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Cheers and jeers for the week of Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, 2014

By From page A8 | February 01, 2014

Cheers to the huge turnout at a community meeting at Parkway Gardens this week involving residents and the Fairfield Police Department.

Parkway Gardens’ troubles are well-documented, so it’s encouraging to see dozens of residents of the condominium development take time to meet with officials and talk about ways to “take back” their community. That both the police and residents realize there is a problem – and that people are willing to change things to make things better – is good news.

Jeers to the squabbling that led to the reduction in music instruction in Fairfield-Suisun schools by Vacaville nonprofit Music Matters.

The teachers union challenged the instruction, which was taking place during teacher prep time, in violation of the union contract. As a result, times were changed and about 100 of the 450 students dropped out.

We understand the union’s concern, but are disappointed that the union and Music Matters couldn’t find a way to allow maximum exposure for such a valuable program.

Cheers to Capt. Phil Bailey, Battalion Chief John Sturdee and Reserve Firefighter Nick Rubin for being chosen this week as the top firefighters by the Fairfield Fire Department. They will be honored along with other regional winners in March. Thanks to them and their department for a job well done.

Jeers to the splattering of rain we got this week. We didn’t really expect much precipitation, but the disappointing splatter on Wednesday and Thursday was even less than anticipated – continuing the shocking run of dry weather this winter. The next possibility of rain is next weekend and we can only hope that we finally get some of the much-needed rain for all of Northern California.

Cheers to Vallejo-based Blu Homes, the prefab green housing company that built its first model home on Mare Island this week, the same day that it announced that it was moving its corporate headquarters from Massachusetts to the Vallejo factory.

The factory, in a 250,000-square-foot, 10-story building, employs more than 260 people – up from 20 when it began in 2012. That’s the kind of creative, inspired business that we like to see coming to Solano County.

Cheers to the inmates at California State Prison, Solano involved in the Prisoner Outreach Program, designed to expose at-risk youth to the horrors of prison life.

This week, five teens toured the prison and saw one possible destination for them – about which the inmates, all convicted of murder, informed them about bluntly. Anything that can help young people make productive changes is worthwhile and that convicted killers will do it speaks well of the prisoners and the leadership at CSP Solano.

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