Cheers to news this week that Genentech is expanding in Vacaville – to the tune of $153 million and another 200 jobs at the company’s Solano County pharmaceutical plant.
It’s part of a larger, $285 million expansion across two sites in California, representing the addition of 250 jobs. Genentech currently employs about 400 people in Vacaville.
The expansion will take place over the next four years. When completed, Genentech’s plant in Vacaville will become the largest biotech manufacturing facility in the world, the company said.
It’s an understatement to say that local officials at all levels greeted the news with enthusiasm.
This is, indeed, good news.
Cheers to news this week from the state that Solano County’s assessed property value rose 4.4 percent to $41.9 billion for 2013-14 – a sure sign of the area’s burgeoning recovery from the ravages of the Great Recession.
Solano County had the 15th highest percentage increase in its assessment roll value among the state’s 58 counties, according to the state Board of Equalization. Assessed property value statewide was up 4.3 percent to $4.6 trillion.
Local property taxes help fund a wide array of public services, so when they fall, we all suffer.
Jeers – at least a theoretical jeer – that this news is a harbinger of increased property taxes, notices of which were also mailed this week.
Cheers to a group of eighth-graders who turned a lesson in civics into a call for a post-Halloween holiday.
Green Valley Middle School’s Samantha Burzynski, after being taught about how citizens can seek redress from the government, launched a petition in hopes of establishing the day after Halloween as a holiday for Fairfield-Suisun School District students. The petition, with more than 200 signatures, was presented to the school board by Burzynski’s teacher, Monica Brown.
Burzynski notes circumstances under which other days off are scheduled – aimed at maximizing school attendance – and suggests that the post-Halloween sugar rush and letdown experienced by young celebrants warrants similar consideration.
We suspect the school board will opt against shuttering classrooms Nov. 1. If they do, that’s another item to comment on then.
Cheers to Brown for teaching U.S. history in such a manner that it inspires her students to action.