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Ideas for downtown revitalization abound

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Downtown business owners have any number of ideas about how to revitalize Fairfield's central business district. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

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FAIRFIELD — When a state agency wants to show a downtown for California’s Main Street Program, a photograph depicts Fairfield and its famed arch that proclaims the city as the county seat of Solano.

The California Office of Historic Preservation website shows the Fairfield sign along Texas Street, where downtown revitalization is among  projects before the city’s new economic development manager.

Bryan Briggs, named to the post in December, has said he wants to learn more about the central business district before commenting – but downtown businesses have plenty of ideas about how to bring more customers to the downtown area.

Ericka Scott, manager of the Teeny Tots Children’s Store at 948 Texas St., said she hears daily from people about how more parking is needed. Phil Seehausen, manager of Ray’s Cycle, includes putting cameras in alleys to deter crime as among ways to boost downtown. Zhimei Chen, who with her husband Jiaming Li owns the retail store Chiame, suggests a site for conventions as a way to boost business.

Beverly Cavazos, owner of the Cornerstone Quilt Shoppe, confronts a different kind of parking challenge. The store has its own small lot for cars, but because drivers don’t pay attention to signs, the site can be full of vehicles not going to the quilt store. That’s a problem when people are coming with sewing machines and can’t access the store’s parking, she said.

Marge Block, owner of the dress store Napadashery, said excellent business owners are downtown – an area whose lower rents also brings in the inexperienced with undercapitalized companies, she said.

Fairfield resident Ken Kemble, who was at Ray’s Cycle, remembers a downtown Fairfield with two movie theaters. The 1981 graduate of Armijo High School said he was in Petaluma recently and that the Sonoma County community’s downtown, once distressed, is doing well with stores that include Whole Foods.

The Fairfield Main Street Association has said a single word answers the question of why stores such as Crate & Barrel don’t open downtown. “Demographics,” the association recounted in 2012.

Large retailers and chain restaurants look for specific criteria before locating sites, the association said.

Margaret Manzo, executive director of the Fairfield association, said the central business district faces some logistical limits.

“We’re a linear downtown – six to eight blocks,” she said. “There’s no place to gather in the middle.”

But while such a site would benefit Fairfield, Manzo said, different property owners control the private land.

Fairfield has worked with Hollister, south of San Jose, to improve the farmers market here.

New development director Briggs has spoken about the success of movie theaters in bringing people downtown – and Fairfield Mayor Harry Price said he’s on the right track.

“Historically, it’s very clear when there were two theaters downtown it was a very popular place,” Price said. The central business district is becoming that again, said the mayor, citing the restoration of the courthouse as furthering interest in downtown.

But for John Costanzo, who owns downtown properties including the site of Starbucks, accounts about revitalizing the central business district appear about twice a year while little changes.

“Nobody ever does anything,” he said.

One of the things that should be done is to provide additional parking, Costanzo said. Few spaces are available on the 800 and 900 blocks of Texas Street, he said. Another necessary effort is to hire a consultant to develop a master plan or have people who care about downtown develop ideas, Costanzo said.

A movie theater isn’t coming after Edwards cinema was built at the mall, he said. “That ship sailed,” Costanzo said, calling the loss of a movie complex downtown a major mistake.

Costanzo said he’s provided private security around his properties between 1 and 5 p.m. – an addition that Costanzo called a significant improvement but one that shouldn’t be his responsibility when the police station is just two blocks away.

Laura Cole-Rowe, executive director of the California Main Street Alliance and a former director of the Fairfield Downtown Improvement District, said malls can’t match what a downtown can deliver.

“I can go to a mall and find the same stores as in Fairfield as in Concord, as in San Diego,” she said. People want an experience that shopping centers can’t provide, Cole-Rowe said. A unique downtown can be a city’s identity, she said.

Fairfield in the late 1980s saw San Luis Obispo and its successful farmers market as a model, Cole-Rowe said, but the demographics here are different from the college town on the Central Coast. The Fairfield Center for Creative Arts that opened along Texas Street in 1990 is a 400-seat theater whose smaller size probably deters regional touring acts from appearing, she said.

“I don’t think it ever performed as the city would have liked,” Cole-Rowe said of the center as an anchor for downtown.

Vacaville often wins praise for its downtown and the city’s attention to its historic buildings. Napadashery owner Block said Fairfield’s downtown isn’t rich in such old sites.

“We have to work with what we have,” she said.

Quilt store owner Cavazos said Vacaville also benefits by not having a mall – as Fairfield does – competing for customers.

Fairfield in its bid to revitalize the central business district also faces the continuing economic downturn, Cavazos said. That complicates efforts, such as attracting anchor stores, she said.

“In this economy,” she said, “I just don’t really think there’s all that much you can do.”

Block’s almost half a century in business means she’s seen booms and bad times in the national economy – including the downturn that started late in 2007.

“I’ve survived four recessions,” she said. “This was by far the worst.”

The business district has down well by adding the farmers market and with events like the Tomato Festival, Block said.

Next, suggests Ray’s Cycle manager Seehausen, should be downtown matching what the Solano Town Center mall does. He said the shopping center sends representatives to try to attract businesses to locate at the mall. Downtown, Seehausen said, should ask stores at the center about coming to the central business district.

Fairfield Main Street Association executive director Manzo said downtowns don’t develop overnight.

“It takes time,” she said. “It is happening.”

Pepperbelly’s, the comedy club that closed after a January 2013 fire at the site, is under review for new uses. The building, whose root reach back 90 years and that was once home to Vaudeville, could be restored as a movie theater, Manzo said.

People often point to another city’s central business district and say that’s what Fairfield should do, she noted, but duplicating another downtown won’t work.

“Uniqueness is the secret,” Manzo said.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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  • SobreakitdownformeJanuary 02, 2014 - 11:36 pm

    Its difficult for me to drive in downtown Fairfield and parking is terrible. I dont want to parallel park because I guess im not good enough of a driver, but im guessing thats a lot of shoppers problem too. I think also that there really isnt a draw to go to downtown Fairfield, as in theres nothing unique to visit. Even if there was it would be a once ot twice visiting affair. They need some name brand stores just to draw in the crowd. It makes sense to break up the national chain stores and blend them with local stores. Too many drawn into the mall, the outlets, etc. Its convienant to do business in one location then many. But if it was better balanced everyone could be a winner. Its too late for that now, only way is to find national retail stores not already in the area who are willing to take a chance in a not so hot area. But they will need incentives to do this its business. But overall i dont think the economic board or redevelopment board cares at all because this has been an issue for far too long. Its the wait till they forget and sweep it under the rug until next year where they rinse and repeat. We dont have people in charge who wants to work, they are lazy or tired or entitled to do anything. Dont disrupt their system, theyre happy to collect a paycheck by just filling a position. Again we have mindless monkeys not working in our government.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 03, 2014 - 8:05 am

    Sobreakitdownforme, your difficulty or inability to paralellpark is disturbing ing to me. That maneuver was removed from the DMV driving test and IMO should not have been. Too bad that driver’s aren’t held to the once high standard, now vehicle crimes are commonplace. Law enforcement is ignoring that behavior.

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  • SandyJanuary 03, 2014 - 8:46 am

    CD Brooks, That comment from Sobreakitdownforme could have been written from me. I can't parallel park so well either. I know many other people who don't like to park downtown. From all of us, we are sooooo sorry to disturb you but I can't see how it's any of your concern. We will shop and park where we choose to and you can keep spending your time putting people down and commenting on just about every article in the DR.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 03, 2014 - 6:35 am

    .One remedy might be to start at the storefronts and work to the middle of the street removing everything. Then put in new sidewalks with diagonal parking like it used to be. Clean it up and add businesses that stay open longer and on weekends. Another idea would be to take advantage of the side streets renovating those and adding more commonly patronized business. The soon-to-be newly renovated Courthouse has a very nice park-like area, why not take advantage of that? Make it user-friendly and pleasant walking experience. Mix in some nice Cafés, bakeries and eclectic mix of specialty shops. Keeping bicyclists and skate-boarders off the sidewalk would be nice too! Parking, cleanliness and convenience are key.

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  • Rick WoodJanuary 04, 2014 - 3:37 am

    Good thoughts, CD. Another idea: No one likes one-way streets, but they can buy a lot of space for diagonal parking.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 04, 2014 - 8:58 am

    Excellent point Rick! Of course we know financing is an issue but moving forward. Downtown could manage two way traffic with the proper adjustments. But they could consider Empire and Missouri as one ways and widen downtown. Good engineering and planning could make this work. Martinez did that successfully with Berrellessa St. and Alhambra Ave, just a thought...

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  • Rick WoodJanuary 04, 2014 - 9:22 am

    There, you see Sandy? We're on it! Even CD.

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  • The MisterJanuary 03, 2014 - 7:25 am

    Problem, reaction, solution. Downtown is in sorry shape (whether it is or not). The government must put the citizens even further in debt to fix the problem. Usher Agenda 21's program and restrictions into the downtown. Problem, reaction, solution. (Not sure about Agenda 21? Research its implementation arm called ICLEI. And yes, Fairfield is a member of ICLEI... and yes, your councilperson or planning commissioners probably don't know that.)

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  • My2centsJanuary 03, 2014 - 7:58 am

    The problem with downtown Fairfield is that there are a large concentration of drug treatment, testing, and counseling focused businesses within too small a geographic area. The zoning laws need to be changed to limit such businesses to one every three miles so they are spread throughout the city. (Similar to liquor store zoning ordinances) These businesses mean addicts, who are often prohibited from driving, have to move into the downtown area. The result is increasing crime and loitering of a high concentration of recovering, and some NOT recovering, addicts in the downtown area. Why isn't the arts center a theater for independent films? I have to drive to Davis or Berkeley to see art films. It could be an art house twice a month. Often when visionaries propose such things ideas are squashed by people who have the mind set that Fairfield residents are not a demographic for culture. If you cater to the bounce house and free food population you really can't complain when residents who want culture and arts go elsewhere.

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  • The MisterJanuary 03, 2014 - 8:02 am

    Let's pay for some more abortion clinics downtown. Why not... the taxpayers don't care.

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  • Rita McCJanuary 03, 2014 - 10:07 am

    When I go to bars in downtown Benicia, Vacaville, Napa, and Dixon, ( I work in liquor distribution), I often hear that downtown Fairfield bars are riddled with meth heads. Married couples, Air Force men and women, singles, musicians, white collar, blue collar workers, etc., do not want to commingle with that scene.

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  • innovationinstitutellcJanuary 03, 2014 - 11:48 am

    Interesting points!

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  • Rick WoodJanuary 03, 2014 - 8:19 am

    With the aging Baby Boomers looking to downsize and to live in a walkable community, the concept of creating a "senior village" downtown is my contribution to these ideas; a city within a city. If that theme were consistently followed downtown with services and development by the private and public sectors, it could happen.

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  • The MisterJanuary 03, 2014 - 9:43 am

    Agenda 21 ALERT!!! If that was economically viable, then the unmolested market would have provided that. "But it's such a good idea that we need to force people to do this" is the mantra of Agenda 21 and its implementation arm, ICLEI.

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  • Rick WoodJanuary 03, 2014 - 9:50 am

    You put way too much faith in the "unmolested market." The "unmolested market" may result in a community turning out to be Bedford Falls or Potterville. The difference might be the character and leadership of one person. Government can improve the odds of being Bedford Falls with or without that one person. Government is not always right, but it's essential to our existence if we are going to live so close and interdependent on each other.

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  • Rick WoodJanuary 03, 2014 - 10:01 am

    And an unmolested market gave us debacles like Enron, remember. There are mountains of examples of where the private sector blew it due to incompetence or just plain old corruption. All I’m saying is I believe there is an undetected market out there for senior villages. I don’t care whether the private or the public sector verifies it and acts on in, but it should be a partnership to overcome obstacles to implementation. If I’m wrong, I hope they discover that too. It’s only a hunch.

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  • DRIPJanuary 03, 2014 - 11:59 am

    Yeah, and a "molested" market gave us Solyndra, Fiskers, and on and on. The heavy hand of government is "molesting" the market right out of existence.

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  • innovationinstitutellcJanuary 03, 2014 - 11:49 am

    Rick, your comments are well thought out.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 03, 2014 - 9:55 am

    Sandy, nice to hear from you. I do write often just because it's important to inform you about what's wrong. You are part of the problem. Have a nice day! :)

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  • FrederickJanuary 03, 2014 - 10:08 am

    I smell Consultant Contracts coming, straight out of the General Fund. Council will syphon these funds into a special account called something like "The Downtown Revitalization Fund". We will get new light posts, new flower pots, and new streets all repairing what they did the last time. And the only ones that will make out will be the Consultants & the Contractors. Does that sound Practical?

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  • Laci PanteesJanuary 03, 2014 - 10:23 am

    Do you notice that everyone thinks we can shop and party our way out of economic distress.....We really need manufacturing jobs.....Why can we not make our own Tennis Shoes, Cars, Underwear in our own Country?.......also is anyone monitoring Radiation Levels, does the County do this?

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  • DRIPJanuary 03, 2014 - 10:33 am

    We make almost nothing the the US anymore because of the EPA, the CARB, OSHA, CalOSHA, and on and on. It's almost impossible to start a new manufacturing enterprise or continue with an existing one. We have done it to ourselves, mostly because of the jerks we elect to office at every level.

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  • rlw895January 03, 2014 - 10:44 am

    On the other hand, we live in a relatively safe and clean environment. Jobs leave not just because it costs to maintain that safe clean environment amidst some forms of industry, but because our workers demand reasonable wages. Would you like to live in a Chinese or Indian industrial city?

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  • DRIPJanuary 03, 2014 - 11:56 am

    I think we just heard from one of the jerks!

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  • Rick WoodJanuary 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

    Why the new name, Daniel?

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  • innovationinstitutellcJanuary 03, 2014 - 11:57 am

    Give Margaret Manzo, executive director of the Fairfield Downtown Association the needed funds from Sacramento. Then Margaret Manzo can make the needed difference.

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  • ScottJanuary 03, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    Lots of great ideas, implementation of those ideas is the tuff part. The Fairfield Main Street Association has openings on their volunteer downtown committees, so if you would like to get your feet on the ground we could sure use constructive help. 707-422-0103 ask for Margaret.

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  • ChrisJanuary 03, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    There are about 5 or o 6 of you (some not present in today's conversation) that bleep, moan, gripe, complain and seemingly have the omnipotence to fix all of Fairfield's(and the world's too if we dare look at any opinion piece in the DR)problems. You sit here and berate the politicians in office, but I'm guessing you are older than I am(33) and are part of the original problem that has us spindling down the tube as fast as we are. Older Americans love to moan and groan about how bad it is, how this politicos have ruined it all but fail to mention they were the ones who COULD vote, and they DID vote and these ARE the results of THEIR decisions. Own up to it, you screwed us and our kids down the river and now that the ball is swinging the other way and your generations are feeling the hit you're mad. Deal with it. I'm not guaranteed a SSI, my generation and those after me won't have the luxury of working for the same company for 20 years or having plush pensions, but we'll definitely pay for yours while you sit here and gripe.

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  • Mr. SmithJanuary 03, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    Chris--One question: Did you vote for Obama?

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  • sobreakitdownformeJanuary 03, 2014 - 4:01 pm

    Younger people that "gripe" post here too. Your comment was irrelevant . You shouldn't assume peoples age especially when no one mentioned it nor does it have any relevance to the topic.

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  • The MisterJanuary 03, 2014 - 5:49 pm

    Chris, I had those same thoughts about what Sean Hannity calls "the greatest generation"... because they're not! It's the adults from the 1930's who should have stood up against so many things... like those things that precipitated WWII, or the confiscation of all gold, the growth of communism here, etc. And I think about the adults from the 1910's... they should have stood up against the creation of the Federal Reserve (a private, for-profit corporation) and against the unconstitutional income tax and those manipulations that brought about WWI. And the adults from the 1860's... many of them stood up and fought... many because if they didn't they would be shot where they stood. But if those adults could have fought the nationalistic overthrow of the sovereignty of the individual States instead of fighting each other... yes, the world would be a different place today. Chris, I can't blame people for not knowing. Of course ever since the 1960's the mind-control and propaganda campaigns we call public education has made it even more difficult for people to know. So there's not so much benefit from throwing the dead under the bus, but it is very worthwhile to know how they screwed up... why? so we don't make those same mistakes! What really gets me, Chris, is people who put their faith of the future of humanity in the collective. Rick just said that only the government can give the people what they really need. That's soviet-style central planning. Sure, we put a smiley face on it in this country, but YOUR rights are just as much being ripped from you as under the harsher versions of communism. Chris, if you are awake enough to see the advance of evil in this country, then you surely feel the duty to do something about it. I and my friends have done and continue to do something about it. We are involved and we are vocal. Chris, what are you gonna do? (MODERATOR, IS THERE SOME BAD WORDS IN THIS THAT I DON'T KNOW ABOUT?)

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  • archieJanuary 03, 2014 - 6:03 pm

    nice job Chris,,,, I think it will all be a waste of time anyways to revitalize downtown. Wal-Mart is the new "Main St." USA.

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  • innovationinstitutellcJanuary 03, 2014 - 10:30 pm

    Time for startups to take matters into their own hands! Too many lazy people want everything served on a platter.

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  • Rick WoodJanuary 03, 2014 - 6:27 pm

    Everybody check out NextDoor.com to see what neighborhood group you are in. All of downtown is covered with three groups (Downtown North, Main Street, Downtown South of Texas. Maybe someday they will merge. The are groups in other parts of Fairfield. It's like Neighborhood Watch online.

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  • chrisJanuary 03, 2014 - 8:38 pm

    I most certainly did not vote for Obama. But here we go again with another off target question. Don't sit there and ask me questions. It wouldn't have mattered if I DID vote for Obama, because things were screwd to krrap before that. This is exactly what I was talking about, you proved my point. Now, since I answered your question, will you answer mine? How old are you? Its screwed up because YOUR generation screwed it up, don't pass this krap on Obama, man up and take responsibility and say you screwed your childrens futures down the drain. I just want to hear you old scrooges stop griping about how bad things are, especially since you made the beds you are all forced to lie down in now.

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  • innovationinstitutellcJanuary 03, 2014 - 10:31 pm

    Might we suggest that everyone focus on constructive solutions. Happy New Year!

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 04, 2014 - 7:03 am

    Chris, you’ve had the right to vote for 15 years now, have you exercised that right? Your concerns are probably very much like many others your age, can't blame you for that. Your angst might compel you to try and effect change. Maybe step up and become an advocate, support a candidate or become one yourself? If that is something you choose to do I hope you find the proper political avenue.

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  • Sir VesaJanuary 04, 2014 - 2:02 am

    Looks like Chris is the poster child for the Gen Y, or millennial crowd--the "screwed" generation. Or somebody is pulling our collective leg here. Hey Chris--why don't you run along and learn how to take a photograph that isn't a selfie?

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  • chrisJanuary 04, 2014 - 10:06 am

    @sir Vesa-why don't you continue being a late night alcoholic who troll posts on conversations where they can't keep up with the content. Don't take selfies and don't have facebook instagram or twitter either. @CD I am beginning to become active in this community and that's why I gripe, because I am Actively doing something about the problems-not just on my duff spouting off on DR. Sorry if the truth does hurt, but the baby boomers and beyond did screw us over-its reality its something we as a nation have to deal with and it is up to us as the new generation to look at your past mistakes, evaluate what could of been done differently and then make those changes. Your children ARE intelligent, you shouldn't take us so lightly.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 04, 2014 - 10:24 am

    Chris, I'm not bothered a bit and your "truth" doesn't concern me in the slightest. I know how good life is. Keep pushing forward but in your haste, don't forget who your constituency is. BIG numbers my friend, best not to rock that boat! ;)

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  • Sir VesaJanuary 04, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Chris: Yes, my children are intelligent, college grads, and all three are gainfully employed voters and taxpayers. But unlike you, they have something between their ears other than a big mouth. You're a malcontent windbag, and you won't accomplish much with that attitude. But I'll be on the sidelines watching. This should be good.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 04, 2014 - 11:00 am

    Sir Vesa, I can't disagree with you here. Chris' writing sounds more 13 than 33, he must work on that if he chooses to be taken seriously.

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  • Sir VesaJanuary 04, 2014 - 11:38 am

    CD: I just recently started paying some attention to the media coverage of the behaviors of the generation we see being demonstrated so vividly by Chris. Gen "Y", the "me" generation, the millenials, whatever you call them, are an interesting lot for sure. Like I said--this should be good.

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  • chrisJanuary 04, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    I hope that I do indeed sound thirteen to both of you. Instead of facing the issues at hand, please do continue to make swipes at me instead of even trying to respond to one of many issues that I put forth. It shows where your mind is at and how (some in)this community think. And all this is from a truck driver for forty years. Check the sheepskin on my wall before you throw out asinine comments CD.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 05, 2014 - 7:06 am

    Chris, HA! HA! There goes your campaign buddy. Good luck with yourself!

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  • Sir VesaJanuary 04, 2014 - 7:32 pm

    CD: I told you this was going to be good. "Sheepskin boy" has a problem. If a millennial doesn't get praise and admiration from everyone they encounter within, oh, fifteen seconds, they go postal. Can't even wait in line at Starbucks for their venti mocha with room. Waiting in line is so mainstream and beneath them, you see. LOL!

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  • LilJanuary 04, 2014 - 7:35 pm

    The only way to fix downtown is to have private enterprise want to invest in downtown. If a company does not see downtown as an attractive place to have a business, they won't open downtown. Unless we offer enough tax incentives and property improvement, it is not going to happen (and I am not advocating offering either of those). Right now there are stores that attract people who are shopping for a specific purpose (buying a bike, materials for a quilt). But there are not enough "browsing" stores, the kind that people just walking down the street would be enticed into entering. Go to any successful downtown and you find "browsing" stores. Without browsing stores, people go in one store and then immediately leave. Stores are not benefiting from each other's proximity. Also I tried to get involved, I think almost all the meetings took place on a weekday, when I am at work in San Fran (don't get back to Fairfield until 7:30).

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 05, 2014 - 7:25 am

    Lil, you are absolutely right! "Browsing stores" are always what bring us back. A nice mix of stores and pleasant atmosphere. The idea is to make a nice day of it, not a stop and go!

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  • chrisJanuary 05, 2014 - 6:27 pm

    The funny part is Sir Vesa, you talk a bunch of crap about us millenials, don't forget what age group will be attending to you in your later years. CD-hey with campaign pals like you who needs enemies? Laugh now, then beg for your food later.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 05, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    Chris, you're way out of your league kid. Trading with we elders will get you nowhere. I have plenty of everything I need. and am in little danger of relying upon you and yours for anything, but thanks. Good luck, you're gonna need it.

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  • Sir VesaJanuary 05, 2014 - 6:48 pm

    Hey, Chris--Maybe you should keep in mind what age demographic your climb up the ladder of success will be helped or hindered by (if there is one in your future). That's right. The very folks you bad-mouth and demean in the strongest of terms on this comment board. Good luck with that approach. Hint: It might not work.

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  • Rick WoodJanuary 05, 2014 - 10:21 pm

    Can't we all just get along, and try to revitalize our historic downtown? I'm working on the trees;-).

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Groundwater becomes next big California fight

By Thomas Elias | From Page: A13

 
Fairfield’s main problem is the mayor

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A13, 4 Comments

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Living

Solving and resolving life’s problems

By Barton Goldsmith | From Page: A2

 
Today in History for April 23, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Community Calendar: April 23, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
 
A healthy take on the very not healthy Scotch egg

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

How can I get my 12-year-old grandson to sleep in his own bed?

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

 
Horoscopes for April 23, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

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Entertainment

DeGeneres making design series for HGTV

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Discovery to chronicle Everest avalanche

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Bieber seeks delay in Fla. DUI trial

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in Philly

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
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Sports

5 Fairfield runners finish Boston Marathon

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

 
Sharks beat Kings 4-3 in OT, take 3-0 series lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Prep swimming update: Postseason looms on horizon

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
SCC softball ends regular season with 29 straight wins

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Seahawks acquire QB Terrelle Pryor

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
NFL playoff game to air on ESPN for 1st time

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

MLB suspends 4 after Brewers-Pirates brawl

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Djokovic: Wrist better, will try to play in Madrid

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Armstrong coach Bruyneel banned for 10 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Pujols’ 500th HR helps Angels beat Nationals 7-2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Rangers rally for two runs in ninth to beat A’s

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Beverly Hanson, forgotten pioneer in women’s golf

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Tech boom presents new wrinkles for Wrigley Field

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Warriors announce new plans for SF arena

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle to enter NBA draft

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
AP Source: N.Y. Giants’ Hill facing 3rd suspension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Warriors’ Curry eager to erase Game 2 nightmare

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Spurs’ Popovich wins NBA Coach of the Year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Raiders begin offseason workouts

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
David Moyes out as Manchester United manager

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

NBA Playoffs: Raptors even series with Nets

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
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Business

Novartis reshapes business with GSK, Lilly deals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

AT&T had strong 1Q on wireless installment plans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Valeant, Ackman make $45.6B Allergan bid

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

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Obituaries

Robert James Carty Sr.

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Richard P. Horn

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Dondi Martin

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Anne Irene Elizabeth Fulgoni

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 3 Comments

Kyong Hee Maxwell

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Norma O’Regan

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

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Comics

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Wizard Of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7