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Lobbying pact for Travis Air Force Base wins city approval

By From page A13 | January 22, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A proposal for the city to pay $25,000 to Madison Government Affairs as Fairfield’s share of a contract for legislative advocacy on behalf of Travis Air Force Base won City Council approval Tuesday.

“This is a huge, huge part of our city,” Councilwoman Catherine Moy said. “We cannot afford to let our guard down.”

Nine agencies, including Fairfield, are in the Travis Community Consortium that administers the contract involving the retention and expansion of missions for Travis Air Force Base. The total yearly cost of the contract is $65,000. Vacaville, Solano County, Solano Community College and Dixon are among other members.

Fairfield contributed $22,000 last year and the consortium asked for an additional $3,000 in 2014.

The consortium and Madison, based in Washington, D.C., have successfully lobbied for Travis over the past nine years in projects that include securing $22 million for the 144-room dormitory on the base, according to a city staff report.

Last year was particularly unpredictable because of Department of Defense cost-saving measures that included possible retirement of the entire KC-10 fleet, city reports stated. Travis is home to about half of such aircraft in the U.S. Air Force.

The proposed agreement with Madison included the statement that, “The Air Force ‘expected proposal’ on the elimination of the KC-10 aircraft fleet is a vivid reminder of how delicate the current force and basing structure are, given the reality of sequestration and other budget cuts.”

“Protection of the base from potentially harmful moves or actions will require a united front in Solano County, the state of California and in Washington, D.C., especially with the unpredictable changes coming from Capitol Hill and the executive branch,” the pact noted in part.

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

Ryan McCarthy

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  • The MisterJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:12 am

    Sounds a lot like protection money. Way to go, Cat. "We cannot afford..." a lot of things, Cat.

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