New K-9 joins sheriff's ranks
Superman's canine cohort Krypto travelled to Earth from the otherworldly Krypton.
Now the super dog's namesake has found his way to the floors of the Solano County jail.
Krypto, an energetic border collie and black labrador mix, is a brand-new member of the Solano County Sheriff's K-9 Unit. Just one year old, he's responsible for patrolling the jails in Solano County with his handler, correctional officer Russel Lopez.
Lopez and Krypto were certified two weeks ago to search areas of the jail for contraband: narcotics, cell phones, anything that poses a threat to the safety of inmates and officers in the jail.
The last dog to work in the jail, DUI (pronounced "duey") retired when his handler Brandi Aguilar was promoted to deputy sheriff six months ago. This left a vacancy for a new dog in the jail.
DUI had been rescued from a shelter, so sheriff's deputies started looking at rescuing another dog to fill his place. They looked at a lot of dogs before they found Krypto at Front Street
Mayor’s crime panel finds pockets of despair in Fairfield
FAIRFIELD — Fairfield has neighborhood “pockets of despair” – and most juvenile and adult offenders were raised by single mothers, says the Mayor’s Commission on Crime report, which calls for measures that include reviving once-vigorous summer sports programs in the city.
Almost every incarcerated person the commission spoke with came from a home “without a strong male,” said Jack Batson, chairman of the commission. Offenders who grew up in two-parent families are rare, Batson said.
He also spoke about how “waves of violence” in the city represent retaliations that follow a single incident.
“It’s all part of one shooting,” Batson said Thursday.
Batson, 71, served on the Fairfield City Council from 1999 to 2007 and taught at
Vacaville's Local 39 workers strike following pay cut imposition
Dozens of city of Vacaville employees went on strike early Wednesday in protest of a pay cut imposed on them the night before by the city.
Members of Stationary Engineers - Local 39 walked picket lines at the Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant, City Hall, the city Corporation Yard and the city Transit Center from the early morning hours till about 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, services like City Coach bus rides took a hit, running at one-hour instead of 30-minute intervals after Teamsters drivers opted to honor the union's picket line. Supervisors took over driving duties there and elsewhere during the strike, which union leaders said could last indefinitely.
Local 39 represents street maintenance, parks, and water and sewer plant workers.