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Cheers, jeers for the week of Nov. 11-17, 2012

By From page A8 | November 17, 2012

Cheers to personnel at Travis Air Force Base who this week helped move some 450 members of Guam’s Army National Guard, traveling aboard more than a dozen KC-135 aircraft, through the base on their way home from Camp Roberts.

This was the largest single transfer ever for the 1st Battalion of the 294th Regiment out of Guam, but was business as usual for personnel at Travis who once again proved the base’s designation as “The Gateway to the Pacific” is much more than a nickname and is, in fact, a fact.

Cheers to Gary Elliott on his promotion to the position of undersheriff in the Solano County Sheriff’s Office. Cheers as well to Gary Faulkner on his promotion to captain and his assignment to oversee the department’s custody division. Cheers to Angelica Russell on her promotion to the position of director of administrative services.

The promotions were authorized by Sheriff Tom Ferrara, who took the helm of the department Nov. 1. Cheers on the new job, sheriff.

Cheers to Will C. Wood High School senior cheerleaders Tori Anderson, Jordan Hancock, Cassidy Howard, Magaen Quillin and Carly Villa, who left Friday for New York so they can participate Thursday in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

They will join some 1,200 junior and senior cheerleaders from across the country. Congratulations on making the UCA Cheer and Spirit of America production squad.

Jeers to news that Solano County’s unemployment total remained static from September to October, based on information released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

Solano’s unemployment rate is fixed at 9.3 percent with 20,300 people looking for work.

One in 10 people in Fairfield are out of work based on the city’s 10.2 percent unemployment rate. Things are a little better in Suisun City with its 9.6 percent unemployment rate, and better still in Vacaville with its 6.9 percent unemployment rate.

There’s a bit of good news in the static county number: Solano’s unemployment rate for October is an improvement from a year ago, when it was 10.8 percent. Cheers that the needle is moving in the right direction.


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