Wednesday, December 24, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

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

Web_OurView_YourView

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.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Muscular disease does not deter boy’s giving spirit

By Glen Faison | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Sweetest menorah in Solano County gets lit

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A1, 3 Comments | Gallery

 
Early Christmas dinner for homeless serves more than 100

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
 
Truck crash closes Enterprise Drive

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A4

 
Motorcyclist injured in crash

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

No holiday ferry service

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A4

 
Library seeks literacy tutors

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A5

 
Teddy Bear Tea set Jan. 31

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5

Scrabble fundraiser benefits Armijo newspaper

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5

 
Depp, Cooper, Streep light up the big screen on Christmas

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
.

US / World

 
Woman reunited with car stolen nearly 30 years ago

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

California road rage captured on cellphone camera

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

 
Police officer dies from hit-and-run injuries

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Wildlife groups seek help for California owl

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Los Angeles cracks down on tow truck bandits

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Too late: Cops’ deaths highlight outdated systems

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7, 4 Comments

 
NORAD tracks when Santa Claus is comin’ to town

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Belfast leaders strike deal to save power-sharing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
From Iraqi mountaintop, a fierce battle to free IS-held town

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Proposal seeks gun permits for Colorado pot users

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

 
US moves to end ban on blood donations by gay men

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Gay marriage cases teed up for justices’ action

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11, 3 Comments

 
Brown picks aide to lead troubled California utility board

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Police mistreat California Muslim man, group says

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
.

Opinion

 
Common sense seeps into Capitol

By Dan Walters | From Page: A8, 4 Comments

 
Gratitude to a Samaritan

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 2 Comments

Have a heart

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 2 Comments

 
.

Living

Today in History: Dec. 24, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Dec. 24, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Being a good role model best thing uncle can do

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B5

 
Horoscopes: Dec. 24, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B5

Dressing up a basic gingerbread for Christmas

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Healthy roast for the holidays? With pork, easily

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
.

Entertainment

Sony re-gifts ‘The Interview’ in limited release

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Cosby not finding support in black community

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Jennifer Lopez to perform at Caesars Palace on NYE

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Justin Lin to direct third ‘Star Trek’ film

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
.

Sports

Peavy and Giants finalize $24 million, 2-year contract

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Gore hopes to stay with 49ers beyond this season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Mack makes big impact as rookie with Raiders

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Lakers stun Warriors 115-105 without Kobe

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Rodriguez’s Rankin named 2014 DR Coach of the Year

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Aldon Smith says he didn’t drink at McDonald home

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Seahawks regain top spot in AP Pro32 rankings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Oregon’s Marcus Mariota is AP player of year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

MLB average salary exceeds $3.8 million

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rodriguez boys roll by Kennedy of Richmond 83-62

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

Broncos have league-high 9 players selected for Pro Bowl

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Raiders send Derek Carr home sick

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

.

Business

Dow 101: The Dow and how it works

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
US economy accelerates and helps lift Dow to 18K

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

It’s becoming easier to shop overseas this holiday season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
A look at the Dow’s 1,000-point milestones

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Safeway pulls caramel apples amid listeria scare

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
.

Obituaries

Robert ‘Bob’ Eugene Jenkins

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Robert D. Thurman

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5