Cheers to the volunteers who braved a drenching rain Sept. 21 to help clean the area’s waterways during the annual Coastal Cleanup Day.
The event was organized locally by the Solano Resource Conservation District.
Marianne Butler of the conservation district reported strong numbers in spite of the inclement weather:
Keven Cullen, cleanup coordinator for Fairfield and Suisun City, said the local turnout – nearly 500 people – was the second-highest in more than a decade. He credits local churches for helping to get the word – and people – out.
Cheers to them as well.
Cheers to participants in the three-day Run for the Fallen, which marked the 739 California service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice during recent wars overseas.
The run began in Elk Grove and ended Sunday in Dixon at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery.
Solano County’s three fallen service members, U.S. Army Spc. Casey Sheehan of Vacaville, Air Force Master Sgt. Jude Mariano of Vallejo and Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jerry Bonifacio Jr. of Vacaville, were among those honored. Each died during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“A grateful nation mourns their loss,” Master Sgt. Paul Valenzuela of Travis Air Force Base said during the event’s closing ceremony. “We shall not forget their sacrifice.”
Amen to that.
Cheers that Solano County and its largest labor union, Service Employees International Union Local 1021, came to an agreement this week to avoid a possible strike, thereby keeping more than 1,600 county workers on the job.
Workers get a 2 percent pay hike in October and another 2 percent raise in October 2014.
Those raises will cost more than $10 million over two years, more than a fourth of which will come from the general fund. That adds to the general fund’s estimated $14 million in red ink this fiscal year.
Jeers to the union’s leadership for weeks of misplaced and ill-timed talk of a strike.