Rio Vista Beacon News


Scam Alert Bogus PG&E Calls and More in Rio Vista

January 28, 2015

It seems like more and more scams are popping up all over the World, the Bay Area and right here in Rio Vista. Over the last couple of weeks the Beacon has received numerous phone calls from residents and business owners that have tried to be deceived by others. These have been in the form either by phone calls or by emails.

The one scam that has been going around for a while and two business owners in Rio Vista received a call claiming they were from PG &E. They know your name, your account number and the amount of your last payment that you had made. The caller threatens to shut the power off if you don’t pay a certain amount of money right away. It sounds official and even has on-hold music. They will tell you anything from where to go pay with cash or to purchase a “MoneyPak” card from 7-Eleven. A card that allows you to put money on it. The cash and the MoneyPak cards are both untraceable. Or people have been receiving “fake” bills from PG& E through their emails.

If anyone receives either a call or an email take the following steps on what to do at the end of this article.

Another scam that has been circulating around town and mostly preys on older people with land lines.

You receive a call from someone claiming to be your Grandchild.

The caller on the other line says something like this.

“Hi Grandma, I’m in jail. Please don’t tell my parents. My friends and I stole a car and we got into an accident and I need money so I can get out of jail.”

He hands the telephone to his “lawyer,” who explained the judge was going to be very lenient, as long as the damage was paid for.

The people who were hit were driving a rental car, which sustained several thousand dollars worth of damage. Because they were flying home to the Dominican Republic and they needed to return the car, they paid for the damage so they wouldn’t miss their flight. But the judge ordered the boys to reimburse them.

The lawyer provided information about wiring money to the Dominican Republic.

“The judge realizes they are two good boys who just made a mistake,” the lawyer assured the worried grandparents.

Or calls claiming that they are your Grandchild and they received a free trip all expense paid trip to ski in New York. But when they got there they needed some money or a few incidentals.

The FBI reports the so-called “grandparent scam,” which first appeared in 2008 is growing more sophisticated, as perpetrators easily glean personal information from Facebook and other forms of social media. This makes it all the more believable.

Curiously, the grandmother noticed that her caller, who identified himself by her grandson’s first name, also sounded exactly like her grandson.

Oftentimes, these scam calls come early in the morning or late at night, when people are likely to be tired, according to

According to a study done by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), older people are quicker to believe promises and slower to take action to protect legal rights.

Here are a few scams which seniors are most vulnerable to:

  • Medicare Scam
  • Telemarketing Scams
  • Health Care Fraud or Health Insurance Scams
  • Door-To-Door Scams
  • Charity Scams
  • Prizes & Sweepstakes Scams
  • Counterfeit Drug Scams
  • Funeral & Cemetery Scams
  • Reverse Mortgage Scams
  • Jury Duty Scam (verified by the FBI)
  • IRS- saying they are coming to arrest you for unpaid taxes
  • Reasons why Seniors are the Target

Older people are very generous in helping others.

75% of the wealth in the U.S. is controlled by senior citizens and so are financially more stable.

Seniors are more polite and trusting and these traits are exploited by scammers.

Majority of the seniors live alone and hence are more susceptible to fall victim to con artists.

Senior fraud cases are rarely reported as they do not know who and where to report to.

Few Tips to Prevent Scams and Fraud

Never give away your money or personal information such as credit card numbers, bank account numbers, or Social Security numbers to unknown persons.

Never allow anyone you don’t know into your home.

Check out unfamiliar companies with your local consumer protection agency, Better Business Bureau or the National Fraud Information Center.

Talk to family and friends or call your lawyer, accountant or banker and get their advice before you make any large purchase or investment over the phone with a stranger.

Educate Yourself – Arm yourself with one of the best tools to combat scammer: knowledge. Knowledge is power and one of the best ways to making yourself and your loved ones less vulnerable is learning about what’s going on out there, being aware of your surroundings and knowing how to defend yourself.

Here is what to do if you receive a call of email from a company claiming to be PG&E.

PG&E offers the following tips to help protect customers from potential scams:

PG&E’s Credit Department will not ask for personal information or a credit card number over the phone. Anyone who has received such a phone call and provided credit card or checking account information should report it immediately to the credit card company or bank and law enforcement.

Customers with concerns about the legitimacy of a call about a past due bill, service request or request for personal information are encouraged to call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

Customers should always ask to see identification before allowing anyone claiming to be a PG&E representative inside their home. PG&E employees always carry their identification and are willing to show it to you.

If a person claiming to be a PG&E employee has identification and you still feel uncomfortable, call PG&E’s customer service line at 1-800-743-5000 to verify an appointment and/or PG&E’s presence in the community. If you feel threatened in any way, notify local law enforcement immediately.

Customers who have an appointment with PG&E will receive an automated call back within 48 hours prior to a scheduled visit, or a personal call from a PG&E gas service representative prior to a scheduled visit.

You can also contact the RVPD at (707) 374-636

Pennies for Patients

January 28, 2015

Rio Vista BeaconRio Vista High School’s Leadership class decided to run the “Pennies for Patients” campaign through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this year because their high school, and the community as a whole, has been greatly affected by all different forms of cancer. Their very own art teacher, Ms. Brooks, was diagnosed this past summer with Lymphoma and continues her courageous battle. The students want those who continue to fight, the families of those we’ve lost, and the many who’ve beaten it, to know that they support them. This is their way to not only show they care, but to stand united against cancer….until there’s a cure. Within this first week they raised over $400.00. January 26th – 30th is the last week. We’re very proud of the generosity and hard work of our student body and staff. GO Rams. If you are interested in donating you can contact RVHS so parents and/or community members can send checks or money to the school with the students so they can put them in their class’s donation box. Make the checks out to LLS (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society)

Here is the link where community members may make an online donation:​.

Family Dollar Store Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Thursday, January 15, 2015, the City Council, City officials, the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce, community leaders, and representatives of Family Dollar held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Family Dollar Store. The Store will be located on the south side of Highway 12 between Taco Bell and the Cemetery. Estimated date to open is mid May. Family Dollar is a variety store chain in the United States. With over 8,100 locations, it is the second largest retailer of its type in the U.S. They carry a wide variety of products from health and beauty, to household goods and clothing. Family Dollar® stores carry national brands.

The approximately one-acre site that will house the 9,100 square-foot store was bought from D&L Ventures, owned by Bill Dutra and Jim Lira of Rio Vista. The Planning Commission approved the project in February of 2014. Since then, Family Dollar has been doing the preparatory work to meet all the conditions of approval on the project.

City staff has worked very closely with Family Dollar to ensure that preparations for the issuance of the building permit went very smoothly and at record speed.

The business will add to the economic vitality of the City and has the potential to act as a catalyst in bringing other businesses to the City.

Rio Vista ATOD Alliance Becomes Rio Vista Alliance

January 21, 2015

As the New Year brings new beginnings, so it goes with the Rio Vista ATOD Alliance. Due to the changes in County goals and grants, ATOD is giving up the ATOD and keeping the Alliance. The County is no longer focusing on the “other drugs” and is leaning more towards policy work such as ordinances and laws. The Alliance already has put a Social Host Ordinance on the books a number of years ago (municipal code 9.08) and is enforced by the Police Department.

The Alliance will keep up its fight to keep alcohol away from our youth by continuing with Alcohol Compliance Checks, Responsible Beverage Service trainings and looking at a Responsible Beverage Service Ordinance that would require groups and businesses that sell and/or serve alcohol to have their employees train in proper techniques to pour and sell alcoholic drinks. This is not something that would hinder legal sales but would educate community groups and employees and would protect employers and businesses from over pouring, underage sales or serving minors. It would be a win-win situation for businesses and youth alike.

The next six months will be full of presentations and research in getting the ordinance to the City Council. Rio Vista youth have a high incidence of underage and binge drinking and we would like to cut the numbers way down. One youth lost is one too many. Would you like to become involved in policy work with the Alliance? We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 11:30 am at City Hall. For more information please call Beth Roberts at 374-6451 ext. 1106 or email at

RVHS Radio Rio Tuned Into the Community

January 14, 2015

Did you know that Rio Vista has a radio station? Not only do they have one, but its ran solely by the students at Rio Vista High School. Radio Rio is the name and 91.5 FM is their fame.

Starting back as far as 1971, Jerry Rubier a teacher at RVHS started the station. In 1972 they officially received their license. Originally the station was 101.5 FM KRVH and then later changed to 91.5 FM KRVH. The equipment that they begun with was used and people in the community gathered around to help with donations to get Radio Rio up at running. The first class was called Radio Communications and at the time there were 57 students that were licensed to do air time. Rubier insisted that if the wanted air time, they had to go to San Francisco to take the test.

After six years Rubier went on to work at Isleton Elementary School and the late Al Eaton took over the job. Not only did they have Radio Rio but the students also added a TV show that was aired on Rio Vista’s own cable TV.

Now years later Radio Rio is going stronger than ever. They have received grants and have remodeled the station. Currently they have the wit and zany “Morning Show” on MWF from 7-8 am; thy also have “Rat Radio” on Wednesday afternoons from 3-4 p.m. The rest of the day is a set playlist of music and public announcements. The music that is played is describing as an “oldies” type of format, originally designed for adults in the 25-54 demographic.. Student Manager and Producer Senior Patrick “Patch” Murphy expresses about being part of Radio Rio and what is had done for him. “The radio station has allowed me to try all roles in the industry, from management to technical work.” The Station is funded by RVHS school and the district, but also with great support from the local community. Radio Rio has received many generous donations.

“Remote” broadcasting is one of the items in the works, eventually they would like the air leave school and community activities. With the discussions about broadcasting live they high school football games they did in the 70’s.

Community support is so crucial. Radio Rio would like to be a media “hub” for promoting as many local activities and groups as possible.

Brian Fonseca is the teacher that sees the daily operations of Radio Rio and also teaches the Communication Class. “The future plans for Radio Rio, is to have an increased number of students involved with on-air and behind the scenes responsibilities. At some point I would like to see on the air live in greater length during the day.

“Perhaps add some variety to our programming.” He stated. “Building any program or business is a process, we have a great and challenging opportunity to provide our students with real-life career and business experience and opportunity.” He added. Fonseca is also the Yearbook Advisor and the Athletic Director. This year has been quite the learning and growing experience.

“The idea as they build is to really mesh the school’s activities, along with the communities’, into a vibrant media and information network.”

Fonseca also said “There also is a vast number of RVHS Alumni world-wide is definitely on our radar. Streaming is one possible avenue. But keeping our alumni involved and in our loop, is unquestionably a goal! So any old DJ’s out there, or tech experts, or financial whizzes, we would love to hear from you.” He stated.

One additional note: The students will come out to your events and provide music they commonly refer to this as their “Road Show.” Thus, this a great way to connect with the community. Typically groups or charities make a subsequent donation. The young people really enjoy getting out there!

Currently there are only about 25 High Schools in California that have radio stations. These stations became important training grounds for students who go on to careers in broadcasting. Thank you Radio Rio for putting Rio Vista on the map. If you are interested in learning more. You can contact Brain Fonseca at

The Year of Humphrey

January 14, 2015

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of one of our most famous “tourist’s” visit to Rio Vista.  On October 10, 1985, Humphrey, a wayward humpback whale, became lost in the migration along the California coast and traveled up the Sacramento River.  He traveled under the Rio Vista bridge and later, after spending several weeks in the Bay, with the help of the Marine Mammal Center was re-directed out to sea.  But it seems that Humphrey enjoyed his time in the Bay Area because he came back again in 1990.  There is a monument at the foot of Main Street commemorating his visit to Rio Vista.

In celebration of Humphrey’s first visit we are starting off the year with a touch-up to the mural on the side of Hap’s Bait Shop at 84 Main Street. Look for other happenings throughout the year, leading up to October 10.

If you have ideas or are interested in helping a Humphrey promotion, contact RioVision, using the information at the bottom of this article.

Discover Rio Vista

The insert in this week’s edition of the Rio Vista Beacon is the second edition of the promotional quarterly, Discover Rio Vista (we had a name change), that provides information for Rio Vista residents and visitors about local events and activities. Be sure to check it out.

Third Thursday Sale

Bargain hunters take note: participating Main Street merchants will be holding a “Clean Sweep Sale”, clearing out post-holiday inventory this Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Come by and check out what kind of deals are being offered.

RioVision is a citizen-led movement to revitalize and beautify our town.  If you would like to volunteer (we can always use volunteers) or donate, you may contact us through our website at or on Facebook under RioVision.  Donations may also be sent to RioVision, c/o Books Rio V, 207 Main Street, Rio Vista, CA 94571. RioVision is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Rio Vista Company Manufactures Barriers and Road Zippers for Golden Gate Bridge

January 7, 2015

Rio Vista has done it again, by putting themselves on the map. Lindsay Transportation Solutions of Rio Vista has filled over 3500, 12 inch wide by 32-inch high steel-clad movable median barriers with concrete at their location here on River Rd.  <READ MORE>

Refflecting Back in 2014 on Rio Vista

December 31, 2014

As the community of Rio Vista closes out 2014 and rings in 2015, let us reflect back on this year and some of the “good” and bit of “sad” the happened in this city of around 8,400 residents.  <READ MORE>

Businesses Putting Kids First in Rio Vista

In the past week Rio Vista Police and State ABC agents conducted a Tobacco and Alcohol Compliance Check on local businesses, using underage decoys to attempt to purchase tobacco and alcohol.  <READ MORE>

The new Fire Chief for the City of Rio Vista is Alan Hartford.

The city held a wide area of recruitment for this position, even having a few candidates outside the state of California.  <READ MORE>

Future of the Skateboard Park

If you happen to drive by the Police Station on Poppy House Rd. in Rio Vista you will be sure to notice next to the station is the skateboard park. <READ MORE>

Women Veterans Nonprofit Thanks To Rio Vista Community

Since the article in the Beacon on October 22, 2014, about the need of clothing for Women Veterans, everyone that read it wanted to help. Veteran Women return home with fatigues/uniforms and no civilian clothes.   <READ MORE>

Rio Vista Hotel Owner Makes Proposals to City

City Council Meeting last Tuesday evening, December 2, 2014. Jack Hirsch, owner of the Rio Vista Hotel located on the corner of Main and 2nd Streets proposed that he would like to step up and build apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  <READ MORE>

The Point Restaurant Re-Opens

The Point Restaurant is back and will be having its Grand Opening on Saturday December 13th. The Rio Vista icon first opened its doors in 1964 by Jack Baumann, who built the restaurant in 1964.  <READ MORE>

Isleton Father Helps Deliver Son at Home

Alicia and Dusty Silva of Isleton welcomed their second son Easton on the night of November 21st. This little guy came into the world at home and was delivered by his Dad. There was no time to get to Lodi Memorial Hospital. <READ MORE>

New Quarterly Tourist & Event Guide

RioVision will be spreading the word even more with the launch of its new quarterly Tourist & Event Guide. 10,000 copies will be produced.  <READ MORE>

The Rio Vista Waterfront RioVision:  Bridge to the future. 

The Rio Vista Waterfront.  What does the City of Rio Vista have in common with San Antonio, Texas?  In 1964, the City of San Antonio took a risk and passed a $500,000 bond to begin development of the frist 250 feet of riverfront that was to become known as the Riverwalk.  <READ MORE>

ATOD Bigger and Better. 

“Let’s make a difference together.”  These words are easy to repeat, but how about putting them into action.  Last week an article about the program ATOD was viewed by all in the Beacon.  <READ MORE>