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Cheers, jeers for the week of Dec. 1-7, 2013

By From page A8 | December 07, 2013

Cheers to all the people who packed downtown Vacaville on Sunday night (Menorah on Main) and Tuesday night (Merriment on Main), gathered on Travis Air Force Base on Thursday and congregated in Fairfield on Friday night to celebrate the Holiday Candlelight Caroling and Christmas Tree Lighting.

That we gather to celebrate special times of the year – Christmas, Veterans Day and the Fourth of July being the most notable – helps strengthen community ties. That these events build traditions – such as Eddy K. Kannoi singing “Christmas in Vacaville” every year to cap Merriment on Main – just makes them better.

Cheers that those events continue. Good luck to those celebrating in Suisun City and Rio Vista on Saturday.

Jeers to the plans in Fairfield that resulted this week in the OK to sell property for $150,000 that was bought a decade ago for $750,000. Such speculative purchases – while they sometimes work – was part of what led people to oppose redevelopment agencies. While the loss of redevelopment funds proved difficult, this shows how it can go wrong and cost a city hundreds of thousands of dollars, or more.

Cheers that the Board of Supervisors followed staff recommendations and directed staff to prepare a proposal for a permanent ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

As we’ve argued before, dispensaries in Vallejo are sufficient for the county. That law enforcement and city leaders nearly universally opposed medi-pot dispensaries in their areas speaks well to the community feeling about them.

Jeers to whomever stole $500 worth of diapers from the Fairfield-based Alpha Pregnancy Center.

The nonprofit organization said the burglary happened in late November. The community has rallied to replace some of them, but it’s discouraging that two nonprofits (Mission Solano had turkeys stolen a few days earlier) have been hit by thefts during the holiday season. Bah humbug, indeed.

Cheers to the 700-plus children from K.I. Jones Elementary School, who this week found out that their participation in a cup-stacking event in November helped set a world record – more than 500,000 students around the world took part in the effort to set the record for “sport stacking.”

Cheers to the 50th Larry Nelson Classic wrestling tournament, which started Friday and concludes Saturday at Vacaville High School. Nelson, 84, is an iconic figure in local sports – a longtime coach, teacher and mentor who built one of the great sports programs in Northern California. That he remains able to enjoy the tournament as spectator is a treat.

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