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Return Vasquez to county board

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From page A8 | May 11, 2014 |

There’s a tough race shaping up for the 4th District seat on the Solano County Board of Supervisors.

Incumbent John Vasquez faces stiff competition in a district whose boundaries shifted after the 2010 census to include Dixon – formerly a 5th District community. Yet only one of his three challengers is from Dixon: City Councilman Thom Bogue. The other challengers, Gerald Clift and Eugene Ray, are from Vasquez’s hometown of Vacaville.

Each candidate brings a strong sense of community to his respective campaign. Vasquez brings this sense of community to the table, along with a wealth of applicable experience.

Vasquez notes as accomplishments in the past four years specific efforts to create jobs, but also notes work that helps area residents:

  • The county’s Solano360 plan for future development of the fairgrounds property in Vallejo.
  • Work that convinced Chuck Wagner of Caymus Vineyards in Napa Valley to locate a massive Wagner Family of Wine facility on the Hopkins Ranch along rural Cordelia Road. Once completed, the Wagner facility will be – by far – the largest winery in the county.
  • The role he played in negotiations with aircraft manufacturer Icon to locate a facility in Vacaville, and worked to not only keep Superior Farms in Dixon, but to see it expand. Superior Farms broke ground on its expansion project in late April. An announcement about the status of the Icon project is expected this week.
  • Completion in 2012 of the $19 million William J. Carroll Government Center in Vacaville, which now provides an array of county health and social services to Vacaville-area residents so they do not have to get those services in the county seat of Fairfield.

His opponents contest the value of the Solano360 plan at a time when the county continues to show a structural deficit in its general fund. We recognize that to do nothing with such a valuable asset is wasteful, so we tend to support preliminary work that could ultimately see the fairgrounds put to a higher use. Such a transformation would pay dividends for the entire county.

Vasquez said if re-elected, he will focus his attention on Dixon to both locate more county services there and to help establish an industrial area there to support existing agriculture-based operations and to boost the ag processing sector.

Given the realities of life in post-Great Recession Solano County, we believe that members of the Board of Supervisors make too much money: Their base pay is too high; they continue to accept longevity pay, which should end for elected board members; and base pay should not be linked to that of the state’s superior court judges.

Our concerns with Vasquez, then, center mainly on compensation, not performance.

This four-way contest will likely not be decided in June. That said, we recommend that 4th District residents vote to return John Vasquez to the Board of Supervisors.

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  • The MisterMay 11, 2014 - 7:16 am

    Vasquez needs to go! A fish rots from the head first... our county supervisors are the head and Solano county government is rotten. From the article: "Our concerns with Vasquez, then, center mainly on compensation, not performance." To borrow a phrase, I'm not saying isn't working hard... I asking who's he working for? He certainly isn't working for the people of Solano County. Fire Vasquez!

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  • Paul MMay 12, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    How can we re-elect a man who owes property taxes on a building he owns in Vacaville. Get rid of Vasquez!

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  • William MendezMay 12, 2014 - 2:32 pm

    Shame on the Daily Republic for writing this article! It's time for a new supervisor.

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  • MilliMay 12, 2014 - 2:46 pm

    Isn't it funny there are so many people running against him now? It's because he's a shady shady man and we need change! Vote him out! ANYONE but John Vasquez!!

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  • Maria LopezMay 12, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    I agree he is shady! He is not a good business man and we need a change. He makes way too much money to have back taxes on a building. I say get rid of Vasquez he has put a disgrace on his family name.

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  • Barb F.May 12, 2014 - 5:18 pm

    It's time to have someone else, someone new and hopefully someone who has better social skills. I've tried emailing and calling Mr. Vasquez on numerous occasions. He doesn't return any form of contact. We've given him many chances but it's time for a change. I disagree with you Daily Republic and hope that people vote for anyone but John.

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  • W. L.May 12, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    I laugh at the fact that Mr Vasquez is using the "No One Has Worked Harder To Help Local Businesses Thrive" slogan..... WHILE trying to take down his OWN family's business! Don't forget what kind of man he really is...... We don't need that kind in office. He doesn't help the people of Solano County, and will continue to not help the people of Solano County if re-elected. It's time for a change.

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