Friday, July 25, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Spering to seek re-election to Board of Supervisors

By
From page A1 | January 09, 2014 |

Jim Spering

Jim Spering.

FAIRFIELD — Supervisor Jim Spering announced on Wednesday that he will seek a third term as Solano County supervisor.

Spering represents the 3rd District that includes most of Fairfield and Suisun City. In December 2013, he said he was still deciding whether he would run for re-election in the June 3 primary.

“I’ve given this a lot of thought,” Spering said Wednesday.

He quickly rattled off a list of projects he’s involved with: Promoting agritourism in Suisun Valley, renovating the Interstates 80 and 680 interchange, having the counties and cities work together to improve the economy, redeveloping the fairgrounds, improving paratransit service for seniors and people with disabilities and more.

“They are things that are all projects in progress that we’re trying to wrap up,” Spering said.

He wants to help see these undertakings through to fruition, he said.

Spering served as mayor of Suisun City from 1986 to 2006. During his tenure, the city put its boundaries within a redevelopment district and issued bonds to redevelop the waterfront and Crescent neighborhood areas.

He was elected to the Board of Supervisors in June 2006 and ran with no opposition in 2010.  He is the county’s representative on the Solano Transportation Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors.

It is unclear who Spering’s opponents will be. Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez in November 2013 said he was interested in running for the seat, but only if Spering didn’t.

“I will be supporting Jim,” Sanchez said on Wednesday after learning Spering will seek re-election.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. 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.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 17 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • The MisterJanuary 09, 2014 - 6:44 am

    We've seen the corruption with Vasquez owing tens of thousands of dollars in taxes to the County... the same County that he's a Supervisor of. I can't help but wonder if there is a climate of corruption among the current Supervisors... you know, a good-old-boy network that would allow tens of thousands of dollars of delinquent taxes to be overlooked? My suggestion is a clean sweep. Obviously Spering wasn't part of the solution in holding his fellow Supervisor accountable for breaking the law... then he must be part of the problem. Let's help Spering find a real job where he can't hurt anyone.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rich GiddensJanuary 09, 2014 - 7:59 am

    Once during a local taxpayer's meeting I asked Supervisor Spering why he and the Supes couldn't issue a proclamation encouraging their contractors to use the cost neutral E-Verify system to combat illegal immigration. Spering refused to answer the question. I then accused him of being a coward and a dishonorable man.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JazzAzzJanuary 09, 2014 - 9:00 am

    Out of any and all candidates running I want to hear where they stand on us being included in those, "Burn, NO Burn days", that the Tyrants at the Air Resource Board tries to force us into. We would not have been included, if these local politicals hadn't agreed. Anyone for that SHOULD NOT GET OUR VOTES. Go with anyone that will publicly commit to getting us OUT OF THAT. I would agree with local monitoring as was stated by Mike K. here, but to be included with the cities of the East Bay is Bull Dookie!!!!!!!! IMO!!!!!! IGNORE, IGNORE, IGNORE, their NO BURNS AND CITATIONS!!!!!! Even though they may still get your money if you win the lottery or get a State Tax refund. I see no other authority for them to collect. Although I could be mistaken. I do make a mistake about once every ten years, LOL

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rick WoodJanuary 09, 2014 - 9:08 am

    JA: Would that satisfy you? Have the Bay Area further divided into zones based on climatological data and have no-burn days determined separately for each zone?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JazzAzzJanuary 09, 2014 - 9:38 am

    YES!!!!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rick WoodJanuary 09, 2014 - 11:52 am

    That would be more complicated, but I think justified by the wide range of weather conditions in the Bay Area. BAAQMD should be up to the challenge as long as they have the legal authority.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • MarkJanuary 09, 2014 - 9:53 am

    for projects he's involved with he forgot to mention...taking control away from locally elected officials and condensing it into regional self-made commissions like the STA and MTC.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JazzAzzJanuary 09, 2014 - 11:05 am

    Not to mention the Air Quality Resources Board. You know those Goose stepping Nazis. This is breezy Solano County, the home of the Southerly (Most times) Suisun Breezes. Lumping us in with Fremont, Oakland, San Jose, San Fran's, etc. etc. air is totally INSANE, IMO!!!!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • What I want to know...true or falseJanuary 09, 2014 - 10:08 am

    Is....Does.. Mr. Spering, his wife, or family of either he or his wife have land/property near where the new train station is going in along Peabody Road????? So what I am asking is....Is the Spering family personally benefiting in any way from this Train Station project? I really do not know and am just asking.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JazzAzzJanuary 09, 2014 - 11:07 am

    Not to mention the Air Quality Resources Board. You know those Goose stepping N_zis. This is breezy Solano County, the home of the Southerly (Most times) Suisun Breezes. Lumping us in with Fremont, Oakland, San Jose, San Fran's, etc. etc. air is totally INSANE, IMO!!!!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Papa BearJanuary 09, 2014 - 11:55 am

    I believe they do own property on Cement Hill Rd, which could be verified through county records. I'm more interested in learning the pay, health insurance benefits and other perks that drive senior officials with decades of office holding to want to continue to run.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rich GiddensJanuary 09, 2014 - 11:31 am

    What about Supervisor Spering's allegiance to Agenda 21 and the One bay Area scam? Discuss!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • LilJanuary 09, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    The last time I tried to communicate with Spering, I sent an email and his assistant told me that Spering does not answer emails, only phone calls. How the heck do you ignore all your emails? Who does that nowadays?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JazzAzzJanuary 09, 2014 - 2:12 pm

    Just remember all this come election time

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Danny BuntinJanuary 09, 2014 - 1:08 pm

    Does he still have that US Embassy 'like' Iraqi compound in Suisun? I lost all respect for Mr Spering back in the early eighties when I umpired little league. He basically ran the program with an iron fist in an unethical way, to benefit his son and his team. How does this megalomaniac keep getting elected? He marginalizes half of the council, year after year.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • innovationinstitutellcJanuary 09, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    Spering is a bright guy.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • George Guynn, JrJanuary 09, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    Supervisor Spering gets $10,400 a year in gas money and I think $9K something a year in longevity money-none of which, along with his salary, will he consider reducing. What does being mayor for twenty years have to do with being Supervisor? Yet, that is why his longevity pay is so big. He needs a big pay cut and to have to look for a real job by not getting re-elected. The county can't take anymore of his regional government disasters(One Bay Area, STA, MTC! Furthermore, does anyone actually think that the $256K he raised in the first election was to actually help the public that pays the bills, instead of special interest? What I want to know...true or false, I believe that Supervisor Spering and his wife own 2400 Cement Hill Rd located a half mile from Peabody Rd. Does anyone think that the train station project is actually going to lower the value of Spering's Cement Hill property? If so, maybe you would be interested in the purchase of the Golden Gate Bridge? Let's, as The Mister says, help Spering find a real job this time by voting for new blood!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Big Chuckllz, fellow comics want to keep Fairfield laughing

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Holly Stell ready for new adventure, plans Sunday concert

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Solano actors join forces for new single, ‘Groove Me’

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
CSP Solano inmates make music for rehabilitation

By Krissi Khokhobashvili | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Memories vivid as Parents’ Day approaches

By Tony Wade | From Page: A2

 
Bay Stage filled with entertainment at Solano County Fair

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B3

 
Organizers seek riders, volunteers for Ride to Defeat Diabetes

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Friday concerts begin Aug. 1 at Solano Town Center

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B3

 
Bay Area’s air district issues Spare the Air alert

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A4

 
Assembly candidate Henthorn to appear at GOP dinner

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A5

 
Fairfield police log: July 23, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Daily Republic seeks good news for column

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: A12, 22 Comments

 
.

US / World

Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

California removes lane splitting guidelines

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Outcry saves rare redwood from being chopped down

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

California wine collector set for sentencing on fraud charges

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Satellites show major groundwater loss from Colorado River

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Toxic algae closes Oakland’s Lake Temescal

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
California man gets 4 years in counterfeit case

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

SF professor charged with taping students in bathroom

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Doctor fired back at gunman in hospital attack

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Social Security’s $300M IT project doesn’t work

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

More US girls now getting cervical cancer vaccine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Storm slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Islamic militants seize part of Syrian army base

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

As inmate died, lawyers debated if he was in pain

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
.

Opinion

Editorial Cartoons for July 25, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
Call for tech diversity misplaced

By Bud Stevenson | From Page: A11

 
Is parenting being criminalized in America?

By Ben Boychuk and Joel Mathis | From Page: A11

Coyote epidemic in Fairfield

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

 
.

Living

Today in History for July 25, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: July 25, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Horoscopes for July 25, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

 
My siblings want friends to handle sale of our father’s house

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

.

Entertainment

Week in preview July 25-31, 2014

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

 
Review: Allen casts a limp spell in ‘Magic’

By Jake Coyle | From Page: B2

Review: ‘Lucy’ won’t stretch your brain capacity

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Robert Downey Jr. open to returning for ‘Iron Man 4’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to go wild with ‘Manimal’ movie

By Mcclatchy-Tribune News Service | From Page: B2

Kiss, Usher, J.Lo to perform at Fashion Rocks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Pop star Azalea talking fashion on MTV

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Jon Bon Jovi to be honored for humanitarian work

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Malkovich, Cumberbatch make Comic-Con premieres

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Entertainment calendar July 25, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: B4

 
Stonestreet: Acceptance will grow for gay athletes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
.

Sports

Moss powers A’s past Astros

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
Eagles soar past Expos in Area 1 tourney

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B7

Hudson solid, Hammels better in Giants’ loss to Phillies

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Indians win 14-8 over Mudcats

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B7

49ers’ Smith plans to meet soon with Commissioner Goodell

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
Pucker up! NASCAR returns to Brickyard

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Manning getting used to new faces on Broncos

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Raiders CB Hayden to start camp on PUP

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

Nibali wins Stage 18, closes in on Tour victory

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
AP source: Gordon to meet with league Aug. 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Langer leads British Senior by 2 after 1st round

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
A’s Johnson designated for assignment

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Taiwan sweeps US in 1st day of International Crown

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
AP Source: NFL stadium sites explored in Toronto

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

2 Texas football players charged with sexual assault

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Cavs sign Wiggins, who can’t be traded for 30 days

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Suspended WR Blackmon arrested on drug complaint

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Signups for Friday, July 25, 2014

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B9

Ravens RB Rice receives 2-game suspension from NFL

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Lynch expected to hold out from Seahawks camp

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Putnam, Petrovic share Canadian Open lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9 | Gallery

 
Sports on TV/Local sports for Friday, July 25, 2014

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B10

This date in sports history for Friday, July 25, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
Weather for July 25, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: B12

.

Business

LR4 is updated for fuel efficiency

By Ann M. Job | From Page: C1

 
Ford’s green push

By Mcclatchy-Tribune News Service | From Page: C2

Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
US unemployment aid applications drop to 284,000

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

Dunkin’ pushing cashiers to ‘upsell’ in afternoons

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

 
Court throws out Chiquita terror payment claims

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

Bombardier restructuring cuts 1,800 jobs globally

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

 
Dick’s Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

US new-home sales plummet in June

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

 
Across US job market, layoffs are becoming rare

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

.

Obituaries

Nelson Max Allen

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Shirley T. ‘Mac’ McFadden

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 5 Comments

Mary Bell Scrivner Sanders

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
Arturo Montenegro

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Mary Spingola Stagnaro

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
.

Solano County Fair 2014

Cultural exhibits, entertainment are fair highlights

By Solano County Fair | From Page: SCF2 | Gallery

Bay Stage talent competitions, nightly karaoke party

By Solano County Fair | From Page: SCF3

Jack & Bernice Newell Junior Livestock Auction returns to fair

By Solano County Fair | From Page: SCF4 | Gallery

Big names, big sounds grace fair stage

By Solano County Fair | From Page: SCF4 | Gallery

Bay Stage welcomes wide array of entertainers

By Solano County Fair | From Page: SCF15 | Gallery

Solano shines at fair’s County and Cities Expo

By Solano County Fair | From Page: SCF16