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Cheers, jeers for the week of Aug. 10-16, 2014

By From page A8 | August 16, 2014

Cheers that NorthBay Medical Center’s Fairfield campus had a 13,000-pound magnetic resonance imaging machine installed this week.

The $1.5 million unit will be available for use in September, making things smoother for patients who previously had to take a short ambulance ride across the street to get an MRI.

Wednesday’s project, which involved constructing a pre-fab building and lowering the 7-foot piece of equipment by crane, was impressive by itself. That the MRI machine will now be better located for the use of patients means that it’s an even bigger win.

An additional cheer that the Planning Commission this week OK’d NorthBay’s modernization plans. The hospital is a vital member of the community and the area will benefit from its significant upgrade.

Jeers that Vacaville has to stop diverting water from Lagoon Valley due to the threat of fines from the state for violating water-restriction rules.

We understand the importance of the statewide restrictions and cheer Vacaville for following them. It’s sad that Lagoon Valley Lake – one of the county’s charming attractions – will suffer greatly from the drought. We need rain.

Cheers to the quick decision by the Solano County Board of Supervisors to appoint Krishna Abrams as the county’s district attorney.

Abrams beat Donald A. du Bain in June’s election and was scheduled to take office in January. But du Bain took a job in San Francisco and announced his resignation effective Friday. That the board of supervisors could act so quickly is fortuitous and we wish Abrams the best as she hits the ground running in her new job – almost five months earlier than expected.

Cheers that Jelly Belly will consolidate production of its Jelly Belly products at its local factory.

The Fairfield-based candy maker announced this week that it will eliminate 66 jobs at its North Chicago factory, although that site will continue to produce private-label brands and contract confectionary manufacturing.

While we jeer the news of layoffs in the Jelly Belly family, we cheer the company’s commitment to Fairfield.

Jelly Belly moved here in 1986 and added a visitor’s center in 1999. Cheers to a great local corporate citizen.


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