Wednesday, August 27, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Take a good look at Spering

Web_OurView_YourView

By
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

 

Letter to the Editor

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 12 comments

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

  • 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!!!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • DotMay 28, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    We call that "selective memory"....

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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"

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • SalMay 28, 2014 - 8:40 pm

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

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Ryde Hotel: A speakeasy from the past

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Walnut Grove shows a bit of historic Japan

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Walnut Grove: Fun facts, things to see

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

 
Solano County supervisors get raise

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A2, 10 Comments

Solano supervisors declare quake state of emergency

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3

 
Solano helps after Napa quake

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Weather for Aug. 27, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: B3

 
 
Solano promotes hand washing

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

 
Solano College to host college transfer fair

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A6

 
Golf tournament to benefit college sport’s teams

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A6

Man steals car from Fairfield resident

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A6, 6 Comments

 
Learn about local travel opportunities

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6

 
Pierce Brosnan thriller kicks off week’s new films

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A7

 
 
Museum guild schedules trip to historic San Francisco home

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A8

 
3 die in I-680 crash; 2 from Vacaville

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A9, 6 Comments

 
Suisun City police log: Aug. 25, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

 
Fairfield police log: Aug. 24, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

Fairfield police log: Aug. 23, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: Aug. 24, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Aug. 23, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

 
Fairfield police log: Aug. 25, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

.

US / World

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 1 Comment

 
Obama defends handling of veterans affairs issues

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 9 Comments

Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with US

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 1 Comment

 
AP sources: US surveillance planes fly over Syria

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 2 Comments

Napa quake stirs clamor for warning system

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
American woman held hostage in Syria

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Putin and Poroshenko meet for bilateral talks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 1 Comment

 
Group files petition to idle coastal nuke plant

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 1 Comment

 
Los Angeles schools halt iPad deal amid criticism

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Report finds 1,400 children exploited in UK town

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 1 Comment

 
Police: Slain woman ID’d ex-deputy as her attacker

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Officials: Instructor accidentally killed by girl

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8, 11 Comments

 
Judges blast Indiana, Wisconsin gay marriage bans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

.

Opinion

How to reduce taxes without busting the budget

By Ramesh Ponnuru | From Page: A11

 
Abandoned carts are everyone’s responsibility

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 11 Comments

Editorial cartoons for Aug. 27, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
Question of the week: Is US policy on hostages correct?

By Daily Republic | From Page: A11

Obama risks alienating Latinos from Dems

By Thomas Elias | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

 
.

Living

Today in History: Aug. 27, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Aug. 27, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

We were good parents. Why won’t our adult children help us out?

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B6

 
Horoscopes: Aug. 27, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B6

Banishing the blues with healthy blueberry muffins

By Sara Moulton | From Page: B7

 
Choosing chutney

By Mcclatchy-Tribune News Service | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Women talk about sports on CBS Sports Network

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Miley Cyrus’ date wanted by Oregon police

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
NBC’s Emmycast logs robust 15.6 million viewership

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

.

Sports

US teen Bellis, 15, stuns Cibulkova at US Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Raiders CB DJ Hayden to start season on PUP list

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

49ers prepare for possible Aldon Smith suspension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Serena Williams beats American teen at US Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Carter’s HR in 8th leads Astros over A’s 4-2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Love struck: Kevin Love pledges commitment to Cavs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Sarkisian: USC looking into Shaw’s heroic story

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Davis, US men beat Slovenia in basketball exhibition

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Latest Astrodome proposal: massive indoor park

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Bumgarner flirts with perfection, finishes with 1-hitter in Giants win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
No reason to feel sorry for Jim Furyk

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

TMS 2015 schedule springs back to night race

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
.

Business

UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Survey: US consumer confidence near a 7-year high

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Burger King buys, plans expansion of Tim Hortons

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
.

Obituaries

Frank W. Moy Jr.

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Lyle Cullum

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

Gary Allen Person

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Florentino”Paul” Castaneda Bersola

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Nadine L Wetherell

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6