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Cheers & Jeers for the week of July 25-31, 2015

Cheers to Air Force Master Sgt. Joe Y. Bogdan for the work that led to his selection as one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2015. Bogdan was selected based on his hands-on leadership of the Travis Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center’s mostly civilian staff, who oversee 10 social service programs […]

Cheers & Jeers for the week of July 18-24, 2015

Cheers that the jury in the trial of Fairfield resident Henry A. Smith Jr. reached a verdict this week. Jurors on Friday found that Smith, 41, killed Vallejo Police Officer Jim Capoot of Vacaville in November 2011 after robbing a Bank of America and trying to get away. Smith faces the possibility of life in […]

Cheers & Jeers for the week of July 11-17, 2015

Cheers to the reception given this week to those carrying the torch for the Special Olympics World Games, which take place from July 25 to Aug. 2 in Los Angeles. The torch run – which is led in no small part by area law enforcement through which the torch passes – passed Tuesday through downtown […]

All of us must help keep city safe

Fairfield’s new police chief has his work cut out for him in terms of curbing violent crime, as did his predecessor. A near-fatal shooting of a 32-year-old Fairfield man occurred late Thursday afternoon on Villa Court – a little more than an hour after Joe Allio took the oath of office as Fairfield’s police chief and […]

March 15, 2015 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Time of transition at Travis

Personnel at Travis Air Force Base will welcome a new commander of the 60th Air Mobility Wing and bid farewell to the wing’s current leader during a change-of-command ceremony Friday at the base. It’s a ceremony steeped in military tradition, designed to show members of the military – in a very public way – that […]

February 15, 2015 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Respect the will of the electorate

Proposition 2 started out with the best of intentions – the creation of a rainy day reserve to be funded in times of surplus. The purpose of the reserve was to be twofold: to help fund and maintain critical programs during times of economic hardship, and to repay money originally needed to backstop unavoidable budget […]

January 04, 2015 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

This election cycle, we endorse …

There’s a strong possibility that voter participation in Tuesday’s election could reach a record low. That serves no one. We encourage all eligible voters to cast ballots Tuesday to help shape our collective future. Here’s a recap of our recommendations for various local offices, to include recommendations on the six statewide propositions. 3rd District Solano […]

November 02, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Return incumbents to Vacaville council, Augustine to mayor’s chair

Voters in Vacaville next week will decide who will serve as mayor and who will fill two City Council seats. We recommend Len Augustine for mayor and incumbents Mitch Mashburn and Curtis Hunt for the council seats. The mayor’s chair is open with the retirement of Mayor Steve Hardy, who became mayor after Augustine retired […]

October 31, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Elect Pal, Davenport to Suisun council

Suisun City for the past several years has relied on one-time money to remain financially afloat, banking on the promise of some $1.1 million in new sales tax revenue once the new Walmart supercenter opens. The store’s opening has been delayed, and the city’s coffers have taken a corresponding hit. But the store will open: […]

October 26, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Vote Timm, Blankenchip for Fairfield City Council

Fairfield voters must decide from among a dizzying field of candidates who seek two City Council seats in the Nov. 4 election. Each brings positive qualities to the table, but two stand out to us: Randy Blankenchip and Chuck Timm. Here’s why. The city’s financial position is precarious, even with the recent infusion of Measure […]

October 26, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Spering best choice for county supervisor

There’s a fight going on for the soul of Solano County, and it’s taking place in race for the 3rd District seat on the Board of Supervisors. The weapon of choice: Money. Service Employees International Local 1021’s candidate political action committee has supported Fairfield City Councilwoman and challenger Pam Bertani to the tune of some 21 percent […]

October 25, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Return Garamendi to Congress

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and his opponent, state Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Chico, waltzed through the June 3 primary as the only two candidates in a race where the top two would advance to the Nov. 4 election. The campaign crept through the summer but heated up in the fall. Now both candidates are in […]

October 25, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Dodd best choice for 4th District Assembly

There’s a clear choice for residents of northern and western Solano County’s primarily rural areas when it comes to who will represent them in the 4th Assembly District. That choice is Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd. Whoever wins will represent only a small portion of Solano County’s residents – we accounted for just 5.8 percent […]

October 19, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged

Bully for the base, bully for all of us

Travis Air Force Base this week reaffirmed something most of us already know: The base and its many activities are a huge component of Solano County’s economic engine. The latest economic impact analysis conducted by the base, released Thursday, shows that Travis pumped a whopping $1.62 billion into the surrounding area’s economy in the 2013 […]

October 12, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Cheers, jeers for the week of Oct. 5-11, 2014

Cheers to the news that the Solano County fiscal budget for this year appears to be better than expected. A report Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors included that a projected $14.7 million shortfall will actually be replaced by a slight surplus by the end of the year – partly because of an increase in […]

October 11, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Kudos to Vacaville, Local 39 on pact

There’s finally peace in Vacaville between the city and members of Stationary Engineers Local 39, an AFL-CIO affiliate. They’re the group whose members went out on strike last month when contract talks didn’t go their way. Peace came in the form of a contract agreement that was accepted by the City Council during a special […]

October 05, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Cheers, jeers for the week of Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, 2014

Cheers that Jerilyn Lewis, the ex-wife of former City Councilman Matt Garcia’s killer, Henry D. Williams, was held in the Solano County jail this week after skipping out on two hearings about possible juror misconduct during Williams’ 2010 murder trial. Lewis’ disappearing act led to several frustrating court appearances for Garcia’s family – all ending in […]

October 04, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged

Doolittle Museum campaign gains wings

Plans to establish a state-of-the-art aviation museum in Vacaville got a shot in the arm this week when the Solano County Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead for Copart to sell its hangar at Nut Tree Airport to the foundation that’s driving the museum campaign. The Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Education Foundation already […]

September 28, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Cheers, jeers for the week of Sept. 21-27, 2014

Cheers to the launch of the Solano Superior Court Veterans Treatment Court. The 18-month program will focus on treatment and rehabilitation for veterans who have crossed the boundaries of the law. Each participant will be assigned a veteran mentor and a judge will monitor the participants. We’re not in favor of creating numerous sub-programs in our judicial system, but […]

September 27, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Work to preserve Travis air refueling mission continues

Travis Air Force Base this week celebrated the 20th anniversary of the KC-10 air tanker’s refueling mission at the base, even as the venerable jet’s future remains uncertain. The Air Force confirmed last year that it wants to scrap the KC-10 as a cost-cutting move. That prompted a lobbying effort to either save the KC-10, […]

September 21, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Cheers, jeers for the week of Sept. 14-20, 2014

Cheers to the decision by Solano County Superior Court Judge Paul Beeman that declared 33 Vacaville employees “essential,” and therefore not allowed to strike with the rest of the Stationary Engineers Local 39. That group staged a walkout earlier this month, then returned. There are about 90 members of the union, so this decision certainly […]

September 20, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Hold the line with Local 39

Members of the Vacaville City Council took decisive action Tuesday to end a contract impasse with Stationary Engineers Local 39. The council vote comes more than a year after other city employee unions agreed to similar terms. The council’s unanimous action represents a 21 percent pay cut over the course of the next 10 months for […]

September 14, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Cheers, jeers for the week of Sept. 7-13, 2014

Cheers to those who gathered Thursday in Suisun City and students at Green Valley Middle School who commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Whether it was a handful of firefighters in a somber morning ceremony, the students participating in a freedom walk or the large crowd at the evening event, it was heartening to […]

September 13, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

What’s news is news

Elected officials from time to time show themselves to be all-too human. We have witnessed that in spades this year in the California state Senate, where three members find themselves in various stages of criminal investigations and prosecutions and are no longer serving their constituents, but are collecting their paychecks. We saw it this week […]

September 07, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Cheers, jeers for the week of Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, 2014

Cheers to Solano Community College for landing a federal grant for nearly $200,000 for its biotechnology program. The money will help grow the program at the school and makes it easier to land future grants, according to Jowel Laguerre, the college’s president and superintendent. With the industry expecting to add 15,000 jobs in the Bay Area in […]

September 06, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

A Labor Day to remember

Monday is a day to celebrate the labors of workers across the country, a national holiday that for many represents little more than a day off from work with pay; for others is a regular work day, perhaps with a pay incentive since it’s a federal holiday; and for still others it is a celebration […]

August 31, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Cheers, jeers for the week of Aug. 24-30, 2014

Cheers to the overwhelming response to the earthquake that rocked Napa, American Canyon and Vallejo. From thousands of meals prepared at the Kroc Center in Suisun City for victims to the employee crews sent from Fairfield to help repair broken lines to the state of emergency declared by the Board of Supervisors that starts the ball rolling […]

August 30, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Take a tour of the Delta

Sunday marks the start of a journey by the Daily Republic to a land that’s just beyond the county’s border, yet is the source of news and controversy and is at the heart of California’s water crisis: The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. We’ll take you there through words, photos and video, offering up a slice […]

August 24, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Cheers, jeers for the week of Aug. 17-23, 2014

Cheers to the agreement between the city of Fairfield and Travis Air Force Base to create an emergency water connection at a cost of $1 million to be paid by the federal government. The long-term unreliability of groundwater resources and other factors played into the need for the backup plan. That Travis can connect to […]

August 23, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,

Have a care: School’s in session

The lives of tens of thousands of Solano County children and teens and their parents change this week and next with the start of the 2014-15 academic year. The habits of local motorists should change as well. Classes began this week in the Fairfield-Suisun School District, at Solano Community College and in Vacaville and Rio […]

August 17, 2014 | Posted in Our view | Tagged ,
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