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Cheers, jeers for the week of April 13-19, 2014

By From page A11 | April 19, 2014

Cheers to the large turnout at a Thursday barbecue at Parkway Gardens, where more than 200 people attended.

During recent years, the 240-unit condominium development in Fairfield saw plenty of violence and came under criticism for lax management. The combination of city, church and community involvement appears to be working, with more community interaction as one of the keys to changing the culture. Thursday’s good turnout highlights a welcome improvement in a town with plenty of bad news lately.

Jeers, meanwhile to the continued sense of danger in the area that led to the announcement of an April 29 town hall meeting about crime, hosted by the city of Fairfield.

Another homicide last weekend in Suisun City capped a bloody two-week period that has residents expressing fear and anxiety over their safety. Cheers to police and city leaders for recognizing the need for the community to come together to discuss options. We hope that some potential solutions come out of the meeting – and we also hope there isn’t more local violence between now and then.

Cheers that the housing market in Solano County is moving toward a healthy balance.

March’s median price reflected the biggest month-to-month increase ever recorded, but more importantly, local Realtors suggest that more homes are coming on the market. That is the best way for the market to reach the level where it’s good for both buyers and sellers.

Homes in the county – at least if the survey results issued by San Diego-based DataQuick are accurate – have regained much of the value lost during the Great Recession. The next step to a good market is more homes to go on the market and help people on both sides of the sales.

Jeers to news that Kaiser Permanente executive Max Villalobos is leaving the area to take another Kaiser position in the San Diego area.

Villalobos played a key role in guiding Kaiser’s establishment as a Level II trauma center. Under his leadership, Kaiser – along with NorthBay Medical Center, which also bid for the Level II status – dramatically improved trauma treatment in Solano County.

Villalobos will be missed.

Cheers to the Solano County District Attorney’s Office and Carissa Phelps of the nonprofit organization Runaway Girl for this week’s workshop on human trafficking.

It’s unclear how much of the horrendous crime happens here, but the information at this week’s workshop will help combat and prevent its spread.

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