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Fairfield Edition: April 1, 2021

Fairfield Edition

Fairfield City Manager Stefan Chatwin presents State of the City 2020:
Next month, Fairfield’s City Manager is virtually hitting the road to speak with community groups about how things went this past year. We sat down with Bill Way, the Communications Manager for the City of Fairfield to learn more about this traveling State of the City address.

"Starting May 1st through August, the City Manager is willing to come and meet with your group or organization and give a State of the City address. It's similar to the State of the Nation or the State of the State," Way said. "But what he's doing is he's explaining all the accomplishments of 2020, and also reaching ahead," he added.

These talks will begin with a short video highlighting what the City government did over the last year then open for an audience Q & A. The goal is to connect residents of Fairfield with their local leaders. The City Manager's Office says meeting community groups where they are at helps make that possible.

"We want to make sure that all of our residents have the resources, they need the infrastructure, they need the housing they need," Way said. "This is more proactive in getting feedback from the audience. People want to know what's going on with their city. They want to know if new projects are coming. If there's going to be more business, more restaurants, how's the water doing? It's a great opportunity to meet and greet our city manager because he's a direct representative of the city," Way continued.

To invite the Fairfield City Manager to come speak to your group, call (707) 428-7400 or e-mail the city manager's office at cmo@fairfield.ca.gov

Thanks to KALW Audio Academy Fellow Annelise Finney for helping produce our conversation with Bill Way.

Also, in the "What’s Good Fairfield" video series on YouTube, learn about Fairfield's great local eateries, including Pikul Thai Bistro, named one of Yelp's Top 10 best places to eat in the nation.

Click the play button above to listen to the live newscast with info & resources in Fairfield.

Sonia Narang is the editor and project manager for KALW's Health & Equity series. Before that, she managed elections coverage for the station. Over the past decade, Sonia reported social justice stories from her home state of California and around the globe for PRI's The World radio program, NPR News, The Washington Post's The Lily, and more.
Annelise was born and raised in the East Bay and has a background in oral history and urban studies. For the last four and half years, she's worked as a criminal defense investigator at a public defenders office in the Bronx, New York and at an appellate defenders office in the Bay Area. As an investigator, she frequently interviews people involved in different parts of the criminal punishment system. Through her work, she has become passionate about the power of personal narratives and compelling stories to increase cross-cultural understanding and initate change.
Kevin Vance created a program of folk music for KALW, A Patchwork Quilt, in October 1991. He grew up in Berkeley during the 1960s and '70s and spent his years learning in public schools, community colleges, bookstores, libraries, and non-commercial radio stations, as well as from the people around him. When he's not on the radio, then he's selling books, taking care of his family, listening to music, entering stuff into a computer, or taking a class.