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Ivonne Malave, left, holds a microphone for Joe Belton. Malavee and Jonathan Richardson, background, are members of the Mayor's Commision on Crime. (Amy Maginnis-Honey)


Mayor’s Commission on Crime hears from community

By From page A12 | July 23, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A court system that’s too lenient, the lack of compassion in some youth and the role of churches in a community were some of the topics discussed Tuesday as members of the Mayor’s Commission on Crime heard from residents at its first, and most likely only, community meeting.

The nine-member commission was sworn in July 1 at the Fairfield City Council meeting. Their report is due to the council in mid-September.

“The purpose is to give you an opportunity to communicate concerns so we can come up with suggestions and recommendations for the council,” said commissioner member Jonathan Richardson.

About 50 people attended.

Joe Belton encouraged those attending to call the police when they see things. “Until we tell the police, our hands are tied,” he said.

Brent Finger told the audience, and commission members, he was upset about how the forum was announced on what he saw as short notice.

Dotty Schenk concurred, to a degree. She found a flier on her car windshield Monday night announcing the meeting. She went on to tell the group that she’s heard the word on the street is that parolees want to come to Fairfield and/or Vallejo because they are not hassled in those towns.

Others, such as Rosie Davis, encouraged those attending to not dwell on the number in attendance but to focus on the fact that great things can happen when one or two people take action.

The Rev. David Isom shared a story from the Daily Republic in which police said admitted Travis Dairy killer Dezmon Frazier, 20, was found July 1 with a concealed and loaded semiautomatic handgun with a high-capacity magazine. Frazier is still awaiting sentencing for the 2011 Travis Dairy killing.

He posted $50,000 bail a few hours after his July 1 arrest. Frazier skipped out on a court date Tuesday.

“Until the courts have consequences for action, crime will keep going up,” Finger said. “You can put a PAL (Police Activities League) center on every block and crime will continue. You have to get punishment in line with where we want to go.”

The Rev. Mervin Davis Jr., of True Love Baptist Church, said the answer lies with changing the hearts of youth. When a 15-year-old can shoot another 15-year-old and show no emotion, there’s work to be done, he said.

Tonia Roberts, who handles outreach at Liberty Christian Center, told about the Neighborhood Transformation program they are introducing at Parkway Gardens. “You have to get out of the walls (of the church) and get to them,” she said.

Richardson said the commission is having meetings with key players in the community. “When the dust settles, you as a community will be pleased,” he said.

Those who weren’t able to attend the meeting, or would like to share their thoughts in a less public forum, are encouraged to visit www.stopfairfieldcrime.com.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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  • Joseph D. JoyceJuly 23, 2014 - 12:43 am

    The fact that the city council meeting that was supposed to take place last Tuesday, was re-scheduled for this Tuesday, " the first and most likely the only community meeting" for this commission speaks volumes. You called it guys!

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  • Joseph D. JoyceJuly 23, 2014 - 12:45 am

    This was commission is an absolute waste of time.

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  • Joseph D. JoyceJuly 23, 2014 - 12:49 am

    Is the church running this commission??

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  • Tax PayerJuly 23, 2014 - 5:36 am

    Ole Dezmon is running around the streets of Vacaville.

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  • 2realJuly 23, 2014 - 5:54 am

    This commission should be a crime! 4 words, INEFFICIENT WASTE OF MONEY!!!!

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  • Rick WoodJuly 23, 2014 - 7:20 am

    Why do people like forums so much, or think they're necessary? Another model would have commissions do research and convene to discuss and write up their findings. For starters they can determine whether our crime statistics are valid and how they compare to other communities. Then they can look into innovative programs elsewhere that reduce crime. A forum isn't a waste of time, but it usually doesn't result in anything substantial.

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  • mikeJuly 23, 2014 - 8:35 am

    How do we take God out of things we do and say for the last 10 to 20 years, and now you say the role of the church has something to do with the youth problems. Are you kidding me? What about the most important people in a youths life..the mother and father, where are they?

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  • SalJuly 23, 2014 - 9:05 am

    So they have a forum which most of the city did not know about, to talk about the role of church, amongst a handful of people, and they say this is a citizen's forum? AND headed by a former councilman? Could not be a faker commission......

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  • CD BrooksJuly 23, 2014 - 9:23 am

    Mr. Mayor and your dreaming commission folks, the people don't want to HEAR what you have no intention of actually doing, we all ready know what the problems are. We want to SEE what you are planning to do and how you'll follow through. THAT would be a nice change here! End of discussion.

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  • CD BrooksJuly 23, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Mr. Mayor and misinformed commission folks, the people don't want to HEAR about what you're probably not going to do anyway. Besides, we all ready know what and where the problems are. What we want to SEE is when and how you intend to fix those problems and follow through NOW. THAT would be a nice change here!

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  • Mayor SanchezJuly 23, 2014 - 11:01 am

    Good write up of what attendees talked about. I was there for over an hour . I was also at the first meeting when hundreds showed up. A good start to information gathering. When the commission conducts closed door interviews next, as they announced, I will volunteer to be interviewed, if they want to.

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  • MDJuly 23, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    Why is it always the same 3 or 4 negative naysayers who always look to respond negatively. I would love to see their community volunteer resume collectively to see if any of them have ever done anything to help bring about change.

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