The impact of California’s mandated reductions in greenhouse gas will be reviewed at the upcoming Solano Economic Development Corp. meeting in Fairfield.

Steve Heminger, executive director of the nine-county Metropolitan Transportation Commission will be the keynote speaker at the 7:30 a.m. Aug. 26 event at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield. To comply with new state legislations the commission has initiated policies to reduce greenhouse gasses by as much as 10 percent by the year 2035.

Mr. Heminger and a panel of local business executives will discuss the impact of new state legislation on local business.

Michael Ammann, president of the Solano EDC, said that the mandated air quality reductions will result in many business plan changes for area companies that have fleets of vehicles.

“It’s safe to say that these mandated reductions have pretty much fallen below the radar,” Mr. Ammann said, “but they are here and they are real and they will affect lots of businesses in Solano.”

Mr. Ammann said greenhouse gas reduction is just one of the many new regulations that are included in Senate Bill 375 and Assembly Bill 32.

“When the government signed these two bills we ended up with laws that impact virtually every phase of life here in Solano County. We at Solano EDC just want to make certain that our county businesses and residents are aware that these changes are here, and they will require some planning,” Mr. Ammann said.

The housing industry is one area that will face new challenges.

“For example,” Mr. Ammann said, “Beginning in January every new home in California will have to have a sprinkler system – not for the yard but inside the home.”

The greenhouse gas reduction meeting is part of the monthly series of events sponsored by Solano Economic Development Corp., designed to air issues that affect the business community.

To register for the breakfast meeting contact Solano EDC at 707-864-1855. Cost is $25 for members and $ 35 for non-members.


ChemSW Inc. in Fairfield announced the launch of a new business analysis component in its professional services offerings.

ChemSW is a provider of chemical and biochemical inventory management systems and other chemistry laboratory software and services. ChemSW supports over 15,000 customers in more than 40 countries throughout the world.

The new service looks to deliver a thorough analysis of an organization's chemical inventory and tracking processes to determine the requirements necessary to ensure a successful CISPro implementation or streamline an existing installation for maximum efficiency.

"Our business analysts perform extensive interviews, both on the phone and on-site, to understand your existing operations and workflows and interpret those processes in relation to CISPro's application functionality," said Brian Stafford, president of ChemSW. "Our in-depth expertise in chemical inventory management helps ensure a comprehensive business analysis that thoroughly documents what you have and how CISPro can help you to operate more efficiently, profitably and sustainably."


Torch of India, a Solano County Indian restaurant, opened a second location in downtown Santa Rosa last week.

It moved into 507 Fourth St. where Kebab and Curry used to be and held two nights of free tastings for Indian food lovers.


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