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Cheers, jeers for the week of March 23-29, 2014

By From page A8 | March 29, 2014

Cheers to Suisun City for starting to update plans for its downtown waterfront area.

That plan was last updated 15 years ago. The new blueprint will indicate what the city wants to see in that area and is overdue. The world changed in the past 15 years, including the end of redevelopment agencies and the Great Recession. It’s time for a new look at what kind of businesses work in that type of area.

The Suisun City waterfront is a regional gem and a new plan is welcome.

Jeers to the horrific news of a cyclist killed by a hit-and-run driver along Putah Creek Road this week.

Setting aside the obvious problem with leaving the scene of a fatal crash, we also rue that we see another example of the danger involved for cyclists. This area has some great areas where cyclists can get exercise and enjoy the region – and we urge drivers to exercise special care while on those rural roads.

Cheers to Fairfield 11-year-old dancer Zach Belandres, who will perform on Nickelodeon’s “Kids’ Choice Awards” program Saturday night. He appeared on the 2012 version of the show and also was on “Dancing With The Stars” last year. Congratulations to the Nelda Mundy Elementary School student for his impressive work.

Jeers to the report that a man tried to abduct a girl in Vacaville this week. The perpetrator reportedly tried to grab a 9-year-old, whose 11-year-old friend intervened before the man ran off.

No one was caught, but we hope word of the incident – and the description of the man – will both bring him to justice and prevent a future attempt.

Cheers that four candidates for the 4th District Solano County supervisor position squared off in a public forum in Vacaville this week.

Incumbent John Vasquez, Gerald Clift, Eugene Ray and Thom Bogue all shared their ideas Wednesday at a forum sponsored by the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce and the Solano County Farm Bureau at Travis Credit Union’s headquarters. The more opportunities that residents get to hear from candidates – and that’s for all elective offices, not just this race – the better understanding we gain and the more informed we can be for June’s crucial election.

Let’s hope we see more such events, for other offices.

Cheers to the large crowd that participated in last weekend’s Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, which raised an estimated $20,000.

There are plenty of fundraising events – and all are worthy – but this is a great example of something that not only raises money, but raises awareness of suicide. Not only were survivors of people who committed suicide able to get together and share their experiences, they helped bring awareness of the problem to a place where it can open people’s eyes: A college campus.


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