30,000 acres land purchase in Solano County draws questions

The purchase of up to 30,000 acres of agricultural land between
Suisun City and Rio Vista has taken many by surprise, prompting
questions about who specifically purchased this land and for what
purpose.

Fairfield City Councilwoman Catherine Moy is among those
investigating the sale.

The purchased land stretches from outside Suisun City’s
Walmart on Walters Road alongside Highway 12 to Rio Vista with some
parcels bordering Travis Air Force Base.

Moy said she learned about the sale Sunday from a person who
lives on the property.

“I talked to him and asked him what he knew,” she said.

Moy found out that the land had been purchased by a limited
liability company called Flannery Associates. According to
applications submitted to the California secretary of state’s
office, Flannery Associates was formed on Jan. 29, 2018 in
Delaware. On Feb. 14, the company filed for foreign status to do
business in California. The business address listed on the
application is that of a mailbox center in Folsom, and Thomas
Mather is listed as the managing member.

The application listed Flannery Associates as an agriculture
business, but Moy said it is unclear what the land would be used
for. She said she has not been able to contact Mather or anyone
involved with Flannery Associates, but the landowner she talked to
was able to get a hold of the LLC’s attorney, based in Washington
DC, who indicated that it was a long-term investment but would not
disclose exactly what the investment would be.

Moy wrote a Facebook post based on her findings as of Monday,
which has been shared nearly 400 times as of Friday and resulted in
numerous people pitching in to help with the investigation.

“It’s kind of now become not just a joint effort, but I
guess it is kind of a massive effort by people from all over”
including county and Travis officials who have been made aware of
the purchase, she said.

“We want to make sure, obviously, that it’s not anything
that could hurt the base and that it’s not a foreign investor,
which is something that comes up a lot with people,” she added.
“I haven’t been able to get down to the nitty gritty as to who
is behind this. Is it one conglomerate? Is it one really wealthy
person? ‘Cause that’s millions and millions of dollars
going.”

In her Facebook post, Moy wrote that Flannery has made about 55
purchases on the land and that farmers would be allowed to stay on
their land, continue to farm it and keep all profits until they
die.

“We know it’s a long-term investment, but for what?” she
asked. “That we don’t know.”

Travis is Moy’s primary concern, especially with the mystery
over what Flannery Associates is.

“Travis Air Force Base brings $1.5 billion to this area,”
she said. “(It’s) part of the city of Fairfield. It’s my
responsibility to take care of that.”

Moy said that the Solano County Board of Supervisors and Travis
Community Consortium were looking into the matter and that she
would continue to follow up on it.

“I wrote that piece to ensure that it was in the public, that
people understood it,” she said.

Members of the Board of Supervisors could not be reached by
press time.

Moy said that her primary purpose was to ensure residents knew
what the purchase would be bringing into the area. She also
suggested the Assessor/Recorder’s office “flag” for the
public when large amounts of farm land are purchased so they could
be more aware of such projects.

“Maybe people are scared right now for no reason, but maybe
there’s something that could trip another look by the
Recorder’s Office,” she said. “People like to know what’s
going on around them.”

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
30,000 acres land purchase in Solano County draws questions