Thursday, March 5, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Thomson, Hannigan join Board of Supervisors

supe swearing, 1/8/13

Solano County Supervisor Skip Thomson holds his 2-month-old grandson Logan Sean Thomson while addressing the crowd at the board chamber, Tuesday morning. Thomson was officially sworn in on Monday, but was ceremonially sworn in on Tuesday. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

By
From page A1 | January 09, 2013 |

FAIRFIELD — A new-look Solano County Board of Supervisors made its debut Tuesday.

Skip Thomson and Erin Hannigan took their seats behind the dais before a crowd of about 200 people. They joined Supervisors Linda Seifert, Jim Spering and John Vasquez on the five-member board.

This is the team that will oversee the $844 million county operation, encompassing everything from libraries to health and social services to jails to rural land planning. This is the team that will tackle an estimated $10 million structural deficit in the $221 million general fund budget, as well as controversial proposals to redevelop the county fairgrounds in Vallejo and to establish day reporting centers for former state prison inmates under county supervision.

Thomson defeated incumbent Supervisor Mike Reagan in the June 2012 election. He represents the 5th District, which includes Rio Vista and parts of Fairfield, Suisun City and Vacaville.

He is both a newcomer and veteran. He served on the Board of Supervisors from 1992 to 2003 and as county assessor from 2003 to late 2005, so he is no stranger to county government. But he is new to some of the issues that confront the county today.

Thomson took a ceremonial oath of office administered by the Rev. Ken Doan, having taken his actual oath Monday. During board comments, he walked to the front to the audience, picked up his baby grandson and stood in front of the dais.

“This is really the reason many of us got involved in politics,” Thomson said as he held the baby.

He has some ideas that he hopes will meet with agreement among his colleagues, though he expects disagreements as well, Thomson said. The county faces difficult financial times, even though things are better than in recent years, he said.

“I look forward to the challenges,” Thomson said. “I think we can address them reasonably and respectfully.”

Hannigan defeated Anthony Intintoli in a November 2012 runoff election and replaces Supervisor Barbara Kondylis, who did not run for re-election. She represent the 1st District, which includes mainly Vallejo.

She is a newcomer to county government, but has sat on the Vallejo City Council since 2007. She is the daughter of Tom Hannigan, who served on the Fairfield City Council and Solano County Board of Supervisors in the 1970s, as the local state assemblyman from 1978 until 1996 and as director of the California Department of Water Resources from 1999 to 2003.

Hannigan took a ceremonial oath of office administered by her teenage daughter Hannah Lesley – Hannigan is married and goes by her maiden name. She took the actual oath Monday.

“It’s wonderful to see all of you here today supporting this new Board of Supervisors going into 2013,” she said in front of the packed board chamber.

Seifert also took the oath of office, having won a second term in the June 2012 election. Seifert represents the 2nd District, which includes Benicia, parts of Vallejo and the Green Valley/Cordelia area. She had her oath administered by State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and it was the real thing, as opposed to being strictly ceremonial.

Seifert welcomed the possibility that supervisors will have their disagreements on some issues. This allows the board to explore alternatives and arrive at collaborative solutions, she said.

“Our best work is the result of what I call ‘respectful disagreement,’ ” Seifert said.

Once the new Board of Supervisors got seated, it faced its first assignment. It had to elect a new board chair, a task that in recent years has sometimes proven divisive.

Not so Tuesday. Vasquez nominated Seifert to remain in the position for another year, with Thomson serving as vice-chairman and Hannigan as chairwoman pro-tem. The newly constituted Board of Supervisors on its first vote approved the move unanimously.

Spering presented Seifert with the gavel and praised her work as chairwoman over the past year. Among other things, he praised the way she has listened to and dealt with the concerns of supervisors and the way she has run the Board of Supervisors meetings.

“When it’s done the wrong way, it creates tremendous problems and these problems last and linger on,” Spering said.

Supervisors also quickly agreed where each would sit behind the dais, a mundane task that would signal trouble ahead if it erupted into controversy. All agreed that they were fine with the seats they already had.

Then came the assignments to some 50 county committees and regional and local boards. Supervisors had previously submitted their preferred assignments and had to work out who would do what. The assignments range from the Association of Bay Area Governments to the Delta Protection Commission to the county’s Family Justice Center Committee to the Northern California Counties Tribal Matters Consortium.

Supervisors in a few of cases wanted the same positions and strongly so, but fairly quickly made their way through the long list with no raised voices and unanimously approved the assignments.

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.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

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

  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

    Docs: No significant impact from tons of SF waste sent to Solano

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Suisun residents not happy with proposed water rate hikes

    By Ian Thompson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Show resilience in the face of adversity

    By Mayrene Bates | From Page: A2

     
    Police arrest trio from Martinez in Vacaville

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

    Real McCoy II Ferry set for maintenance

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

     
    Vacaville police slate annual awards ceremony

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

    Limited damage to apartment from carport fire

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Students sample industry choices during school career fair

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Car burglaries lead to Vacaville man’s arrest

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

     
    National Red Cross Month celebrates heroes

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

     
    Il Fiorello schedules citrus class

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

    Jury convicts ex-con who served as own lawyer

    By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A4

     
    Red Carpet Gala to benefit theater foundation

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

    Pet remembrance event set in Vallejo

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

     
    Suisun police plan community meeting downtown

    By Ian Thompson | From Page: A4

    Friday concert benefits Families Helping Families

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

     
    Fairfield OKs $54,467 consultant pact after the fact

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A4

    Vallejo police arrest 4 in connection with 3 killings

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

     
    Suisun City police log: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

    Fairfield police log: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

     
    .

    US / World

    Woodland mom charged with manslaughter in death of infant

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

    ‘It was him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    More mutilated animals found in California’s capital city

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    California lawmaker pushes child care worker vaccinations

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Children in Southern California breathing easier, study says

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man’s death

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Second Los Angeles hospital reports ‘superbug’ infections

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Obama signs Homeland Security funding bill into law

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    House panel issues subpoena for Clinton’s personal emails

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Fossil jaw sheds light on turning point in human evolution

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Feds: Evidence backs Ferguson officer’s account in shooting

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    A defiant Alabama regains ground against gay marriage

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    How much sugar is in that? 7 foods with added sugar

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of pipeline bill

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

    Italy rescues more than 1,000 migrants at sea; 10 perish

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

     
    Coal mine blast kills at least 24 in war-torn east Ukraine

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    .

    Opinion

     
    Headwinds at home drive Korea Inc. abroad

    By William Pesek | From Page: A7

    How can I be sick when I feel great?

    By Kelvin Wade | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Living

    Today in History: March 5, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Community Calendar: March 5, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

    Horoscopes: March 5, 2015

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

     
    I can’t tell if I still want to be married, or just don’t want to be alone

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

    .

    Entertainment

    Glen Campbell children fighting wife’s control of affairs

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

     
    DiCaprio partners with Netflix for series of documentaries

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

    ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops MTV Movie Awards nominations

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

     
    .

    Sports

     
    Posey has 2-run double in Giants’ 9-2 loss to A’s

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Local report: Vanden softball slips by Rodriguez with late run

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

    Curry shoots Warriors to 102-93 victory over Bucks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    MLS, players agree in principle to 5-year deal

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Prosecutors can’t bring up Florida shooting in ex-NFLer case

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Vikings agree to trade Cassel to Bills

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Scott opens a season of change at Doral

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    ‘It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    With Peterson’s status in question, Vikings pay a visit

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    NFL stadium supporters in LA suburb file ballot paperwork

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Alex Johnson, AL batting champ in 1970, dies at age 72

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Goodell: NFL responsible for Super Bowl seating problems

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Former player Nate Jackson calls for NFL to allow marijuana

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Phoenix to install tire barriers before NASCAR visit

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Pirelli sticks with same tire choices for first 4 F1 races

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    AP Source: Peyton Manning returning for 18th NFL season

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    NCAA reports big jump in home runs with new flat-seam ball

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Aaron D. Malave

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Thelma A. Roche

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    Cesar Luis Garcia-Regalado

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

     
    Rodolfo Landabora Porquez

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Peanuts

    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

    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

     
    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

    Cryptoquote

    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