City likely to retain lobbying group for Travis

By From page A3 | December 17, 2012

FAIRFIELD — The city is set to chip in its share to retain a lobbying firm that advocates for Travis Air Force Base.

The Fairfield City Council will likely vote Tuesday to spend $22,000 to retain Madison Government Affairs for 2013. The item is listed on the consent calendar and may not garner a discussion from the council at the 6 p.m. meeting.

As the lead agency for the Travis Community Consortium, Fairfield is in charge of administering the contract with Madison. The other agencies include Vacaville, Dixon, Solano County, Solano Community College, Travis Credit Union, Solano Economic Development Corporation and the Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee.

The total price of the contract is $60,000, which is shared by all groups. Fairfield’s $22,000 contribution has been the same since 2009.

The consortium has hired Madison for the past eight years to lobby for the protection and the enhancement of the operations at Travis. In that time, the group has helped secure funding to extend the C-5 retrofit program, got additional funding for C-17s and helped bring in $22 million for housing at Travis.

The Secretary of the Air Force decided recently to restructure and eliminate 13,000 civilian positions. Because of this, Travis has already eliminated 52 jobs from the 60th Air Mobility Wing. Madison and the consortium will fight to prevent more jobs from being lost, according to a staff report.

City Council members meet in the council chamber at City Hall, 1000 Webster St.

Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr.

Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 15, 2012 - 9:12 am

    You allowed 2 landfills that attract deadly birds to be built at either end of the 2 runways. I've personally seen the terror and costly damage those decisions have cost us. You allowed over-development of the western side of the base. You allowed wind turbines to be built on the eastern side, causing more expense and terror as locally flying jumbo jets continually have their ground proximity warning systems going off--in low visibility conditions it can be terrifying. You demand high labor rates and wages be paid--incentivizing moving the base elsewhere. Your state is like the crime and drug capitol of the USA--Congress doesn't want major military bases next to major population areas. You hypocritically preach ''we love vets'' as your cops and court thugs shake down and marginalize any GI they can get their claws onto. I say go to hades and I hope your cash cow air force base closes and moves elsewhere--leaving you Californian jerks up the creek without a paddle.

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