Cheers to members of the Armijo High School football team and to members of the Suisun Valley Elementary School 4-H Club who worked Thursday to fill backpacks at Mission Solano.
Those backpacks will be given to children who need them during a giveaway that’s planned Aug. 17 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
The elementary schoolchildren and their high school partners worked in assembly-line fashion to fill the backpacks with basic supplies – notebooks, folders, pens and pencils, erasers, glue sticks, crayons and color pencils – that many families in the area cannot afford to buy for their children.
Jeers that Solano County accounted for a large portion of $26 million in wasted federal money linked to what turned out to be faulty voting machines.
Solano County paid $4 million in 2003 for 1,171 Diebold touch-screen machines to replace its 30-year-old punch voting system. Trouble is, the new machines were not secure and were banned for use in 2004 by California’s then-Secretary of State Kevin Shelley.
The county paid $830,000 of its money for the faulty optical scan machines, and reached a settlement with Diebold in 2004 for $415,000.
The remainder of the money – all tax dollars, we remind you – was lost.
State Auditor Elaine Howle on Thursday reported the waste in Solano and three other counties, which accounted for $22 million of the ill-spent cash.
Cheers to the solid participation Tuesday at National Night Out events in Fairfield, Suisun City and Vacaville.
It was the 30th year for the nationwide event, which pulls communities together at the neighborhood level to combat neighborhood and community crime. Suisun City takes a somewhat different approach with its community gathering at Hall Park, but achieves the same end results.
Jeers that Fairfield experienced a drive-by shooting while National Night Out activities were taking place.
Cheers that witnesses freely shared information with police, and that the suspects were quickly caught.