The 2016 Legislative Platform was adopted by the City Council in December 2015. Using the legislative platform as a guide, the City Council Legislative Subcommittee is able to make recommendations in support of or opposition to many bills. The platform, along with recommendations by the subcommittee, establishes a reference for the City's elected representatives during legislative sessions in Sacramento and Washington D.C. to support testifying in related committee hearings and communicating with legislative representatives.
The City monitors active bills that would have an effect on local government and Travis AFB. Key bills are continuously monitored throughout the 2016 legislative session in order to protect the best interests of Fairfield.
The Travis Community Consortium (TCC) has set a four-year, eight-point strategic plan. They are working to seek public assurances that Travis will get bridge missions that will backfill the loss of the KC-10, that manpower levels will stay constant at the base, and are pushing to have Travis keep its air refueling mission. They will be cornering congressional representatives and Air Force leaders, with lobbying trips to Washington, D.C. and Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base. The TCC is realistic in the expectation that there will be changes at Travis, with the expected departure of the KC-10s, but their mission is to make sure Travis maintains a solid position to bed down the next generation, the KC-46s. There will be a massive effort to make sure the Travis is the best base with its geopolitical location, good infrastructure and no encroachment.
TCC 2014-2018 Strategy
1. Seek public assurances that Travis Air Force Base will receive “bridge missions” to backfill the retirement of the KC-10. Additionally, acquire assurances that manpower levels will remain constant in the meantime due to the retirement of the KC-10, and strongly advocate that Travis will retain an air refueling mission.
2. Engage with key federal representatives to ensure those assurances become reality, maintaining close contact with the TCC’s Congressional delegation and encouraging optimum advocacy for Travis and the region.
3. Actively engage with the US Air Force by visiting the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, and Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL as needed, in addition to key leadership at Travis AFB. Also, participate and maintain communication within the Governor’s Military Council and its staff and utilize the Council’s access, expertise, and resources.
4. Seek to preserve other existing missions and enhance the potential to assume additional missions at Travis AFB during future BRAC or non-BRAC realignments by advocating for continued investment in base infrastructure, operating and maintenance funding, demolition funding for condemned buildings and modernization of Travis’ Aircraft.
5. Seek to protect and preserve Travis’s existing aircraft including technology upgrades and ongoing maintenance costs by advocating for continued investment and funding.
6. Strengthen and enhance partnerships and joint ventures with civilian agencies such as Solano Community College, the University of California at Davis, local medical service providers, and corporate partners. Explore new and additional cooperative areas of benefit through public-private, public-public agreements (P4) or any ventures that will reduce base overhead costs. P4 and Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) opportunities should be viewed as opportunities to partner with Travis to the mutual benefit of both.
7. Implement policy that will ensure continued compatible regional development, the preservation of unrestricted air space and other base operations from encroachment, and remediate situations that may detract from Travis’s standing in future BRAC or non-BRAC decisions.
8. Expand TCC membership, financial resources, administrative capability and community outreach to further achieve the TCC goals.