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Cheers, jeers for the week of May 18-24, 2014

By From page A11 | May 24, 2014

Cheers to the Fairfield City Council for going ahead with the plan for a nine-member Mayor’s Commission on Crime this week – with the caveat that it must work.

Councilman John Mraz was critical of the commission and didn’t attend the council meeting due to a broken foot. But we like the idea of a panel to bring a variety of solutions to the table to fight the recent outbreak of violence in town. The commission can’t – and shouldn’t – be seen as the ultimate solution, but it doesn’t hurt to get more voices and more input to help contain the recent violence.

Jeers to the proposal advanced by Fairfield city staff to ban all teaching for compensation at local golf courses for anyone other than certified professional instructors employed by the golf course operator or the city. We agree with members of the public who objected to the proposal at Tuesday’s council meeting – one of whom described it as “a law looking for a problem.”

Under the proposal, people who teach for pay – even if it’s just for a bottle of wine – would be in violation. Cheers to the council for putting off the decision.

Most people agree that the paid teachers at the course are the best method, but a proposal to ban all other paid teaching is heavy-handed and ill-advised. Let the market decide.

Cheers to the 2,000-plus graduates of Solano Community College, about 450 of whom attended the school’s commencement Wednesday.

Whether they are recent high school graduates who are using Solano as a step to a four-year college, an older adult returning to school, or anyone else, gaining a degree is worthy of a cheer. Well done.

Jeers that a crow found dead in Fairfield carried the West Nile virus. It was the first sign of the disease this year in Solano County and if history is an indicator, it won’t be the last.

Last year, 379 people in California had the virus and 15 of them died. There’s no reason to panic at the presence of the virus in the community – fewer than 1 percent of people who get the virus get serious neurological disease – but residents should do what they can to avoid mosquito bites.

Cheers to the Vacaville High School softball team, which capped its season with the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship.

The Bulldogs, who went 29-1-1, lost their only game in the championship round, then came back to beat Pleasant Grove for the title. It was a fitting end to a great season.


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