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Cheers, jeers for the week of May 25-31, 2014

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From page A8 | May 31, 2014 |

Cheers that Fairfield will end its furloughs and open City Hall on Fridays starting in July – four years after the Great Recession and other economic problems forced a cutback.

While we’re not fans of increased government spending, this is another sign that the local economy is turning around after a drumbeat of several years worth of bad news. That employees can regain the hours and pay they lost is good. That the economic crisis of the past several years is changing is even better.

Jeers, meanwhile, to the dreary news out of Vacaville that the city is projected to carry a deficit and drain its emergency reserve for the next few years.

A budget workshop this week again revealed that the revenues of the city continue to lag behind expenditures – meaning Vacaville keeps having to dip into its reserve. The 2018 end of the 0.25 percent sales tax approved by voters in 2012 will further strain city finances. Vacaville city leadership has some big tasks ahead – and perhaps some difficult choices.

Cheers to the launching of the Solano County’s Veteran Services Office campaign to find, identify and bury with proper military honors all of the unclaimed remains of veterans who may be stored away in local mortuaries, crematoriums and memorial parks so they can be interred at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.

It’s part of a nationwide nonprofit program – one that has already seen success in neighboring counties. While there is no estimate of just how many remains they will find, it’s a needed effort to honor those who served our country.

Jeers to the new wounds opened by a Travis School District board vote to increase management pay by 5.1 percent.

The teachers union blasted the decision, which it said departed from the longstanding policy of giving equal increases to all employee groups – and most other district employees received a 3.5 percent increase.

While contract details often create conflict, it’s usually a negative in school districts. Travis needs to get past this.

Cheers to a study that suggests changes in the express-route bus service from local sites to such places as Sacramento and Bay Area Rapid Transit stations in Walnut Creek and El Cerrito.

The study’s options include reducing the number of routes, but having them run more frequently – which should benefit the riders while saving some money.

It looks like a smart move and we cheer that transportation leaders are examining ways to save money and make the bus routes more efficient.

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