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FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Take a good look at Spering

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From page A11 | May 28, 2014 |

I write to address my concern with the Peabody Road train station and Supervisor Jim Spering’s role in its development.

Spering’s biggest contributors are the largest developers of the project. Anthony and Debra Russo contributed nearly $25,000 to help him get elected in 2006, and their investment is paying back handsome dividends. The Russos own nearly 20 acres within the train station project area, and are either part owners or have contracts to develop 575 acres. They are annual supporters of Spering: They recently hosted a fundraiser for his re-election.

Other major contributors include Frank Andrews and David Stroud of ASB properties. They are developing 618 acres owned by Canon Station (the Russos have part ownership in this company as well; it’s not reflected in the total above). Ed Biggs owns 42 acres; Joe Della Zoppa owns 4 acres. Spering himself owns 5 acres.

I’m sure Spering has recused himself and has not voted on any decisions about the project. However, his campaign literature says he’s “leading the way on the Peabody Train Station Project.” He’s built his reputation on getting development projects, like this, done. It might be coincidence that Spering’s biggest contributors and Spering are the ones who stand to gain from this development, but I find it hard to believe that “leading the way on the Peabody Train Station Project” has nothing to do with who has contributed to his campaigns.

Now Spering wants to spend $94 million in taxpayer funds on Solano360 – a plan to “revitalize” the county-owned fairgrounds in Vallejo. It’s a huge gamble that might be a bust for everyone but the developers, who get paid no matter what. As concerned citizens, we must ask ourselves: Is this serving Solano County, or is this politics as usual?

I encourage the residents of the 3rd District to take a good, long look at Supervisor Spering’s history, and make your voice heard on June 3.

Karin MacMillan

Fairfield

 

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  • 2realMay 28, 2014 - 6:02 am

    With that being said.., so your going with bertani? NO WAY! GO BACK TO OAKLAND! AND TAKE YOUR PROBLEMS WITH YOU!!!!

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 28, 2014 - 6:04 am

    Karin stills seems to be upset that Spering cleaned her clock in her run for Supervisor. She's still using the same negative and desperate tactics. Karin, remember Las Vegas?

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  • BobMay 28, 2014 - 6:29 am

    Aren't you both so cute, it's easy to insult people in the paper What she says is documented, the same thing Spering did in Suisun only he GAVE his aunt his property until he was no longer Mayor, his property was nicely part of the redevelopment so the value went up. He is not above using his position to take advantage that's not what the people we vote for are supposed to do, if that's what he wants to do then DONT run for office . One last question, where you in Las Vegas?

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  • LarryMay 28, 2014 - 8:08 am

    Bob I agree with your comment. I would add that Spering told his peers that he would not lower his salary because he works hard for his pay, while county workers pay was cut. I notice when the facts are presented about Spering's contributors , no one seems to care about it. It is always the Union making contribution to Bertani. For all the Union Haters what have the Unions have done to you for you to hate them, and you support a guy who is getting big bucks from the business. Do your homework.

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  • AnthonyMay 28, 2014 - 7:54 am

    Ms. MacMillan apparently forgets that as Mayor she supported the Train Station. She supported the zoning change for the 20 acres she speaks of in her letter. In fact, Karin MacMillan was one of the original supporters of the Train Station Specific Plan, including casting votes to move the Fairfield project forward, including Mr. Spering's property. Ms. MacMillan also fails to mention casting votes for development projects and then accepting contributions from their sponsors. I made it no secret that I believed Jim Spering would be a far better Supervisor than MacMillan. I was right. And I am also glad to see Ms. MacMillan enjoying her retirement.

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  • DotMay 28, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    We call that "selective memory"....

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  • SuzanneMay 28, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    Have any of you Spering supporters ever attended a Board of Supes meeting? Go down there and watch him in action. It's ugly. When a taxpayer stands to voice their opinion and it doesn't match his, he is the most arrogant man I have ever seen. We pay taxes and live in this County and have a voice. He has always put the taxpayers money in his own pocket first. He is a selfish greedy man that has never put the people's wishes for a better place to live first. Lets get rid of one of the last "Good Ole Boys"

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  • SalMay 28, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    Sour grapes. Retirement boring much? If you're such a hot shot why aren't you running?

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  • SalMay 28, 2014 - 8:42 pm

    Sounds to me like Karin has an axe to grind, if shes such a hot shot why isn't she running? And what good did she do in office?

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  • HuckleberryMay 28, 2014 - 10:28 pm

    I did not hear one comment dispute anything in Karin's article and I don't even know her. Just personal attacks on her. In fact, I notice that most of the men here do make personal attacks on female local politicians.

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  • OscarMay 29, 2014 - 6:52 am

    I observed Spering's demeanor at some of the Plan Bay Area meetings. The group generously allowed the public to speak, pretended to listen, and then completely ignored their input. Most of them are unelected bureaucrats that this county didn't vote for, and yet they will be making the decisions on land use and transportation which will impact our lives for the next 25 years. After reading Karin MacMillan's letter, I understand why public comments went unheeded. I will not vote for Spering. All other options are on the table!

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 31, 2014 - 11:22 am

    MacMillan's letter was used on a hit piece that was in mail boxes today. She's also been on mailers as a supporter of Bertani. Look closely at who paid for the current mailer. SEIU. If you believe influence is being purchased in this election, you have to pick your poison. For MacMillan and SEIU to accuse Frank Andrews and the Russo's of buying influence is hypocrisy.

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