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Cheers, jeers for the week of Aug. 3-9, 2014

By From page A8 | August 09, 2014

Cheers to such a large field for Fairfield City Council race – 11 candidates for two seats in the November election.

This is almost an embarrassment of riches – two incumbents, two former councilmen and a field of community activists will make this the most competitive council race in memory. We’re pleased with the quality of candidates and expect that the next few months will see plenty of good ideas and significant challenges.

There’s more: seven candidates are vying for two seats on the City Council in Suisun City, and three people will compete for two council seats in Vacaville.

This increase in civic involvement is good for everyone.

Jeers, on the other hand, that no one saw fit to challenge Mayor Harry Price, or to challenge Mayor Pete Sanchez in Suisun City. We don’t have a gripe with either Price or Sanchez, we just prefer competition for all elective offices.

Cheers to the big turnout for Tuesday’s National Night Out around the region. Whether it’s at Suisun City’s large single event at Hall Park or the smaller neighborhood events around Fairfield and Vacaville, National Night Out brings residents together with each other and with law enforcement and firefighters. That was the goal when the event started three decades ago and it continues to expand here and elsewhere. The local success is certainly worthy of a cheer.

Jeers that Solano Community College faces a $2.6 million deficit in this year’s budget.

The college’s enrollment has declined in the past few years and is trying to get back to a level of 8,500 full-time students. But news of the deficit – it grew $200,000 during the week, somehow – will require some significant changes. Solano College has gone through plenty of challenges in recent years, both financial and otherwise, and the latest bad news doesn’t help.

Cheers to the new Vanden High School library, which is under construction and is scheduled to open next August.

The 10,000-square-foot building will feature both the bound and electronic versions of books, moving the school further into the 21st century with a gem of a resource. The $5 million price tag is well worth it – a similar project at Armijo High School a few years ago is paying dividends there.


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