February 4, 2023

Message from the Manager

City Manager, Greg Folsom
December 2022 Update

Happy New Year! Hopefully you all had a wonderful holiday season and are as excited about the New Year as I am. Welcome aboard to new Mayor Alma Hernandez, Mayor Pro Tem Princess Washington, and Councilmember Jenalee Dawson! I’m looking forward to an awesome 2023! We are going to have a tremendous year ahead in Suisun City! Since Mayor Hernandez had to vacate her Council seat to accept the Mayor seat, her seat is now available. As of this writing the application period has closed and the City Council will be going over applications for this open Council seat at the January 17th and January 24th Council meetings. More to come on this next month.

December was a very eventful month for us in Suisun City, but in particular I want to highlight two major new service enhancements that have been implemented at Council direction that should be a great benefit to residents and visitors to Suisun City: Enhancements to the Fire Department and Enhancements to Transit.

Fire Department

For the first time in Suisun City history, our Fire Department is now staffing a second engine at the Advanced Life Support level! Several years ago, Suisun City relied primarily on volunteers to provide the bulk of the staffing for the Fire Department. As such, the Fire Department was only able to provide Basic Life Support (BLS) medical services as a first responder and Advanced Life Support (ALS) relied upon the arrival of the ambulance service provider. BLS is a limited level of emergency medical response that allows first responders at the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relieve airway obstructions. ALS, on the other hand, allows Paramedic level personnel to provide invasive interventions, such as endotracheal intubation for airway management, and intravenous catheters for drug and fluid delivery. Importantly, Paramedics are allowed to administer emergency drugs whereas EMTs cannot.

This is a HUGE enhancement to the service provided to our residents and is the culmination of several years of investment into additional personnel and training for the Fire Department. The ability to go to ALS and to staff a second engine are directly the result of Measure S funds being authorized by Council to improve the staffing level and training at the Fire Department. Congratulations to our Fire Department and thank you to our City Council for the vision to make this accomplishment a reality in Suisun City!

Transit

Our second major service enhancement is our new micro-transit service. We are at the beginning of a new paradigm for transit services in Suisun City. As of January 3, 2023, Suisun City is no longer a participant with Fairfield and Suisun Transit (FAST) fixed route bus service. Instead, we have taken a milestone step in taking hold of our transit dollars and hopefully you will agree that we will be providing a higher level of service to our community through what is called “micro-transit.” Rather than running a fixed route with a big bus that is rarely more than sparsely filled, our new micro-transit service will provide a more personalized door to door service.

The new micro-transit service will offer pick up and drop off to any locations within the Suisun City limits, as well as to and from nine locations in Fairfield. The smaller micro-transit buses are all ADA accessible and are much more efficient to run and maintain. If all runs as we believe it will, we will be able to offer a greater level of service at a substantially reduced overall cost to the City.

There will also be a service called the “School Tripper” that will run a fixed route in the morning and afternoon to ensure that kids are able to get to school. However, this is not a school bus and is available to the general public as well as the funding for this program cannot be restricted to school use only. More information on the specific route and pickup times are available on the Solano Transportation Authority (STA) website at: https://www.solanomobility.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Suisun-Microtransit-School-Tripper-Schedule-12-19-2022_01d_revBT.pdf , on the City’s website (www.suisun.com), and attached at the end of this update.

Fares are free through the month of January and thereafter the general fare within Suisun City will be $2 with discounted fares of $1 for adults age 62 and older, youth/students aged 17 or younger, and anyone who is ADA-eligible. ADA riders will receive priority booking.

The hours of operation for micro-transit will be Monday through Friday 7am until 7pm, except on holidays. For after hours, weekends, and holidays service will be provided through the Lyft Ride program.

A mobile application is in the development stages and should be available soon. For more information on the new micro-transit service, please call Solano Mobility at (800) 535-6883 or (707) 673-2129 to make a phone reservation.

Here are several other things to be aware of this month:

  • Sand and Sand Bags are available at no cost in the parking lot between City Hall and the Yacht Club. You will need to bring a shovel to put the sand into the sand bags.
  • The City is accepting applications for various commissions and committees, including:
    • Planning Commission – 2 vacancies
    • Recreation, Parks, Marina & Arts Commission – 4 vacancies
    • Housing Authority Tenant Commissioner – 2 vacancies
    • Measure S General Tax Oversight Committee – 3 vacancies
    • Solano County Mosquito Abatement District – 1 vacancy

Contact the City Clerk’s Office if you are interested in an appointment to one of these opportunities.

City Council

City Council Meeting Highlights (December – 2 meetings):

  • Accepted the Certified Election results and had swearing in of two new Councilmembers, Princess Washington and Jenalee Dawson, as well as short-term Mayor Larry Brumfield and full-term Mayor Alma Hernandez.
  • Princess Washington was appointed Mayor Pro Tem.
  • Council adopted procedures for filling the vacancy on the City Council created by the election of Alma Hernandez to Mayor.
  • Reaffirmed Development Impact Fees.
  • Approved the Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS).
  • Approved a contract for a consultant to prepare a Municipal Services Review.
  • Approved a contract amendment with David Wade who is assisting with reviews on several environmental impact reports.
  • Approved a contract amendment with a consultant who is preparing an environmental impact report.
  • Approved a janitorial contract for city facilities.
  • Approved a process for Brown Act accommodations.
  • Reaffirmed the Downtown Business Improvement District.
  • Approved the budget for the Downtown Business Improvement District.
  • Initial approval of an amendment to the Military Equipment Policy.
  • Initial approval of the annexation of the Caterpillar Clubhouse into CFD #2.
  • Initial approval of the annexation of the Zip Thru Carwash into CFD #2.
  • Approved Safe and Sane Fireworks sales for 2023.
  • Presentation on the implementation of microtransit in 2023.

Here is the full report:

  CM Report - December 2022 (1.5 MiB, 25 hits)

Suisun City School Tripper

Effective January 9, 2023, Suisun students will be able to access the following school via the schedule outlined below:

  • Dan O. Root Elementary
  • Suisun Elementary
  • Crystal Middle School
  • Armijo High School

For more information, call the Solano mobility Call Center at 800-535-6883.

  Suisun Microtransit School Tripper Schedule 12.19.2022 (164.8 KiB, 105 hits)

Here is some more information:

Suisun City Sandbag Station

Located behind City Hall by Solano Yacht Club.

Sand and Bags are provided – You will need to bring a shovel.

The Station will be monitored and refilled During the rain event.

Suisun Microtransit

Beginning on January 3rd, Suisun City along with the Solano Transportation Authority will offer door to door service.

Here are the full details:

  Suisun Microtransit Flyer English (5.4 MiB, 366 hits)


  Suisun Microtransit Flyer Spanish (2.8 MiB, 49 hits)


  Suisun Microtransit Flyer Tagalog (2.8 MiB, 66 hits)

For more information, please call Solano Mobility at (800) 535-6883 between December 21, 2022, through January 2, 2023.

Suisun City Announces Application Period for City Council Vacancy

Suisun City, CA- December 21, 2022

The Suisun City Council is accepting applications for the Council vacancy created by the election of Councilmember Alma Hernandez to the Mayor position. Alma Hernandez’s Council term would have expired in 2024. The person chosen to fill the vacancy will serve the remainder of the term.

In order to qualify for appointment to Council, an applicant must be at least 18 years of age, must be a registered voter, and must be a resident of Suisun City. Applications must be completed and received by the City Clerk by January 10, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. No late applications will be accepted.

All applicants will be expected to appear at the January 17th City Council meeting for a “Town Hall” style interview process. Applicants must attend in person unless a reasonable accommodation is granted or the applicant can articulate just cause for not attending in person.

The City Council will narrow down the applicants to a maximum of seven that will be considered for appointment at a noticed City Council meeting on January 24, 2023. Any applicant who was also a candidate for a regular seat on the City Council in the November 8, 2022 election will be included in the number of applicants considered on January 24th.

Mayor Alma Hernandez stated, “We are seeking candidates who have a passion for Suisun City and who share our Council’s vision of making Suisun City an even greater city. Please join us and be a part of finding ways to improve the lives of our residents.”

Application materials are available at www.suisun.com beginning on December 22, 2022.

  Council Vacancy (107.5 KiB, 83 hits)

  Procedures for Filling of Vacancy on the City Council (289.7 KiB, 76 hits)

  Council Application to Fill Vacancy 2023 (239.5 KiB, 94 hits)

WE NEED YOUR INPUT!!

Kellogg Resiliency Project

The Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) and the City are working on a project, which is likely the first phase of a program to protect Suisun City and other portions of Solano County in the coming decades from threats like flood and fire.

We need your input to shape the types of infrastructure you’d like to protect homes and the environment in our community in the future. We would appreciate your input by completing the following survey: Kellogg Survey.

Suisun City Fire Department Places 2nd Engine Company Into Service

Suisun City, CA- December 16, 2022

The Suisun City Fire Department is pleased to announce the staffing of a second Advanced Life Support (ALS) engine company effective Monday, December 19, 2022. This second engine company will greatly enhance the Fire Department’s ability to respond and initiate ALS patient care and will provide for an increased response of firefighters to suppress fires more effectively and safely. This is an historic moment for Suisun City as it represents another significant milestone in improving first response capabilities for fire and medical emergencies.

Over the past five years, the Suisun City Fire Department has experienced a nearly 42% in calls for service and frequently is impacted by simultaneous calls for service. Since 2019, the Council has focused significant resources, primarily from Measure S, on upgrading the Fire Department from a Basic Life Support (BLS) agency to an Advanced Life Support (ALS) agency to provide a greater level of medical care for our community, as well as a greater effective response to fire calls.

In June 2022, the Suisun City Council approved six additional full-time firefighters for the department to meet the service needs of our citizens and increasing calls for service in our community. The additional staffing will provide a minimum of four firefighters staffing two engine companies 24/7. This additional staffing includes three Fire Captains and three Fire Engineer Paramedics providing Advanced Life Support (ALS) services to the community.

Suisun City Fire Chief, Brad Lopez, stated, “The Suisun City Fire Department would like to thank our Mayor, City Council, and our citizens of Suisun City for helping us support our mission – “To ensure the protection of life and property through effective and efficient delivery of professional firefighting, fire prevention, and emergency medical services to the communities of Suisun City.”

Telephone: (707) 421-7205 – Fax: (707) 421-7389

  Press Release - SCFD Second Engine (201.2 KiB, 45 hits)

City Manager October 2022 Update

Here is a newsletter from our City Manager, Greg Folsom

  CM Report - October 2022 (3.2 MiB, 144 hits)

Suisun City Announces New Mobile App

Suisun City, CA – November 1, 2022

The City of Suisun City now has a full-feature mobile app that provides all residents easy access to several City services, all at the palm of their hand. This interactive engagement tool allows City residents to connect electronically with City Hall for service requests, contact information, news, event calendars, and much more!

Use the “Report an Issue” section to report graffiti, potholes, and other issues directly to the correct city department right from your phone using GIS mapping. Learn about your city’s elected officials, programs, and upcoming construction projects. Find parks, facilities, and points of interest along with information, phone numbers, maps, and directions. Stay informed on the latest happenings through the “News” and “Calendar” sections. The My Civic application is available for download through the Apple App Store or on Google Play. Users can then select Suisun City as their city of choice.

According to City Manager Greg Folsom, “We are in the process of updating the technologies that the city uses to keep our residents informed. We recently created an interactive budget on our website where users can much more easily review the city’s budget and the My Civic mobile application is the latest technology enhancement to come online. We are very excited to get this mobile application into use by our residents so that we can provide more targeted services as needed.”

Message from the Manager

City Manager, Greg Folsom

September 2022 Update

Here is the full report:

  CM Report - September 2022 (1.4 MiB, 188 hits)