Vallejo Fairgrounds Board has discussed banning gun shows, Solano County could take action

[Editor: I’m calling on the Fairgrounds Board and the Solano County Board of Supervisors to ban these horrible events as have officials in other local fairgrounds sites.  Too many guns are already in our homes and on our streets – stop the gun violence now!  – R.S.]

Bill to ban gun shows won’t impact Solano County Fairgrounds

State-owned property only

The Code of the West Gun Show runs three to five times a year at the Solano County Fairgrounds’ Exposition Hall. The possible ban of gun shows won’t impact the county-own fairgrounds. (Times-Herald file photo)
Vallejo Times-Herald, by Richard Freedman, June 10, 2021

A bill passed by the state Senate on June 1 that would ban gun shows on state-owned property will not impact the Solano County Fairgrounds.

Though the Dixon May Fair site would be affected because it’s state-run, the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo is county-owned.

However, a policy against gun shows could still be enacted by the Solano County Board of Supervisors, said Solano County Fairgrounds Executive Director and CEO Mike Iokimedes.

“It’s something our (fairgrounds) board definitely has discussed,” Iokimedes said by phone Thursday. “Other jurisdictions have passed local legislation that prohibits gun shows.”

Gun show production company Code of the West out of El Dorado Hills books the fairgrounds three to five times every year, confirmed Iokimedes “and has done so for while.” The next gun show is in the books for July 10-11.

Iokimedes said there have “been no incidences” at the gun shows.

Authored by state Sen. Dave Min, D-Irvine, SB-264 heads to the Assembly after passing the Senate by a 21-9 vote.

Min told the Orange County Register that the idea for his bill was born in 2019, when mass shootings took place on two consecutive days in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Min doesn’t believe property the state manages on behalf of taxpayers should be used to sell guns that in some cases get dispersed into the community, where they may contribute to gun violence and its incalculable social and financial costs, he said.

State Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, agrees.

“I’m a hunter myself, but California shouldn’t be in the business of renting state property to sell guns,” said Dodd. “We cannot in good conscious contribute to a problem that threatens the safety of every community.”

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, who has backed several gun-control bills, didn’t comment on the pending gun show ban “because he doesn’t usually comment on state legislation since it’s outside his jurisdiction,” said Alex MacFarlane, Thompson’s Washington, D.C., representative.

Iokimedes said the gun shows at the fairgrounds “have run pretty smoothly” and emphasized that fees generated by Code of the West “allow us to provide the fairgrounds” at no cost for various community events such as, ironically, the Vallejo Gun Buy-Back, and Food is Free distribution.

Iokimedes said there are strict requirements the Code of the West or any other gun show producer must adhere to, including no loaded weapons “and other criteria that’s the same as other events.”

If the state bans gun shows “straight across the board, then we could not host gun shows,” Iokimedes said.

Though the fairgrounds board welcomes the gun shows, it rejected one promoter hoping to stage a cannabis event, Iokimedes confirmed.

“Our board of supervisors were not comfortable with any onsite consumption,” Iokimedes said.

Solano adds 10 new COVID cases, all age 18-49, active cases more than double

By Roger Straw, Friday, June 11, 2021

Solano County reported 10 new infections and no new deaths today.  Vaccinate! Stay safe when indoors or in crowds, and remember…

People with mild COVID can have long-term health problems.  And: More than 70% of COVID-19 patients studied report having at least one “long haul” symptom that lasts for months.”  It’s not over yet!

Solano County COVID report on Friday, June 11.
[Source: see far below.  See also my ARCHIVE spreadsheet of daily Solano COVID updates.]
Solano County COVID-19 Dashboard – SUMMARY:

Solano County reported 10 new COVID cases today – all 10 were age 18-49.  Monthly: Solano County saw 1,288 new cases in April, an average of 43 per day.  In May, Solano reported 920 new cases, an average of 30 per day.  Solano saw 78 new cases over the past week, an average of 11 per day and quite a significant improvement.  BUT… that’s still 11 of us and our families, friends and co-workers who are affected.  TAKE CARE!

Solano County reported no new deaths today.  The County total is 244 deaths since the pandemic began.

Solano’s 152 active cases today are up dramatically from yesterday’s 60.  Our percent positivity rate fell today from 5.5% to 4.2%.

SOLANO IS NOW IN THE ORANGE TIER – Solano County was finally moved into the orange tier last week, the last Bay Area County to leave the red tier.  See details on remaining restrictions and new freedoms in the County’s press release, also in the account of the Vallejo Times-Herald.

JUNE 15 RE-OPENING – NEXT TUESDAY – Solano County Public Health posted 2 links on its dashboard on Monday detailing new re-opening developments:

Cal/OSHA prepares for the June 15 Beyond the Blueprint announcement.  The revised Cal/OSHA standards will go into effect no later than June 15. For more information, visit: https://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2021/2021-58.html

For more information about Beyond the Blueprint, see the flyer “What will California look like after June 15?”

>> The numbers are improving, but the virus is still active here.  Stay safe, get vaccinated, wear a mask in crowds and social distance if you’re not sure who’s vaccinated!  We will get through this together.

Cases by City on Friday, June 11:

  • Benicia remained steady today, a total of 1,003 cases since the outbreak began.
  • Dixon remained steady today, total of 1,922 cases.
  • Fairfield added only 1 new case today, total of 9,121 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 2 new cases today, total of 394 cases.
  • Suisun City added 1 new case today, total of 2,294 cases.
  • Vacaville added 4 new cases today, a total of 8,822 cases.  Note that Vacaville is home to a California State Prison, which experienced an outbreak last week.
  • Vallejo added 2 new cases today, total of 9,910 cases.
  • Unincorporated areas remained steady today, total of 103 cases.

COMPARE: Screenshots from Solano County COVID Dashboard on Thursday, June 10:


The data on this page is from today’s and the previous Solano County COVID-19 Dashboard.  The Dashboard is full of much more information and updated weekdays around 4 or 5pm.  On the County’s dashboard, you can hover a mouse or click on an item for more information.  Note the tabs at top for SummaryDemographics and Vaccines.  Click here to go to today’s Solano County Dashboard.


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Solano case rate increasing over last 3 days: 26 new infections overnight


By Roger Straw, Thursday, June 10, 2021

Solano County reported 26 new infections and no new deaths today.  Vaccinate! Stay safe when indoors or in crowds, and remember…

People with mild COVID can have long-term health problems.  And: More than 70% of COVID-19 patients studied report having at least one “long haul” symptom that lasts for months.”  It’s not over yet!

Solano County COVID report on Thursday, June 10.
[Source: see far below.  See also my ARCHIVE spreadsheet of daily Solano COVID updates.]
Solano County COVID-19 Dashboard – SUMMARY:

Solano County reported 26 new COVID cases today, and no new deaths.  Monthly: Solano County saw 1,288 new cases in April, an average of 43 per day.  In May, Solano reported 920 new cases, an average of 30 per day.  Our case rate is increasing over the last 3 days: Tuesday plus 7 new cases, Wednesday plus 15, and today plus 26, nearly back to our May average of 30 per day.

Solano County reported no new deaths today.  The County total is 244 deaths since the pandemic began.

Solano’s Active cases are now at 60, down from yesterday’s 69.  Our percent positivity rate remained even today at 5.5%.

SOLANO NOW IN ORANGE TIER – Solano County was finally moved into the orange tier last week, the last Bay Area County to leave the red tier.  See details on remaining restrictions and new freedoms in the County’s press release, also in the account of the Vallejo Times-Herald.

JUNE 15 RE-OPENING Solano County Public Health posted 2 links on its dashboard on Monday detailing new re-opening developments:

Cal/OSHA prepares for the June 15 Beyond the Blueprint announcement.  The revised Cal/OSHA standards will go into effect no later than June 15. For more information, visit: https://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2021/2021-58.html

For more information about Beyond the Blueprint, see the flyer “What will California look like after June 15?”

>> The numbers are improving, but the virus is still active here.  Stay safe, get vaccinated, wear a mask in crowds and social distance if you’re not sure who’s vaccinated!  We will get through this together.

Cases by City on Thursday, June 10:

  • Benicia added 1 new case today, a total of 1,003 cases since the outbreak began.
  • Dixon remained steady today, total of 1,922 cases.
  • Fairfield added 8 new cases today, total of 9,120 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 1 new case today, total of 392 cases.
  • Suisun City remained steady today, total of 2,293 cases.
  • Vacaville added 13 new cases today, a total of 8,818 cases.  Note that Vacaville is home to a California State Prison, which experienced an outbreak last week.
  • Vallejo added only 3 new cases today, total of 9,908 cases.
  • Unincorporated areas remained steady today, total of 103 cases.

COMPARE: Screenshots from Solano County COVID Dashboard on Wednesday, June 9:


The data on this page is from today’s and the previous Solano County COVID-19 Dashboard.  The Dashboard is full of much more information and updated weekdays around 4 or 5pm.  On the County’s dashboard, you can hover a mouse or click on an item for more information.  Note the tabs at top for SummaryDemographics and Vaccines.  Click here to go to today’s Solano County Dashboard.


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Solano infections continue slowing rate, no new deaths


By Roger Straw, Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Solano County reported 15 new infections and no new deaths today.  Vaccinate! Stay safe when indoors or in crowds, and remember…

People with mild COVID can have long-term health problems.  And: More than 70% of COVID-19 patients studied report having at least one “long haul” symptom that lasts for months.”  It’s not over yet!

Solano County COVID report on Wednesday, June 9.
[Source: see far below.  See also my ARCHIVE spreadsheet of daily Solano COVID updates.]
Solano County COVID-19 Dashboard – SUMMARY:

Solano County reported 15 new COVID cases today, and no new deaths.  Monthly: Solano County saw 1,288 new cases in April, an average of 43 per day.  In May, Solano reported 920 new cases, an average of 30 per day.  Today, only 15 new cases!

Solano County reported no new deaths today.  The County total is now 244 deaths since the pandemic began.

Solano’s Active cases are now at 69, up from yesterday’s 63.  Our percent positivity rate remained even today at 5.5%.

SOLANO NOW IN ORANGE TIER – Solano County was finally moved into the orange tier last week, the last Bay Area County to leave the red tier.  See details on remaining restrictions and new freedoms in the County’s press release, also in the account of the Vallejo Times-Herald.

JUNE 15 RE-OPENING Solano County Public Health posted 2 links on its dashboard on Monday detailing new re-opening developments:

Cal/OSHA prepares for the June 15 Beyond the Blueprint announcement.  The revised Cal/OSHA standards will go into effect no later than June 15. For more information, visit: https://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2021/2021-58.html

For more information about Beyond the Blueprint, see the flyer “What will California look like after June 15?”

>> The numbers are improving, but the virus is still active here.  Stay safe, get vaccinated, wear a mask in crowds and social distance if you’re not sure who’s vaccinated!  We will get through this together.

Cases by City on Wednesday, June 9:

  • Benicia remained steady today, a total of 1,002 cases since the outbreak began.
  • Dixon remained steady today, total of 1,922 cases.
  • Fairfield added 3 new cases today, total of 9,112 cases.
  • Rio Vista remained steady today, total of 391 cases.
  • Suisun City added 1 new case today, total of 2,293 cases.
  • Vacaville added 8 new cases today, a total of 8,805 cases.  Note that Vacaville is home to a California State Prison, which experienced an outbreak last week.
  • Vallejo added only 3 new cases today, total of 9,905 cases.
  • Unincorporated areas remained steady today, total of 103 cases.

COMPARE: Screenshots from Solano County COVID Dashboard on Tuesday, June 8:


The data on this page is from today’s and the previous Solano County COVID-19 Dashboard.  The Dashboard is full of much more information and updated weekdays around 4 or 5pm.  On the County’s dashboard, you can hover a mouse or click on an item for more information.  Note the tabs at top for SummaryDemographics and Vaccines.  Click here to go to today’s Solano County Dashboard.


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