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Cheers, jeers for the week of March 2-8, 2014

By From page A8 | March 08, 2014

Cheers to the nine water bond bills in the state Legislature, because they show the widespread lack of confidence in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s proposed $11.1 billion bond, supported by Gov. Jerry Brown, for the November ballot.

State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, has a $6.8 billion proposed bond initiative that includes no money for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which would build 35-mile twin tunnels to take water under the Delta for export to Southern California.

The traffic jam of similar legislation might cause some confusion, but we’re glad that legislators from all over the state recognize the problems with Brown’s proposal.

Jeers that the legal system allows the potential travesty of Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia’s convicted killer acting as his own lawyer and questioning Garcia’s family at an April hearing about possible juror misconduct.

Judge Robert Bowers followed the law in allowing Henry D. Williams to represent himself, but it’s a shame that the scenario may play out in a Solano courtroom.

Cheers to the enthusiasm with which Rio Vista residents received recommendations by a group of architects and planners about their city.

Rio Vista’s physical structure, the community’s love for the town and potential attractions for visitors were all part of the presentation, which was presented Monday to a crowd of more than 300 people. Mayor Norman Richardson was impressed by the size and enthusiasm of the crowd. So are we.

Jeers to the rising project cost for the proposed Fairfield-Vacaville train station.

The price tag for the Peabody Road project has gone from $40 million to $81 million in six years. Much of that is due to the inclusion of new phases in the estimate, but we suspect that the traditional government job price creep is at work, too. Train station planners would be well advised to find a way to limit the price before it becomes untenable even to train station supporters.

Cheers to those who participated in Read Across America events this week. From firefighters at the library to elected officials at the mall to other adults at schools, reading was emphasized in a fun way across the region and the country this week.

Anything that helps children with the most foundational building block of education is good.

Jeers that Solano County supermarkets rank higher that most counties in the state in several negative categories that can affect health – selling flavored tobacco products, displaying sugary drinks at checkout counters and having outdoor alcohol advertising, in particular.

We don’t believe in forbidding advertising for most products, but we’d like to see our community take a lead in helping people – particularly children – be healthy.

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