Moy wins post she says her anti-junket views had blocked

By From page A5 | January 29, 2014

FAIRFIELD — City Councilwoman Catherine Moy was elected Monday to the executive committee for the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District – an executive panel she says had been denied her for opposing junkets taken by other sewer district directors.

Moy’s election by district directors followed about 40 minutes of discussion and votes that ended when Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, who serves along with Moy and others on the sewer district board, said he’d remove himself for consideration for the executive committee. A unanimous vote by directors followed for an executive committee that includes Moy.

The executive committee, composed of four directors, makes recommendations to the full board on technical and other key matters.

Moy said after the meeting that her opposition to junkets includes the Jan. 15-17 winter conference of the California Association of Sanitation Agencies which took place at the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells, 17 miles from Palm Springs. Moy said she opposes spending ratepayer money “on that kind of travel and very fancy hotels.” She noted board comments that executive committee members should attend sanitation agency conferences.

The trip this month, taken by directors Mike Hudson, Pete Sanchez and Price, cost about $1,000 per person plus the sewer district daily pay of $143 for each director who attended, according to the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District.

Sanchez, who is mayor of Suisun City, said during a break in the meeting that he doesn’t dispute the that trips are expensive but said he has no control over the cost of a hotel stay. He said he’d prefer a conference closer to a restaurant where he could buy a meal for $8. The hotel where he and others stayed in Indian Wells charged $15 for a half-turkey sandwich, French onion soup and “something they call salad,” he said.

“It’s close to nothing,” Sanchez said of the hotel’s location.

Hudson, who is a Suisun City councilman, said after the meeting that attending conferences costs him $720 a day in pay from his job for the state. The conferences provide key information for the sewer district, he said. The conference would be cheaper if held in the middle of Nevada but attendance would suffer from sewer districts in California, Hudson said.

“I’m pretty hard core. I’d attend,” he said. “Some people wouldn’t.”

The councilman said of the sewer district and its operations that, “You’re running a plant here. You’re not running a bridge club.”

During the board meeting – and before the vote to name Moy to the executive committee – Hudson spoke about the conference in Indian Wells and called the event terrific.

“It was truly fascinating,” he said.

Hudson referred to a conference speaker and said, “He gets people excited about wastewater.”

“It was really uplifting,” Hudson said.

Price, asked about the conference, referred to the Solano County grand jury report which last May said that costs to the sewer district for directors and staff to attend conferences between 2010-12 totaled $135,169. The conferences took place in cities that include Monterey, Newport Beach and Palm Desert. The grand jury noted a significant drop in the number of attendees after public reporting on the conference costs. The jury said the sewer district staff was forthcoming in providing requested information and that accounting of expense reports is meticulous.

Moy said her objection is to the number of people who attend conferences. One to two people could attend rather three or more, she said.

Directors, in a separate matter, voted to keep their daily pay at $143 for such duties as attending board meetings.

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  • Mr. PracticalJanuary 28, 2014 - 6:18 am

    Agenda for conference (replace "dot" with .)... http://www.casaweborg/documents/2014_casa_winter_conf_prog_webv1.pdf

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  • S KJanuary 28, 2014 - 6:34 am

    How about these people only get to go to one conference in a life time or say maybe a ten year period, since I doubt that things in that arena changes all that much. Or they do it via a VIDEO CONFERENCE, if it is so important to hear the speakers. These junkets on tax payer money just has to STOP, in the guise that important information is being shared>>>>>BULL!!!!!!!!

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  • The MisterJanuary 28, 2014 - 6:43 am

    So now Cat is one of them. She certainly has evolved as a politician. She no longer is a representative of the people... she'll be after her own interest or that of her good-old-boy network. Let's see if her personal money problems don't just clear up too.

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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 28, 2014 - 7:04 am

    The excessive junketing and fruitless lobbying / begging are but the tip of the spending / taxation problem. God bless Catherine Moy--thanks for taking a stand against government excess!

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  • Alcide GravelJanuary 28, 2014 - 8:53 am

    Talk about a good ol' boy network! This gal can't even pay her own bills, and they put her in a position of trust and responsibility over US?! Get real; she needs to bounce.

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  • Cat MoyJanuary 28, 2014 - 9:56 am

    Dear "The Mister" and "Alcide Gravel." Thanks for your interest in my family's private affairs. I pray that all is perfect in your life. My husband, who ran a successful business for 20 years and gave so much to our community, including paying for the entire Thanksgiving dinner for the poor one year, became disabled. His business suffered when he could no longer walk. I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and fought for my life. We are not quitters. And we will rebound. None of this changes my hard work for the citizens of Fairfield. I truly hope you are blessed with great health and good jobs. But please leave judging others to God. If you have the backbone to come out from behind your screen names, I am happy to meet with you and speak about your concerns. My personal cell phone is 480-8837. If you just want to throw rocks at people, you must be perfect. I'd love to see you walk on water. As for me, I'll continue being an advocate for Fairfield taxpayers. And I'll pray for you and others who find it so easy to attack folks who, through no fault of their own, have fallen ill.

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  • boomJanuary 28, 2014 - 10:19 am


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  • The MisterJanuary 28, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    Sorry Cat, that just won't fly. Yes we all have troubles and set-backs. It's a struggle that we all have to deal with to some degree at some point. I won't denigrate you or your family for personal issues... until it has the potential for impacting your ability to represent the people. Your personal financial troubles COULD have an impact on your ability to represent the people. It COULD be used by others to entice you to do some particular thing or to vote a particular way. Also, the question is never "are you working hard"... the question from the people is "who are you working for". And yes, Cat, we people are most certainly supposed to judge others. God's role for judging is to condemn. People are to judge to bring about correction and protection. We must judge you to see if you are representing the people in the way that we expect you to. As things arise that COULD affect your representing us, we must judge you. It means absolutely nothing for you to say that you are working hard for us. We need to judge whether you really are. And dry up those crocodile tears, Cat. You put yourself out on the public stage and did so begging us to judge you. You asked, if in our judgment, if we judged you to be a better representative of the people than your political opponent. We judged you were. We may not always judge so. But, by God, we will judge you... and every other person that asks to represent us... the people.

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  • Cat MoyJanuary 28, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    The Mister. All of my possible conflicts of interest are public. As for crocodile tears, I pray you never have to cry over a crippled love one or yourself, if stricken with a deadly disease. I am proud of my public record. That is what should be measured. Your judgement of me doesn't help Fairfield. Perhaps it makes you feel better, which is a sad commentary on your fragile ego. I still await your backbone. Or will you continue to hide as a coward behind anonymity? Your hate is showing. It is unbecoming. You have my personal cell phone.

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  • The MisterJanuary 28, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    Hate? What hateful thing have I said? You cannot lessen the need for the people judging you as their representative by calling me hateful. Is this your tactic on the dais when you are defending your constituents against positions held by your fellow councilmembers? If so, then you are doing a disservice to those same constituents. I would expect my representative to be learned in the facts and present a reasoned argument to the assembled... not call names, stamp your feet and pout! And whether you know me by The Mister or some other name, does it in any way change the facts of this discussion? Or is your description of me as a coward a trick of rhetoric to deflect attention away from yourself? My suggestion to you, Cat, is that you leave this discussion alone now before you damage your reputation futher.

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  • Puddin TaneJanuary 28, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    Councilmember Moy, might I suggest you follow the "old" Internet adage "don't feed the trolls" when it comes to comments from the Mister?

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  • Christine in FFJanuary 28, 2014 - 5:16 pm

    The Mister, when will you be running for a councilman position?

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  • The MisterJanuary 28, 2014 - 5:32 pm

    No, probably not. There's very little change that one councilmember can make. The real power lies with the city manager and his upper staff. Also, to get elected to the council, one must have the local public safety union support... and that requires giving up such principles as economic accountability. Vacaville is a great example of this with their "Cadillac Plan" for medical response. Fairfield has its own sacred cows, I'm sure. So, for me to become a councilmember would require me to set aside some principles to obtain a position that has really no purpose. But thanks for the suggestion.

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  • Puddin TaneJanuary 28, 2014 - 6:47 pm

    Nice cop-out, The Mister. You may have the chops to be a politician with that.

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  • Christine in FFJanuary 29, 2014 - 7:36 am

    What? Is that your way of saying you don't want your fabulously perfect personal business laid out on the table for all to see and judge you on~ OR you're simply just not interested?

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  • TRTJanuary 28, 2014 - 10:26 am

    spending that kind of money and being able to say it with a straight face? REALLY! wow!

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  • jblJanuary 28, 2014 - 11:13 am

    while we pinions are taking our 5% pay cut and no cola for years...thats real nice to be able to take a wee trip like that!!

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 28, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    We may have had our differences over the years and that is councilperson-constituent business as usual. There is no evidence and has been no record that I'm aware of debating Ms. Moy's duties or success in her public position. I will draw the line at challenging anyone with personal problems and health issues that threaten their livelihood and frankly, their lives. If you haven't been there you don't know. I hope everyone in the interest of common decency would leave further personal attacks out of this conversation.

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  • Mr. PracticalJanuary 28, 2014 - 7:03 pm

    CD, I agree. This type of lack of compassion is concerning and shows their true character.

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  • FDCJanuary 28, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Hear! Hear! CD. I agree with you wholeheartedly and I am grateful that we see the same thing. Thank you. Those who post negative comments here are engaged in schadefreude: taking pleasure from another's misfortune.

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  • She has no creditabilityJanuary 28, 2014 - 7:41 pm

    It doesn't matter if she says "someone hacked into my email account" or "I'm not responsible for those mailers".......Catherine Moy is who she is!

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOEQ5hmHJhwJanuary 28, 2014 - 8:18 pm

    Cindy Sheehan: America needs to wake up.................I also definitely disagree with the tone of these discussions, that they are way too visceral and mean spirited on both sides.... ...But I would still like to point out that Mrs. Moy participated in attacking and writing a book (American mourning ) about a woman who was grieving over the loss of her son, that Cat had no trouble "piling on" with the attack dog media to try to discredit Mrs. Sheehan.....Mrs Sheehan....Who felt that the United States were lead into unnecessary wars, that we were lied to by our own Government.....and she did something about it, taking her peaceful protest to the actual home of liar in Chief George Bush......So we see that as far as being potentially mean spirited some people have had much practice in being so......and remember everybody 9/11 was an inside job on the Republican watch, with the help of the top Democrats and that all levels, especially Federal of Government lie to us/US......also that to help make things right we should all admit our mistakes. And again I do sincerely hope that Mrs. Moy's health is good and that she recovers fully.

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  • Heart FairfieldJanuary 29, 2014 - 10:02 am

    Most people have learned to ignore the troll aka "The Mister" he has no life except to comment on every single subject hoping someone will engage him. He tries to get under people's skin in a sad attempt for attention. Simply ignore his comments and pity the silly fool like the rest of us.

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  • The MisterJanuary 29, 2014 - 10:19 am

    I don't know... you mother seems to like me.

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  • Just MeJanuary 29, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Moy’s character & job performance are fair game. And her ability to handle her personal finances especially under duress & hardship should be considered. After all she is part of what directs Fairfield’s. Didn’t her financial problems start before all the medical issues like so many others in part with properties purchased and/or refinanced during the Bush years just to watch them get foreclosed on for one reason or another, sounds a lot like Fairfield’s problems during her reign. Her connections with contractors & Fairfield’s Safety Unions (Police & Fire) who contributed to her election campaigns are also fair game. I would even add in all the suspicions & accusations concerning those campaign mailers. When Fairfield was suffering financially, in part to council’s direction, council & the city manager’s office (Sean Quinn) came to all departments and bargaining groups with a “Shared Sacrifice” plan. All groups were to contribute equally to help with the city’s budget. This was never done fair and equal. Despite safety’s (Police & Fire) cost being the lion’s share of the general fund other groups took the lion’s share pay cuts (equal to 17%) & layoffs. This continues today. Other groups settled their contract back in July like the city wanted, continued the pay cuts which include furloughs & contribute 2.5% more towards PERS retirement for a total of 7% effective immediately. Police only just settled seven months later & the only concession Fairfield got was an increase to PERS of 2.5% THAT DOESN”T KICK IN TILL JUNE 30, 2015 for a total of 4.75%. And they also get an extra vacation in lieu day. Council (Moy included) & the City Manager’s Office (Sean Quinn) can’t even get an increase to PERS out of them like they did with other bargaining groups. Now I’m sure the contract with Fire (which has yet to settle) will reflect the same. It’s kinda like getting a COLA (raise) when you think about it. Do politics & campaign donations play a part? I think this in part reflects the true character of Moy (and Council). Look at Fairfield today, problems with contractors, the worst street conditions the city has ever had, lingering loses thanks to Fairfield’s RDA and rampant crime despite catering to FPD (oh, and a extra 1 cent sales tax). That’s a reflection of Moy’s (and councils) job performance. As far as the comments here, If you can’t handle the heat stay out of the kitchen and if you stay in the kitchen stir the pot. Just my opinion, read it or not.

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  • Just MeJanuary 29, 2014 - 11:14 am


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