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Supervisor candidates stake ground at election forum

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Councilman Thom Bogue, left, speaks during the District 4 Solano County Supervisors Race Candidates Night at the Travis Credit Union in Vacaville, Wednesday. The four candidates, Supervisor John Vasquez, Councilman Thom Bogue, Eugene Ray and Gerald Clift voiced their opinions on a variety of topics. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | March 27, 2014 |

VACAVILLE — Supporting Solano County’s farm industry, protecting the county’s water resources, promoting job creation and protecting businesses were all things the four men running to be the next Fourth District Solano County Supervisor could agree on Wednesday.

It was the details they differed on.

Gerald Clift stressed reining in what he called fiscal mismanagement that has seen the county lay off employees, excessive spending on pet projects such as redeveloping the Solano County fairgrounds, and high supervisor salaries. He preferred putting resources into bringing jobs to the county, improving its roads and cutting fees on small businesses and farmers.

Eugene Ray hammered promoting job creation to deal with unemployment in increasing incomes, protecting farmers from overregulation and taxation, and proactively “kicking the legs out from under crime” by creating programs to keep people from going back to prison.

Incumbent John Vasquez pointed to his experience of serving three terms as a supervisor promoting and protecting agriculture, turning in balanced budgets, improving the Nut Tree Airport, moving forward redevelopment of the county fairgrounds and encouraging economic development through studies of the county’s options.

Thom Bogue said he wants to change what he called a frustrating county cycle of spending, creating new programs, cutting those programs and then raising fees and taxes to fund other new programs to replace the ones that were cut.

The only attacks came during the closing when Clift pointed out Vasquez, saying the incumbent voted to lay off county employees, but was not willing to sacrifice any of his own salary or benefits for the county’s greater good.

Vasquez is running to keep his Fourth District seat on the Solano County Board of Supervisors while farmer Clift, businessman Ray and Dixon City Councilman Bogue are trying to replace him. The Fourth District covers Dixon and much of Vacaville.

The forum at Travis Credit Union was sponsored by the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce and the Solano County Farm Bureau. The two groups also collaborated on a set of questions put to the candidates.

When asked what they would do to create more jobs, Bogue and Clift said it was time to make it easier for employers to locate in the county by no longer nickeling and diming them with fees and restrictive regulations. Vasquez pointed out his record of working with businesses such as Campbell Soup, and promoted working more closely with the cities because he said that was where most businesses located. Ray promoted a three-phase process of asking existing businesses what they need, looking for opportunities to being in new businesses and putting pressure on the state to make California more business-friendly.

One question concerned the regional air quality board.

Ray and Bogue said they would do whatever they could to ensure farmers would get a better deal from it. Vasquez, who sits on the board, said he would work to try to lessen the board’s regulatory burden on farmers. Clift said overzealous regulation is the problem, but suggested turning the fairground into a large community garden and plugging for Google to use self-driving cars in the county.

None of the four could come up with a solution to the long-standing battle over who gets to use the region’s water. None supported any proposals that would send the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta’s water to Southern California. Each vowed to protect the county’s water supplies as much as possible. Ray went as far as to suggest getting aggressive to build more reservoirs in the region. He said they should have been built years ago to store more water.

The primary election is June 3.

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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  • Robert (Dixon)March 27, 2014 - 7:48 am

    I attended the Forum last knight and was inpressed with Eugean Ray, his stance on bringing jobs to Solano and his idea of getting BART to extend their service to the Vallejo Fairground was very profound.

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  • SteveMarch 27, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    It's not profound. It's ridiculous. See below.

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  • The MisterMarch 27, 2014 - 8:03 am

    Well, we know what Vasquez has done to the County. I'd vote for anyone BUT Vasquez. Has there been any investigation into why the County Supervisor's role of oversight of County Government hadn't brought to light the ingrained corruption within County government? Is it possible our Supervisors looked the other way... or, heaven forbid, participated in the cover-up? Could there be elements of corruption within our sitting Supervisors?

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  • Vaca LadyMarch 27, 2014 - 10:01 am

    I sure would like to be able to ride from Solano to the city on Bart. I would like to hear more from Eugean about this idea.

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  • MarkMarch 27, 2014 - 10:06 am

    Its time to put some new faces on the Board. Out with the old and in with someone new.

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  • A question for the Daily Republic....March 27, 2014 - 10:06 am

    Do you know if anyone taped the event?.... This should be the purpose of the Public Access stations, they should even be paid for providing this service....Did the Vacaville or Fairfield Public Access tape it? or since the Public Access has been combined with the city channel in Fairfield, did anyone from the Fairfield city channel tape it? In the past we tried to maintain Journalistic Integrity ( even though amateurs ), by just recording what happens, that's it just record what happens to make it available to the public, it gives the public the chance to evaluate the candidates for themselves. Better to recod these events so everyone has the opportunity to see the events. Please support Public access Television in Vacaville.

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  • innovationinstitutellcMarch 27, 2014 - 10:29 am

    We get a more cost effective government by having wise people at the top. They need to make wise decisions. Trying to save say 0.01% of the gov budget by cutting salaries for the decision makers often results in much greater losses from poor decision making. We're sticking with not lowering supervisor salaries that are already lower than private sector jobs of comparable financial importance. Note that Innovation Institute, LLC's postings about different matters here and elsewhere are only opinions.

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  • Anthony (Vacaville)March 27, 2014 - 10:38 am

    I would like to see a different direction taken by our Board of Supervisors. A better direction. My hopes are on Eugene Ray.

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  • MikeMarch 27, 2014 - 11:48 am

    My name is Michael Oman. I am a candidate for Supervisor of District 3. (Fairfield, Suisun) I and Eugene Ray support BART for the Solano Fairgrounds. Visit OmanPlan.com for details.

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  • SteveMarch 27, 2014 - 3:32 pm

    BART is never coming to Solano County. San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa County formed the BART District in the 60's. Those residents have been paying a tax for BART for over 40 years. Santa Clara is building a BART/VTA extension through a 30-year tax county voters approved in 2000. Solano County is never going to be allowed into the BART District, unless maybe we paid 40 years of back payments.The only way a direct connection to BART could ever be built is if Solano County paid for it. Getting a new connection across the bridges would cost $$$$$. There is a thing called the Capitol Corridor that provides Solano County a connection to BART and Santa Clara County. A far better solution would be to improve and expand that service at a far lower cost. Don't be disingenuous and naive. BART ain't coming here, and the only way to get to it is if you support a sales or parcel tax on county residents. If that is the case, be honest and say so.

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  • LilMarch 27, 2014 - 11:46 pm

    Where would it even come in at? Vallejo? The nearest station is Richmond which is a long way from Vallejo. Would it come from the Pittsburg area? There are a lot of wetlands areas that can't be built on. Maybe along the railroad tracks? Anyhow, even if the county voted today, we wouldn't get a train in the county for at least 20 years. How is that helping us now? What else do these guys have besides Bart being extended?

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  • George Guynn, JrMarch 27, 2014 - 5:27 pm

    Steve is correct about BART not coming to Solano County. We should fix the roads we already have before we take on any new projects. I think that Gerald Clift gave the best presentation. He gets my endorsement.

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