Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Cheers, jeers for the week of July 27 to Aug. 2, 2014

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Cheers to artist John Holland and Rio Vista community members who helped him in launching a mural campaign in that town this week.

A new mural will be on the Second Street side of Books Rio V, along Main Street. It will depict what the building used to look like: A casino/saloon in the late 1800s or early 1900s and will be a 3D optical illusion peek inside the saloon.

Gathering the community to work on projects that bring attention and public art is good for both the aesthetics and morale of the town. Cheers to that.

Jeers to the dramatic drop in visitors to Lake Berryessa, which should be a regional treasure but has turned into a cautionary tale about patience with government planning.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently released a marketing study on the lake, where the agency in 2009 evicted those who lived in 1,500 mobile homes and trailers at resorts. For five years, we’ve waited for a replacement plan. We’re still waiting. Five of the seven resorts have been cleared – not a terrible idea if they were replaced by something. But we’re still waiting, although the bureau is looking for new concessionaires to rebuild and operate the resorts, with an emphasis on campsites, marinas and another draws for short-term visitors.

The marketing study showed that the lake averaged 1.5 million visitors in the 20 years leading up to 2002, but from 2011 through 2013, that dropped to fewer than 500,000 visitors.

We don’t object to marketing plans, but we want progress. A regional recreational treasure and business engine has lost 1 million visitors a year, which is not acceptable. We urge the feds to move forward and rebuild Lake Berryessa’s attraction. Five years is too long.

Cheers that the family of Art Koch will receive a Purple Heart medal in October. Koch is the only Fairfield police officer killed in the line of duty – he was shot July 28, 1984, and died the next day.

The Fairfield Police Department, which adopted the Purple Heart medal in the years after Koch’s death, will honor him at the fourth annual Fallen Officers Shooting Competition.

We’re glad to continue to honor Koch’s memory.

Jeers that Cordelia Road south of Highway 12 remains closed nearly a year after it was shut down.

The construction was supposed to last a few months, but then came a hangup among Union Pacific, the city of Fairfield and Buzz Oates Construction, which is building three large warehouses in the area.

The city met Thursday with railroad officials and the California Public Utilities Commission to discuss and hopefully solve the impasse. We cheer that they met, but jeer that the project has been delayed for so long.

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