FAIRFIELD — Supervisor Jim Spering sat out the county’s recent decision to deny a business license for the Salubrious medical marijuana clinic at Rockville Corner.
The reason: Spering owns nearby property that gave him a potential financial conflict-of-interest under state law. He stepped down from the dais for the Feb. 11 board hearing on applicant Steven Lowe’s Salubrious license request.
Spering and Lowe are both on the June 3 ballot for supervisor. They and the other candidates have filed forms required by the state that list local property and business interests.
These disclosures are to help the public make sure that elected officials don’t use their positions to make government decisions that directly affect them financially. As Spering did in the Salubrious case, they must refrain from taking part in such hearings.
Running for the 3rd District seat are Spering, Lowe, Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani and Michael Oman, who works in commercial real estate.
Running for the 4th District seat are incumbent Supervisor John Vasquez, Dixon City Councilman Thom Bogue, family farmer Gerald Clift and real estate agent Eugene Ray.
Spering is involved with several properties in the area owned by him or by a Spering business venture, according to papers Spering filed with the county Registrar of Voters. Among them are rental properties at 2775 and 2271 Rockville Road in rural Suisun Valley, which played into the Salubrious hearing.
Another property is Cement Hill Properties at 2400 Cement Hill Road. The commercial rental building has such tenants as Solano Pallet Co. and Armour Inc.
As a result, Spering stepped down from the Feb. 11, 2013, Local Agency Formation Commission hearing that annexed land along Cement Hill Road to Fairfield. The city has targeted this area for residential development in coming years.
Other properties Spering has an economic interest in include an office rental building at 1125 Missouri St. near downtown Fairfield; a commercial rental building at 2573 Clay Bank Road in eastern Fairfield and a ranch with a house at 4206 Chadbourne Road in the rural Suisun Valley, according to papers filed with the Registrar of Voters.
Bertani listed herself as owner of the Winston Bertani Law Group at 728 Texas St. in downtown Fairfield. She listed no property.
Lowe listed the Salubrious medical marijuana clinic, which the county has refused to permit.
Oman reported he had no economic interests required to be revealed under state law.
Vasquez listed Vasquez Deli at 620 E. Main St. in Vacaville, both as a business and as a property.
Bogue listed his First Choice Automotive business in Dixon. He also listed income from his wife Janelle Bogue as a county employee. The county employee handbook lists Janelle Bogue as an accounting technician.
Clift listed stock in Moller International aircraft maintenance worth between $2,000 and $10,000.
Ray listed no reportable economic interests.
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