April 14, 2021

Suisun City Fire Granted Advanced Life Support Accreditation

The Solano County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department granted the Suisun City Fire Department the accreditation necessary to deliver Advanced Life Support (ALS) services in Suisun City. Prior to today, Suisun City was the only municipality in Solano County not providing ALS care for its residents.

The Fire Department is staffed with at least one licensed paramedic fire personnel on-duty every day to ensure it can provide 24/7 ALS response services. The Fire Department carries state-of-the-art medical equipment on its apparatus, including Zoll Cardiac Monitors, digital laryngoscopes, electric IO drills, and many other tools, to ensure that responding paramedics can deliver excellent medical care to every patient.

“This is a historic day for the Suisun City Fire Department,” said Fire Chief Justin Vincent. “Suisun City Fire Department has a 159-year history of providing excellent customer service to the citizens and visitors of Suisun City.

“As the Fire Chief and a resident of Suisun City, I am dedicated to ensuring that our highly skilled fire department has the training, tools, and personnel to ensure that we strive to meet the needs and expectations of our community,” Chief Vincent said.

“I am pleased to announce that we have accomplished our strategic goal of elevating the level of healthcare we provide our community to Advanced Life Support, Paramedic,” Chief Vincent said. “With this designation for Suisun City Fire Department, every city in Solano County now has paramedic-level service provided by their respective municipal fire agency. Additionally, the residents of Suisun City will have better outcomes to their medical emergencies with our paramedic-level staff working side-by-side with Medic Ambulance to provide the highest quality care possible for our community.”

What is Advanced Life Support (ALS)

Advanced Life Support (ALS) is a set of enhanced life-saving protocols, enhanced scope of practice and elevated medical skillsets that extend beyond the Basic Life Support (BLS) previously provided by the Fire Department.

The ALS paramedic staff are able to provide urgent, advanced medical interventions and treatments during medical emergencies, such as cardiac arrests, strokes, overdoses, traumatic injuries, and other life-threatening conditions. Fire Department paramedics will be able to intubate, push lifesaving medications, start IV’s, perform ECG cardiac monitoring, identify strokes, and many other advanced medical interventions. Early ALS intervention by paramedics is a crucial part of the American Heart Association’s Chain of Survival. It is proven that with early access to ALS protocols, the survival rate of a cardiac arrest patients is increased.

The hard work and dedication of members of the Fire Department, the support received from the Suisun City Council and City Manager, and the vision set forth by the Suisun City Fire Department leadership team has made this designation possible.

“In early 2019, Council began to make a long overdue investment in our Fire Department to ensure the safety of residents in hopes they would experience the same quality of care as neighboring cities,” said Mayor Lori Wilson. “Reaching the milestone of providing ALS is not only demonstrative of this worthwhile endeavor, but also the hard work of the City Manager Greg Folsom, Chief Vincent, and the men and women of the Suisun City Fire Department.”

“We congratulate Suisun City FD on the implementation of their Paramedic program,” said Medic Ambulance President & COO Jim Pierson. “We cherish our long-standing relationship with Suisun City. Medic and Suisun City have continually collaborated to improve our community, by ensuring access to public AED Devices in city facilities and LUCAS automated CPR devices for our caregivers.

“Suisun FD and Medic provide exemplary medical services to Suisun City and Solano County residents and we celebrate with our partners on this historic day,” Pierson said.

Suisun City Council Adopts Noise Ordinance Regarding Noise Regulations, Specific Prohibitions and Exemptions Related to Noise-Generating Activities

Last month on June 16, 2020, the City Council adopted a noise ordinance. Prior to the adoption, the City was without a noise ordinance or noise regulations to enforce. The ordinance adds subsection “S” to Section 8.12.080 of Chapter 8.12 of the Suisun City Code. The ordinance also amends the “Construction Work Hours” section of Title 15.

The ordinance provides definitions, noise regulations, specific prohibitions, and exemptions related to noise-generating activities.

Please contact the Development Services Department with any questions at (707) 421-7335 or developmentservices@suisun.com.

View executed Ordinance below:

Governor Newsom Orders Immediate Shutdown of Additional Indoor Operations in Solano and Surrounding Counties

On July 13, 2020 Governor Newsom ordered the immediate shutdown of the following businesses in 30 California Counties on the County Monitoring List unless they can be modified to operate outside their establishments or by pick-up service only:

  • Fitness Centers
  • Places of Worship
  • Indoor Protests
  • Offices for Non-Essential Sectors
  • Personal Care Services
  • Nail Salons
  • Body Waxing and Tattoo Parlors
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops
  • Shopping Malls

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is reporting this recent shutdown is due to the rise in new COVID-19 cases reported, hospitalization rates and dates in California within the past two weeks.

Solano County Public Health encourages all residents to continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health guidelines such as social distancing best practices, wearing a cloth face mask outside your home or when social distancing cannot be maintained, practicing coughing and sneezing etiquette, and using hand sanitizer or washing your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds.

Testing is free and by appointment only. Sign up at www.Lhi.Care/CovidTesting and/or by calling (888) 634-1123.

For more information visit the Solano County Public Health website at www.SolanoCounty.com/COVID19 and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SolanoCountyPH (@SolanoCountyPH).

Visit the Solano County website at www.SolanoCounty.com/COVID19 to view the updated stay-at-home health order and directive, to access business industry guidance documents and the most recent COVID-19 health information, including the number of COVID-19 cases in Solano County.

Solano County Health Department Press Release:

Solano County Health Order:

Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal

On July 8, 2020 the California Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery announced a new campaign, Calling all Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal. The main focus of this campaign is to encourage all Californians to support small businesses in their communities as they strive to make the modifications that adhere to Public Health and Safety.

Partners of this campaign include industry-leading companies, such as Nextdoor, Google, and UPS. For more information, visit https://business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal/

This website includes links to:

  • Free consulting, in 31 different languages, from California’s network of small business centers
  • Resources and offers from our partners to help businesses operate safely and build a digital footprint
  • Latest state industry guidance and county variances
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) through SafelyMakingCA.org, California’s new PPE marketplace
  • A free digital media toolkit for small businesses and partners

To view the full press release visit, https://business.ca.gov/calling-all-californians-shopsafeshoplocal/

Preserving Essential Services in Suisun City

Suisun City, along with many other cities across the state, has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related steep downturn in economic activity. Throughout changing and challenging circumstances, Suisun City has been working hard to continue providing essential City services and to maintain the City’s long-term financial stability.

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Suisun City Issues Emergency Directive Allowing Limited Outdoor Dining and Retail Activities

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On March 16, 2020 the City Manager acting in capacity as Director of Emergency Services pursuant to Chapter 2.32 of the Suisun City Municipal Code declared a local emergency due to the rapidly evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19). This declaration was ratified by City Council Resolution No. 2020-40.

Based on the public health crisis, local business have been shut down (except in some limited capacity) for almost three months. Due to the shut down, businesses have lost revenue and economic devastation continues to affect the city’s health, safety, and welfare.

Over the past weeks, Solano County has allowed certain business to reopen with certain conditions. Guidelines for these business are provided by Cal-OSHA and CDPH here: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-dine-in-restaurants.pdf

The limitations restrict how many customers can be served in restaurants and retail. In order to increase revenue at a time of economic recovery, expansion of dining areas and shopping areas into sidewalks, streets, and parking areas can provide additional space where customers can be served while in compliance with the Industry Guidance to insure social distancing.

The Director of Emergency Services authorizes the following directives pursuant to Section 2.32.070 (A) to be ratified by the City Council within the earliest practicable time:

  1. Effective immediately, and for the duration of the local emergency, or for as long as COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Dine-In Restaurants and COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Retail apply, whichever ends first, temporary encroachment permits for outdoor dining and retail activities may be obtained by existing restaurants and retail businesses.
  2. Restaurants and retail businesses wishing to temporarily expand their dining and retail areas pursuant to Section 1, above, shall be required to obtain temporary encroachment permits. Permit fees shall be waived.
  3. Effective immediately, and for the duration of this directive, enforcement of the following provisions of the Suisun City Municipal Code (SCMC) shall be modified as follows:
    1. A temporary encroachment permit application pursuant to this directive shall comply with the requirements of Section 18.64.030, except that the application shall require one set of proposed plans, not two.
    1. Section 18.64.020 (Applicability) of Chapter 18.64 (Sidewalk Cafés) currently provides in relevant part that a “sidewalk café area must be located adjacent to the restaurant and may be located along a street, within a pedestrian mall or plaza, or alley.“ Sidewalk cafés shall be additionally permitted in all City-designated outdoor spaces, which may include sidewalks, streets, and parking lots, provided the use can be accommodated without undue interference with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
    1. Enforcement of parking ratios for existing retail or restaurant businesses, as provided in Table 18.42.02 of the SCMC, is suspended.
    1. Perimeter barriers, as required by Section 18.64.050, shall not be required for temporary encroachments on sidewalks, but shall be required for temporary encroachments on parking lots and streets.
    1. Section 18.64.060(G), allowing restaurant furnishings to be left outside overnight shall not apply to temporary encroachment permits issued pursuant to this directive; all restaurants and retail businesses that obtain a temporary encroachment permit must bring all their furnishings inside every evening after closing.
  4. The temporary encroachment permits issued pursuant to this directive shall expire upon the earlier of the lifting of the Industry Guidelines or the local state of emergency, unless revoked sooner. Upon expiration or revocation of its temporary encroachment permit, the establishment shall immediately comply with all applicable municipal code provisions.
  5. A temporary encroachment permit issued under this directive may be revoked by the City for failure to comply with all applicable SCMC provisions, or for noncompliance with this directive.
  6. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, this directive may be rescinded or amended by the Director of Emergency Services or by the City Council for any reason prior to the lifting of the local state of emergency or of the Industry Standards.
  7. I hereby reserve the right to issue additional directives as needed.

Read the city’s full Directive and Press Release here:

Gov. Newsom Makes Masks and Face Coverings Mandatory in California

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a guidance mandated by Governor Newsom, which requires Californians to wear masks or face coverings in high-risk settings effective immediately. This guidance released on June 18, 2020 mandates the use of face masks to be worn by the general public when outside the home, with limited exceptions.

According to CDPH, cloth face coverings or masks will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing.

Californians must wear face coverings when they are in the situations listed below:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
  • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;
  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
  • Interacting in-person with any member of the public; 
  • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time; 
  • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others; 
  • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities; 
  • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
  • Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering:

  • Children aged two and under;
  • Persons with a medical, mental health, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
  • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines. 
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
  • Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence;
  • Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others;
  • Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings of masks for both inmates and staff.

These guidance documents can be found by visiting the California Department of Public Health website at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-128.aspx.


Phased Opening of City Facilities

Suisun City has started a phased re-opening of City facilities all with appropriate social distancing, face mask and cleaning protocols in place.

In addition to ZOOM, City Council, Commission and Advisory Committee meetings will be open for public attendance, with capacity limited by social distancing protocols arising from public health orders.

If you come to any City facility, you must wear a face mask, maintain 6-foot social distance, and not be sick.

Since closing City facilities to the public in March, your City staff has successfully transitioned many public services to remote performance.  To ensure maximum protection from coronavirus transmission, this remains the preferred method of interaction.

 A drop box for water payments and other documents is available 24 hours per day to the right of the City Hall front door.

However, we also recognize that some things must still be handled in person.  For those transactions, City Hall will be open on an appointment-only basis starting Monday, June 1, 2020.

To make an appointment, please contact staff members during regular office hours by the following means:

The Police Department lobby is now open on a limited basis, and the Nelson Center will honor existing rentals with faith-based groups.

Questions or Comments for Virtual Public Meetings

All questions submitted will be received by the City Clerk and forwarded to Mayor Lori Wilson or the Chair of the appropriate meeting for consideration. All submissions will be included in the official meeting record.

Deadline for submissions is 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

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Join City Council on ZOOM

COVID-19 is making participatory democracy very difficult.  We’re innovating ways to use technology to overcome public health directives about group gatherings during the current emergency.

One answer is using ZOOM – a web-based video conferencing service – to enable residents to watch and participate in live City Council meetings.

 To join in, follow these instructions:

  • Go to the website: https://zoom.us/join
  • Enter the meeting ID: 744 576 1347
  • Optional call-in phone number (707) 438-1720

You also can watch a live stream of the City Council meetings at https://www.suisun.com/government/meeting-video/

For the meeting agenda & staff reports, please go to https://www.suisun.com/government/city-clerk/agendas/