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Cheers, jeers for the week of June 1-7, 2014

By From page A8 | June 07, 2014

Cheers to the decision by the Fairfield City Council to appoint David White as city manager. White succeeds Sean Quinn, who set an almost impossibly high standard for performance in that position. But White, who was the assistant city manager, knows more about the city, the job and its challenges than anyone outside of Quinn – and he has been groomed for the role.

There’s no reason to expect anything but success for the 40-year-old White.

Jeers that Solano County’s voter turnout for Tuesday’s election was just 26 percent. Twenty-six percent. On any grading system, that’s a failure. When it’s the percentage of registered voters who took time to participate in an election where we chose two county supervisors and a district attorney, it’s disgraceful.

Every electoral move in recent years has been to make voting easier – for instance, you can now register online and you can vote by mail – but the voter turnout keeps dropping. Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th president, said, “To vote is like the payment of a debt, a duty never to be neglected if its performance is possible.” We agree.

Cheers to the Solano County Board of Supervisors for noticing an elephant in the room – that the 40,000-page environmental plan for the state’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan is impossibly long, thus beyond the capability of any single individual to read and completely understand.

The big project in the plan is a pair of 40-foot-diameter twin tunnels that are 39 miles long to carry Delta water to Central Valley farms and Southern California cities. It has drawn widespread criticism from leaders around Northern California, but with that many pages – which would be several feet high in a stack – the environmental report is logistically impossible to review, the county says.

We agree, and jeer the state for the length of the report, which we suspect may have been deliberately made long to discourage real review.

Cheers to the recovery and release of Tank the Western Pond Turtle, who was released into the slough this week by the Suisun Wildlife Center. Tank came to the center in 2011 with a badly cracked shell – probably from being run over by a car. Three years, plenty of antibiotics and plenty of daily treatment later, he went back into the wild Wednesday. Cheers for the good work by those at the wildlife center, which will host its 22nd annual Baby Animal Shower on Saturday.

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  • BobJune 07, 2014 - 7:30 am

    As far as the voting goes it seems to me it very clearly screams that the current incumbents are garbage and no one wants to vote for ANY of them

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  • ToniJune 07, 2014 - 9:00 am

    Not everyone thinks like the editorial.

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