Solano County

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.

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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 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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?

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  • JazzAzzJanuary 09, 2014 - 9:38 am


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!!!!!

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  • 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.

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  • 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!!!!!

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  • 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.

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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 09, 2014 - 11:31 am

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

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  • 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?

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  • JazzAzzJanuary 09, 2014 - 2:12 pm

    Just remember all this come election time

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  • 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.

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  • innovationinstitutellcJanuary 09, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    Spering is a bright guy.

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  • 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!

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