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Recent violence mars Solano, state

By From page A8 | May 18, 2014

It is hard to fathom that so much violence is gripping Solano County communities. The recent spate of shootings – including some that have resulted in homicides in Fairfield and Suisun City – is absolutely heartbreaking.

During my 14 years at the Daily Republic, I watched as the community lost its innocence with increasing violent crime, hitting a definite low with the senseless 2008 fatal shooting of City Councilman Matt Garcia.

The headlines during the past few weeks, chronicling the shootings near Laurel Creek Park and on Interstate 80, the homicides on Travion Court and Grande Circle and another fatal shooting on Terry Lane in Suisun City are simply mind-blowing occurrences.

I’m no stranger to community violence. I served as general manager of the West County Times in Richmond for four years from 1991 to 1995. The first full year of employment – 1992 – there were more than 30 homicides in the city.

I remember vividly volunteering as Principal for a Day at one of the city’s elementary schools just a few days after one of its young students was killed on the steps just outside the school corridor. A makeshift memorial was set up on the steps. Kids were still grieving the loss of one of their precious friends. It was devastating.

One of the reasons I chose to leave Solano County and California when I retired in 2010 was the escalating crime that left an ugly scar on the Golden State. Solano County is not alone in this unprecedented increase in violence.

The move to Idaho was predicated on several factors, increased criminal activity only one of them. Close proximity to my wife’s family, cost of living and a more conservative political climate weighed heavily into the equation as well.

A few stories related through Boise media during the past few weeks certainly support our decision to relocate.

At the top of the list was a story from KTVB, the local NBC television affiliate. A report from Business Insider ranked Boise as one of the safest cities in America. According the KTVB, Boise is listed No. 7 out of the top 20 safest cities, all based on FBI crime data.

The story went on to say that Boise’s murder rate was 90 percent below average, rape was 60 percent below average and the robbery rate was 73 percent below average.

Boise does have occasional murders. In fact, two men were gunned down last week in their apartment near the city‘s center. One of two of the alleged suspects was arrested a short time later. Interesting, because he was identified as someone from the San Joaquin Valley city of Ceres – in California. The other suspect is still sought by police.

Another KTVB story identified Boise as the best place to move to in 2014. The choice was revealed in a compilation done by Simple Moving Labor, a Texas-based moving company that boasts more than 20,000 customers. Boise sat atop the list ahead of Seattle, Ft. Lauderdale, Phoenix, Orlando, Minneapolis, Fort Worth, Salt Lake City, Tampa and Houston. Criteria included unemployment data, median income, home value growth and home affordability.

Time Magazine in March identified several cities under a heading, “Solutions for America.” It was looking for communities that were “getting it right” when it came to a thriving economy, a booming cultural scene, quality health care and a growing university.

Boise just happened to rank first against Provo, Utah, Denver, San Antonio and Sioux Falls, S.D.

Idaho’s capital city has made some other lists during the past few years:

  • No. 1 of Best Cities for Men (2013) – Men’s Health Magazine
  • Top 20 Fastest Recovering Cities (2012) – Brookings Institute
  • No. 4 of Top 10 Downtowns in America (2012) – Livability.com
  • Best Places to Live (2011) – Triathlete Magazine
  • Twenty-five Best Places to Retire (2011) – CNN Money
  • No. 7 of Best Places for Women (2010) – Women’s Health Magazine

Unfortunately, California cities are rarely picked in many of these surveys. I wish better for my native state, but as evidenced by the violence in Solano County, it will take a sea change for a reversal of fate. We can only hope.

Bill James is a former editor and publisher of the Daily Republic, now living in Meridian, Idaho, a suburb of Boise.

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  • PornacMay 18, 2014 - 7:09 am

    Where's Boise?

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  • Salty DogMay 18, 2014 - 8:06 am

    It's in Idaho

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  • CD BrooksMay 18, 2014 - 8:34 am

    Idaho just might have the largest number of police retirees in the country. The population in Idaho is 89% white. That's a lot of Conservatives with guns.

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  • Mr. SmithMay 18, 2014 - 9:59 am

    CD: I think you just connected the dots!

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  • Salty DogMay 18, 2014 - 11:25 am

    CD: I am surprised that you are making racists statements and racially profiling people from Idaho. I thought you were tolerant of other people.

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  • CD BrooksMay 18, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    Salty Dog, I won't dignify your idi*tic misinformed comment with a response.

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  • Salty DogMay 18, 2014 - 5:35 pm

    CD: so it's ok to say things like that about white conservatives with out it being racist or profiling but if a white conservative were to say that about any other group it would be racist and profiling. CD I would expect much more from you as you claim to be tolerant.

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  • C D TrollMay 18, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    Nuff said

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  • The SugarJarMay 18, 2014 - 5:49 pm

    @SaltyDog, well, probably. and it would be so whether Conservative or Liberal were speaking. Its one of those things that is both simple and complicated at the same time.

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  • Salty DogMay 18, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    The Sugar Jar: The problem with what you said is that with political correctness it is ok for liberals to say any thing and its ok but if a conservative were to say those things its not ok and that is where the problem is.

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  • The SugarJarMay 18, 2014 - 9:49 pm

    not the problem, Salty Dog. It's more the nature of perception, privilege, the differences between racism, bigotry, and prejudice, between individual bias and structural or institutional bias. both simple and complicated.

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  • CD BrooksMay 18, 2014 - 6:08 pm

    Salty Dog. I used that census information to suggest Conservatives chose to live there for those reasons. Totally valid presumption based in fact. Good luck ever challenging me on my "tolerance" based on race. Religion? Now THAT's a different manner and you are among the worst.

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  • CD BrooksMay 18, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    Salty Dog, BTW you should be embarrassed by your response to pornac. SHEESH!

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  • CD BrooksMay 18, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    ...different matter.

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  • ?May 18, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    Where ever yous go, there yous are....

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  • Salty DogMay 18, 2014 - 9:34 pm

    CD: You continue to show your intolerance by making a joke with your comments.

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  • rlw895May 19, 2014 - 1:36 am

    Once again we suffer from the lack of words to describe the degrees or types of racism. If you just say something is racist, without recognizing that's not enough, you fall into the trap. I use the terms rational racism, ignorant racism, and virulent racism. CD was making a joke using rational racism. SD jumped all over him because to SD, the word "racism" doesn't get any modifiers. It's bad.

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  • Mayor SanchezMay 18, 2014 - 9:37 am

    I'm happy for you Bill. I miss your editorial endorsements during election years and the professional way you grill candidates during endorsement interviews.I hope you write some suggestions on crime prevention for the Mayor's Crime Commission that is planned here.

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  • @ Mr. JamesMay 18, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    But have you noticed any/all the Chemtrailing going on in the area?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mvk3gcmlSEMay 18, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Youtube Chemtrails Boise

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  • Close up of unmarked chemtrail sprayer over San Francisco, 12May 18, 2014 - 2:34 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-psLvP6_1E

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  • Chemtrail Pilots SPRAYING BLOOD Cause Face to Face NearMay 18, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gZG6LTgBi8

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  • ? Russ Fulcher for Governor?May 18, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    Cause Butch Otter don't care about Chemtrails over Idaho?

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  • Today Sunday on InfowarsMay 18, 2014 - 2:21 pm

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  • http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/05/west-directly-responsible-massacres-ukraine.htmlMay 18, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    Google...Is the West DIRECTLY Responsible for the Massacres In Ukraine? Posted on May 18, 2014 by WashingtonsBlog

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  • http://news.yahoo.com/cheney-doesnt-know-heart-donor-182242884.htmlMay 18, 2014 - 3:34 pm

    In General Google...cheney heart transplant..........Cheney was the President , not Bush Cheney controlled things at the White House on 9/11, Cheney is a true terrorist and responsible for the Deaths of Literally millions by now.....Cheney, who was "near death" when he received a heart pump in 2011 that kept him alive until the transplant, said he does not know the identity of the donor or the circumstances surrounding his death................ "The way I think of it from a psychological standpoint is that it’s my new heart, not someone else’s old heart," Cheney continued. "And I always thank the donor, generically thank donors, for the gift that I’ve been given, but I don’t spend time wondering who had it, what they’d done, what kind of person."................... The seeming lack of empathy from Cheney, who's been out promoting his new book, "Heart: An American Medical Odyssey," didn't sit well with some..................... "It’s a window into his utter entitlement and self-absorption, and he comes off as an even bigger monster than I’d thought," Salon's Joan Walsh wrote. "Most people would at least feign interest in the donor; Cheney can’t manage it.".....................Read Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert Dick Cheney will go to heck... If I were you I would be very afraid to die.... Any of you evil people that do not want to end up in the same place you need to Publicly confess now.... take your punishment in this life and not for eternity...

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  • http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/05/14/x-darpa-director-google-exec-pushes-microchipping-human-beings/May 18, 2014 - 3:43 pm

    In General Google... darpa to microchip director....See X DARPA Director & Google Exec Pushes Microchipping Human ... 100 million $ Obama is giving to DARPA for this program..... Why not Obama himself is probably an MK Ultra Creation of the CIA ( already Mind Controlled )..... Very funny evil people..

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  • http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/05/key-man-behind-may-2nd-odessa-ukraine-trade-unions-building-massacre-many-connections-white-house.htmlMay 18, 2014 - 4:14 pm

    Google.... The Key Man Behind the May 2nd Odessa Ukraine Trade Unions Building Massacre: His Many Connections to the White House Posted on May 18, 2014 by WashingtonsBlog ...... remember Obama and/or McCaine/Romney were all Banker choices for president... and now Obama is going along with consolidating the Ukrainian energy resources for the NWO Rothschilds......Kolomoyskyi, who lives in Geneva Switzerland, is generally regarded as the second-richest man in Ukraine, with a fortune estimated at about $6 billion. Tymoshenko used to be called “the Eleven Billion Dollar Woman,” but, like all of Ukraine’s oligarchs (including Kolomoyskyi), nobody really knows precisely how wealthy she is, nor even whether she is more, or perhaps less, wealthy than Kolomoyskyi. Almost all of the oligarchs’ money is hidden offshore; so, is invisible................... Most of Ukraine’s oligarchs live in Geneva (like Kolomoyskyi), London (like the Tymoshenkos’ daughter, Yevhenia), NYC, Rome, and other Western cities, and they tend to stash their money in secret bank accounts in tax-haven countries, not only in order to avoid paying taxes, but also in order to make more difficult their being successfully sued by each other, for violating handshake business deals that had helped them to become so rich. After all, illegal contracts cannot be enforced by any legal government (since they’re illegal, and have secret illegal terms). Thus, other means than written contracts — handshake deals — are resorted to between these aristocrats. The key person behind the May 2nd massacre inside Odessa’s Trade Unions Building appears to have been Ihor Kolomoyskyi Please read the entire piece...

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  • rlw895May 19, 2014 - 1:38 am

    Everyone disperse. StR has found another crowd to do her exhibitionist thing.

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