SUISUN CITY — Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez is hoping the third time is a charm for getting Suisun City to fluoridate its water.
For the third time in two decades, Sanchez wants the City Council to consider adding fluorides to the city’s water. He said he hopes he has a majority of the council to back him up with last election’s departure of then-Councilman Sam Derting, who opposed the idea, and the addition of Derting’s replacement, Councilwoman Lori Wilson.
“It is something that is worth pursuing,” Sanchez said Tuesday.
Sanchez said it was in the city’s best interests “not to take a blind eye to the need for Suisun City children to enjoy the benefits of fluoride.”
The absence of City Councilwoman Jane Day at the meeting prompted Sanchez to hold off discussion of the matter until the next meeting in April, but that did not stop three residents from speaking against the idea.
Kimberley Kent described fluoride as “a toxic waste and a poison” that she said will cause health problems. Kent said she is “very concerned” about the prospect of Suisun City adding fluorides to its drinking water.
City Council watcher George Guynn, who opposed the past two city attempts to get its water fluoridated, also spoke out against the idea. He describing it as medication without implied consent from the public.
“If people want fluoridation, they can go to the dentist or the drug store,” Guynn said.
Suisun City and Dixon are the only two cities in Solano County that have not put fluoride in their water. Cities with less than 10,000 water system hook-ups are not mandated to put fluoride in their water.
In 1997, Sanchez supported fluoridating city water, but was voted down. In 2006, newly elected City Councilman Mike Hudson proposed fluoridation, but the proposal only made it as far as the City Council, where it was shot down.
Tuesday night’s opposition did not deter Sanchez, who said he would pursue the proposal no matter haw many times it takes.
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