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Sen. Dodd Opposes Solano County Megacity Plan

Mar 06, 2024 01:39PM ● By Office of Sen. Dodd News Release

FAIRFIELD, CA (MPG) - Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa voiced his strong opposition on Feb. 28 to a tech billionaire’s plans to erect a new megacity of up to 400,000 people on the outskirts of Fairfield in Solano County. He called the so-called California Forever proposal deeply flawed and irresponsible suburban sprawl with the potential to displace farmers, worsen traffic congestion and hamper national security operations at the adjacent Travis Air Force Base.

“I’ve been skeptical since day one, but reserved my judgment as I gathered more facts,” Dodd said. “It is now crystal clear to me that this project is bad for Solano County. This group of mega-rich developers from Silicon Valley are trying to steamroll the surrounding community, bypassing a proper, thorough vetting which they know they can’t pass. What they’re proposing will drastically and irreversibly alter the area. It’s not right, and it’s time for all those who value thoughtful policymaking and Solano County’s future to stand up against it.”

Dodd joins a chorus of community leaders including dozens of elected officials who are speaking out against California Forever. The list of opponents includes Congressmen John Garamendi and Mike Thompson, Fairfield Mayor Catherine Moy, and Suisun City Mayor Pro Tem Princess Washington.

Opponents cite a number of problems with California Forever, including:

- No plan for traffic impacts on one of the most dangerous and congested roads in the county.

- Conversion of much needed agricultural land.

- Housing would interfere with Travis Air Force Base, which plays a key national security role.

- Developers seek to bypass public planning processes and environmental reviews.

- Need for housing in the region but this is not the location or way to do it.

- With three iterations in already, it’s clear there are substantial problems with no answers in sight.