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The Vacaville City Council has approved a $2.5 million loan from the Utilities Department’s water development impact fees to pay to “close the loop” on the water system in the Interchange Business Park, an area of the city bordered by Interstate 505, Vaca Valley Parkway and Midway Road.

Completing the project will allow 258 acres in the park to be developed, the city stated.

The former owners of Mendocino’s critically acclaimed Cafe Beaujolais are opening Salt & Stone restaurant in Kenwood.

Chef David LaMonica and his wife, Diane LaMonica, have purchased the shuttered Kenwood Restaurant and Bar space with plans to open a “casual-chic” California eatery and oyster bar this fall. Salt & Stone is located at 9900 Sonoma Highway (Highway 12).

Clear Blue Commercial has announced formation of an advisory board and an addition to its brokerage team.

A certified green-building professional, Janie Glidden joins Clear Blue Commercial after serving as executive director of the American Subcontractor’s Association of California, the company stated.

The advisory board is said to be tasked with advising on new growth opportunities. It includes Donald Black, a director at Andersen Zeigler, PC; Cate Steane, owner of a professional project-management business; Tim Saavedra, vice president of the west Petaluma branch of Umpqua Bank; Oren Wool, executive director of Sustainable North Bay; and Laurie Zerga, a strategic adviser for businessowners looking to grow their business’ potential.

Clear Blue Commercial is a full-service commercial real estate brokerage with offices in Petaluma.

The National Electrical Contractors Association’s Northern California Chapter presented an award of excellence to Long Electric Company of Napa for the Novato Unified School District solar project in Novato.

The trade union represents the interests of union electrical contractors in nine Bay Area counties, including Solano and Napa.

Two Marin County Department of Public Works projects are receiving awards from two engineering industry organizations.

On Sept. 14, the newly completed Civic Center Drive improvement project in San Rafael was awarded the Outstanding Transportation Project honor from American Society of Civil Engineers’ San Francisco Section. The $6 million project was completed in May.

On Oct. 13, the Central Marin Ferry Connection Path in Larkspur is set to be honored by Engineering News-Record with an Urban Development Award of Merit. Officially completed in November 2016, the path includes a 280-foot bridge over Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, which effectively closed the gap between San Rafael and the Larkspur Ferry terminal, allowing for seamless nonmotorized access between the two locations.

Erika McKenzie-Chapter, co-owner and head cheesemaker of Pennyroyal Farm, located in the Mendocino County community of Boonville, has been chosen by the California Artisan Cheese Guild to receive the first Jennifer Bice Artisan Cheesemaker Grant Award.

Pennyroyal Farm began making farmstead goat cheese in 2012 under the leadership of McKenzie-Chapter. Pennyroyal Farm is home to more than 100 goats, and all the milk is used to make award-winning fresh and aged goat cheese.

The first-time grant award of $10,000 is provided by Bice, founder of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery. Bice helped establish the California Artisan Cheese Guild in 2006 and served as a founding board member.

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