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

By From page A8 | January 11, 2014

Cheers to the Solano County  Board of Supervisors for naming Linda Seifert the chairwoman for 2014.

The position is largely ceremonial – Seifert doesn’t have any more power than other supervisors – but traditionally, it’s been passed around to give everyone a chance to lead. We like the choice of Seifert, who will lead it for a third straight year, better than the former model.

If you have a chairwoman who runs the board meetings well and is fair to other supervisors and the public, why not keep her in charge? We’d much rather have Seifert, a proven commodity, run our county’s leaders’ meetings than having someone not used to the role learn on the job. Add to it that Seifert has the respect of the rest of the board, and the appointment is a win all around.

Jeers to the Feb. 18 date to activate the ramp metering lights in Fairfield along eastbound Interstate 80 starting Feb. 18.

State transportation leaders announced the date this week and while the lights may have little impact – officials originally said they’d likely just be used during evening rush hours on Thursdays and Fridays – they are a reminder of the ongoing waste of taxpayers’ money. The state Department of Transportation installed the lights in 2011 at a cost of $4.9 million, despite there being little need or desire for them.

We find it likely that most Solano residents would rather have seen the state save the money or use it on the I-80/I-680 interchange project. Instead, we’re getting metering lights that we don’t really need.

Cheers to the relationship between six students from Japan and those at Armijo High School who hosted them this week.

It’s part of an annual trip that’s been going on for years and every time it happens, students from both sides of the Pacific get a chance to learn more about life in another country. Among the lessons learned by the Japanese students? That 7-Eleven Big Gulps are larger in the United States and that girl students here can wear makeup to school.

We suspect the bigger lessons for both the Japanese and American students came from being exposed to other cultures. That’s worth a cheer.

Jeers to the rash of burglaries in Vacaville early this week. There were four in four days – including a home-invasion robbery on Chelsea Court.

Police say the crimes aren’t related, but if you’re a resident of Vacaville that doesn’t provide much relief.

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