Tuesday, March 31, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

LAFCO approves Fairfield annexation

By
From page A1 | February 12, 2013 |

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield on Monday won support from a countywide agency to add 1,044 acres to the city limits for its proposed train station community near Peabody and Vanden roads north of Travis Air Force Base.

It is the second of two annexations needed for a planned community to have up to 6,800 residences, a 50-acre Great Park, a 25-acre park with a lake, industries, businesses and a school. The city last year annexed 1,244 acres in the same area.

The Local Agency Formation Commission approved the latest annexation request unanimously. Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, county Supervisors John Vasquez and Skip Thomson and public members John Saunderson and Nancy Shopay voted in favor.

That’s not necessarily the end of the story. Property owners and registered voters in the proposed annexation area will have a chance to file written protests. That could conceivably overturn the annexation, depending on how many protests LAFCO receives.

The 1,400 acres includes multiple property owners and various rural businesses that developed over the years in the unincorporated county. Some of the business owners appeared at the LAFCO hearing to express concern. They wonder how existing businesses such as auto wrecking yards and storage businesses will fit in with the city’s plans to build homes.

Fairfield officials said the city wants businesses to remain as long as they don’t deter residential development on adjacent properties or pose a health or safety hazard to new development. When businesses must move, they might go to an industrial area the city has planned within the train station community.

Allen Hochstetler owns a recycling business in the annexation area. He didn’t oppose the annexation, but shared his concerns that his business could be hurt.

“I just need to see I have a path to get to that industrial area over there,” Hochstetler told commissioners.

Ed Fry, who owns land along Cement Hill Road in the annexation area, said the city might declare property “blighted” and take it by eminent domain.

Fairfield Community Development Director Erin Beavers said Fairfield can no longer declare property “blighted” through its redevelopment agency. California last year dissolved redevelopment agencies. He also said the city would use its remaining eminent domain powers with restraint.

“We would not condemn anything other than road right of way in that area,” Beavers said. “Guaranteed.”

Several property owners told the commission they favored the annexation.

“I’m a strong proponent of transit-orientated development,” property owner Mike Rice said. “I’m a strong proponent of this annexation.”

As with the previous train station community annexation, funding of the Vacaville Fire Protection District proved a point of contention.

The rural fire district will continue serving the annexation area as long as the land is unincorporated. Once the annexation is complete, the Fairfield Fire Department will serve the area and the fire protection district stands to lose more than $38,000 annually in property tax money to the city. The district’s annual budget is $940,000.

Fairfield agreed to pay the district an amount equal to the lost property tax money for 20 years. Vacaville Fire Protection District Chief Howard Wood wanted the money in perpetuity. LAFCO voted to have Fairfield make the payments for 25 years.

Local rural fire districts have long complained about losing property tax money to annexations. They contend that because county policies funnel most growth into cities, they don’t get a chance to recoup the lost property tax money.

Beavers, speaking in favor of the city’s 20-year proposal, said that the rural district will save money on miles traveled and vehicle use once it no longer serves the annexation area.

Wood said the annexation and subsequent residential development will mean more people living in the city. Those people will drive on rural roads, he said.

“They’ll go through the district to get to the city,” Wood said. “When they crash, who takes care of them? Us.”

Other rural fire district fire chiefs showed up in support of Wood. Cordelia Fire Protection District Chief Jay Huyssoon said the districts just want LAFCO to help out in these situations and expressed disappointment this didn’t seem to be happening.

“If you want to kill us, kill us now,” he said.

Price said the uncertainty involved with an agreement lasting for perpetuity is too great of a financial burden for any agency to accept.

Thomson said he wanted Fairfield to pay the Vacaville Fire Protection District for perpetuity, but didn’t think he could convince the rest of the commission. He then proposed the 25-year agreement.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 4 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • RhondaFebruary 12, 2013 - 11:54 am

    And yet again, what about encroachment of Travis AFB???

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • L.February 12, 2013 - 1:04 pm

    Indeed

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • sobreakitdownformeFebruary 12, 2013 - 10:38 pm

    So did voters approve this project? Im getting the sense that there are incentives for those involved to get this project going. I dont see why the train station in Suisun isnt good enough? I dont think putting a train station in Fairfield is necessary, and I see waste in tax payers money to fund an idea that is as dumb as Sacramento trying to keep the Kings, State of California to build a high-rail bullet train, etc etc. Truly, a real report by a taxpayer advocate group to tell us how many Fairfield/Vacaville citizens it will benefit by developing a train station is needed. I dont think more than a small handful will actually use it. Lets use the money to beautify our city or as rainy day funds.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • RhondaFebruary 13, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    I agree whole heartedly!!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Records detail shooting victim’s court history

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A1, 22 Comments | Gallery

 
 
Free Healthier Living workshops begin this week

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

Frazier to deliver keynote at Solano EDC event

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: B10

 
25th annual Rush Ranch Open House on April calendar

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A2

 
Helen Mirren film set for debut

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B9 | Gallery

 
 
Saturday Club schedules Shower of Flowers event

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5

WIB to host regional career fair

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: B10 | Gallery

 
Group plans Haiti missions fundraisers

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

Travel presentation ready to roll in Vacaville

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5

 
.

US / World

 
 
Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 10 years in Afghan kickback scheme

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
California leaders routinely use private email

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2, 1 Comment

 
Endangered bighorn sheep moved to Yosemite, Sequoia parks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7 | Gallery

An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Church van crashes into canal, killing 8 and injuring 10

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Tennessee pastor, son who saved 3 boys among Carnegie Heroes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
NSA: Car smashes into police vehicle at Fort Meade; 1 dead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Former Israeli Premier Olmert convicted in corruption case

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Prosecutors: Co-pilot treated for suicidal tendencies

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Guinea shuts border with Sierra Leone in effort to end Ebola

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Saudi-led forces strike Yemen rebels, blockade ports

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Iran nuclear talks near deadline; differences remain

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Prosecution rests its case against Boston Marathon bomber

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

.

Opinion

Rebuild Gaza to avert next war

By Former President Jimmy Carter | From Page: A13

 
Reid’s US Senate legacy: Obstruction

By Jennifer Rubin | From Page: A13, 19 Comments

State moves up national school spending chart

By Dan Walters | From Page: A13

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: March 31, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
.

Entertainment

Animal Planet lives wild with its new programming slate

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Attorney: Robin Williams’ wife wants to keep wedding tuxedo

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Eliane Elias enjoys musical homecoming on new CD

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
5 things to know about new ‘Daily Show’ anchor Trevor Noah

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3, 2 Comments | Gallery

TVGrid March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
.

Sports

Four No. 1 seeds in the women’s Final Four

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
UConn reaches 8th straight Final Four with win over Dayton

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Grizzlies beat Kings 97-83 to end three-game skid

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Cauley-Stein, Kaminsky, Okafor among Wooden Award finalists

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Hendricks’ shutout streak ends, Cubs top Giants

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Lawrie hits 2 homers as A’s rout Rockies 11-2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Montoya has swagger back, but also shows softer side

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
A year later than expected, Michigan St back in Final Four

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Connecticut governor: move ’16 Final Four unless law changes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Raiders re-sign free agent defensive lineman C.J. Wilson

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

2 Alabama players arrested in separate weekend cases

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Racial quotas controversy re-emerges in South African sport

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
NFL suspends Browns GM for texting, team holds onto picks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Kaminsky, Okafor lead 2014-15 AP All-America team

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Ex-NASCAR driver gets jail after 3-state high-speed chase

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Nebraska, winner in 14 of last 15, at front of Big Ten surge

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
McGraw appreciates Notre Dame women’s run more than ever

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Gonzaga’s great season ends in Elite Eight but more ahead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
StubHub files lawsuit against Ticketmaster

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1, 1 Comment

Judge again rules Joe Paterno can’t sue for contract breach

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Free agent linebacker Lance Briggs visiting with 49ers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Fiancee says she discarded box at Aaron Hernandez’s request

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
.

Business

US consumer spending edges up 0.1 percent in February

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
UnitedHealth bulks up for prescription drug cost battle

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Business forecasters boost 2-year outlook for US economy

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Amazon.com offering to help get jobs done around the house

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

McDonald’s to test all-day breakfast beginning in April

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
SEC files fraud charges against Lynn Tilton, firms

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

US university, foundation invested in frozen Chinese stocks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Regulators plan to drop case at closed California nuke plant

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Michigan entrepreneur claiming idea for Heinz Dip & Squeeze

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

For Better or Worse March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Garfield March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Crossword March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

 
Zits March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Get Fuzzy March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Word Sleuth March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

Bridge March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

 
Sudoku March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

Baby Blues March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Frank and Ernest March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

B.C. March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Blondie March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Peanuts March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Baldo March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Beetle Bailey March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Dilbert March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Cryptoquote March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

 
Sally Forth March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Pickles March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Rose is Rose March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Wizard of Id March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
.

Discover Solano Spring/Summer 2015

Ryde Hotel a speakeasy from the past

By Susan Winlow | From Page: DIS11

Walnut Grove shows a bit of historic Japan

By Susan Winlow | From Page: DIS12

Fresh, fruity, summer and fall Delta pitstops

By Susan Winlow | From Page: DIS16

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Benicia

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS21

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Benicia Fire Museum

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS22

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Dixon

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS23

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Jepson Prairie

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS24

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Fairfield

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS25

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS26

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Jelly Belly Candy Co.

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS26

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Fairfield Aquatics Complex

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS27

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Travis Air Museum

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS27

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Suisun Valley

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS29

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Manka’s Corner

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS31

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS32

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Glashoff’s Studio

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS32

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Rio Vista

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS33

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Brannan Island State Park

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS34

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Foster’s Bighorn Bar

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS35

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Sandy Beach

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS35

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Suisun City

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS37

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Suisun City waterfront

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS38

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Rush Ranch

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS39

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Suisun Wildlife Center

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS39

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Vacaville

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS40

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Nut Tree Plaza

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS43

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Vallejo

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS45

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Bay Area Ridge Trail

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS46

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS46

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Solano County

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS48

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Western Railway Museum

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS49

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Golf Courses

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS49

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Grizzly Island

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS50

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Calendar of Events

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS52

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Winters

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS54

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Napa County

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS55

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Sonoma County

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS57

Discover Solano Spring 2015: Yolo County

By Daily Republic | From Page: DIS58