Solano County

Solano County officials take trip to nation’s capital

By From page A3 | March 05, 2014

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.

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.

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  • The MisterMarch 05, 2014 - 6:42 am

    I guess their email was down.

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  • anitaMarch 05, 2014 - 7:08 am

    $10,000 is a bit ecessive for this trip I have family and close friends that went from So Cal and the trip only cost $1000. a piece. They had 5 star accommodations and went for 4 days. I hope that the trip was prosperous for our city. I would love to see followup articles to tell us what they accomlished on this trip. Our city needs to be cleaned up. We have far too much crime and the streets are just full of trash. Our police have their hands full. The city council needs to get our streets cleaned up. Especially our walkng trail thru town. God bless Fairfield

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  • Cat MoyMarch 05, 2014 - 9:34 am

    Anita, The county is paying for this trip - not Fairfield. Last night at the council meeting I unveiled a project called Fairfield Clean Sweep in which we will clean the city neighborhood by neighborhood. We'd love your help. Councilwoman Catherine Moy [email protected]

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  • patrickMarch 05, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    cat ---isn't Fairfield in Solano county. I am pretty sure my house tax is sent to Charles Lomeli tax collector at Solano county.com

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  • patrickMarch 05, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    they accomplished a free vacation to dc. the reps they want to talk to all live in California. wouldn't it be cheaper for them to visit the local office?

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 05, 2014 - 7:16 am

    Since the Supes are off on another begathon, they need to explain to Congress why they allowed 2 landfills that attract deadly to aviation birds on either end of Travis ' runways. Then they should explain the high cost of unionized labor, high crime rates, encroaching development, a GI unfriendly culture and their inaction and stonewall silence / embarrassment of the same! Congress and the Department of the Air Force should cut their losses before we lose a jumbo jet off of the runway and close Travis.

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