2 Fairfield council members detail anti-crime plan

By From page A1 | May 17, 2014

FAIRFIELD — An expanded gang injunction, help from the California Highway Patrol and the benefits of tougher sentences in federal court would assist Fairfield’s fight against crime, two City Council members said of proposals they announced Friday.

John Mraz and Catherine Moy said the measures – which also involve higher bail schedules in Solano County Superior Court and working with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office to serve warrants and investigate some cases – are proven to combat crime.

“They’ve all worked here or elsewhere,” Moy said.

The two council members praised Fairfield police.

“Our police are doing a great job,” Moy said. “We just want to give them more tools.”

Mraz said injuries, disability and city finances have left the department short 15 officers. He said the advantages of federal prosecution include prison sentences that can be three times as long as state court.

“By the time they get out,” he said of convicted defendants, “their grandchildren are old.”

The CHP’s help would include enforcement of vehicle code laws that could deprive gang members of their cars, Mraz said. When the CHP finishes, the only gang sign people know is the upraised thumb for hitchhiking a ride, the councilman said.

Moy said the gang injunction first used by the city against a Northern California gang can be used against members of a Southern California-based gang she said is a major contributor to crime in Fairfield.

“We need to literally handcuff them the way we did the other gang,” Moy said.

“I don’t like to use their name. They like to see their name in print,” she said. “They consider it a matter of pride if their gang is mentioned.”

Mraz and Moy earlier this month called for increased bail schedules and cited a report showing bail in Solano County Superior Court is among the lowest in California.

The 2013 report by the Sacramento-based Public Policy Institute of California includes a county-by-county review that places Solano among 14 counties whose average bail is at the bottom in the state.

Superior Court judges of each county are responsible for preparing, adopting and annually revising a uniform countywide bail schedule.

The anti-crime program announced Friday comes as the Fairfield City Council is set to take up a proposed Mayor’s Commission on Crime when the council meets Tuesday.

Mraz has called the commission proposed by Mayor Harry Price “smoke and mirrors” and said he won’t participate in the panel. The councilman said Friday he’ll abstain from voting on the commission.

A report by interim City Manager Sean Quinn about the commission said the panel follows up on a resident’s suggestion at the April 29 town hall meeting about crime in Fairfield. The nine-member panel would include representatives of homeowners associations, the chamber of commerce and nonprofits.

The commission work about issues surrounding crime would be completed in September.

Mraz questioned the panel and what he said is the expectation that nine people who have nothing to do with fighting crime will produce brilliant ideas. Mraz served in the Fairfield Police Department from 1965-86.

Price could not be reached Friday for comment about Mraz’s statements about the proposed commission.

The council meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 1000 Webster St.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • Tax PayerMay 17, 2014 - 5:32 am

    So increased bail schedule and longer sentences in federal jails will do it. No, you don't have a clue because as they are serving there sentences the females will constantly continue to have more kids to obtain more welfare. The kids will then take there place committing crimes in the area. You got to get to the root of this problem!

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  • curious oneMay 17, 2014 - 5:53 am

    Tax Payer, It's "their" sentences.

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  • MikeMay 17, 2014 - 5:54 am

    As an elected official, Mr Mraz might want to see what his constituency wishes him to do before discounting any ideas brought forth. Both himself and Ms Moy are representatives of the people in this city and should be contributing to any ideas that may improve this city's problems. I don't necessarily agree with everything that's been proposed, but I am interested in all of them.

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  • Blowing smokeMay 17, 2014 - 6:52 am

    Moy & Mraz are puppets for the police unions. That’s why police suffered little during the recession. They pay little toward the high cost of their retirement. Never had actual layoffs of sworn officers, in part thanks to grant & measure P money. Fairfield PD has always been dysfunctional to some degree & had problems in upper management especially in the recent past, just look at all the chiefs Fairfield has gone through. It’s always been easy for a cop that’s had issues with his superiors and his (or hers) commitment to the city they work for to end up on disability. Sometimes that’s more a reflection of the department than the job. So Moy & Mraz, & I know you read these, how many actual sworn officer are there on the force, how many are budgeted and how many on disability?

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  • BobMay 17, 2014 - 6:37 am

    Mr Maraz thinks that 9 members of crime board won't come up with new ideas because he was an officer for 20 years 35 years ago, he must think he's on top of the new techniques of crime fighting since the 80's or he's a legend in his own mind. Makes me think the blind are leading the blind and more open thinking is needed rather then closed minded old boy thinking Clean house, get rid of the baggage, the ones that won't listen to the people that elected them

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  • CD BrooksMay 17, 2014 - 6:41 am

    I agree with Mraz, Crime Commission? We don’t need no stinking Crime Commission! Keep in mind elections upcoming in November Mraz, Moy and Price on the ballot. Why didn't ALL gang activity get the same attention the first time around? Judges have the final say in "their" court they determine the rules and wield those gavels mightily. In other words...you don't "tell" them to do anything. Here it comes I know you’re tired of hearing it but enforcement is king, period! Traffic is the first defense and serves as a deterrent to criminals carrying illegal paraphernalia and in some cases, stopping them BEFORE the violent crimes occur. Not to mention Joe-schmuck driving public that can't find a law they like. The current crime spree in Fairfield is directly related to non-enforcement like it or not, that is the ugly truth.

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  • My2centsMay 17, 2014 - 7:20 am

    Mraz always seems extremely angry. Such a personality is not likely to play well with others. The tough issues facing Fairfield are very complex and require a multi-pronged approach. A strategy of resolutions that are exclusively reactive will not produce long term changes. I think dismissal by Mraz & Moy of any ideas not their own is disturbing. Stomping one's foot, crossing one's arms and scowling an intention not to participate seems to confirm that. Fairfield is our city too. Obviously citizens feel they are not being heard, or worse yet, being heard and ignored.

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  • StreetwiseMay 17, 2014 - 9:16 am

    I would have to agree. Could you just imagine what he was like as a cop?

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  • S KMay 17, 2014 - 7:47 am

    To me, all sounds like some very good ideas, starting points. Now I wonder just how fast those things could be enacted, especially increasing bail, like YESTERDAY.

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  • 2realMay 17, 2014 - 8:02 am

    Well how about this, i want moy and that other councilwoman out of office NOW! I dont wanna mention her name because its a matter of pride with her! ;)

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  • ToniMay 17, 2014 - 8:56 am

    I like what Mraz , Moy had to say. Let's see, how Chief Tibbet and the Judges will act on these suggestions.

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  • Rich GiddensMay 17, 2014 - 8:54 am

    The root of the problem is 1) the welfare entitlement society and it's costs. 2) the open borders and treasonous sanctuary State betrayal policies. 3) Porker pig thug cops and their unions . 4) The politician scum who caused all of this and who clearly want more of the same. All of this is in your face and can't be denied! Wake up! This intolerable outcome didn't happen by chance---this was delibertly done to you by design and it's just the first stop on the infernal regions railroad. In other words, your failed government of traitors is blowing smoke in your face, lying and denying about all of this and is still conspiring against you. Do you like it? Why don't you revolt and shut them down? Make life horrible for them! Confront them! Tell them what you think of what they've done! We had people start to do that at the end of the last crime conference, but the failed leaders shut the meeting down! We don't want to hear your greviances, complaints or remonstrances, tax slave---were big tyrannical failed government and you will do what we say, macht schnell!

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  • NicolMay 17, 2014 - 9:44 am

    I live in Cordelia. I hate that we are connected to Fairfield because there is nothing but crime, especially around the mall area. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to the ghetto mall and have seen cop cars across the street. When is the crime gonna get cleaned up there! We need more neighborhood watchers and parents do you know where your kids are at? Obnoxiously there is NO discipline at home with all of these rugrats running around causing trouble. If the gangs are a problem then their families are a problem too. The Apple does not fall far from the tree. Be aware of what's going on in your neighborhood and get it together purple, the cops can't be everywhere at once, take back your neighborhood!!

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  • francisMay 17, 2014 - 10:09 am

    With two jail facilities here I wish Fairfield didn't make it so appealing to the families of inmates to come here during their incarceration and didn't make it so convenient for them to stay once released. By that I mean the affordable housing and all the many, many programs available to them. How about starting there, make it unattractive and well, unaffordable for them to stay. That's part of the "root" of the problem.

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  • David BrianMay 17, 2014 - 10:22 am

    FF encourages P.O.S's to come into town....look at the rental properties and North Texas St! If I was not born and raised there...and drove into town for the first time I would think I arrived in downtown Richmond. Folks ugly does attrack ugly. I wish you all the very best even though I no longer live there. I still have friends and family and don't drive into FF without being astonished at the crap I see...smoke shops...meat markets...run-down building's and property. Good luck to those fighting the good fight...God speed.

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  • FairfieldMay 17, 2014 - 11:05 am

    Clean up Fairfield look around and look at all the dried weeds especially across from Allen Witt disgrace, empty shopping carts clean up the neighborhood. I agree, with the above comment ugly does attract ugly! Where is Bertani? Pam doesn't care just talk.

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  • Beth MaulMay 17, 2014 - 11:10 am

    So Mr. Mraz believes only those in law enforcement can possibly have the answers to eliminating crime. If that were true we wouldn’t have a crime problem. Truth is, crime issues are the result of many factures many of which have nothing to do with the police. I work in the health care industry and see many issues that lead to crime but are actually social issues and failed approaches to “helping people”. Most other private sector citizens see other opportunities to halt crime in its tracks before police intervention. I suspect that the answer lies in involving segments of the entire community including those involved or at risk for crime. The police may (or may not) work hard BUT do they work SMART? Are they responsive to the community? Are they good communicators?

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  • francisMay 17, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    I have to agree with David Brian and "Fairfield". There is no pride by the city in how the city looks. The apartments Travion Gardens look like they're going to collapse and has looked that way for years. I'm not kidding, the walls facing Travis Blvd. are buckling. They need to have a city employee drive around daily and report to code enforcement, get on top of absentee landlords and slumlords, report graffiti to the appropriate department and so on. I drive around and have tried to do it myself, unfortunately they've made me feel like a nuisance so I've stopped calling. They wouldn't even have to pay me, I'd do it for free.

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  • General Fadi BasemMay 17, 2014 - 11:55 pm

    Playing sniper here today--commenting on the previous comments. "Tax Payer" has a valid point: the continued breeding of the criminal underclass continues unabated. Tax Payer, you got a point. "Curious one" must be an English teacher with the spelling lesson. "Mike" wants our elected representatives to consult the electorate before excluding any good/bad ideas. Good idea, Mike! "Blowing Smoke" has some thoughts better left to a time when the smoke has settled from the numerous recent shootings. Not disregarding, just let's focus on making a little step forward. "Bob" chastises Mr. Mroz for his outdated thinking and suggests that new thinking would be more effective. And that old thinking needs to be discarded. I suggest a balance between experience and new ideas is appropriate. "CD Brooks" suggests a Giuliani approach, with traffic offenses the outlier that should be leveled. I agree to an extent--traffic offenses endanger other drivers, including your family on the way to church on Sunday morning. So start targeting those traffic offenses--as well as the cars with the front mirrored and/or darkened windshields and side windows--and the ones with no front license plates--and other minor offenses which seem to be the every day offenses of the permanent criminal underclass in Fairfield. "My2cents" has one good line: "The tough issues facing Fairfield are very complex and require a multi-pronged approach." The rest is an argument to the person which is an easily rejected logical fallacy. "Streetwise" backs up the argument to the person which is invalid. "SK" says some good ideas have been presented, with increased bail being the best. I love that idea too. I just wonder if we have enough jail cells. "2real" wants Mrs. Moy and another unnamed councilwoman out of office, but doesn't provide a method to do that. "Toni" agrees with Mraz and Moy and waits for Tibbet and Judges to act. ZZZZZZZZ! "Nicol" lives in Cordelia. She can't go to the mall in Fairfield because of the crime. Please Nicol--you and your neighbors get together and invest in a mall in Cordelia. Then all of Fairfield's thugs will go there to commit their crimes, and Fairfield's mall will be crime-free!! She has other suggestions--which I happen to agree with. "Francis" has a point-you build a rats nest and you attract rats. "David Brian" the Fairfield ex-patriot is astounded at the decline--I only wish I could be seeing it in the rear view mirror too, David. "Fairfield" points out the lack of upkeep on West Texas Street. Fairfield, they put up a fence to keep the people from crossing the street at the park. Then they put up a apartment complex called "Park Crossing". Across the street from the park."Beth Maul" suggests that some attempts at helping people are failures. I won't say anything at all about "Poverty summits" today. I promise. Beth has some ideas which should be considered on a national level. "francis" has some Guilini-like ideas that worked once. Perhaps they can work again. The General would just like to leave you with this comforting thought just before midnight on this beautiful Saturday night: The diseased branch of the tree is best cut off and placed into the fire.

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  • CD BrooksMay 18, 2014 - 6:53 am

    GFB, burn well then.

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