly area served by transit.

Qualified firms interested in assisting with this work should reply by Aug. 25, 2010.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Theatre Touring Company Auditions Announced

SUISUN CITY, Calif. – Solano College Theatre announces auditions for the fall semester Theatre Touring Company.

Solano College Theatre Touring Company is often described as Solano College’s goodwill ambassadors providing entertainment and community service wherever they appear. Currently under the musical direction of Vivian McLaughlin, former star of Disney Television’s "Out of the Box," and award-winning choreographer Staci Arriaga, this diverse and talented ensemble performs a fully choreographed Broadway style musical revue throughout Solano County and the state of California.

They have made appearances for An Evening with Tom Hanks, a benefit fundraiser for the theatre hosted by the actor and in Sacramento at the Community College League Centennial Dinner and California State Fair. Other venues in which they regularly perform are Disneyland in Anaheim, Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, Solano and Napa County Fairs, local libraries, parades, schools and retirements communities.

AUDITION DETAILS:
  • When: Saturday August 14th, 2009. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Harbor Theatre – 720 Main Street, Suisun City >> Click for Map >>
  • What: Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song that shows off your vocal range & personality. Bring clearly marked sheet music in your key. Accompanist will be provided. Wear clothes you can move in and jazz shoes/dance sneakers for the dance portion of the audition.
  • Details: Rehearsals begin September 18, 2010. Rehearsals are held Saturdays from 9:30a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Involvement with the company means performing on average once a week for 12 weeks.
  • Contact: Call Stage Manager, Sue Cavazos to schedule your audition appointment. (707) 592-1549

Planning Commission to Host General Plan Workshop

Residents invited to give input on future of Suisun City

SUISUN CITY - The Suisun City Planning Commission will hold a workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 10, 2010, on the comprehensive update of the City's General Plan.

The focus of the workshop, which will be held at City Hall, is to discuss the General Plan Update status and upcoming milestones, and to continue soliciting input and comments from Suisun City residents.

It is the intention of the Planning Commission to hold periodic workshops on the General Plan as the update process continues over the next 12-18 months.

The General Plan is the main community planning document required for every community in California. It is designed to outline acceptable uses for every section of the city to ensure orderly development of homes, businesses, parks, schools, transportation and other community facilities.

State law requires that a city’s General Plan be updated periodically so it remains an accurate reflection of the city’s existing and intended development, and the environmental impacts of planned growth. It guides decision making in the community regarding city goals.

Since Suisun City’s General Plan was last updated, state law changed to require that issues such as climate change and green house gas reduction be considered when planning future development.

In April 2010, the Suisun City Council approved a contract with AECOM to assist city planners update the General Plan.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

GREAT Program Combats Gang Influence

POLICE TO IMPLEMENT CURRICULUM THIS SCHOOL YEAR

SUISUN CITY - The Suisun City Police Department is the first agency in the Solano County region to launch a new gang education program to help inoculate incoming sixth graders against gang lifestyles.

The Suisun City Council recently accepted a federal grant to pay for the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program. The curriculum, taught by specially trained police officers, will be introduced at Crystal Middle School this school year, but may expand to the three elementary schools in Suisun City depending on scheduling.

“The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District has been a great partner of ours in bringing these types of youth-oriented prevention programs to our schools,” said Police Chief Ed Dadisho. “The District recognizes the importance of implementing the GREAT Program as a preemptive anti-gang measure for our at-risk youth.”

The GREAT Program, which is administered by the federal Office of Justice Program’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, is a classroom curriculum intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. GREAT lessons focus on providing students with life skills to help them avoid engaging in delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Pedestrian Safety Project Opened for Bidding

NEW HIGHWAY SIGNALS PART OF SCHOOL SAFETY PROGRAM

SUISUN CITY - As part of the City's ongoing commitment to enhance safe routes to local schools, the Public Works Department is seeking contractors qualified to install new pedestrian signals at three key intersections.

New pedestrian countdown signals will be installed at three frequently used surface crossings on Highway 12
  • Marina Boulevard
  • Sunset Avenue/Grizzly Island Road
  • Lawler Ranch Parkway/Emperor Drive
The new signals, known as countdown signals, will indicate to pedestrians the amount of time they have remaining to cross Highway 12 before the traffic signals change.

These key intersections are commonly used by students to travel by foot or bicycle to various school campuses in Suisun City. Suisun City Public Works has coordinated the installation of the new signal devices with Caltrans.

The intention is to have the new signals up as soon as possible to enhance the safety of students returning to school in the fall.

>>Read more about the project and see bidding information>>

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

National Night Out set for Aug. 3

COMMUNITY TO JOIN TOGETHER AGAINST CRIME, DRUGS

SUISUN CITY - The Suisun City Police Department is proud to sponsor National Night Out 2010 on Aug. 3 in Heritage Park.

One night a year, everyone in the community is invited to join with friends and neighbors in block parties across Suisun City to focus on public safety awareness and basic safety prevention techniques.

“This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and at the same time stand together against criminals who prey on the innocent,” said Chief Ed Dadisho.

It’s all part of National Night Out 2010, a nationwide effort to build safer communities through the old-fashioned small town virtues of getting to know your neighbors and watching out for each other.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and united in preventing crime, and taking back our neighborhoods.

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 3rd, the Suisun City Police Department will host a community block party at Heritage Park located on Village Drive between Merganser and Pintail drives .
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The event will bring together various organizations committed to promoting community unification. This extraordinary event will include a free BBQ, children’s jump houses (sponsored by Code Kid), as well as other youth games and activities. There will be informational booths and safety demonstrations by local public safety agencies. All residents are invited to attend and join in the festivities.

In addition to the community block party, various Neighborhood Watch groups also will host localized block parties for their areas. City leaders, Firefighters and Police Officers will visit such parties throughout the evening. To register an individual block party, contact Pam Greenwood at 707-435-2748 or pgreenwood@suisun.com by July 27.

Lock your doors, turn on your outside light and spend the evening with your neighbors, your friends and your public safety officials. We all have to start somewhere, let’s make this the first step together.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Suisun City is Still Helping First-Time Homebuyers

Program Extends Beyond Tax Credits to Target Foreclosed Homes

SUISUN CITY - Federal homebuyer tax credits may have expired, but Suisun City is still in the business of helping first-time homebuyers get into a house of their dreams.

Qualified buyers can get down-payment assistance of up to 25 percent of a home’s value through the Suisun City Redevelopment Agency’s First-Time Homebuyer Program. The program targets foreclosed and short-sale homes to return them to individual and family ownership so they are neighborhood assets.

The program was designed to support existing Suisun City neighborhoods to ensure the long-term quality, value and availability of a variety of housing options.

“The federal government may have done all it could to reinvigorate the housing market, but Suisun City isn’t done yet,” said Project Manager Vivien Chua Togonon. “Despite State raids on our redevelopment funds, we are committed to reinvesting in our neighborhoods to make Suisun City the region’s best community for families.”

The Redevelopment Agency has streamlined the program to make it easy to understand and navigate.

Qualified buyers can get a loan in the form of a second mortgage on which the homeowner makes no monthly payments. Upon future sale of the property, the Agency recovers the principal it invested and shares in a pro-rata portion of any equity appreciation in the home.

Approved First-Time Homebuyer Program participants also get first chance to make an offer on properties acquired and completely renovated through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. These homes may qualify for down-payment assistance of up to 35% of the property’s value.

Households that qualify for the First-Time Homebuyer Program are also qualified to participate in the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, which provides up to $2,500 in a matching grant to help homeowners with exterior improvements.

The Suisun City Redevelopment Agency launched the First-Time Homebuyer Program in January 2009, committing $3.4 million. Since then, the program’s staff has fielded 278 inquiries, qualified 30 homebuyers with 60 days purchase a home, and closed 22 escrows with the help of a Suisun City down-payment loan.

For more information, go online to www.suisun.com, call 707-421-7309 or e-mail homebuyer@suisun.com.

Suisun City Public Works Seeks Landscaping Firm

Plantings to Beautify New Bike Trail Extension

SUISUN CITY - The Public Works Department wants to hire a landscaping firm to install attractive new plantings along the recently completed Central County Bikeway Extension along north Main Street.

The work, estimated to cost about $55,000 to $70,000, includes removing existing plants, installing trees, shrubs and vines along with necessary irrigation systems, grading, soil preparation and constructing a retaining wall.

The landscaping will provide the finishing touches on the Bikeway Extension that links Suisun City's main residential neighborhoods with the Train Station and the Waterfront District. The Bikeway Extension officially opened in October 2009.

In addition to providing recreational opportunities and a new safe route to school, the Bikeway also is expected to be a significant route for people attending Waterfront District events, such as the upcoming Independence Day Spectacular.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

FasTrak Tags Now Available at Suisun City Train Station

Commuting drivers can now purchase a FasTrak toll tag at the Suisun City Train Station as part of the Bay Area Toll Authority's effort to expand the retail locations for the automatic tolling device. >> Map to Train Station >>

The FasTrak transponder can be purchased at the Transit Information Center in the Train Station staffed by the Rio Vista Delta Breeze. Until July 15, new customers who pick up a FasTrak toll tag can get up to $10 in free tolls.

"With the toll tags available at the Suisun/Fairfield Amtrak Station and the Rio Vista Municipal Airport, central Solano County bridge commuters have another location where FasTrak enrollment can become more convenient," said Solano County Supervisor and Bay Area Toll Authority member Jim Spering. "And convenience is really what FasTrak is all about. Because FasTrak customers prepay their tolls, they don't have to stop to pay cash at a toll booth. The correct toll is deducted electronically from a customer's prepaid account when they pass through the toll plaza. Having the tags available at the Suisun/Fairfield Amtrak Station and Rio Vista Municipal Airport is especially timely for carpool commuters because they will have to use FasTrak to qualify for the new discounted carpool toll that begins July 1."

The new $2.50 carpool toll, which is half of the new $5 regular toll (and a $3.50 discount off the new $6 peak-period toll on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge), will be assessed for carpool vehicles that cross the region's state-owned toll bridges in designated carpool lanes on weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

July 1 also will mark the debut of congestion pricing—also known as time-of-day pricing—on the Bay Bridge, which is by far the region's busiest toll bridge. Beginning July 1, auto tolls on the Bay Bridge will vary from $4 during weekday off-peak hours, to $5 all day on Saturdays and Sundays, and to $6 from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. The regular auto toll will rise to $5 from the current $4 at all times on the six other state-owned toll bridges: the Antioch, Benicia-Martinez, Carquinez, Dumbarton, Richmond-San Rafael and San Mateo-Hayward bridges.

For Rio Vista Delta Breeze transit route and schedule information, call (707) 374-2878 or 511 and say "Rio Vista Transit." You can also visit Rio Vista Delta Breeze on the internet at www.deltabreeze.org. Rio Vista Delta Breeze is a service of the City of Rio Vista.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Suisun City Welcomes Summer in a Huge Way!

With school over and the weather warming, summer is a favorite season for many, particularly the rain-weary in Northern California.

Suisun City, California, is welcoming Summer in a big, big way starting this weekend!

Dimitri's Lounge
- the hottest new live music and comedy venue - is setting the table with soulful Jazz and Spoken Word by "Ifamodupe" on Thursday (6/10) followed up Friday night (6/11) with the region's favorite party band - The Time Bandits!

That should get you warmed up for Saturday (6/12) with fun for literally everyone:You might want to stop in to one of the 12 independent restaurants in the Waterfront District to refresh, and maybe consider an overnight stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Suisun City Waterfront because we've got some more on Sunday!

On Sunday (6/13)
  • Diablo Jet Ski Action will take to the Suisun City Marina waters for the most exciting, live jet ski racing in Northern California! Suisun City hosts the only venue to get an upclose view of all the free race action from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

  • Grab some lunch or visit the Lawler House before you wrap up the weekend back at Dimitri's Lounge with The Sound of Souls Band at 7 p.m.
Whew! That's a seriously busy weekend! And that doesn't even include a trip out to Suisun Valley for some great wine tasting at the best wine country you've probably never heard about!

And that's just the start of the summer in Suisun City! The next weekend - right in time for Father's Day - we kick off the Friday Nights at the Waterfront concert series, the Saturday Night at the Movies outdoor film festival and the Waterfront Jazz Series each Sunday through September. Plus, the Lady of Suisun is running two Father's Day cruises on June 20!

Make sure to go to www.VisitSuisunCity.com for all the information, or join us on Facebook!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Suisun City Public Works Reissues Main Street Project Bid Announcement

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Public Works Department has re-issued the bid documents for the Main Street Rehabilitation Project that is expected to take place during the upcoming summer construction season.

The project, which has an estimated bonding value of $600,000, is funded by a grant through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The project entails making major repairs to Main Street from Solano Avenue to near Lotz Way. In areas where the subgrade has settled, pavement, curb, gutters and sidewalks will be replaced. When that work is completed, the entire street will receive a pavement overlay and new street markings.

The Main Street Rehabilitation Project follows the 2009 Sunset Avenue Rehabilitation Project in which the entire length of Sunset Avenue was resurfaced from Highway 12 to Railroad Avenue.

Public Works staff will coordinate construction scheduling carefully to minimize impacts to both Waterfront District businesses and nearby residents. A project page will be added to the Public Works website so everyone interested in the project can follow key developments.

For contractors, follow this link for more information.

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