Thursday, December 27, 2012

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When we started this Suisun City News blog in 2005, we were exploring a new frontier in online communications.  We weren't sure how many people would use the Internet to keep informed of all the new things going on in the community. Through this blog, our four websites, three Facebooks and three Twitter accounts, we've learned lots of people are interested in what's happening in Suisun City. And we are both grateful and humbled.

In recent months, the City of Suisun City has redesigned its entire website to incorporate a new host of web tools that have become increasingly commonplace in the online world of 2013.  Today, we enabled a subscription option on to enable followers of this blog to continue to receive the latest eNews and Updates, just as you did when this blog was more active.

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Even as this blog is officially mothballed, we want to thank everyone with an interest in making Suisun City a better place to live for embracing our growing stable of online tools.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

New City Website Launches Monday

SUISUN CITY - On Monday, city staff will flip the switch to unveil the all new electronic portal for Suisun City.

The switch to a new platform with exciting new integrated features has been in the discussion and development stages for some time. Everything currently on the website will be available when the transition occurs. However, there may be some brief periods of down time during the switch over.

Because the new platform includes integrated blogging features, this site will eventually be phased out.  This blog that allowed us experiment a little and gain valuable experience that allowed us to move to the new web platform.  We thank you for joining us on that journey.

We hope you will enjoy the many new features on the all new!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Walmart Coming Soon

SUISUN CITY - A new sign was unveiled in a brief dedication ceremony Thursday afternoon announcing that Walmart is coming soon to Suisun City.

Grading and site preparation will begin in the coming months, with construction beginning in earnest in the Spring, according to Deborah Herron, a Walmart senior public affairs manager who spoke to the assembled crowd.

When the store opens, it will provide the community with hundreds of new jobs, and the opportunity to buy many clothing, home furnishings and other products that are not currently sold by any Suisun City retailer.

Ms. Herron thanked everyone in attendance for their perseverance and determination to see the proposed store all the way from concept to construction, a process that has taken more than six years.

News that Walmart was interested in locating in Suisun City first broke in 2005. By the next year, the company had secured the commercially zoned parcel at Highway 12 and Walters Road, and began the approval process.

The City Council unanimously approved the development plans and environmental studies for the store in February 2008.  In August 2010, California's First District Court of Appeal upheld the City Council's approval.

For more information about this project, please visit the Walmart Walters Road West Project page.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Suisun City Opens Recruitment for Housing Specialist

SUISUN CITY - The Community Services Department - Housing Division of the City of Suisun City today opened recruitment for a Housing Specialist to help serve clients and property owners by performing a wide range of administrative, compliance and clerical work in addition to providing excellent customer service.

This is a full-time, permanent benefited position.

The recruitment period closes on Monday Aug. 20, 2012.

For more information about the position and obtain an application, please click here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Suisun City Opens Recruitment for Account Clerk

SUISUN CITY - The Administrative Services Department of the City of Suisun City today opened recruitment for an Account Clerk to help serve City utility customers and perform a wide range of accounting and financial duties.

This is a full-time, permanent benefited position.

The recruitment period closes on Monday Aug. 13, 2012.

For more information about the position and obtain an application, please click here.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Safe 'n' Sane Fireworks Now On Sale in Suisun City


SUISUN CITY – For the first time in decades, fireworks will be sold the general public in Suisun City starting at noon on Thursday.

The City Council approved the sale of safe 'n' sane fireworks as a means to generate ongoing funding for community events, particularly the annual July 4th celebration.

Three booths will begin selling fireworks at noon Thursday and can continue selling them daily until 9 p.m. on July 4. The booths are staffed by local non-profit groups, which will each earn a share of the sales proceeds to fund their programs.

"Families and neighborhoods coming together to celebrate American independence around safe and fun fireworks displays has a rich tradition in many parts of this country," said City Marketing Manager Scott Corey. "We hope Suisun City residents will enjoy this new aspect of our local celebration and do so responsibly."

The booth locations and the groups involved are as follows:
  • Highway 12 at Marina Boulevard - Solano Sea Otters swim club
  • Heritage Park Shopping Center - Suisun City Historic Waterfront BID and the Suisun Titans Youth Football & Cheer
  • Sunset Shopping Center - Suisun American Little League
Fireworks may be sold:
  • June 28 - Noon to 10 p.m.
  • June 29 - July 3 - 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 4 - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Residents may legally use safe 'n' sane fireworks within City limits, but may not use them in the county areas surrounding the city nor in Fairfield. Fireworks cannot be used on city property, within city parks or in high fire danger areas. >>Use Area Map

Fireworks may be used:
  • 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 28 through July 6
  • Use during any other dates or times is unlawful

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fireworks Sales Permit Applications Now Available

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - The Suisun City Council has legalized the sale of State-certified Safe and Sane fireworks within city limits from approved wholesalers to help raise money needed to fund future July 4th celebrations.

Local non-profit organizations interested in obtaining one of three available fireworks sellers permits can now apply to be selected.

The general process is as follows:
  • Qualified non-profit groups can apply for one of three sales permits to be issued for 2012
  • Applications are available at the Fire Station, City Hall and on this web page
  • Completed applications with $50 application fee are due to the City Manager's Office by May 18
  • If necessary, a lottery will be held at 10 a.m. May 22 in City Hall 
  • Selected groups will be notified, and must complete all the steps outlined on the application, including submission of $85 permit fee, by June 11
For more information on the process, including links to the application and other important documents, please go to

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Copper Thieves Target Street Lights


SUISUN CITY, Calif. – Copper thieves are once again stripping street lights of their wiring in Suisun City, and the public’s help is needed to catch these criminals and safeguard our street lighting.

On April 17, the Police Department reported four street lights were not working on Railroad Avenue near Village Drive. When Public Works crews responded, they discovered the wiring had been cut and stolen from the conduit between the street lights, and found that additional lights also were affected.

Replacing street light wiring is both time-consuming and very expensive. The City does not have equipment necessary to rewire the lights so a private contractor must be hired, which is an unbudgeted expense.

For a period of more than a year, copper thieves have been stealing wiring from street lights on Walters Road and in the Peterson Ranch subdivision.

Residents should watch for unusual activity near street lights poles particularly during evening hours. Legitimate work on City street lights is normally conducted during the daytime by crews with vehicles and uniforms bearing the City emblem, PG&E logos, or a contractor employed by the City.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to immediately call the Police Department at 707-421-7373.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Free Family Movies Saved for 2012 by Suisun Foundation and Kiwanis

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - The Suisun City Community Services Foundation will keep the summer tradition of Saturday Night at the Movies alive this year thanks to a generous donation from the Kiwanis Club of Suisun City. The free family movies will run for eight consecutive weeks starting July 7, 2012.

"In a time where families are experiencing severe cutbacks in their personal budgets, entertainment is usually the first to go!" said Lori Wilson, Foundation co-chair. "This event helps families enjoy a fun night out at the beautiful marina and fosters a sense of community. It's exciting to know that organizations within the community care about the families of Suisun City."

Saturday Night at the Movies was among the community events cut from the city budget after redevelopment was abolished in California. The Foundation is working to raise enough money to continue as many of these events as possible, with particular focus on the July 4 celebration.

"Special thanks to Kiwanis, who helped the foundation save its first event!" Wilson said.

>> Read more, including the movie schedule

Monday, April 16, 2012

This Week in Suisun City - Community Meeting, Wildflower Train, Live Theater

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - Here is a capsule look ahead at what's going on this week in Suisun City:

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
For more about all these events, go to or "Like" us at

Monday, April 9, 2012

This Week in Suisun City: Events fundraisers, wildflower trains, live theater

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - Here is a capsule look ahead at what's going on this week in Suisun City:

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
  • April 21 - Native American Walk
  • April 21 - Earth Day
  • April 28 - Rush Ranch Open House
  • April 28 - Prescription Take-Back Day
  • April 28 - MS Walk: Solano County
For more about all these events, go to or "Like" us at

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Field Survey & Monitoring Consultant Sought for Grizzly Island Trail Project

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - The Building and Public Works Department issued a request for proposals for firms qualified to perform field survey and monitoring work associated with the Grizzly Island Trail Project.

Under the direction of the Director of Building and Public Works, the consulting firm(s) is expected to perform
  • Pre-construction surveys
  • Perform follow-up field surveys
  • Monitor the project site
  • Coordinate and meet with regulatory agencies
  • Provide guidance to City staff on implementing necessary measures
  • Provide contractor education and training, prepare a noise monitoring plan
  • Prepare reports on field surveys, and
  • Perform other related work as described in this Request for Proposals (RFP)
The project is located along a portion of Highway 12, between Marina Boulevard and Grizzly Island Road. 

>> For more information, go to

Notice Issued Seeking Construction Bids for Grizzly Island Trail Project

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - The Building & Public Works Department has issued a notice seeking construction bids for the Grizzly Island Trail Project.

The project is located along a portion of Highway 12, between Marina Boulevard and Grizzly Island Road. The planned work includes:
  • a 0.8-mile-long concrete pathway parallel to portions of Marina Boulevard and Highway 12, and
  • a 0.13-mile-long sidewalk along Grizzly Island Road.
The pathway adjacent to Marina Boulevard and Highway 12 will be 12-feet wide, and the portion adjacent to Grizzly Island Road will be sidewalks with varying widths. Other improvements include a school bus turnout and parking stalls in the southeastern portion of the work along Grizzly Island Road and other ancillary work. Other locations along the new pathway may include seat walls or other features that will require lightly loaded foundations. The site is at a relatively low elevation and some areas of the project may receive fills a few feet thick to improve drainage and for compliance with ADA criteria.

Bid are due April 17, 2012.

>> For more information, go to

Regional Water Board Approves Suisun City Walmart Center

Regional Water Board Grants Suisun City Walmart Approvals

By Barry Eberling, Daily Republic
Daily Republic map of project siteOAKLAND — Walmart won approval Wednesday from a regional water board for environmental steps that help clear the way for a proposed Suisun City store.

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board heard from both proponents and opponents at a meeting in the state’s Elihu M. Harris building in downtown Oakland. Then it approved environmental mitigations for the project by a 4-0 vote, with one member abstaining.

Walmart is now waiting for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife biological opinion and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit. Suisun City’s city manager, Suzanne Bragdon, expressed hope that construction of the 182,000-square-foot Walmart supercenter will be under way this fall.

>>Read more at or

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Regional Career Fair Scheduled for April 5

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - The 14th biannual WIB Regional Career Fair will bring more than 80 employers with current jobs to fill together with job seekers on Thursday April 5.

The Career Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Phoenix at 5253 Business Center Drive, Fairfield. >> map

This is the largest regularly scheduled job fair sponsored by the Workforce Investment Board of Solano County.

To help job seekers prepare for to meet prospective employers at the Fair, one-hour preparation workshops are being offered at the Fairfield and Vallejo WIB offices.

For more information and a complete list of employers, please go to or call 707-863-3596.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Audio Equipment and HVAC Bids Now Being Accepted

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - The Building and Public Works Department has opened bidding for two projects: 
  1. Council Chamber Conference System, and
  2. HVAC Controls Upgrade Project
Proposals and/or bids for each project are due on March 27, 2012.  For more information, please visit 

The Council Chamber Conference System project consists of replacing the digital audio conferencing system used in the City Hall Council Chamber. The system must consist of nine council microphones, one audience podium microphone and one presenter microphone.

The HVAC Controls Upgrade Project involves upgrade or replacement of existing HVAC control system at the Community Center, install new compatible controls at City Hall, the Police Station and the Senior Center; integrate all locations to be computer controlled at the City Hall location; and other incidental work as required.

More detailed information about both projects, including complete notices, are available at

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

City Recruiting for an Accountant

SUISUN CITY, Calif. - The Administrative Services Department is accepting applications for the position of accountant.  Applications are due March 26.

The is an excellent career position for someone with two years of professional accounting experience, particularly in a municipal government environment.  The monthly salary range is $4,225 to $5,703.

The position performs professional accounting work, recording and reporting of financial transactions and budgeting controls for assigned funds and City departments; reviews accounts payable, payroll, receivables and other fiscal records; and prepares financial report statement and analyses. Positions in this class require prior experience.

Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction and assistance as new or unusual situations arise, are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit, and require the ability to work independently, exercising judgment and initiative.

For more information or to apply, please visit today.