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Cheers, jeers for the week of Feb. 16-22, 2014

By From page A8 | February 22, 2014

Cheers to moves at Parkway Gardens toward making the 240-unit condo complex in Fairfield safer.

It’s good to see the City Council and others get involved in requiring leadership there to get busy. Among the early moves is expanded municipal enforcement powers, changing of the security company and the review of financial statements of the homeowners association.

There is still plenty of work to be done, but we cheer movement in a positive direction.

Jeers to the silence after the discovery of the body of 16-year-old Naomy Rojas last week near Phoenix Drive in Fairfield.

Police are still seeking information about the events preceding Rojas’ shooting death. Officers have reports of numerous other people being present when Rojas was shot early Feb. 15, but have received little help. The silence echoes the response after the shooting death of Terrell Brumfield, 21, in January at Parkway Gardens.

Suppression of information hurts the whole community.

Cheers to local high school basketball teams – particularly the four that received high seeds for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

Vanden High School’s girls are the top seed in their division, while the Vanden boys and Rodriguez High boys are each seeded second in their divisions and the Fairfield High boys are seeded third.

There is still the playoffs to come, but high seeds – and the accompanying home games – are a nice reward for good regular seasons.

Jeers to the spate of vehicle-involved shootings in the area this week. The first was Monday at Clay Bank Road and Sanderling Drive in Fairfield, when two people in a vehicle were shot, allegedly by shots fired from another vehicle. A day later, several people reported a shooting involving two vehicles on Leisure Town Road in Vacaville and on Thursday, several shots were fired from a passenger after an argument between occupants of a vehicle and a group of people standing near East Alaska Avenue and Santa Rosa Street in Fairfield.

None of the incidents are considered related, but there’s something particularly chilling about the Wild West feel of auto-involved shootings.

Cheers to Tim Gagnebin, the youngest member of the new cadet program of the Solano County Sheriff’s Office. Gagnebin, who attends the Fairfield-Suisun Public Safety Academy, was in the spotlight this week when a local TV station interviewed him and another cadet about the program.

The purpose of the cadet program is to help teach participants how to succeed in life as well as law enforcement. We’re glad to see youngsters taking advantage of it.


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