FAIRFIELD — Solano County has a contingent of four officials in Washington, D.C., this week to attend a national conference and talk to congressional representatives.
The regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting of the county Board of Supervisors long ago was canceled because of the trip. County officials attended the National Association of Counties conference, as they do every year.
Solano County sent Supervisors Linda Seifert and Erin Hannigan, Assistant County Administrator Nancy Huston and county Legislative, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs Officer Michelle Heppner. They left Saturday and are to return Thursday.
The trip costs $10,000 for air fare, hotel rooms and registration, county spokesman Stephen Pierce said.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell were the scheduled speakers at the conference Tuesday. The day was to end with a rally supporting the reauthorization of the federal transportation bill, with congressional officials in attendance.
The four county officials are to go Wednesday to the offices of the area’s congressional delegation, such as Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.
Pierce said the trip has a variety of benefits. Meeting with county supervisors and county officials from throughout the nation provides ideas to address local issues.
“That in itself is a benefit that is difficult to measure,” Pierce said.
Pierce also mentioned the benefits from building relationships face to face with key congressional staff members. Among the issues that county officials reinforce every time they go to Washington, D.C., is the importance of Travis Air Force Base, both to the nation and the community, he said.
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