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Question of the week: Do you agree with Fairfield’s PLA decision?

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From page A11 | August 01, 2014 |

The Fairfield City Council last week agreed to a project labor agreement for the proposed train station development. Do you agree with that decision?

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No: 59 percent

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  • CD BrooksJuly 27, 2014 - 6:10 am

    The train station and housing are a bad idea, hurts our water table and lacks enforceability. The PLA is bad business, did I miss anything?

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  • FDCJuly 27, 2014 - 7:47 am

    We agree, CD. And the Council meeting when the vote was taken was a farce, just grand theater to make the public feel good. Two of the Council members even went so far as to berate and castigate opponents to the PLA while ignoring the clapping and cheers (and shouted interruptions to a speaker) from the union phalanx. Shabby treatment from our elected representatives (do they really represent us?).

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  • S KJuly 29, 2014 - 7:23 am

    I don't know about the water table CD, but IMO that train station has always been a very stupid idea, from the get go, with a train station already, LONG AGO, established in Suisun long ago, such a short distance away; which would necessitate the passenger trains to slow down again, after just getting up speed in both directions. How inefficient is that??? I'd say about as inefficient as the local politician's brains who thought up that idea in the first place, a total waste of tax payers money. And any political that is for it ought to hear, "YOU'RE FIRED," upon their running for re-election!!!!!!!

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  • P.J.July 29, 2014 - 9:53 am

    As I recall, the Daily Republic asked the question, "do you think the Fairfield Train station is a good idea?" Seems to me all the people who answered said, "NO"....see how well the city council listens to the people!

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  • Rick WoodJuly 29, 2014 - 10:00 am

    They hear, I'm sure. Maybe you should see why they disagree. That happens sometimes in representative government. Our representatives aren't supposed to make decisions based on polls. What they are supposed to do is make the same decision we would make if we had the same information they do.

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  • George Guynn, JrAugust 01, 2014 - 10:14 am

    Thanks CD, FDC, SK, and PJ. You and I agree on this one. Obviously, the council wasn't thinking on this decision. Will be interesting to see if the issue bits them where the sun doesn't shine come election time!

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  • Anne GriffinAugust 01, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    As a member of the Fairfield-Suisun School Board, I learned a lot about this issue when we were planning the Measure C campaign and the projects that resulted from its passage. The trade unions lobbied us heavily to adopt a Project Labor Agreement, with all kinds of promises about how it was going to ensure that costs would be kept down and local workers would be used for the projects. Thank goodness we took the time to check out some of these claims, because some of what we were told by the unions was just not true, especially that costs would be kept within budget! We rejected their proposal and went ahead with the campaign, successfully passing Measure C in March of 2002. All of our projects came in on time and within budget, without a Project Labor Agreement. Of course, the trade unions were hoppin' mad at us for that and definitely campaigned against any of us up for re-election. So, I think you should also look at the cost for the County Government Center. From what I remember, it was originally supposed to cost under $90 million, but the final cost was over $114 million. Also, lots of local workers who wanted to work on that project were not able to because they worked for non-union contractors.

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