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Supervisor candidates file conflict-of-interest forms

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From page A1 | April 16, 2014 |

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.

3rd District

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.

4th District

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.

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 MisterApril 16, 2014 - 10:33 am

    Boy! Diamond Jim Spering has interests in property all over the place. Seems like that would hinder his ability to be a just supervisory.

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  • NateApril 16, 2014 - 10:53 am

    I wonder how much richer the new train station development will make Jim Spering? How can he represent us when he's busy taking care of himself and his cronies?

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  • JBApril 16, 2014 - 1:33 pm

    Shows what being a career politician can get you. Yet he needs more,more,more. Vote out all incumbents.

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  • FDCApril 16, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    DRIP. Don't Return Incumbent Politicians. We are in such a mess at every level that it is time to clean house and start over. "Career" politicians are mostly crooks; just look at the record.

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  • SteveApril 16, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    And elect what, a councilwoman who has no idea what a Supervisor does? A marijuana dispenser? A man who thinks BART will land in Vallejo and a senior housing facility on the mall? Get a grip. By law, an elected official has a duty to remove themselves from an issue if they are conflicted according to those laws. Spering did just that. He followed the rules. If you don't like the rules, change the rules. What do you guys want, someone who has no idea how to run a business or a city like Bertani, someone who is running to expand marijuana, or someone who just doesn't have a clue period, like Oman.

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  • FDCApril 16, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    Yeah, sure Steve. Spering is as pure as the driven snow. f you believe he is a genuine altruist serving mankind for the benefit of all, then please say hello to the tooth fairy on her next visit.

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  • ChuckyApril 16, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    No one thnks Jim Spearing is pure as the driven snow but we should be very carful throwing out the Bath water here. Im sure their are better candidates but they are not running this election. Smearing Spearing because he owns land is just dumb, and electing (SEIU) Bertini is not my idea of a smart move. Jim Spearing has been good for Solano and its his leadership that gave us money surplus to get through times where other counties failed. My vote will be for ( River Boat )Jim.

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  • SteveApril 16, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    Pure as driven snow? Hardly. Tough. Fair. Bright. Shrewd. Yep. A good mayor. Yep. A good supervisor. Absolutely. Better than his opponents. Without question.

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  • Amy Bae (@BaD_YellaThang)September 16, 2014 - 7:27 pm

    I haven't seen Jim do any thing for the city. Everything is shutting down I think we need a new leader for sure. Politics aren't that hard your character says a lot about what your capable of. Sure don't want a misogynistic self centered a hole

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