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Marc Brown
marc.t.brown@kp.org
510-271-6328

Kaiser Permanente Earns ‘Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality’
Designation in Healthcare Equality Index

All 38 of the organization’s hospitals honored for high standards of care, employment
and community engagement

OAKLAND, Calif., March 31, 2017 — All 38 of Kaiser Permanente’s hospitals have been recognized as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.

The designation, reported in the 10th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index, demonstrates Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. This is the eighth consecutive year that Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, has earned a perfect score on the annual survey encouraging equal care for LGBTQ Americans.

“This honor reflects our ongoing commitment to continuously improve the personalized care experience and equitable health and health care outcomes for our LGBTQ members, patients and families,” said Ronald L. Copeland, MD, FACS, senior vice president and chief Diversity and Inclusion officer for Kaiser Permanente. “This aspiration demands that we are tireless in our efforts to ensure that Kaiser Permanente facilities are inclusive environments where all patients are treated with empathy, dignity and respect.”

The 2017 HEI implements new criteria to achieve the “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation. For the first time, HEI honorees were given scores in four areas rating their policies and best practices for foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement.

“The 2017 HEI reminds us again that though we have made tremendous gains over the past decade, there is still much more work left for us to do. With some of our biggest battles still ahead of us, it is crucial that institutions continue to demonstrate that the march toward full equality is not slowing down,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “For the past decade, the HEI has been the roadmap to closing the gap in ensuring equal care to LGBTQ patients and their families, and we urge every health care facility to join us in this continuing effort to provide inclusive care to all.”

Kaiser Permanente has participated in the HEI since 2008 and has consistently moved up in its rankings, achieving a perfect score in 2010 and each year since. For the past decade, Kaiser Permanente has also received a top score on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index for its commitment to creating internal policies that foster diversity and inclusion, and providing training and benefits that create a fair and equitable workplace.

For more information about the 2017 Healthcare Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visits hrc.org/hei.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2017
Contact: Samantha Fordyce
Development Associate
Solano Community Foundation
707-399-3846
Samantha@solanocf.org

Solano Community Foundation Announces April Workshop for Nonprofits
All-day Workshop Addresses Proposal Writing Basics

FAIRFIELD, Calif.:  Solano Community Foundation will offer its third Nonprofit Partnership Program workshop of the year on April 6, 2017. The workshop lasts all day, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. The topic is “Proposal Writing Basics.” Participants will learn how to determine funding needs of their project or organization, and communicate the importance of those needs to potential funders.

This introduction to proposal writing will include a checklist to use when composing a grant proposal, as well as tips for understanding and working with RFP (request for proposal) components and application formats.

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops or tablets to use the Foundation Center resource, GrantSpace.

The SCF training center is at their offices – 744 Empire Street, Suite 240, in Fairfield.

Registration is required; there is no fee to attend. To register, go to www.solanocf.org, and use the quick link to 2017 NPP Workshop Schedule. Click the ‘register now’ button and fill in the required information.  Those who wish to attend but who are not current members of SCF’s Nonprofit Partnership Program, may join online prior to the workshop, or at the door. Call 707-399-3846 for further information.

 

Contact Information:
Liz Ramos
Engeniate
liz@engeniate.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local Business Achieves Highest Sales Honor

Minneapolis, MN—

Wiley, the leading developer of Everything DiSC® and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™-based workplace training and assessment-driven solutions, announced today that local business ENGENIATE was recognized as a 2016 Sapphire award-winning Partner. The honor of Sapphire Award is the fourth highest award level.

“We seek to work with professionals like Engeniate who are determined to help their clients succeed,” says Barry Davis, Senior Vice President of Wiley’s Talent Solutions group. “Engeniate’s commitment to delivering Everything DiSC and The Five Behaviors solutions is inspiring. We are excited to continue building better workplaces with their expertise and are honored to have them as an Authorized Partner.”

About Engeniate
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area (Vallejo, CA), Engeniate serves C-level business leaders who understand that a prosperous business starts with energized employees who find meaning in their work and take pride in common goals. Through comprehensive team training, leadership development and a partnership approach, we help our clients build engaging and accepting workplace cultures that unleash individual freedom and accelerate team success.

About Everything DiSC
Everything DiSC is the leading suite of DiSC®-based workplace training and assessment solutions. These advanced applications combine online assessment, classroom facilitation, and post-training follow-up to create powerful, personalized workplace development experiences. With a global network of nearly 1,900 independent Partners, Everything DiSC solution-focused products are used in thousands of organizations, including major government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

About The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team is the result of the partnership between Wiley’s Workplace Learning Solutions and best–selling author Patrick Lencioni. The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team creates a learning experience that helps individuals and organizations reveal what it takes to build a truly cohesive and effective team in the most approachable, competent, and effective way possible. Powered by Everything DiSC® to bring together everyone’s personalities and preferences, the Five Behaviors guides teams through the hard work and huge payoff of forming a cohesive, productive team.

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Contact: Andrea Garcia: W: (707) 638-5272
 C: (707) 280-8771
Andrea.Garcia@tu.edu

The Movement: One Actor, Ten Characters, Half-century of Race Relations
Written and performed by Emmy Award Winner Ron Jones

The Movement takes the audience on a poignant & comedic journey through the changing face of the African American experience.

A visual chronical of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that highlights many of the political, social, and cultural markers that have come in the last 50 years. Through both the comedic and poignant; the show’s characters will tell of the great struggles that have been met and of many that still challenge us.

What: Dramatic Performance -- The Movement: One Actor, Ten Characters, Half- century of Race Relations
When: Tuesday, February 14 at 6:00-7:30 PM
Where: Farragut Ballroom at Touro University California
Touro University California, Farragut Inn
1750 Club Drive
Mare Island
Vallejo, CA 94592 
Why: A special black history month event, part of the social justice series sponsored by the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California.
Cost: Free and open to the public

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Vallejo Middle School Mare Island Technology Academy Awarded National
“Schools to Watch / Taking Center Stage” Model School Status

The California League of Schools (CLS), State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the California Middle Grades Alliance this week announced that 11 high-performing California middle schools have been newly designated as model middle grades schools in the 2016–17 Schools to Watch™ / Taking Center Stage program, which includes Vallejo’s charter middle school Mare Island Technology Academy.

The 11 schools, along with 19 schools that retained their designation for another 3-year period, collectively represent less than 1% of all California middle schools. They are notable for being high-performing model schools that demonstrate academic excel­lence, responsive­ness to the needs of young adolescents, and social equity. These schools host visitors from California and around the world who are looking to emulate practices that they can use to improve their middle grades schools and close the achievement gap. 

To earn this designation, schools must complete an extensive application that is reviewed by middle grades experts. In order to retain the designation, each school is re-evaluated every three years. 

"We congratulate them for their efforts to exceed challenging goals, narrow the achieve­ment gap, and set their students on a solid path toward high school and future success" said Dr. Irvin Howard, Co-Director of the Schools to Watch program.

“This is a tremendous honor for Mare Island Technology Academy and a testament to our parent, staff, and student community” said Mare Island Technology Academy Director Matt Smith. “It also makes a perfect complement to MIT High School, which for two years running has been recognized as ‘One of America’s Best High Schools.’ And I congratulate the Vallejo community that has been so supportive of both schools over the years – this is their award, too.”

The STW™—TCS program is sponsored by the California League of Schools (CLS) and the California Department of Education, in partnership with the California Middle Grades Alliance

All of the schools will be recognized in Sacramento by the California Middle Grades Alliance, and during the California League of Schools' Annual Conference in February. In addition, all Schools to Watch winners will receive national recognition in Washington, D.C., in June.

For more information about the STW™—TCS program, please visit the CLMS High Performing Middle School Models web page or contact California Schools to Watch State Director Carole Carlson at ccarlsonedu@gmail.com or Co-Director Dr. Irvin Howard at stwcal@gmail.com.

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For Immediate Release
Media Contact: 
Nancy Chan
707-556-5227
nchan@sftp.com

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Introduces
Free 2017 Pre-K Kids Season Pass for Vallejo Residents

VALLEJO, Calif. — January 17, 2017 Residents of Vallejo have one more gift to open so soon after the holidays as Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is rolling out a complimentary 2017 Season Pass offer extended to preschool kids, ages 3 to 5, who live in Vallejo.

“This is an exciting community program that we hope residents will take advantage of,” said Don McCoy, park president. “As residents, they do not have to go far to find a safe and fun place, open year-round that includes great kids’ play areas with multiple rides and attractions, plus our amazing wildlife presentations.”

Families who reside in Vallejo Zip Codes 94589, 94590, 94591 and 94592 are eligible for this limited time offer and must register their child on the park’s web site available now through March 26, 2017. Once registered, a voucher must be printed out and redeemed at the park on any operating day by Sunday, March 26, 2017 along with proof of age and residency.

  • Proof of age can be an original birth certificate or a travel passport. School IDs or children security IDs will not be accepted.
  • Parent or guardian must provide two forms of proof of residency showing a valid Vallejo home address and zip code such as a valid photo ID, travel passport or current local utility bill.

Season Passes offer unlimited admission to all Six Flags theme parks, bonus “Bring a Friend Free” tickets (valid on select days) and other discount offers. The pass is valid on any public operating day in the 2017 season up to Sunday, December 31, 2017. The Pre-K Season Pass does not include free parking; no refunds will be issued for previously purchased 2017 Season Passes.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the thrill capital of Northern California, is located in Vallejo, CA and open year round on weekends, holidays and select dates, including daily during the summer. To register for the Pre-K Season Pass for Vallejo residents and for more information, visit: www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom.

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For more information, contact: Deniene Erickson
510-915-0532
Deniene.X.Erickson@kp.org

Kaiser Permanente Earns Top Marks for Providing High-Quality Care
to Medicare Advantage Patients at Vacaville and Vallejo Medical Centers

[OAKLAND], Calif. Jan. 26, 2017 — Kaiser Permanente announced today that the Permanente Medical Group serving Kaiser Permanente members and patients in the Napa-Solano area  at the Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, received 4.5-star ratings for overall performance—among the highest recognition by the California Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA)—in the second annual Medical Group Report Card for Medicare Advantage Members, .

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Permanente Medical Group- San Jose Medical Center was among four Permanente Medical Groups in California that received a 5-star overall rating. Permanente Medical groups for 20 other Northern California medical centers received a 4.5-star overall rating.

These high marks from the OPA mirror the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2017 Medicare star quality ratings in which Kaiser Permanente in California and three other regions received 5 out of 5 stars for Medicare Advantage, and a 2016 J.D. Power survey that ranked Kaiser Permanente highest in Medicare Advantage member satisfaction for the second consecutive year.

“We are proud to be recognized for the high-quality care we provide to Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage members,” said Michael Kanter, MD, executive vice president and chief Quality officer of The Permanente Federation, the national organization for the nearly 19,000 physicians who provide care to Kaiser Permanente members and patients. “Our physician-led Permanente Medical Groups provide exceptional team-based care, using the latest technology and comprehensive systems to consistently deliver superior outcomes for our patients.”

Together, The Permanente Medical Group in Northern California and the Southern California Permanente Medical Group provide care for approximately 1.1 million Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage members in California.

The OPA Medicare Advantage report card rated 186 medical groups on 13 measures that are a subset of those used by CMS, ranging from rates of breast and colorectal cancer screenings to preventing hospital readmissions.

The data in the Medical Group Medicare Advantage Report Card was provided by physician organizations that participate in Medicare Advantage Measurement Program and compiled by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that collects data for quality improvement and public reporting purposes.

“We believe California is the only state in the country providing overall Medicare Advantage star quality ratings at the physician organization level,” said IHA President and CEO Jeffrey Rideout, MD, “and we applaud all California physician organizations for leading the way in making health care quality more transparent.”

In 2016, The Northern California Permanente Medical Group and Southern California Permanente Medical Group also received high marks in the OPA’s Medical Group Report Card for Commercial HMO Plan Members and were recognized for Excellence in Healthcare by IHA for providing high quality health care at lower costs. To earn IHA’s Excellence in Healthcare Seal, groups had to be in the lowest 50 percent among statewide medical groups in cost, and the top 50 percent statewide in quality and patient experience.

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January 12, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FREE Island Getaway!
SolTrans Mare Island Promotional Shuttle will be Free January 14 - February 14

VALLEJO, CA—SolTrans is pleased  to announce that beginning on Saturday January 14, 2017 the temporary service, known as the “Mare Island (MI) Shuttle,” will be FREE until February 14, 2017. This promotion will provide the public the opportunity to experience the shuttle first hand and utilize it to explore Mare Island.

The team at SolTrans wants to ensure that the community is familiar with this route during its test as it is set to expire on February 28, 2017. The public is encouraged to not only ride the shuttle but to provide feedback about the service as well, via an online survey card on the SolTrans website at: http://www.soltransride.com/planning/mare-island-survey/ The Mare Island Route is a promotional temporary demonstration service which will allow staff to collect information on ridership levels and determine whether to make it a part of the fixed route service.

“We hope to see more people jump on the bus during this promotional period.” said Mandi Renshaw, SolTrans Program Analyst I.

To make access to the service easier for Veterans and seniors (over the age of 60) the MI Shuttle will be free throughout the entire promotional period with proper identification.

For schedule times and locations, visit www.soltransride.com or call (707) 648-4666.

Solano County Transit (SolTrans) has been the public transportation provider for south Solano County since July 2011. SolTrans provides local and regional fixed routes, complementary paratransit, dial-a-ride service, and subsidized taxi programs. The agency is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that is governed by a six-member Board of Directors, composed of two representatives from the cities of Benicia and Vallejo, Solano County’s representative on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and a representative from the Solano Transportation Authority.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Touro University California receives approval for
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

New program poised to address shortage of health care providers in Solano County

VALLEJO—December 19, 2016 –  Touro University California has garnered interim approval by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to launch a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at its School of Nursing beginning in January of 2017.  

As the only program of its kind located in Solano County, the new DNP course at Touro will be with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track in order to provide much-needed primary care locally to a diversified population. By increasing the number of local nurse practitioners, the new program stands ready to ease the difficulty faced by primary care providers in meeting the currently overwhelming needs of the population seeking health care. Clinical emphasis will be on prevention, treatment and education of Diabetes, a key goal of the university and ever-growing concern for the community.

“Receiving approval to move forward with this program at Touro is tremendous news for our campus,” said Ann Stoltz director of the Touro School of Nursing. “Not only will this address the growing health care needs of the community around us but also allows us to expand an already successful curriculum.” 

Featuring innovative course scheduling, the DNP/FNP program is an accelerated 19-month course mixing online learning with traditional classroom time. The new program’s curriculum positions its graduates to assume clinical leadership roles in the evolving and complex health care environment. Clinical placements for students will be established through Touro’s long-standing relationships with local clinics and health care providers.

“Touro University California is committed to resolving the shortage of health care providers in California, specifically Solano County,” said Marilyn Hopkins, PhD, Provost and Chief Operating Officer of Touro University California, said. “It is important that we have a positive impact on the surrounding community and this new program will allow us to greatly add to the number of local nurse practitioners.” 

The DNP/FNP program builds on existing curricula found in masters’ nursing programs. Upon successful completion of the Touro program, graduates will be eligible to test for the FNP certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) and apply for California Nurse Practitioner Certification.

Students will complete the Touro DNP/FNP program with the knowledge and skills needed to perform comprehensive health assessments, including ordering and interpreting diagnostic procedures; partner with patients and families for health promotion and disease prevention; generate differential diagnoses and manage acute and chronic health problems and symptoms based on a strong biological science foundation; prescribe and evaluate therapies (medication and non-medication based); utilize developmental, patient-and family centered approaches; act as leaders in healthcare systems and advocate for nursing and the role of the DNP/FNP. Graduates will be eligible to practice within larger health care teams including Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Urgent Care, Gastroenterology, Oncology, Cardiology, Neurology, Dermatology, Endocrinology and Veteran’s health.

About Touro University California
Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.

About the Touro University California School of Nursing
The School of Nursing, part of the Touro College of Education and Health Sciences, was launched in August of 2014. For the past two years, the post-licensure master’s degree program has built on the knowledge and skills that have been gained in entry level nursing programs to help registered nurses achieve their Master’s Degree in Nursing and Clinical Nurse Leader Certification.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact: Deniene Erickson
Deniene.X.Erickson@kp.org
510-915-0532

 Kaiser Permanente’s Vacaville and Vallejo Medical Centers Named
“Top Teaching Hospitals” By the Leapfrog Group

Vacaville, Calif., December 9, 2016 – Kaiser Permanente medical centers in Vacaville and Vallejo have earned the distinction as Top Teaching Hospitals by the Leapfrog Group, a national group that compares hospitals’ performance on U.S. standards of safety, quality and efficiency.

Leapfrog is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions a hospital can receive in the U.S. The recognition showcases the hospital’s commitment to patient safety and quality.

“To have both our Vacaville and Vallejo hospitals recognized as among the very best in the nation is a true honor,” said Steven Stricker, MD, physician-in-chief for Kaiser Permanent’s Napa Solano Area. “The care we provide is about doing what is best for the patient, keeping them safe and providing the highest quality care, every day. We ensure our medical students and resident physicians are well-integrated into our safety and quality programs. The health and well-being of our patients is a shared responsibility between our highly skilled physicians, nurses and care teams, all working together.”

The annual “Top Hospital” list is a prestigious group of U.S. teaching and general medical centers. The Vacaville and Vallejo medical centers are two of five Kaiser Permanente Northern California hospitals named a “Top Teaching Hospital,” a new category in Leapfrog this year. The other Northern California Top Teaching hospitals were Roseville, San Francisco and Fremont.

Teaching hospitals are those with a documented affiliation agreement with a medical school or participate in a number of approved, active residency programs such as obstetrics/gynecology or pediatrics.

To view the complete list of Leapfrog’s 2016 “Top Teaching Hospitals,” visit the group’s website at www.leapfroggroup.org.

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December 5, 2016
Contact:  Shérry Cordonnier, Director of Corporate Relations
Travis Credit Union 707-469-1715

Making a Holiday Difference:
Travis Credit Union to Support Community Fund-raising Campaigns

Vacaville, CA —This holiday season, Travis Credit Union (TCU) members and employees are reaching out to community people in need by taking part in the Solano, Contra Costa and Yolo County Food Banks annual food drive;  the Festival of Trees; Christmas Wish 2016; Toys for Tots; and 2016 Children's Miracle Network Holiday Stocking Campaign.

“We are proud to support these worthwhile holiday programs,” says Barry Nelson, president and CEO of Travis Credit Union. “We continually look for ways in which the credit union can help the community and make a difference in people's lives at the same time, especially over the holidays.”

Each year TCU helps the working poor, seniors, single parents, and homeless in three counties through an annual food drive. Credit union employees, members and the public are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods to all TCU branches in Solano, Yolo and Contra Costa Counties from November 15, 2016, through January 31, 2017. Specially printed grocery bags for the drive will be inserted in several local papers, including the Dixon Tribune, Fairfield Daily Republic, Contra Costa Times, East County Times, and Vacaville Reporter. In addition the credit union will host the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer on December 4 where business participants are asked to contribute five cans of food to enjoy the festivities.

TCU will also support the 2016 Children's Miracle Network Holiday Stocking Campaign. TCU employees and members can purchase and sign as many paper stockings as they want for $1 each to help provide needy children with health services. The stockings are available for sale and on display at TCU branches from November 15, 2016, through December 24, 2016. Proceeds from this year's campaign will go to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and Valley Children's Hospital Central California in Madera County. Last year members and employees donated more than $6,000.

In addition, TCU has been the No. 1 corporate sponsor for the Christmas Wish program for the past 7 years. In 2015, through chili cook-offs, an on-line auction and bake sale, TCU employees raised more than $8,000 and donated 340 gifts to the program, a goal they hope to match or beat this year. Their generous giving ensures that less fortunate children are granted one Christmas wish. Children place their wishes on ornaments so that sponsors may buy an appropriate gift for them. Sponsors may also make a cash donation that will be used to purchase gifts. TCU will also help local children on AFDC/Cal Works again this year, including children of the working poor as well as foster children.

For 12 years, TCU has participated in the Festival of Trees, benefiting The Opportunity House. What started out as a labor of love years ago, has become a special holiday tradition in Vacaville. Working together, churches, businesses, organizations, and individuals have made this all-volunteer-supported festival – the shelter’s primary fund-raiser – extremely successful. Each year the festival presents a forest of beautiful Christmas trees to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. This year features 95 elaborately decorated trees, each with its own unique theme. TCU donated a themed tree entitled ‘Waiting for Santa’ for auction.

Additionally, TCU branches in Concord, California, will act as collection sites for Toys for Tots. Members and non-members can drop off unwrapped toys between November 15 and December 15 to benefit community children.

To show respect and appreciation, TCU employees will also come together with the community to honor our fallen veterans at the Annual Wreath Laying event on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at the Sacramento Valley VA Cemetery in Dixon.

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 180,000 members and more than $2.8 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.

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November 28, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Robert Briseño
Partner with BB&B Business Group
robertabriseno@bbandb-businessgroup.com
207 Wallace Ave
Vallejo, CA 94591
707-652-3223

SolTrans Partners with Mad Hatter Holiday Festival
December 3rd, 2016 • 2pm

VALLEJO, CA—The 7th Annual Mad Hatter Holiday Festival has quickly evolved itself into one of Vallejo’s most anticipated holiday events. Having been deemed “California’s Most Whimsical Fantasy Holiday Happening” … let’s just say there’s a lot to look forward to.

Be it the Mad Hatter Holiday Parade, the Tree Lighting Ceremony and even the Lighted Boat Parade—all activities are free (unless otherwise noted)! You’ll also find photo opportunities galore with familiar characters like Santa, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, and even the Mad Hatter himself.

SolTrans is especially looking forward to providing weekday-schedule service until 9pm all throughout the festival on Saturday, December 3rd, and yes they’re doing it for free! “This is an event my entire team gets excited about,” said Mona Babauta, Executive Director of SolTrans. “It’s a joy to be a part of bringing the community together for the Downtown Vallejo activities.”

For pickup/dropoff times and locations, visit www.soltransride.com or call (707) 648-4666. For more information about the Mad Hatter Holiday Festival visit www.HatterVallejo.com or call (844) 344-8793. Happy hatting! Or … mad hatting, that is.

Solano County Transit (SolTrans) has been the public transportation provider for south Solano County since July 2011. SolTrans provides local and regional fixed routes, complementary paratransit, dial-a-ride service, and subsidized taxi programs. The agency is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that is governed by a six-member Board of Directors, composed of two representatives from the cities of Benicia and Vallejo, Solano County’s representative on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and a representative from the Solano Transportation Authority.

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November 21, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December Dollar Days with SolTrans
All local routes. All December long.

Every day in December, 2016.

Getting around on the weekends can be tough, especially with all that holiday traffic! People are home from out of town, everyone’s out shopping or spending time with friends and family, it could be a little stressful as the world gets slightly more chaotic amidst the holiday cheer.

This year, SolTrans wants to help take the edge off by taking over the responsibility of driving at extremely affordable rates, so that you can experience a more enjoyable holiday season. All December long, all local routes will cost just 25 cents for a one-way ticket, and $1 for a day pass. This offer is valid on all local routes, Monday-Friday, but on the weekends … it’s free!

Please be aware that while this promotion is offered on all local routes, the offer is not valid on Solano Express. For pickup/dropoff times and locations, visit www.soltransride.com or call (707) 648-4666.

Solano County Transit (SolTrans) has been the public transportation provider for south Solano County since July 2011. SolTrans provides local and regional fixed routes, complementary paratransit, dial-a-ride service, and subsidized taxi programs. The agency is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that is governed by a six-member Board of Directors, composed of two representatives from the cities of Benicia and Vallejo, Solano County’s representative on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and a representative from the Solano Transportation Authority.

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sherry Cordonnier
Director of Corporate Relations
Travis Credit Union
707-469-1715

Travis Credit Union Names New Board Member

VACAVILLE, CA – Vacaville based Travis Credit Union appointed Oscar Dominguez to the board of directors effective immediately.

He replaces Ann Rollin who resigned to focus on opportunities in her field of expertise.

“We are pleased to welcome Oscar to the Board,” said Pat Moreno, chairman, Travis Credit Union Board of Directors. “"His knowledge will prove invaluable as we progress through our strategic plan and continue to make our mark adding value for our members and the communities we serve."

Dominguez is the current director of the Contra Costa Small Business Development Corporation, where he oversees a results-driven center, collaborating with public, private and nonprofit partners to deliver impactful small business training, individualized advisory support and resources to the East Bay region.  He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford and an MBA in entrepreneurship with a focus on marketing and management from San Francisco State University.

“I’m delighted to have Oscar join our board,” said Barry Nelson, president/CEO of Travis Credit Union. “Oscar brings a new perspective and a great wealth of experience and knowledge that will add to a diverse team already comprised of many talented individuals. His addition will assist us in enhancing every member’s experience by representing the diverse interests of our field of membership.”

Travis Credit Union’s Board of Directors is a volunteer board elected by TCU members. These dedicated area residents have a strong interest in the local community and guide TCU in making decisions varying from simple to complex, as well as a direction on serving the community. The credit union’s active board is closely involved in key decisions, conducts strategic planning, and has authority and governance.

The current board includes:

  • Pat Moreno, Chair
  • Debra Aspling, Vice-Chair
  • Mary Coburn, Secretary
  • Tom Kulinski, Treasurer
  • Dee Alarcón, Board Director
  • Len Augustine, Board Director
  • Curt Newland, Director
  • Tim Truesdale, Director

Dominguez notes that Travis Credit Union’s commitment to financial education and its lending philosophy—listening to people’s stories rather than basing a loan solely on their credit score —are two of the qualities that really peaked his interest in the credit union and the board opportunity.

“I am humbled and honored to be appointed to the Travis Credit Union Board of Directors,” Dominguez said.  “As a former member of the Travis Credit Union Hispanic Advisory Committee, I spent several years supporting the strategy of the credit union and its ‘Awesome Cause’ – financial education, financial literacy and financial advocacy”.  When our communities have a strong understanding of how saving and borrowing work, they are safer and better equipped to weather financial challenges and leverage opportunities,” Dominguez said.

Headquartered in Vacaville, California, Travis Credit Union is a not-for-profit, cooperative financial institution serving those who live or work in Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, Placer, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Napa, Contra Costa, Alameda, Sonoma, Colusa, and Merced Counties. Currently, Travis Credit Union is the 13th largest credit union in California, with more than 180,000 members and over $2.8 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; its solid, secure history; and its long-standing track record of dedicated service.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2016

Contact: Samantha Fordyce
Development Assistant
Solano Community Foundation
707-399-3846
Samantha@solanocf.org

Solano Community Foundation Receives Generous Grants
Valero and Kinder Morgan Make Grants to Education Plus! Fund

FAIRFIELD, Calif:  Solano Community Foundation recently received two grants of $5,000 each in support of the Foundation’s Education Plus! Grant Program.  One is from the Valero Benicia Refinery through the Valero Energy Foundation and the other from the Kinder Morgan Foundation in Colorado.  Kinder Morgan is a Houston-based energy infrastructure company with operations in the Bay Area. 

Connie Harris, CEO of Solano Community Foundation had this to say about the grants: “The continued funding support from these foundations shows us and the residents of Solano County that our Education Plus! Grant Program is a worthwhile investment.”  Harris went on to say, “Our program supports two main objectives: 1) achievement of grade-level reading skills, preferably by the end of the third grade, and 2) proper math placement of students at the ninth grade, in accord with SB 359, the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015.  We can help remedy these issues for low-income students in Solano County’s public schools, and intend to do so.  Reading and math proficiency are essential in finding employment, and are directly related to one’s ability to attain the skills necessary for high-paying jobs.”

Most STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) positions require a college education, and both grade-level reading ability and math placement directly affect the student’s decision or ability to attend college and graduate.  Not everyone can or wants to attend college, but reading at grade-level will improve chances for a student at least to graduate from high school.  Math skills are important no matter the career path chosen.

Teachers and administrators in Solano County public schools, as well as nonprofit organizations that offer students learning support through after-school, mentoring, or summer-learning programs, are invited to apply for grants under the Education Plus! Grant Program.  Details and application forms are available to download from SCF’s website.  The application period is open from February 1st through November 30th each year.  SCF reviews applications as they are received, and makes monthly funding recommendations to the SCF board for final approval.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2016
Contact:
Samantha Fordyce
Solano Community Foundation
707-399-3846
Samantha@solanocf.org

Solano Community Foundation Announces Final 2016 Workshop for Nonprofits
Topic:  How to Prepare Your Nonprofit for an Audit

FAIRFIELD, Calif:  The final workshop in the 2016 series of Nonprofit Partnership Program workshops will be presented on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Solano Community Foundation’s offices, 744 Empire Street, Suite 240, in Fairfield.  The workshop begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00.

The topic is an important one for all nonprofits, as most grantmaking organizations want to see the results of a current independent auditor’s report as part of the application package.  The workshop will discuss the steps needed to plan for a successful audit.  Those attending will review a list of items requested by most auditors and learn why they are important.  Adequate preparation of these items on the part of the nonprofit can reduce the amount of time the auditors have to spend on fieldwork, and may reduce the overall cost of the audit.

Attendance is open to two members each of any of SCF’s nonprofit partners at no cost.  If nonmembers wish to attend, they can join NPP now and the annual membership fee ($50) will cover 2017 as well.  There are other benefits to membership besides the workshops presented each year, February through November.  Visit www.solanocf.org and click on the NPP link to learn more about the program.

To reserve a space in the November workshop, register online via the SCF webpage, or send an email to scfadmin@solanocf.org.  You may also call 707-399-3846 for more information or to register.

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