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Delta Fire Protection District

8/10/2016
The Delta Fire Protection District is an Independent Special District, established on January 27, 1947 consisting of Sherman Island, and parts of Brannan and Twitchell Islands, encompassing approximately 37 miles. Basically the boundaries are from the Antioch Bridge, to Vieira’s Resort on Hwy 160, to Jackson Slough Road on Hwy 12 with the boundaries including to the middle of the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River. These islands are predominately agricultural and water oriented recreational areas, along with marinas, mobile home parks, and individual homes.

The Board of Directors for the Delta Fire Protection District consist of three persons – Chairman Vince Chavier, Vice-Chairman Rick Vieira, and Secretary/Treasurer Patricia Huyssoon- who are elected on staggered four year terms. The District contracts to the Rio Vista Fire Department for fire and rescue services, including a Fire Chief, which began over twenty years ago. A new contract was approved with the City recently for an additional ten years of service with the option to extend more years. Funding has dwindled over the years due to property and gas well reassessments. Contracting to the Rio Vista Fire Department ensures that Delta Fire residents receive excellent care.

Contracting with the Rio Vista Fire Department has given Delta Fire District residents some advantages including paramedic coverage as well as fire prevention services. The District has been allowed to maintain an office inside the Rio Vista Fire Department. This allows the immediate storage and accessibility of records to the public, while being “guarded” by in-house firefighters on duty. The Fire District has yearly independent audits that show proper financial management. Also quarterly meetings are held in the classroom at the Rio Vista Fire Station, 350 Main Street, Rio Vista.

The Rio Vista Fire Department maintains full time firefighters and paramedics, along with Reserve and Volunteer firefighters. They also sponsor a Community Emergency Response Team, which is open to Delta Fire residents to participate. Residents would attend disaster response classes to become certified and can be utilized in disaster response through the Fire Department. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Firefighter/Paramedic Alex Bosworth at 707-374-2233 for more information.

Another program offered to the Delta Fire Protection District residents is the Hot Shot program. This is a community volunteer program whereby the Hot Shot members assist the Fire District with such functions as operating the front desk or conducting fundraising for the firefighter appreciation/awards dinner each year. They have helped purchase equipment and with station improvement. Please contact Julie Hartford at the Rio Vista Fire Department 707-374-2233 if interested.

Calls for service increase yearly so mutual aid requests have been utilized with Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, River-Delta Fire Protection District, Isleton Fire Department, Montezuma Fire District, and the U.S. Coast Guard. When the local bridges are closed due to repairs leaving access to Sherman Island limited, Contra Costa County Fire will respond for any calls for service.

AED’s (external defibrillators) have been ordered and purchased to be placed at various locations (such as marinas, Brannan Island State Park, Sherman Island State Park) within the Delta Fire Protection District. Rio Vista Fire personnel will train residents to use these, in case a person suffers a heart attack.

The Delta Fire Protection Fire District maintains a website that publishes agendas and meeting minutes, as well as listing when the meetings will occur. www.deltafireprotectiondistrict.com.

Our District email is deltafiredist@yahoo.com. Residents are encouraged to attend meetings or email your District office with any questions or fire related concerns.

If anyone would like to be placed on an email list to receive agendas of scheduled meetings, please email the District with your request, include your name and email address.

Rio Vista Visitors’ Center to Open This Week

8/10/2016
Have you noticed the flurry of activity happening on N. Second Street? Cleaning, painting, and arranging is going on at a record pace because the doors are about to open! The Rio Vista Visitors’ Center has been a dream of the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce and RioVision for the past year or so and now it becomes a reality as it opens for business this week. The Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce will move in on Monday, August 8th with RioVision to follow in September. There will be a grand opening celebration on the evening of Thursday, October 6th, which will serve as the kickoff for the 69th Annual Bass Derby and Festival.
Located at 33 N. Second Street, the Rio Vista Visitors’ Center will house both the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce and RioVision. Both organizations will continue to function as separate entities while sharing office space in order to provide a one-stop center for informational needs of visitors as well as current and future community members and businesses.
The Chamber of Commerce will continue to focus on information about and promotion of Rio Vista businesses, the distribution of informational materials and maps of Rio Vista and the Delta area, and the planning and presentation of the annual Bass Derby and Festival as well as other City events and celebrations such as the Memorial Day Parade, the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting and Lighted Boat Parade, and the weekly All Bay Certified Farmers’ Market from May-November. Flyers and business cards of current Chamber members will be prominently displayed. Bass Festival t-shirts, hats, and other items such as post cards and mugs will be for sale. The Chamber will also sell gift certificates for member businesses.
RioVision expects that the Visitors Center will provide a central place to make and execute plans for more volunteer projects, satisfying their mission to join together to build, revitalize, energize and beautify our community. Past successful projects, including the mural at Books Rio V, Main Street tree lights and the renovation of the Main Street Planters, gives them the confidence to proceed with more projects to improve Rio Vista. There will be a display of the work of local artists along with select other merchandise offered for sale. RioVision looks forward to working with the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Rio Vista and local clubs to bring these projects to fruition.
Please drop by and see your new Visitors’ Center in action. The Chamber of Commerce and RioVision are so proud to be able to make this dream come true. Together they will strive to always put “Rio Vista First” and to make it a destination for visitors and the local community to “shop, eat, and discover” our beautiful river city.
For more information: The Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce, 33 N. Second Street, 707-374-2700, Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm.

Your Financial Maze

7/20/2016

Presented By: Rob Pedersen, Financial Services Representative
Principal Securities Representative – CA Insurance License #0673906
Family Protection – the Need for Life Insurance

Life is priceless. You can’t put a monetary value on the memories and emotions that you have experienced with loved ones; we are all unique and irreplaceable. It is, however, possible to calculate the financial impact for your surviving family if you passed away.

Most of my clients want their surviving family to be able to pay off debt, but it would only take a relatively small amount of life insurance to achieve this objective, so what’s missing? I remind my clients that they may also want enough life insurance to provide supplemental income for a specified number of years, send their children to college, and provide supplemental retirement savings since the deceased partner is no longer making retirement contributions.

Debt, supplement income, college savings, and retirement savings…. When you take all four into account, the calculated need for life insurance will most likely be a bigger number than you anticipated. But, there is good news! Life insurance has become relatively more affordable as life expectancy has increased.

I work with many types of clients, all with varying ages, family situations, occupations, and asset balances. Here are some of my typical responses during life insurance conversations:

• Lock-in your insurability: “I’m young, single, with no kids. I don’t need life insurance.” You are as young and healthy as you will ever be, so you should purchase life insurance now to lock-in your insurability at the lowest premiums for which you will ever be eligible. Your family situation will change, and someday you will want life insurance. By locking-in your insurability at a young age, you will not have to worry about getting approved for a policy if you have any changes in your health. The reason why you purchase life insurance today can be completely different from the reason why you want it in the future.

• Portability: “I have group life insurance coverage through my employer. I don’t need a personal policy.” Most group life insurance policies only insure you while you are an active employee. With a personally-owned policy, the policy is portable, and you will maintain your coverage if you switch employers.

• Human life value: “I am a stay-at-home parent. I don’t need life insurance.” Most wage earning partners would agree that their job is easier; being a stay-at-home parent is much more difficult. Raising children, managing a household, family transportation… these activities are often taken for granted, and it would cost a lot of money to hire a team to do all of this for your family. Full-time parents definitely need life insurance, especially if the wage-earning partner could not afford to quit their job to become a full-time caregiver.

• Needs-based planning: “I have significant retirement assets and available credit. My family will be fine.” Retirement savings accounts are for retirement, so if your family depletes all of your retirement assets to pay for everyday living expenses, how will your surviving partner ever be able to retire? Having available credit is not a valid reason. Lines of credit and credit cards will not be sufficient because debt has to be paid back (with interest), and accessing credit will definitely not provide enough money for your family. Build a needs-based financial plan, designate retirement savings for retirement, and purchase life insurance for family protection.

Do you have a plan for how your family would maintain their lifestyle if you passed away? If you still don’t think you need any life insurance for your family, consider being generous and leaving a legacy. Beneficiaries never complain about receiving too much from life insurance proceeds, but many beneficiaries complain that they didn’t receive enough…sometimes nothing at all. September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. Please take the time to review your policies and determine if they are still appropriate based on your financial objectives. If you don’t have any life insurance or if you aren’t sure how to review your coverage, a financial professional can help.  Financial professionals can help you calculate how much coverage you should have, how long the coverage should remain in-force, and the appropriate type of life insurance policy based on your specific objectives.

Take action today, and talk about life insurance with a financial professional. It could be one ofthe most important conversations you will ever have, and you are likely to feel a lot better about your financial planning when you implement coverage.

Rob Pedersen can be reached at (707) 374-0099, email at rob@pedins.com. Check out our website at www.pedersen.comYou can always stop by our office at 6 N Front Street in downtown Rio Vista.

Insurance products from the Principal Financial Group®   are issued by Principle National Life Insurance Company (except in New York), Principal Life Insurance Company, and the companies available through the Preferred Product Network, Inc. Securities offered through Principal Securities, Inc. (800) 247-1737, member SIPC. Principal National, Principal Life, the Preferred Product Network and Principal Securities, Inc® are members of the Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA 50392. Rob Pedersen, Principal National and Principal Life Financial Representative, Principal Securities Representative. Pedersen Insurance Services is not an affiliate of any company of the Principal Financial.


All-Comers Community “Meet, Greet & Eat” Potluck

7/20/2016Social media can be a lively place with spirited discussions and varying opinions. It is from one suchsite that a discussion entitled “Old Comers, New Comers, All Comers and Now Comers” posted by Jill E. Shapiro on June 25th planted a seed of community togetherness. Jill’s post was so well received that it inspired the All-Comers Community Meet, Greet & Eat Potluck event. A small steering committee of four was formed with Jill leading the way for Fred Kogler, Joanne Koval and Robie Williams. As we began planning the event we realized that there was a bit more to planning and pulling off this event so we reached out to Jim Wheeler, Executive Director of RioVision for a little advice and assistance.

With RioVision’s support we would like to invite everyone, from each Rio Vista neighborhood, to attend the potluck on August 27, 2016 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Veterans Memorial Hall located at 610 St. Francis. This is a family friendly event (no alcohol), but there will be music by Rich Victor, great food, raffle and door prizes. Come meet some new neighbors and reacquaint yourself with some you may not have seen recently. To register to attend, simply send an email to riovistapotluck@gmail.com indicating how many will be attending and if you are bringing a main dish, side, salad, appetizer or dessert. We hope to see you there!


Fire On Main Street Locke Leaves Families Homeless.  Personal Story by one of the Victims

By Douglas Hsia

07/13/2016 

The afternoon fire on July 3rd in Locke was put out by teams of courageous firemen. I was recovering from my gut wrenching experience of watching the fire engulfing the two units of apartments upstairs of my shop which just stopped short of lighting up my unit. I thanked all the well-wishes from neighbors and tourists especially Karen Zehnder of Lotus Gallery who offered her flat in Walnut Grove to us, the displaced tenants. The dusk set in. I started to ponder what lay ahead and what the next step would be. Chairman of Locke Foundation Stuart Walthall came to me and asked me firmly what they could do for me. It was so firm that I felt the pressure to come up with a request. Instinctively I asked for lighting so that I could go into my shop to see what was salvageable.

Before I knew it, a Rotarian, Russell Ooms brought in the flood lights powered by a diesel- generator that illuminated my ground zero. Neighbors jumped in and rescued what were salvageable. A two-truck convoy pulled into the Main Street standing by to take in my salvageable. I found most of my merchandises were water-logged. However my family heirloom, an 8 ft. tall 200 year-old French armoire was still in a salvageable condition. Gill of the Boat House Marina secured it with expert rigging on the bed of his truck. He then drove it away to safe storage.

When I was interviewed by ABC Channel 10, I shared with the reporter Gabrielle the touching moment of compassionate support from the local community. As she knew I returned from Hong Kong recently, out of spontaneity, she asked me if such compassionate support existed in Hong Kong. Her question put me into thinking. Yes, Hong Kong has a highly professional fire service and very compassionate citizen. Hong Kong, being a highly urbane community, I imagine the compassionate community support would probably come through offerings of soothing tea and hot soup while in rural America is through show of can-do spirit.

Being someone who spent most of his adult life in Hong Kong, I could see objectively how this country has evolved from the era of unjust legislation; Chinese Exclusion Act 1892 and Alien Land Act 1913 to an era of caring state. In 2003, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency granted the community funding for installation of fire suppression system, it was the very same system that provided the sprinkler system that kept the exterior walls of the inferno building intact and from spreading to neighboring buildings. In other words, the system saved the entire community 13 years later.

The following year, with arrangement with local landowner Clarence Chu, SHRA sub-divided the land to the building owners so that they could finally own the land underneath their building which was made impossible under the Alien Land Act. We had righted the wrong. It was later followed by funding to build a State Park Museum showcasing the community’s heritage to the tourists.

Effective government service is evident at Federal, State and County level. At the annual July 4th Locke Music Jam and BBQ, the organizer arranged money donation for the displaced victims. The compassion was again evident at the community level. On July 4th, after the incidence, we were so glad to see our country was working at every level. We celebrated July 4 in an uplifted mood despite of the loss from the fire.


Property Values Continue to Rise Countywide

7/13/2016

SOLANO COUNTY – According to the Solano County Assessor-Recorder’s Office, the overall value of all properties in Solano County is $49.2 billion, a 6 percent or $2.8-billion-dollar-increase over the previous fiscal year.

“Although the recovering real estate market continues to play the most significant role in replenishing equity into people’s homes, new construction also is contributing to the increase,” says Marc Tonnesen, Solano County Assessor Recorder. “As a result, this is the fourth consecutive year in a row the roll value has increased countywide.”

As of the close of the roll, the assessed value of all assessable properties in Solano County was $49.2 billion. This “net roll” is used by local agencies as a starting point to calculate the distribution of property taxes for the benefit of their cities and local programs.

The County’s net roll consists of all assessable property discovered and valued by the County Assessor, less property that is exempt from property taxes. It is separated into the “secured assessment roll” – generally land and improvements (such as structures) – and the “unsecured assessment roll” – primarily business/personal property (such as machinery and office equipment).

The recovering real estate market continues to fuel the decrease in the number of properties on Proposition 8 status – a temporary reduction in property values below their established Proposition 13 base year value. As of this year’s roll close, 4,752, properties have established a new base year value through a change in ownership or have recovered assessed value to their Proposition 13 value. At this time, 18,323 parcels remain on Proposition 8 status, whereas in 2012, that number peaked at 78,000 parcels countywide.

Under Proposition 13, either a change in ownership or the completion of new construction triggers a property to be reassessed and a new base year value is established. Annual increases thereafter are limited to a 2 percent maximum per year. However, when market value falls below the Proposition 13 value, the market value becomes the basis for property taxes. This is known as the temporary enrollment of the Proposition 8 value. Homeowners whose property values were temporarily reduced under Proposition 8 or restored to Proposition 13 status will receive a notice in the mail.

A significant amount of work goes into establishing the annual property value roll for Solano County. Tonnesen credits his hard working staff for the timely completion of the Proposition 8 review process and roll close.

“Although the number of reviews continues to decrease, the workload is still significant and staff continues to complete this massive assessment task timely and accurately,” Tonnesen said. “We look forward to working with the public as the real estate market recovers and home values continue to rise.”

Proposition 8 notices are available online for preview and print at http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/ar/viewpropertyinfo.asp

If any property owner has questions about their assessment, they can contact the Assessor division of the Assessor/Recorder department at (707) 784-6210 and Assessor@SolanoCounty.com. In addition, taxpayers may obtain information from the Solano County website www.SolanoCounty.com under the Assessor-Recorder department.

Understanding the Proposition 8 Adjustment

The recovering real estate market is a key component of the increase in the assessment roll for fiscal year 2016/17, this in turn, reduced the number of parcels on Proposition 8 status.

The amount of increase or decrease in property values depends on the market activity in an individual’s area and how close the property’s Proposition 8 value is to its Proposition 13 value. Assessed value is the basis for property taxes.

Passed by the voters in 1978, Proposition 13 amended the California Constitution to establish a process every California county assessor uses to determine assessed value for real property. Under Proposition 13, when a change in ownership occurs, or when new construction is completed, property is reassessed and a base year value is established. Annual increases thereafter are capped at 2 percent per year. Each parcel of real property in the county has a Proposition 13 value which is calculated and held by the assessor.

Subsequent legislation known as Proposition 8 further amended the Constitution to allow the assessor to make temporary reductions in assessed value when the market value – what a property would sell for in the open market – falls below the Proposition 13 value.

The factored Proposition 13 base year value, or the base value plus the annual increase by no more than 2 percent, sets the upper limit of value for property tax purposes. With Proposition 8, whenever the market value falls below the factored Proposition 13 value, that market value is temporarily used for property tax purposes. Once a property is placed on Proposition 8 status, the assessor reviews its value annually and adjusts according to the market at that time.

The Proposition 8 value is temporary and not subject to the Proposition 13 cap of 2 percent per year. As the market value of property fluctuates, the Proposition 8 value may increase over 2 percent per year up until it reaches the Proposition 13 value factored. At that point the 2 percent cap is reestablished and becomes the basis for property taxes, not the market value which is higher.

County residents can view their property values on the Assessor-Recorder’s website at www.SolanoCounty.com/depts/AR/home.asp.

The Assessor-Recorder’s Office is located in the County Administration Center, 675 Texas Street, Suite 2700 in Fairfield. Marc Tonnesen and the Assessor-Recorder staff can be reached at (707) 784-6210

George A. Johnston

December 31, 1937 – June 20, 2016 (57th Wedding Anniversary). Loving husband of 57 years to Kay Johnston of Trilogy at Rio Vista, CA. Devoted father to Bob Johnston of Morgan Hill, CA and Sandi Johnston and her partner Dr. Rachael Petitti of Monroe, CT. Brother to Shirley Smyth of Beaverton, OR and Carroll Hooley of Canyonville, OR. Brother-in-law to Steve Hooley of Canyonville, OR, and many nieces and nephews.

George was born in Lyons, OR and grew up in Culver and Redmond, OR. His parents were Betty and G. Paul Johnston.

George graduated from the Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls in 1959 with an Engineering Degree. He was hired by IBM, married Kay, and moved to Oakland, CA to start his career. He was a talented engineer for IBM for 34 years receiving many service awards. George’s career led him to live in San Jose, Concord, Pleasanton, Morgan Hill, Rochester, MN, and Endicott, NY. George’s greatest accomplishment was retirement at age 59. Retirement led George and Kay to Oro Valley, AZ for 13 years until they returned to CA to reside in Rio Vista. George had a love for gardening-especially roses, model railroads, fixing and building anything and everything, music-choir/bell choir, traveling, boating and camping. George was a member of many organizations while at Trilogy in Rio Vista for the past 10 years: Model Railroad Club, Delta Breeze Choir, Drama Club, and Bocce League. He was also a member of the New Pilgrims Fellowship in Rio Vista.

George will be truly missed by his family and friends. The family would like to extend our gratitude to the staff at Jen N Leen Board and Care in Suisun City where George spent the last ten months.
Services will be held for family and friends on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 12:00pm at Trilogy at Rio Vista. Delta Club, 990 Summers Dr. Rio Vista, CA 94571

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in George’s name to The Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research 1-800-708-7644 www.michaeljfox.org


Not Right to Shame Local Businesses on Social Media

Op-ed article
By Scott Brizel

On the Next Door Core Rio Vista community network, I’ve recently noticed that some are offering their unsolicited criticism of local businesses, including locally owned restaurants. Some of these reviews are so adamant about broadcasting shortcomings of businesses that they seem spiteful. I’d like to offer perspective about what homegrown businesses by local residents mean to our community, and also propose perspective about the function of providing public notice to fellow community members for calling out problems with local businesses.

First, if there is spite, instead of support, for local entrepreneurs struggling to get their success-formula down, our town will become overrun by faceless national franchises like every other no-name city U.S.A. It’s very easy and tempting for city governments to encourage the certain monetizing that proven national franchises may bring. Only very foresighted regimes may be concerned with how such monetizing merely buys short-term gain to local coffers at the longer term expense of the city losing any real sense of ‘place’ with a character of its own. It’s not easy, and takes time to develop the balance of factors that optimize the interface between a new, independent business and the community it has chosen to serve. We need to be a little patient and supportive. Keep in mind, these are our neighbors.

Our future entrepreneurs at Rio Vista High are watching what this town cultivates. If local business is not supported and national franchises become entrenched, none of our talented teenagers will want to stay here to further develop this town, and will rather leave here to glorify other towns that do support and encourage opportunity in their communities.

I’d like to suggest local residents consider homegrown businesses by Rio Vista locals in a more community-minded way for the common good of Rio Vista. If there is a business that is under-performing in some area of service or style, speak to the manager – not as an affronted customer, but as a fellow community-member. Managers of local business desperately want your input, suggestions and ultimately, your satisfaction. Help them give you what you want!

If it feels too confrontational to complain to a manager, then drop the business a line – politely. If the note makes it clear that it is not coming from you with disdain in the role of self-righteous, ‘wronged customer’, but rather in the spirit of ‘what would have made my own, and probably other customers’ experience better’, it will be a accepted as a great favor, rather than a gripe.

Regarding public shaming of businesses: I feel that is only appropriate if you think the business willfully cheats, exploits or disrespects its customers. In that case, I agree there’s a responsibility to fellow citizens in warning them about businesses that aim to offend or harm them in some way. On the other hand, if you are writing a negative review of a business that is trying to serve the community and has done nothing unethical, but had, in your opinion, failed to meet your expectation(s) on a particular occasion (did you visit a newly established diner during peak rush on a weekend morning, for example?) — and you’ve not made a suggestion to the management — then what do you think you are doing that is positive for anyone? If a business is poorly run, its patronage will naturally dwindle and it will cease to operate. Why would you find it important enough to trouble to write something to hasten the failure of a local entrepreneur, but not important enough to see if you can make a suggestion that might help improve the situation?

Let’s leave snark in the big cities where it belongs. In our small community, it makes more sense to work together with the talent we have and encourage the best from each other.


Rio Vista Farmers’ Market returns for third season with a special guest for the kids!

 5/4/2016
A festive Grand Opening celebration of the downtown Rio Vista Certified Farmers’ Market is slated! Scheduled to appear on Saturday May 14th is the children’s entertainer that can routinely be found at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, Kenny the Clown! He’s the most decorated Triple Crown Winner in the history of clowning. He’s the reigning “Most Balloons Made” and “Fire Torches Juggled” Champion. Kenny also performs magic tricks and rides a unicycle. Check him out online at http://www.Iamkennytheclown.com.

Performing music is the one-man band from Pittsburg who will be on hand for Opening Day, Muzeke.  He became a regular at the Rio Vista Farmers’ Market in 2015 and a skilled musician who plays a wide variety of instruments and runs the gamut of musical stylings!

The 2016 Rio Vista Certified Farmers’ will be featuring an outstanding selection of new and returning vendors that will excite the farmers’ market faithful! New produce vendors include Esquivel Organic Vegetables (Gilroy), Thao’s Family Farm (Sacramento) will provide delicious Asian veggies, J&J Ramos (Hughson) will make available stone fruit including peaches, nectarines and cherries as well as delectable walnuts and almonds. Alpine Blue (Stockton) will offer luscious blueberries, blackberries, cherries and apricots. V&V Farms (Lodi) will bring their distinct, exceptional assortment of apples and cherries!

Also joining the Rio Vista Farmers’ Market is Bonami Baking Company (Pittsburg), offering baguette style loaves, sliced breads, Danishes, scones, croissants, muffins and much more.  Bonami supplies baked goods to the San Francisco International Airport, Cache Creek Casino and the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.  Please welcome them to our farmers’ market!

Looking for a delicious lunch to enjoy while shopping the market?  Look no further than Farmers’ Market Bistro (Waterford).  They offer handmade tamales, salsa and chips as well as flavorful pistachio and lemon muffins.  If you prefer some back home southern style cooking, then you may want to check out Freddie Covington Barbeque (Fairfield) who will be providing mouth-watering barbequed tri tip, ribs, chicken hot links hamburgers and chicken tacos for your lunching pleasure!

Of course we want to welcome back the following returning vendors:  Bay Fresh Producers (Salinas), Resendiz Farms (Hughson), West Coast Producer (Salinas), Olio Bello d’Olivo (Byron), and Hummus Heaven (San Leandro), Cobblestone Bakery (Riverbank) and Wowie Worms (Isleton).

The Rio Vista Certified Farmers’ Market will be open every Saturday, on Main Street and 2nd, May 14th through November 19th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. rain or shine.  If you have any questions or are interested in selling at the farmers’ market, feel free to contact Bill Harlow at (408) 831-8741. The farmers’ market is organized by the All Bay Farmers’ Market Association and sponsored by the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce.


Rio Vista Watering Guidelines Ordinance From Last Year Still in Effect

4/13/2106

Rio Vista City Hall has been inundated with phone calls asking if the water ordinance is still in effect. The answer is YES. Even though California has had much needed rain this season. We are making up for the dry years in the past and still need to conserve!!!  >> READ MORE

Rio Vista Community Center Draws Another Enthusiastic Audience

4/13/2016

The Rio Vista Community Center hosted another well-attended community meeting on Monday, April 4, 2016 at D. H. White School. About 100 residents and interested parties came to hear the latest updates resulting from the large gathering on February 25, 2016. On that date, over 125 folks showed up, divided themselves into eight discussion groups, and came up with over 325 suggestions for the community center.  >> READ MORE

First Congregational Church of Rio Vista Welcomed New Interim Pastor

3/16/2016

On February 1, 2016, the 147- year- old, historic First Congregational Church of Rio Vista welcomed its’ new interim pastor, Dr. Frank D. Ward, and his wife Lynn. >> READ MORE

Rio Vista Fire Department Annual Firefighter Appreciation Banquet and Awards Ceremony

3/16/2016

On Saturday, March 5th the Rio Vista Fire Department had its annual Firefighter Appreciation Banquet and Awards Ceremony at Sir Flair’s 19th Hole Bar & Grill. This gala event, sponsored by the Rio Vista Fire Hot Shots Volunteer Program, was an evening to reflect on the accomplishments of 2015 and to bestow the Firefighter of the Year Award to a deserving firefighter who was elected by a vote of his peers.  >> READ MORE


Solano CHP Marrow Drive

3/9/2016

The Solano Area CHP office will be holding a Marrow Drive at 3050 Travis Boulevard, Fairfield, 03/15/2016, from 8:00am until 4:00pm.  A statewide drive, “Stand Up for Keith – Team Meter Marrow Drive,” is being organized by CHP Headquarters and the CHP Santa Ana Area office to try to find a marrow donor for Officer Meter, an 18-year veteran of the Department. In 2014, Officer Meter was identified as a potential marrow donor for a young girl with marrow cancer.     >> READ MORE


Mayor’s Corner

By Norman Richardson -3/9/2016
I have promised to write about Highway 12 and the bad shape it is in. A few months ago I wrote a Mayor’s Corner describing the Highway 12 Gap Closure project from Summerset Drive to Drouin Drive (the Arco Gas Station). That stretch of highway is to be widened with 12 foot travel lanes and 8 foot shoulders.     >> READ MORE

American Pickers to Film in California

2/10/16

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to California! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout California with filming scheduled for March 2016.  AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History.     >> READ MORE