Solano County

Oman joins supervisor race

By From page A3 | March 05, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Michael Oman is joining a Solano County 3rd District supervisors race that already has incumbent Jim Spering and Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani.

Oman said he is a commercial real estate broker and developer. He grew up in Fairfield, then lived in such places as Washington and Southern California before returning in 2007.

The 3rd District includes most of Fairfield and Suisun City. The seat is on the June ballot, with a run-off in November if no candidate gets a majority of the June vote.

Oman is getting into a race against two candidates with local political experience. Spering served as Suisun City mayor from 1986 until 2006 and Solano County supervisor since then. Bertani was elected to the Fairfield City Council in 2011 after serving two years as an appointee to the city Community Resources Commission.

But, though Oman hasn’t run for office before, he didn’t seem daunted Tuesday when talking about the prospect.

“If we want things the same way, then we stay the same way,” Oman said. “I turn that on its head. I believe that one day, if I was in office for years and years, there would come along another fresh mind and I would applaud that. It’s not about me, it’s not about Jim, it’s about what’s best for Solano County.”

He comes with a range of ideas. Among other things, he would like to see state bullet train money redirected to bringing Bay Area Rapid Transit service to the Solano County fairgrounds in Vallejo, which could then be redeveloped as a biotech center. He has written a letter to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom explaining the proposal.

He also sees potential for Solano Town Center mall to have a third floor that could be used as a location for assisted living. The mall could donate the air space, since it would see benefits from the new residents shopping there. Developers would structurally reinforce the mall so it could handle another floor, Oman said.

“Air space development is done in high-density population centers,” Oman said. “It’s done in Hong Kong. It’s done in New York.”

Spering on Tuesday said he doesn’t know Oman, but he’s heard that the 3rd District race will probably have three to four candidates.

“It means the top two vote-getters are probably going to be running in November,” Spering said.

Go to www.omanplan.com to learn more about Oman’s candidacy.

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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  • Joe the commuterMarch 05, 2014 - 8:19 am

    Mike Oman seems to be a nice man with a huge plan but thats all I can see is a plan with no chance of becoming reality. Vallejo Fairgrounds as a Hub for what Buses? Bart has ruled out Solano years ago as its too exspencive to cross the water, and we are already committed to expanding our Train station here in Fairfield.

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  • SolanoBusinessIncubator.ComMarch 05, 2014 - 10:15 am

    We're supporting Jim Spering.

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  • NONONOMarch 05, 2014 - 11:16 am

    Spering? Really? Why? He is as busy as he can be subverting local governance in favor of rule by nameless, faceless bureaucrats in the STA, MTC, ABAG, Plan Bay Area, and who knows what else.

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 05, 2014 - 3:48 pm

    Exactly how much business and industry have you, Spering and the Solano Development Corporation been "incubating" there Hoss?

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  • ChrisMarch 05, 2014 - 10:28 am

    Mike Oman has some real plans to create new jobs for Solano. BART can come to Solano. The bridge has already been designed to handle it. I like what I see at OmanPlan.com

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  • MikeMarch 05, 2014 - 10:48 am

    Dear Joe, Thank you for the exchange of ideas. The OmanPlan will create new high quality jobs for Solano. A BART station is viable if we act. I hope all residents of Solano will visit OmanPlan.com and vote for a more prosperous future. Thank you, and please continue sharing your ideas. Respectfully, Mike Oman

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  • LilMarch 05, 2014 - 11:14 am

    First, fix your website because there are way too many typos. Second, assisted living jobs are NOT "quality" jobs. A lot of those positions are very low paying, so please do not advertise that as an advantage to this plan. Try being an honest politician.

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  • MikeMarch 05, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    Lil, Thank you for your comments about HealthCare jobs. Please share your ideas at [email protected] I will respond to every comment. Thank you MO

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 05, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    Solano County Officials and their mouthpieces should be wooing and charming industry and business in Santa Clara County to convince them that Silicon Valley needs to move to Solano County. It's an easy sell---they don't have to leave the State and the tax and cost of living advantages would help their bottom lines. All of that industrial corridor up by 505 / I80 where Genentech is at could be developed. Why not?

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  • SteveMarch 05, 2014 - 8:02 pm

    Great ideas except for a few small things. In order to get BART to Solano County, it would have been required to opt into a countywide tax decades ago. He can write a letter to Jesus Christ and it won't happen. The costs to build anything on top of the mall would run into tens of millions of dollars in structural improvements at least. Fairfield is not New York or Hong Kong. You could buy the land and build the building in any city in the county for a fraction of the costs of building on top of the mall. That idea is ludicrous and ridiculous at the same time. If this man is a developer, he should know better.

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