Fairfield eyes $44,000 pact with Sacramento lobbyist

By From page A4 | July 11, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A $44,000 contract with a Sacramento lobbyist – who represented the city from 1999 to 2007 – to advocate for legislation and additional revenue for Fairfield goes before City Council members Tuesday.

Joe A. Gonsalves & Son has unique experience assisting Fairfield in advocating its position on state legislative issues affecting local government, according to the proposed resolution adopting the yearlong agreement.

The contract calls for $3,500 monthly payments to Gonsalves and $2,000 a year in expenses.

A report to council members states that since 2007, Fairfield has faced the elimination of redevelopment, several years of budget cuts due to the state deficit, public safety realignment because of prison overcrowding and weakened relationships between state and local officials.

The lobbyist represents more than 50 client cities in California and has secured about $684 million in funding for them, according to a city staff report.

Gonsalves & Son helped the city secure $4.1 million for the Fairfield Cordelia Library as well as $600,000 in CalHome funds, the staff report states.

City council members meet at 6 p.m. in the chamber at the Civic Center, 1000 Webster St.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • Mr.RJuly 11, 2014 - 8:32 am

    Is this stupid or what? I thought we have representatives that are elected to do this.

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  • patrickJuly 11, 2014 - 11:59 am

    Yes ------------STUPID--- STUPID--- STUPID But we elected them.

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  • Dexter FowlerJuly 11, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    Lobbyists & consultants run this city why do we even pay anyone in administration? The lobbyists and consultants do all the work. I say fire all upper management people and leave the consultants and lobbyists. Don't worry when measure P runs out the city will cry poor again and the sheeple of Fairfield will fall for their histrionics yet again. Lather rinse repeat.

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