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Home Care In Vallejo, CA

Home Care Vallejo, CA

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Vallejo, CA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Stephanie DeMartile has been an absolute pleasure to work with! She's very kind, knowledgeable and patient. Her experience makes for a smooth process. If you're thinking of choosing Always Best Care, let this be your sign to move forward! Highly recommend.”

Antanique H.

“Our sister was under the care of Stephanie DeMartile and her team and received superb service. We couldn’t have asked for better care during her last days. We would highly recommend ABC to anyone seeking professional and loving care for themselves or their loved ones. We had our sister in several other facilities and she received very poor care until we got her home. The home care was wonderful! When it came time for her to enter the hospice part of the program, we were amazed at how loving and caring Stephanie’s team treated her. She was allowed to die pain free and with dignity. We were sad but grateful she had such great care and support in her end days.”

Susan S.

“Always Best Care is such an amazing company. Helping meet our seniors needs and guiding families through this exhausting process of needing care, finding care at home and then even helping finding long term solutions once things escalate past home needs! Stephanie DeMartile is very responsive, knowledgeable & helpful. Thank goodness for her experience to guide us through this process. She is a jewel. I can honestly say she is the main reason I keep coming back to Always Best Care!”

T G.

“It was Christmas day when my In laws had fallen and both were in the hospital. There was alot on problems with their care and services available but the one thing the hospital did right was by giving us Always Best Care. Stephanie DeMartile let me know what the costs and options were available. She made all the calls to find a care home that was affordable clean and could accommodate a couple. . She took a huge weight off my shoulders. Her service was the best, other services just gave me places to call. Thank you!”

Virginia P.

“I am a current client of this provider I have someone to walk with since I was in the hospital because I fell when walking. I like the fact that I have someone to walk with me. There are little things that would not happen without the caregiver. In the beginning, several people came out, and then it settled on two providers. I think they needed more consistency at the beginning.”

Adele &.

“After my Dad came to live with us rather suddenly it became clear that we would need some help in the home. I was very apprehensive about having "strangers" in my home while my husband and I went to work. Trusting anyone else to care for my Dad was a huge leap for me. Lori came and did the intake evaluation and I immediately felt comfortable with her. She met Dad and was so gracious and personable with him. We needed help right away and Always Best Care did their very best to fill our time slots quickly. This was where there were a few bumps but I would encourage anyone to be patient with the process. We got a great rhythm of care going for Dad and he would daily ask "who's coming today?" Jessica would pop bye and check on him. Always so attentive to REALLY knowing how he was doing. He loved their chats. Tenesha and Carolyn became like family in our home. My fears of in home care, trusting others with my home and Dad quickly faded away with the dedicated and genuine care giving he received. We are forever grateful.”

Deanna D.

“I am a past client of this provider She bathed and washed her up. She took care of her hygiene. The home care provider Shelby was proficient and well-trained.”

Gina J.

“I am a current client of this provider It helps me because I can't be there for my mom every day, and it helps her with cleaning. I would recommend them because they are very organized and professional. They are flexible and compassionate.”

Juliette N.

“I am a current client of this provider They work really hard for me because my life is very hectic and crazy. They are very professional, hardworking individuals.”

Rhonda R.

“I am a current client of this provider The caregiver only comes in once a week, but she provides excellent care. She is like part of the family when she is here. They're dependable, reliable, and have excellent customer service and care. They've been outstanding in every aspect and they've never let me down.”

Sheila F.

“I am a past client of this provider They could have put their rates down a little bit. I used them for 2 days, but it was too expensive.”


“I am a current client of this provider They help by readjusting the schedule if needed. I would recommend them because they are helpful, and they know exactly what I need.”

Barbara H.

“I am a current client of this provider The interaction has been helping her the most. I like that we can make a list of what we need and that is what we are provided.”

Joan L.

“I am a current client of this provider They help me more than they help my husband, it gives me some relief. I'd recommend them because they always follow up, the follow-up in the office is good.”

Phillip H.

“I am a current client of this provider They look for things to do when everything else is done. They do a good job of getting the caregivers here, and they are excellent caregivers.”

Gloria C.

“I am a past client of this provider The therapist was very positive and encouraging to get me moving. I liked the nurses and physical therapists.”

Anita C.

“I am a current client of this provider They have made my life a lot easier. I don't have to do everything for myself now. I would like to see them improve at getting a caregiver who will be able to physically take care of me. My caregiver is a little lady, and I am a bigger lady so I think it would be better if they matched me with a bigger caregiver.”

Anna M.

“I am a current client of this provider The care is helping, and the client is happy. It has let me get the rest I need and peace of mind. The training for the caregiver could be better, she was not as knowledgeable as they said she was.”

Cynthia C.

“I am a current client of this provider She works well with my wife. We are satisfied with their help.”

James S.

“I am a current client of this provider The services have helped me the most with keeping up with my target. I like that they are professional.”

Charlie P.

“I recently was faced with the dilemma of addressing care needs for my father. A very good friend recommended that I contact Always Best Care of Vacaville for assistance. What a godsend! Stephanie DeMartile made a daunting task manageable. She clearly explained my options for care and walked me through every step of the process even going as far as physically running down paperwork and visiting facilities when I was unable to. Truly exceptional service. I highly recommend her.”

Cherine G.

“I am a current client of this provider They meet my needs perfectly. I like that they have friendly people. They are on time.”

Ermilo V.

“Lori Yeager, Came to my house to sign me up the service, she was incredible, very knowledgeable and thorough in every thing to about the service. I was very pleased and excited to start the service ????”

Richard L.

“I am a past client of this provider I am a past client of Always Best Care from Feb 2017. My ABC care coordinator was Sierra Washington in Vacaville. She did an excellent job. She's very experienced and professional. The only problem I had with ABC was the fact that they only had one home care person in my area (Rio Vista), Maria, who did a great job when she was here. Unfortunately, her schedule was very limited. Hopefully, ABC has found additional home care people in the meantime.”


“I am a past client of this provider An excellent company with professional staff. Excellent follow-up too!”


What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Vallejo, CA?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Vallejo, CA

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Blue Rock Springs Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Michael Warring or visit The Julia Morgan House, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Vallejo, CA

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Vallejo, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CA's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Vallejo, CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Cogir of Vallejo Hills
  • Cogir of North Bay
  • The Lodge at Glen Cove
  • Genesis Care Home For Elderly
  • Senior Care Center
  • Agape Collins’ Carehome
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Vallejo, CA 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Vallejo, CA

Taiwanese chain grocery market opens in Vallejo

Taiwanese grocery store 168 Market opened its doors to hundreds of waiting community members on Saturday.Shoppers arrived at 765 Sereno Drive ahead of the store’s 9 a.m. opening by more than an hour. The store’s opening was preceded by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a traditional Chinese lion dance by LionDanceME.Vallejo’s 168 Market marks the second Bay Area location the chain has opened since being founded in 2006, with its first one in Fremont having opened in 2020. The grocery store is largely known for its...

Taiwanese grocery store 168 Market opened its doors to hundreds of waiting community members on Saturday.

Shoppers arrived at 765 Sereno Drive ahead of the store’s 9 a.m. opening by more than an hour. The store’s opening was preceded by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a traditional Chinese lion dance by LionDanceME.

Vallejo’s 168 Market marks the second Bay Area location the chain has opened since being founded in 2006, with its first one in Fremont having opened in 2020. The grocery store is largely known for its Asian and international selections of produce, snacks and frozen items.

That variety of foods is what matches the demographics of Central Vallejo, where the store is located, 99 Ranch Market Chairman Jonson Chen said. 99 Ranch Market, the largest Asian supermarket chain in the United States, is owned by parent company Tawa Supermarket Inc., which also owns 168 Market.

Jonson’s father, Rodger, opened the first 99 Ranch in 1984 after emigrating from Taiwan. The now-closed shop was located in a predominantly Vietnamese community in the Southern California city of Westminster. Alice, Jonson’s sister, is the chief executive for the company.

“It’s such a diverse community here,” Jonson told the Times-Herald. “Obviously a strong Filipino base, but as well as Vietnamese, as well as some Japanese and Cambodian. It matches us so well.”

Fairfield resident CeeJay Pallera attended the store’s grand opening with her husband and father-in-law to buy teas for the colder weather and to purchase dim sum, small Cantonese dumplings and snack dishes typically eaten with tea. Polaris, who works in Vallejo, said the nearest Asian markets she travels to are Asian Mart in Fairfield and 3J’s Asian Market in Suisun City.

168 Market is based where the former In-Shape gym lay, an area Jonson described as having been run-down and in need of revitalization. The market submitted an application to Vallejo’s planning department in the fall of 2022, and Jonson said he is familiar with the land owners — Kin properties — from other market locations.

The Vallejo location for 168 Market is one of at least 10 food retailers in Central Vallejo, a stark contrast with South Vallejo’s Island Pacific Seafood Market on Springs Road. The U.S. Department of Agriculture deemed in 2011 three South Vallejo neighborhoods as food deserts — areas with low access to healthy food retail outlets.

Planning & Development Services Director Christina Ratcliffe told the Times-Herald the city’s Economic Development Department is engaging with food retail outlets to bring to South Vallejo. That department, she said, has initiated talks between a grocery chain and property owner — Ratcliffe declined to comment on what chain the city is corresponding with.

California Forever faces opposition in Vallejo town hall over proposed new Solano County city

VALLEJO, Calif. —The minds behind a proposed new community in Solano County – known as California Forever — held the first in a series of community town halls Wednesday in Vallejo. Attendees, largely, were unenthusiastic."We'll make our case for why Solano County is going to be a better place for people and for their families with this project than without it," said Jan Sramek, founder and CEO of the Califor...

VALLEJO, Calif. —

The minds behind a proposed new community in Solano County – known as California Forever — held the first in a series of community town halls Wednesday in Vallejo. Attendees, largely, were unenthusiastic.

"We'll make our case for why Solano County is going to be a better place for people and for their families with this project than without it," said Jan Sramek, founder and CEO of the California Forever project.

A group of Silicon Valley investors have purchased more than 50,000 acres of land in Solano County with the goal of converting much of the agriculturally zoned land into a new city. The land is located between Fairfield and Rio Vista.

| RELATED | California Forever CEO gives 1st tour of land purchased in Solano County

Sramek said the hope is to bring back what he called the "California Dream," with a walkable community, housing and good-paying jobs for its residents.

Current residents who attended Wednesday’s townhall, however, voiced concerns about myriad issues with the proposal, ranging from what some described as secrecy about the land purchases, to how the town will obtain water, from a lack of collaboration with Native tribes to the impact on Travis Air Force Base.

"I think it really reconfirmed to me that some of the doubts that we have about them and what their long-term plans are," said Phillip Balbuena, of Vallejo. "They certainly have intentions of trying to build, but the job guarantees and the water rights is still questionable at best."

Former Vallejo mayor Bob Sampayan attended the town hall meeting. He said he's staying open-minded but has serious questions about if — and how — the team would be able to bring critical resources to the community, including water, power and law enforcement to the proposed city.

"I think it could be good provided that we get some of the fine points worked out," he said. "Let's not chop them off at the knees right from the beginning. It's too soon to do that."

| PREVIOUS COVERAGE | California Forever group draws criticism at Solano County town hall over purchased land

Sampayan said he felt "California Forever" needed to be more inclusive in its invitations to attend future town hall meetings to ensure all community members feel heard and can raise concerns.

Many of the details about what the city would comprise of are unclear at this point. Sramek said that’s because the team is working to collaborate with communities to determine the specifics. He said a full plan would be available by January 2024.

After presenting it, he said, they would work to get enough signatures to qualify the plan for a place on the November ballot.

"I think in this meeting it was pretty clear there wasn't, or I didn't hear, really any support for it," said Michael Hayes, of Solano County. "It would be interesting to how communities will respond."

Ultimately, it would be up to Solano County voters to decide how the project could proceed. Much of the purchased land is currently limited to agricultural use under current zoning regulations. Under the General Plan and Orderly Growth Ordinance, voters would have to vote to approve a change in the zoning to allow for construction of the proposed city.

Aiden Mayhood, of the coalition "Solano Together," is against doing that. He and others put out signs ahead of the town hall denouncing the plans for the "California Forever" city, citing concerns about development on agricultural land and the number of current Solano County communities who need investment already.

"I really think this is going to cause the cost of living in Solano County to rise, and the natives here in Solano County are not going to be able to stay here," he said. "The thing that angers me the most is that they act as if our ag land in the area aren't important."

A series of town halls will take place over the coming weeks.

"California Forever" is opening an office in Vallejo Thursday at 537 Georgia Street for community members to ask questions and give feedback on plans.

Upcoming town halls

California Forever Town Halls are scheduled as follows (all events start at 5 p.m.):

Heated town hall in Vallejo over California Forever's proposed new city in Solano Co.

VALLEJO, Calif. (KGO) -- There were heated moments during a town hall in Vallejo on Wednesday. The CEO of California Forever, the company behind the proposal to build a new city in Solano County, took questions from the audience.The project has drawn heavy skepticism from many in Solano County, as well as at the state and federal levels.It first started several years ago after Silicon Valley billionaires secretly bought $800 million of land to develop near Travis Air Force Base.VIDEO: ...

VALLEJO, Calif. (KGO) -- There were heated moments during a town hall in Vallejo on Wednesday. The CEO of California Forever, the company behind the proposal to build a new city in Solano County, took questions from the audience.

The project has drawn heavy skepticism from many in Solano County, as well as at the state and federal levels.

It first started several years ago after Silicon Valley billionaires secretly bought $800 million of land to develop near Travis Air Force Base.

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The company's CEO, Jan Sramek, says the county stands to benefit from the project.

"This is by far the best site that we have in Solano County, in the Bay Area, and probably the entire state for a project that can really make a difference," Sramek said.

During a presentation, Sramek talked about the long-term economic boost it could provide.

He mentioned everything from the creation of white-collar jobs to new infrastructure and a safe city to raise a family.

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It was a tough sell to many in the audience.

"I may be more skeptical now than I was walking into it. With the job guarantees, the lack of talk about affordable housing," said Phillip Balbuena.

Despite the heavy pushback that the project received during Wednesday's town hall, the developers say they believe the majority of Solano County is actually behind them.

"The people who are creating this panic about it are the same people who on another project would be talking about some tree, on another project they'd talk about noise, on another project they're talking about views. Some people just hate development," Sramek said.

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The Vallejo town hall was the first of eight that California Forever plans on hosting around Solano County in the coming weeks.

Many locals though say if the company really wants to help, it would be better off investing in communities that are already there.

"Work with what you have and make it better. But the idea of saying, I'm going to take my little marbles and play my game over here is unfair," said Paula Conley.

Holiday Weekend Full Highway Closure on WB I-80 between I-780 (Vallejo) CLOSED and State Route 4 (Hercules) Labor Day Weekend, August 31- Sept. 5 Watch for Detours

Caltrans has scheduled a 104-hour full highway closure of westbound I-80 (WB) on Labor Day weekend starting Thursday, August 31 at 9:00 PM and concluding at 5:00 AM on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. WB I-80 will be closed and traffic detoured beginning at the WB I-80/I-780 interchange in Vallejo. The closure includes the closures of all westbound traffic lanes on WB I-80 on the Zampa Bridge across the Carquinez Strait.Eastbound I-80 traffic lanes will remain open.WB I-80 DETOUR: ...

Caltrans has scheduled a 104-hour full highway closure of westbound I-80 (WB) on Labor Day weekend starting Thursday, August 31 at 9:00 PM and concluding at 5:00 AM on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. WB I-80 will be closed and traffic detoured beginning at the WB I-80/I-780 interchange in Vallejo. The closure includes the closures of all westbound traffic lanes on WB I-80 on the Zampa Bridge across the Carquinez Strait.

Eastbound I-80 traffic lanes will remain open.


Motorists traveling westbound on I-80 at I-780 (Curtola Pkwy) will need to exit onto eastbound I-780 in Vallejo and continue EB I-780 to SB I-680. Motorists can use SB I-680 to reach WB SR-4, WB SR-24 or WB I-580 to access central and south Bay Area destinations.


Caltrans has also scheduled nightly lane closures at various times during the weekend of August 31 to perform work on the I-80/SR-29 Bridge Separation Project in Vallejo. Motorists traveling on westbound I-80 just east of the Carquinez Bridge Toll Plaza should drive with caution as traffic will be reduced down to one lane on westbound I-80 before the bridge.

These nightly lane reductions will be in place on WB I-80 from Magazine Street in Vallejo to the Carquinez Toll Plaza. The lane closures are needed to allow crews to perform additional work on the elevated section of westbound I-80 in Vallejo just east of the Carquinez Bridge.

If you have a question or want to share a concern about the project, please call the CC I-80 Pave Project Information Hotline at (510) 286-0319.

The hotline has been set up for the traveling public and residents living in Contra Costa and Solano Counties to share any questions or concerns and learn about the most up to date information about the project.

You can also learn more about the CC I-80 Paving Project on our Caltrans Bay Area webpage.

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For 24/7 traffic updates, please visit For real-time information, please visit Caltrans QuickMap: Or follow Caltrans on Twitter at:


Vallejo and Fairfield beat NYC in new ranking of Most Expensive Places to Live in U.S.

California cities again dominate the list of most expensive places to live – and a possibly surprising NorCal metro was ranked ahead even New York City.U.S. News & World Report released their annual Most Expensive Places to Live in the U.S. list this past week.The ranking took into account the median gross rent and annual housing costs, amo...

California cities again dominate the list of most expensive places to live – and a possibly surprising NorCal metro was ranked ahead even New York City.

U.S. News & World Report released their annual Most Expensive Places to Live in the U.S. list this past week.

The ranking took into account the median gross rent and annual housing costs, among other factors, to determine which cities require the most wealth for residents to live comfortably.

San Diego being ranked the #1 Most Expensive is probably not surprising to most people. Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Salinas, and Santa Rosa also filled the top of the list.

Coming in at #10, however, was the coupling of Vallejo and Fairfield. Researchers noted that the cities have become the "great escape for San Franciscans and other Bay Area residents fleeing high costs of housing." According to the ranking, the median home price in Vallejo and Fairfield is $606,442, with the median monthly rent being $1,802.

Travis Air Force Base, Jelly Belly Candy Co., Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and the Northern California Pirate Festival are among the Vallejo and Fairfield sights and attractions highlighted by U.S. News & World Report.

New York City, Boston, and Seattle all follow Vallejo & Fairfield on the list.

Sacramento (#15), Stockton (#17), Modesto (#19), and Fresno (#20) all also cracked the top 20 most expensive places on the list.

Cecilio Padilla

Cecilio Padilla is a writer for CBS13 News and a Sacramento-area native.

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