Monday, October 20, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Return Spering to county board

Web_OurView_YourView

By
From page A8 | May 18, 2014 |

There’s a dust-up over crime in the 3rd District Board of Supervisors race, a dust-up that centers on recent crime. Crime that is in Fairfield. It’s a serious issue that must be resolved by the city, not the county.

Fighting crime is certainly an important part of what any local government does. For Solano County, that includes funding the Sheriff’s Office and probation operations; staffing and expanding the jail; financing prosecutions and providing defense lawyers for those who cannot afford them; offering various social services to those who need them; and working collaboratively with allied governments, across jurisdictional boundaries when necessary.

This county does all of that, arguably with less vigor in the wake of the Great Recession. But this county avoided the financial calamity wrought by the recession in other cities and counties because it had millions of dollars set aside for just such circumstances.

Such a rainy-day fund is a talking point among legislators in the Capitol now that the state’s financial picture has improved.

But a county must have more than a single focus. The needs of Solano’s nearly 425,000 residents are as varied as the people who live here – one of the most diverse counties in the country according to Randy Olson, a Ph.D. student in Michigan State University’s Computer Science program, who last month mapped out the nation’s racial diversity county by county using U.S. census data and found that Solano is No. 5 on the list of most-diverse counties in the nation.

A county must support educational opportunities for all children; support crime victims and their families; and bring jobs to the area.

In Solano’s case, the county must fight for its share of regional transportation dollars to keep both people and merchandise moving along our highways, rail lines and waterways. It must work to protect our area’s most-vital employer, Travis Air Force Base, while also supporting a thriving agricultural economy and the water upon which agricultural and other industrial enterprises thrive, and balancing those needs against those of a burgeoning green-energy sector.

Jim Spering has a hand in all of this and more.

Solano County is poised to turn a corner. The most-telling sign of this is the revised structural deficit in the county’s general fund. Solano County began the fiscal year with a projected general fund deficit of $14.7 million. The midyear budget report in February put the structural deficit at $9.8 million. It sits as $2.9 million as of Tuesday.

Another sign: The unemployment numbers released Friday, which show Solano County at 7 percent unemployment. It’s not the 5 percent rate prior to the recession, but it’s a far cry from the double-digit unemployment that was common at the height and immediate aftermath of the recession.

Spering came to the Board of Supervisors during good times – times when county leaders were banking cash against some future need. That need came with the recession. Spering has seen the county through that recession, and while we are not yet experiencing our former good times, things are looking up.

All on Spering’s watch.

Yes, things are better than they were even two years ago, but there’s work to be done to get us back to where we were and to improve from there. Spering can help take us there.

Vote Jim Spering when you cast your ballot in the June 3 election.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 2 comments

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

  • The MisterMay 18, 2014 - 7:03 am

    Let's help Diamond Jim have a nice retirement... the sooner the better!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • George Guynn, JrMay 18, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    The Mister, you forgot about Tax and Spend Vasquez. Both he and Diamond Jim both need to go. The sooner the better! Let them look for real jobs and see how they like it!!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Girl Scouts explore sweet side of chemistry

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Local governments schedule meetings

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: A4

 
Weather for Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B12

.

US / World

Marine accused in Philippine killing tests US ties

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
.

Opinion

Suisun mayor offers his endorsements

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Which candidates support Alzheimer’s cure?

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

Beware a Trojan horse

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 3 Comments

 
Pulse poll question

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

.

Living

.

Entertainment

.

Sports

Palmer leads Cardinals past Raiders 24-13

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Manning breaks Favre’s TD mark in 42-17

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Tim Lincecum waits his turn, still yet to pitch

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Keselowski keeps title hopes alive at Talladega

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

NFL roundup: Jaguars bounce Browns, gets first win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
SEC is 1st conference to put 4 in top 5 of AP poll

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Ski champ Svindal injured while playing soccer

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Serena Williams hits back at Russian official

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Kings pick up G Ben McLemore’s option

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rockets beat Warriors 90-83 in exhibition game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Pacquiao makes professional basketball debut

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Cal receiver Trevor Davis released from hospital

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Sounders rally for 2-2 tie with LA Galaxy

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rangers net 2 in 4 seconds; Lundqvist stops Sharks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

This date in sports history for Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Royals dependent on 3-headed bullpen monster

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
Hend wins Hong Kong Open in a playoff

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Baek wins playoff to take LPGA South Korea

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Ilonen beats Stenson in World Match Play final

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Jay Haas wins Greater Hickory Kia Classic

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Ben Martin wins 1st PGA Tour title in Las Vegas

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Denkinger’s miss revisited as Series returns to KC

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9 | Gallery

 
.

Business

Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

B.C. Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Peanuts Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baby Blues Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Rose is Rose Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Dilbert Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Get Fuzzy Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Pickles Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Garfield October 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sally Forth Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baldo Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Beetle Bailey Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Blondie Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Wizard of Id Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

For Better or Worse Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Bridge Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Cryptoquote Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Crossword Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Word Sleuth Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Sudoku Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sally Forth Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Beetle Bailey Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Wizard of Id Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Dilbert Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

B.C. Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Frank and Ernest Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Blondie Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Garfield Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Get Fuzzy Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baldo Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Pickles Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
For Better or Worse Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baby Blues Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Zits Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Bridge Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sudoku Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Crossword Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Word Sleuth Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Cryptoquote Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7