Monday, March 30, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

2 votes, vastly different outcomes

Web_OurView_YourView

By
From page A8 | November 10, 2013 |

Votes in two states on Tuesday centered on protecting military bases from encroachment. One here at home was pre-emptive in nature while one in Washington state was reactive.

Residents in Spokane County, Wash., narrowly rejected a temporary property tax hike designed to remove low-income housing that’s affecting what the Air Force terms the Accident Potential Zone at the end of the Fairchild Air Force Base runway.

Preliminary election results show that Proposition 1 went down to defeat with 51.2 percent of the more than 111,000 voters opting against the temporary tax, which would have generated $18 million over nine years to buy seven mobile home parks – fewer than 200 units altogether – and move residents out of the danger zone.

This is the very definition of encroachment. The mobile homes may not have been seen as encroaching on Air Force operations at Fairchild when they were approved, but they certainly are now.

We have encroachment issues of our own as they relate to Travis Air Force Base, which provides an estimated $1.6 billion annual boost to the region’s economy. It’s by far the region’s largest single employer, and helps keep any number of contractors and vendors in the financial black. The base benefits local businesses as members of the Air Force spend their money on various goods and services.

Massive electricity-generating wind turbines and solar arrays for the past several years caused concern for Travis officials. Most of those issues appear to have been resolved to the Air Force’s satisfaction. Now there’s the issue of adding wind turbines and solar arrays near the base’s new Assault Landing Zone – that area over which pilots fly their massive aircraft while practicing to land in a combat zone.

The threat is real, and it’s new.

The Air Force this year completed a multimillion-dollar project at Travis to replace one of its existing runways and to build a new landing zone to allow C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to practice landing on shorter runways. The latter is dubbed the Assault Landing Zone.

Crews from Travis and other California bases no longer have to fly to central Washington to complete this critical training. Base officials have estimated the Travis training zone will save the Air Force some $7.8 million a year in fuel and related costs.

But only so long as it’s operational. That’s where threats of encroachment become critical.

Air Force officials want the county to establish a 200-foot height limit for the area north of Highway 12 and the area east of the base. The height limit is important because electricity-generating wind turbines in the county, south of Highway 12 in the Montezuma Hills, are 400 feet from the base to the extended vertical tip of the blades.

If such structures – including cellphone towers – are built in this area, it will increase the minimum flying altitude for training at the new assault runway. That’s a bad thing because lower-level approaches tend to more accurately simulate those required in combat zones.

We called in mid-October for the Board of Supervisors to take swift and decisive action to protect the base from possible encroachment in this critical area. To their credit, they did so this week by imposing a 45-day moratorium on such projects near Travis. The vote sets the stage for a two-year moratorium as the county studies how these and similar projects affect operations at the base and in the agricultural sector.

Those in the energy business argued against a moratorium, citing the need to review projects on a case-by-case basis in cooperation with Air Force officials. That’s likely the process used to locate the mobile home parks near the end of the Fairchild base’s runway.

Supervisor Jim Spering was correct when he spoke Tuesday about the nature of base encroachment. “Encroachment is incremental,” he said. “It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s one little project and another little project and all of a sudden, it’s a problem.”

A vote that same day in Washington state shows, once something’s on the ground, it’s costly to remove – and the will may not exist to pay that cost to preserve the viability of the local base. We do not want to experience that here in Fairfield.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 1 comment

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

  • CD BrooksNovember 10, 2013 - 8:17 am

    "Travis Air Force Base, which provides an estimated $1.6 billion annual boost to the region’s economy." End of discussion.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

2 drivers killed in same area, an hour apart

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1, 17 Comments

 
Easter activities, events abundant

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Christians begin Holy Week with Palm Sunday celebrations

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
My guide to dining out

By Tony Wade | From Page: A2, 5 Comments

Local governments post week’s meeting times

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Top young spellers to compete for Solano title

By Glen Faison | From Page: A3

Police investigate shooting off North Texas Street

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3, 11 Comments | Gallery

 
Vallejo police seek leads in weekend homicide

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

Biz Buzz: Re/Max hires new Realtor

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

 
Biz Buzz: PAL receives donation from glass company

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
Biz Buzz: Wiseman officer names Perez to key post

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A10

.

US / World

 
Analysis finds unequal pay for women on California Capitol

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

Songwriter injured in California crash; motorcyclist killed

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

 
Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at iHeartRadio Awards

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Court ruling opens door for federal execution of murderer

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
 
Police: 2 bodies found in NYC building explosion rubble

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Waving fronds around the world, Christians mark Palm Sunday

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Air Canada plane makes hard landing short of Halifax runway

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Small tsunami generated in Pacific after earthquake

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

.

Living

Community Calendar: March 30, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: March 30, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: March 30, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B6

 
Parenting: If a father is abusive, a mother must act

By The Washington Post | From Page: B8

 
Horoscopes: March 31, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B8

.

Entertainment

TVGrid March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A10

 
TVGrid March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

Michelle Obama declares ‘Black Girls Rock!’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11, 3 Comments

 
.

Sports

Spartans Final Four-bound after 76-70 OT win over Louisville

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Duke back in Final Four after 66-52 win over Gonzaga

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Hamlin wins for 25th time, and fifth time at Martinsville

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Jimmy Walker wins hometown Texas Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Oakland OF Josh Reddick won’t be ready for start of season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

California Chrome heads to Britain, to race at Royal Ascot

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Vettel wins Malaysian GP to end Mercedes streak

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Joe Gibbs on son: most courageous person I’ve been around

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Chodounsky defends slalom title at US Alpine Championships

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

South Carolina earns 1st Final Four berth, beats FSU 80-74

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Turner says Saturday regional finals highest-rated in decade

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Apology for wrong anthem for El Salvador before game in US

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Montoya holds off Power to give Penske 1-2 sweep at St. Pete

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Stanford’s Randle chases school scoring record, title at NIT

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Hamlin wins for 25th time, and fifth time at Martinsville

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Cain goes 4 innings in Giants win over LA

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Graveman pitches into 7th inning as A’s beat Brewers 7-0

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

.

Business

.

Obituaries

Robert Roberts

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Janice Jewel Thompson

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Peanuts March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Zits March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Blondie March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Pickles March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Get Fuzzy March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Sally Forth March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

For Better or Worse March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Baldo March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Garfield March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Dilbert March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baby Blues March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Frank and Ernest March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

B.C. March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Wizard of Id March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Beetle Bailey March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Rose is Rose March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sudoku March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Bridge March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Word Sleuth March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Crossword March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Cryptoquote March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
B.C. March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Blondie March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Peanuts March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Baldo March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Rose is Rose March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Beetle Bailey March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
For Better or Worse March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Dilbert March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Garfield March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Pickles March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Zits March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Sally Forth March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Get Fuzzy March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Wizard of Id March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Baby Blues March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Frank and Ernest March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Word Sleuth March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

Bridge March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

 
Sudoku March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

Cryptoquote March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

 
Crossword March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8