Vallejo Chamber BusinessWire
Issue: 03

February 16, 2016

In This Issue...
PGECleanUpProgress Continues for Southern Waterfront Clean Up
Article Courtesy of the City of Vallejo
PG&E is working with the City of Vallejo to conduct an environmental investigation and cleanup of a former manufactured gas plant (MGP) site near Curtola Parkway and Sonoma Boulevard. The 26-acre property is located near Curtola Parkway and Sonoma Boulevard, with the project being overseen by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

In December, PG&E released a 2015 end of year summary regarding the South Waterfront cleanup progress. PG&E completed an extensive environmental investigation from March 2013 to January 2014, which resulted in DTSC approval in early 2015. This approval allows PG&E to begin developing a cleanup plan, which will be available for public review this year. The cleanup is anticipated to begin in 2017.

Investigation and remediation of the site is an important first step in the redevelopment process. Updates regarding the project will be provided to the community on a regular basis.

For more information or questions about the project, contact
Melitta Rorty, PG&E Project Manager at (925) 415-6328, or visit the PG&E website. 
MeetWithHanniganMultiple Opportunities to Meet with District One Supervisor
Press Release
SOLANO COUNTY - District One Supervisor Erin Hannigan has multiple opportunities for her constituents to meet with her, including regular office hours and a weekly "Walk with the Supervisor" event.

The Solano County chairwoman hosts regular office hours every second Wednesday of the month at the Florence Douglas Senior Center, located at 333 Amador Street in Vallejo from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.  Her next office hours will be on Wednesday, Feb. 10.  Everyone is welcome.

Chairwoman Hannigan also hosts a weekly "Walk with the Supervisor" event. This is an opportunity for the public to meet with the supervisor in a casual setting to talk about issues in the district.  The walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Vallejo waterfront by the ferry building and takes place every Friday.

In addition to her regular office hours and weekly walks, Chairwoman Hannigan is also available to meet with constituents at local coffee shops for appointments.  The best way to schedule an appointment is to contact her District Representatives.

For more information on these meeting opportunities or to schedule an appointment please contact Josette Lacey, District Representative to Supervisor Erin Hannigan at and (707) 553-5363.
YouthAgDayYouth Ag Day 2016
March 15, 2016
The annual Youth Ag Day is a collaborative effort of the Solano County Fair and agricultural related businesses, organizations, farmers, ranchers and other individuals to encourage Solano County third graders to experience agriculture first-hand.

This fun and educational event is free to all third grade classes in Solano County and features a wide variety of rotational learning stations and displays.

Activities are designed to give children the opportunity to learn about food and fiber production from new perspectives, with a particular emphasis on the agricultural wealth of Solano County. Children participate in hands-on displays and educational presentations as well as an optional pre-event classroom project to enhance the field trip learning experience.

2016 marks the 14th annual Youth Ag Day, an event that would not be possible without a dedicated core of volunteers, presenters from all facets of agriculture, and many generous individual and group sponsors who provide needed funds to subsidize bus transportation for students.
Click here to download a copy of the Youth Ag Day activities

For further information, please contact:
Solano County Fairgrounds (707) 551-2002
SolanoBusinessConnections4th Annual Solano Business Connections Expo & Seminar
Solano Community College
We are about 100 days away from the 4th Annual Solano Business Connections on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. As you may be aware, this is the largest business event in Solano County. In the first three years with you help we've double attendance each year.

For 2016, we're moving indoors; yes we've grown out of the tent! The floor area will now be 48,000 sq. ft. and we're planning on attendance of about 1,000 or more. The fun factors that make this a great event are still in place; lots of people, outstanding food, micro beers, and fine wine. This year we'll also have an after-party following the expo with a Mariachi band, Mexican food, and an open bar to take care of our vendors, chamber staff, and volunteers.

To encourage your participation we've developed a new partnership program as follows:
  •   Your Chamber will receive $50 for each businesses in your chamber that purchases a booth*
  •   Each chamber will receive a free booth (a $295 value)
  •   Any Ambassadors with a logo shirt will get in free, as well as all Chamber staff of course
All we ask is that you help us market the event by sending out the flyer to your members, and please ask your Ambassadors to participate on our planning committee and/or on the day of the event. The pdf flyer together with the vendor and sponsor signup sheets and a floor plan is attached.  I've attached the flyer as a jpg file as well so it can be easily incorporated into emails.

So please partner with the College in our mission to expand B2B business opportunities across Solano County and in Winters. While you're at it, make Solano Business Connections a fundraiser for your Chamber. Recruit 20 members and you'll earn $1,000. Also, don't miss the opportunity to be on stage for a professional photograph with other Chamber leaders from throughout the county.

Please call or write with any questions you have. Thanks in advance for your support!

*Note:  $50 paid once based on the Chamber affiliation identified by the business on the vendor application.

Click here to download the flyer

For further information, please contact:
Curt Johnston, Solano Community College
(707) 249-1667
AmericanPickersAmerican Pickers to Film in California
Help Bring This TV Show to Vallejo!
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.

is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique 'picking' on History. The hit show follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America's most valuable antiques--from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles, to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast,
Mike and Frank continue their mission to recycle America by rescuing forgotten relics and giving them a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about American history along the way.

is looking for leads and would love to explore your buried treasure. They are on the hunt for characters with interesting and unique items.  Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, pre-50's western gear, early firefighting equipment, vintage musical equipment, automotive items, and clothing. They are always excited to find things they've never seen before and learn the story behind it.

If you or someone you know has a large, private collection send us your: name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-old-rust.
CalMaritimeCal Maritime's 5th Annual Pearls of Power/Women on the Water Conference
Cal Maritime, with unwavering support from Maritime Administration, is proud to announce the confluence of Women on the Water & Pearls of Power (POP) Conferences in Spring 2016. The two-day conference will be held at the Cal Maritime campus on March 18th and 19th, 2016, with pre-conference activities scheduled on March 17th.

The conference will focus on supporting the success of women in maritime, transportation, and related industries. It is open to all interested parties, and will feature programming for current students, recent graduates, and mid-career professionals. It will offer excellent opportunities for career development, authentic leadership and productive networking for women and those who venture to support them.

Click here for more information 
TCUTravis Credit Union Provides Free Tax Preparation Services to Assist Solano County Residents at Multiple Sites
VACAVILLE, CA - Travis Credit Union today announced plans for this year's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income people who cannot prepare their own tax returns.

This year, individuals and families earning up to $54,000 are eligible for the free services. Area residents can now visit Travis Credit Union's Corporate Headquarters to get free tax preparation services by calling 707-469-4317 to make an appointment.

"From financial education to home ownership programs our goal is to put money back into the pockets of our working families and individuals," said Barry Nelson, president and CEO of Travis Credit Union. "As a socially responsible corporate citizen, the VITA Program is one of a number of ways Travis Credit Union can support the communities we serve," he added.

The credit union will initiate the free service by offering tax assistance by certified IRS volunteers, on Saturday, February 20, February 27, March 5, March 12, and March 19, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at One Travis Way in Vacaville.

Weekday appointments are also available at our Dixon (1470 Ary Lane) and Richmond (3300-A Klose Way) branches, for six weeks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from February 9 through March 18, 2016. These will also be by appointment from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

To make an appointment at the Dixon branch, please call 707-469-4317 or for the Richmond branch 707-469-4313. Appointments are made by telephone only.
Residents, who do not have an opportunity to file their tax returns on a Travis Credit Union sponsored date, may visit any VITA site from February 1 through April 15. All returns are filed electronically and taxpayers can expect to receive their refunds within seven to 10 days.
  • When visiting a VITA site, taxpayers should bring the following items:
    • Valid driver's license or photo I.D.;
    • All W-2 forms; 1099 forms for 2015, if applicable;
    • Social Security cards for each family member; those who are filing jointly must bring their spouse;
    • Checking and savings account numbers (and routing numbers) for deposit of their refund directly to their account.
    • Tax Return from last year.
    • Household health coverage information 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Healthcare statements if purchased through Covered California
VITA volunteers will help taxpayers take full advantage of all tax credits for which they are eligible including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).

For more information about VITA or to locate additional sites, call the 211 helpline or visit Travis Credit Union's website at
Headquartered in Vacaville, California, Travis Credit Union is a not-for-profit cooperative financial institution serving those who live or work in Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, Merced Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo Counties.

Currently, Travis Credit Union is the 13th largest credit union in California with more than 177,000 members and more than $2.5 billion in assets. As one of the leading financial institutions in Solano, Contra Costa, Yolo, Napa and Merced Counties, Travis Credit Union's strength lies in its faithful commitment to its members and the community; its solid, secure history; and its long-standing track record of dedicated service. 
Chamber Events
Networking @ 5:30
Empress Theatre
330 Virginia Street
Thurs, Feb. 25
5:30 - 7:30pm
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Networking @ 5:30
Napa River Realty
408 Georgia Street
Thurs, March 24
5:30 - 7:30pm
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