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Cheers, jeers for the week of Jan. 12-18, 2014

By From page A9 | January 18, 2014

Cheers to Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, who announced this week that she will retire this summer as CEO and president of Travis Credit Union.

Van Ouwerkerk led the credit union the past 12 years and has been in the credit union industry for 38 years. But she’s more than just the head of the 161,000-member credit union. Van Ouwerkerk also was the chairwoman of the Solano Economic Development Corp. board of directors and was named the woman of the year by the Women’s History Luncheon last year. And Travis Credit Union’s assets nearly doubled during her time in leadership.

Her shoes will be difficult to fill. Cheers on an outstanding career.

Jeers to the continuing drought, which led to Friday’s declaration of a state of emergency by Gov. Jerry Brown. While the water available at Lake Berryessa means it affects those in our area less than elsewhere, it’s shocking to continue to see day after day of clear skies and temperatures in the 70s – in January. It’s the third straight bone-dry January in Northern California, which is bad news for everyone.

Cheers to Mike Paluszak, the general manager of the Solano County Fairgrounds, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Western Fairs Association this week.

Paluszak has been in the fair industry for 35 years and with Solano County since 2008. The county is fortunate to have such an esteemed leader for the fairgrounds, which continues to evolve and remain relevant in the 21st century.

Cheers that the county passed a plan to spend $71 million on rural roads and bridges over the next five years. After years of neglect, our rural roads are in poor shape and it’s good news that there is most of the money – $63 million – in the county budget to cover the needed improvements.


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