As a citizen of Fairfield, I wish to praise columnist Kelvin Wade for his Jan. 17 column, “All-expenses-paid secret knowledge hunters,” concerning the unnecessary attendance of the mayors of Fairfield and Suisun City and a Suisun City councilman at a California Association of Sanitation Agencies conference.
It was held at a fancy resort and spa. Why?
If information about sanitation needs to be disseminated, have they ever heard of emailing or teleconferencing? I would like my mayor, Harry Price, to explain in the Daily Republic why it was so important for him to go to this fancy resort and what was it he learned at this conference that he could not have learned from an email or a teleconference.
Those methods would have cost the taxpayers a lot less or maybe zero money.
Is Fairfield going to send the mayor or a councilman to the next conference, which Kelvin Wade said is going to be held at the luxurious Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.?
A former co-worker of mine was on some oversight board in the Bay Area. He told me about a luncheon the board had at a fancy restaurant at taxpayer expense. When I challenged him on why it was necessary to have their meeting at a fancy restaurant, he told me it was just a perk of being on that board. He felt no guilt about wasting the taxpayers’ money. Is that the attitude of Mayor Price? Is he going to say these are the types of benefits he gets for being elected mayor? Probably not. He will more likely come up with some gobbledygook about why it was necessary for him to suffer through three days of staying at a luxurious resort on the taxpayers tab.