FAIRFIELD — The city will pay $50,400 over the next two years as its share of the cost for a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm that includes former Rep. Vic Fazio as an adviser.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld represents Fairfield along with the Solano Transportation Authority, Vacaville, Vallejo and Dixon on transportation matters. Dixon will pay $30,000 over the next two years because its population is smaller than three other cities that each will pay $50,400, as will the transportation authority.
The Fairfield City Council on Tuesday approved the two-year extension of the contract, which will cost the five public agencies a total of $231,600 over the next two years.
Federal funding is sought by the lobbyist for the Interstates 80 and 680 and Highway 12 interchange, improvements to the Jepson Parkway-Travis Air Force Base access, the Vallejo Ferry Station, alternative fuel Solano express buses and the Fairfield-Vacaville train station.
John Takeuchi of the Central Solano Citizen-Taxpayer Group said that for years the taxpayers group has urged an end to the lobbyist pact that began in 2001. With all the communications today, city officials can contact congressional representatives on their own, he said.
Benjamin Harris, spokesman for Akin Gump, declined to comment on Takeuchi’s statement or the firm’s contract with Fairfield.
Tasks of the Akin Gump firm include arranging appointments with congressional representatives and staffs, maintaining positive working relationships with the Northern California congressional delegation and providing monthly updates summarizing major federal actions on transportation issues.
The firm lists obtaining U.S. Postal Service approval to relocate the post office in Vallejo as among its accomplishments between January 2012 and December 2013.
The website for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld states that its Washington, D.C., office was established in 1971 “to capitalize on our strong governmental roots” and “quickly became one of the pre-eminent firms in the nation’s capital.” The firm’s lawyers and advisers “are sought out by clients for their insight and advocacy on cutting-edge legal issues at the intersection of business, government and law,” according to the website.
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