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Cheers, jeers for the week of March 30 through April 5, 2014

By From page A8 | April 05, 2014

Cheers to success by local law enforcement in recent weeks of ultimately making arrests. This week saw arrests connected to a Dec. 18, 2013, home-invasion robbery and a monthlong series of vandalism incidents in Cordelia. Previously, officers arrested suspects in a fatal February crash on Air Base Parkway and did the same with four suspects in the shooting death of a 15-year-old.

While we’d all like to see immediate arrests, the fact that police ultimately find their suspects is comforting.

Jeers to news that the California Supreme Court rejected a bid by Joel “Tom” Toler to run for county sheriff. We don’t dispute the high court’s legal ruling – after all, it merely agreed with the rulings of lower courts – but would prefer competition for countywide offices.

Sheriff Thomas Ferrara, whose department is involved in the widening coroner’s office controversy, will run unopposed this year. It’s unclear whether Toler had a legitimate chance to unseat Ferrara, but voters win when there’s competition.

Cheers that the job market appears to be improving, based on attendance at this week’s Workforce Investment Board of Solano County job fair.

This week’s fair had just more than 600 attendees, down from 1,100 three years ago and more than 2,000 in 2009. That the county’s unemployment rate has dropped from 12.2 percent in February 2011 to 7.9 this February further reflects that. There’s still a long way to go, but it’s good to see progress.

Cheers that Encore Glass, which celebrated its grand opening this week, is prospering at its new 320,000-square-foot location at the new Solano Logistics Center on Cordelia Road.

Encore, which supplies wine bottles and packaging, opened in January. It’s the first of several wine-related businesses in the area and will be followed by wine bottle company Saxco International and a winery run by the Wagner Family of Wine. Its success suggests that the Buzz Oates development is on its way to fulfilling its promise.

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  • SteveApril 05, 2014 - 8:22 am

    The Toler paragraph may be the most asinine thing I have ever read in this paper. Under this logic, Charles Manson would be allowed to run for Sheriff because he would increase competition. Would voters win if that happened?

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