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Problems take toll at Lee Bell Park

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From page A1 | March 09, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Lee Bell Park is where Aleny Tonnesen played women’s slow-pitch softball in the 1970s – and the place where her 11-year-old grandson now plays Pony League baseball.

But so much has changed at the park on Washington Street, Tonnesen said.

It’s not safe, she says. It’s an eyesore. It’s a place where some homeless people use drugs.

“We’ve got a real big problem,” she said. “Those kids are in harm’s way.”

Some homeless people have made the park their temporary quarters, Tonnesen said, and hang laundry on the fences. Three weeks ago, a church group came by and provided food and clothing, she said.

Her husband Bud Tonnesen, 76, remembers practicing football as a teen at the park when work was underway at Armijo High School’s field. Now when he drives by Lee Bell Park, he sees homeless people sleeping by the fence.

“They have to have some place to go,” Bud Tonnesen said. “I understand that.”

But children playing baseball shouldn’t be put in the position where it’s not safe for them to use a public bathroom at the park, he said. Or where they witness the arrest of a 22-year-old Fairfield man on suspicion of attacking a police officer, said Tonnesen. That happened Tuesday.

The grandparents, and the parents of the 11-year-old, go to the park when he plays baseball at Lee Bell.

Bud Tonnesen said a solution to the problems at the park eludes him.

“I can’t tell you,” he said. “I wish I could answer that.”

Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani agrees with the Tonnesens’ assessment of the park.

“Lee Bell Park is dangerous,” she said. “We need to fix it.”

“We need to get Lee Bell Park back under control,” Bertani said.

If a police officer in uniform, with a gun, is attacked there, the councilwoman said, the site is unsafe for residents.

Fairfield Police Chief Walt Tibbet said the city manager’s office and Police Department are developing a strategy to address the park’s situation and called that undertaking a top priority for Fairfield. Organizations trying to help people who are homeless as well the homeless have been contacted, Tibbet said.

“Fairfield’s just an incredibly generous community,” the police chief. “We’re a caring community.”

So many people are trying to help that, rather than assisting the homeless, the efforts can support a lifestyle, the chief said. Food and funds not connected with ways to get people out of homelessness don’t help, Tibbet said.

He called Lee Bell Park a wonderful facility that, unfortunately, has fallen into a condition where people are afraid to go there.

The officer who was attacked is recovering and will return to duty, Tibbet said. The suspect has been charged with offenses including battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Measures Councilwoman Bertani proposes include enforcement of the city’s ordinance prohibiting adults without children in play areas at city parks. She also wants bathrooms at the park, where drug dealing, prostitution and other crimes take place, closed.

Parishioners from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 1600 Union Ave,. across from the park, have emailed city officials about conditions at Lee Bell, Bertani said, and people include photos of shopping carts and dangerous paraphernalia around the church. Problems at the park have spilled over into the church site, she said.

Fairfield Mayor Harry Price said what’s happening at Lee Bell has to be addressed.

“People are outraged by the aberrant behavior,” he said. “The violence and the unsavory behavior is casting a very negative impact on the city.”

Fairfield is working with Solano County on the matter, said Price, who wants the park at 1401 Washington St. closed at night. Moreover, said the mayor, food should be not provided at the park to the homeless.

The Rev. Michael Wurz of The Edge Community Church in Fairfield, whose meals and clothing donations Aleny Tonnesen saw delivered last month at Lee Bell, said the church assists the homeless at sites around Fairfield.

“They seem to congregate there,” he said of Lee Bell Park. “That’s why we go there.”

The Edge tries to provide people with a way to get off the streets, he said, and is much more successful once the church can get people who are homeless to its building where computers and fax machines are available for job searches and other services.

Homeless people tend to congregate at Lee Bell after leaving nearby Mission Solano, Wurz said.

“One of the easy answers,” he said, “is to allow them to remain at Mission Solano during the day.”

A representative of Mission Solano could not be reached Thursday or Friday for comment.

Wurz said people at the park are not uniformly receptive to The Edge’s efforts. Some are drinking and doing drugs, he said.

“They do not want anything to do with us,” the pastor said.

George Montgomery Peters Jr., 50, who spoke about being homeless in Solano County for two decades, said he doesn’t go to Lee Bell Park.

“Everybody wants to get high, drunk or loaded,” said Peters, referring to his not having used drugs for 30 years.

His solution to problems at the park is to put a big fence with barbed wire around the site.

“Most tweakers and dope fiends are not going to want to climb a fence to go in,” Peters said.

He amended his assessment to note that having something to steal on the other side can overcome the reluctance of habitual drug users to climb such a fence.

Rev. Wurz said he wants to see Lee Bell Park safe and the homeless problem addressed.

“They have no place to go,” he said. “That’s why they go there.”

“I want to do anything I can to help improve it,” Wurz said of the situation the city faces.

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

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  • elleryMarch 09, 2014 - 3:42 am

    Transfer Mission Solano to the Farallon Islands. Long swim back.

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  • patrickMarch 09, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    that would be cruel Ellery, some may not be swimmers. the SPCA would put them up for adoption. then we would see the liberals solve this problem. it really starts at the top. the very-very TOP ---WUSSINGTON DC.

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  • patrickMarch 10, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    I have read all 39 comments and wonder why Vacaville does not have a problem like this

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 09, 2014 - 7:03 am

    This article is very disturbing. A handful of bums doing drugs seems to have the city and social help organizations stumped. And I wonder why the youth leagues keep scheduling games here in view of the health and safety issues present? If the ball field was closed to league play, I bet there would be some parental pressure put on the city to get off its duff and get this place and the bums who frequent it squared away. This is ridiculous. Is this what my donations to Mission Solano foster?

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  • CD BrooksMarch 09, 2014 - 7:29 am

    They just move from one area to another yet still within this city's limits. And honest citizens have to go along with it due to “lack of resources?" BS! Here's a novel idea, enforce ALL the friggin laws/ordinances and this sh*t will go away! Why are there terrorists, dangerous hobos (oh sorry meant homeless), obliteration of every traffic law ever written, ignorance and rude behavior everywhere? Because they are All reactions to a lack of proper attention and/or enforcement. Try that for a damn change, it would make the majority of our issues go away guaranteed!

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  • NicoleMarch 09, 2014 - 7:34 am

    Wait..., someone has been homeless for 30 years and homeless people hang out at the park and get high!!! So that's where the donations go? Churches give them food and the mission feeds them? At what point are the homeless people going to start taking care of themselves? It don't sound like the donations going to the mission is been used right?

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 09, 2014 - 7:51 am

    CD: At least on this one we are in total agreement. This city has enough problems without letting a few bums and miscreants run around with impunity, doing drugs, fighting amongst themselves and the police, and fouling the environment! I, too, am sick of it. When is the city council going to get serious? If I'm the police chief and one of these bums assaults my officers, I'm gonna turn their little playground upside down and maybe put a few batons upside their filthy heads in the process. If the mayor and chief don't have the stones to do the job, then replace them with someone who has. C'mon, people! Get on this problem before it really gets out of hand.

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  • BlakeApril 15, 2014 - 6:56 pm

    You sound like something out of the purge I'm Blake Cooper I'm about to have a daughter I go to the park to just chill and because of thinkers like you a cop treated an innocent man rudely and attacked him and then turned around lied and said I attacked him all to bring this bum business up the bums there don't bother people they stay away from the kids some of their families have kids that play baseball I agree living at the park doing drugs that should be cleaned up but using an innocent man as an example I've had enough of that in my time

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  • patrvkMarch 09, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    the state could make it mandatory that all shopping carts be licensed and insured and when stopped by law enforcement proof of ownership & insurance must be provided. that is a joke. but it might solve 2 problems in ff

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  • Whats This AboutMarch 09, 2014 - 8:40 am

    Don't feed the animals they become dependent on humans.

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  • arMarch 09, 2014 - 9:01 am

    That was funny Whats This About

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  • S KMarch 09, 2014 - 9:24 am

    We all seem to be in some sort of agreement here. Stop enabling these people, many if not most of them are drug or alcohol abusers. A couple of solutions in the article were pure DumbArse IMO, close the bathrooms, and/or put a wire fence around the park locking everyone out, real real intelligent solutions (Read my sarcasm). 1) How about making it illegal to enable these bums, feeding, or clothing them, or handing them money, that they can use to buy more alcohol or drugs. 2) Give them two options, Option A) Go into offered treatment, and once clean provide them job training and job opportunities with Temporary housing. B) For those not accepting option A), establish a huge homeless camp, with tents, washing, cleaning, eating facilities, in the middle of the desert, Mojave or in the middle of Nevada, getting them away from the rest of society, surrounded by an electrified Barb wired fence. Call it a concentration camp or prison if you want, but it is their choice. Option A) would be preferable, to their advantage. But to close the rest rooms and close access to the park altogether because of THEM is fool hardy. Last time my Wife & I were at a Sunday Jazz day in Suisun, and the organizers neglected to order any outhouses, we found the public restrooms also closed. Oh this is just great for the tourists that Suisun would like to attract to our waterfront, isn't it, reverse thinking. And it was our last attendance of the Sunday Jazz. Thank-you Suisun. Get rid of the problem to begin with, Option A) or B)!!!!! Whatever happened to vagrancy laws????? Do SOMETHING City Governments, but do not restrict access to those law abiding tax paying citizens that need to use the bathroom facilities or park!!!!!!!!

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  • http://definitions.uslegal.com/v/vagrancy/March 09, 2014 - 9:30 am

    Vagrancy Laws have been struck down or restricted by the U.S. Supreme court, but have been re-written that van pass muster, restricting certain activities. How about our local city Governments get THE JOB DONE, and ENFORCE THE LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • stop feeding the homelessMarch 09, 2014 - 9:29 am

    We are only starting to see what the results of allowing a huge "Homeless Shelter" in our city will bring. Mission Solano's Bridge to Life program is centered on Beck Ave. near the homeless city at Ledgewood Creek. Mission Solano's Day Center is located on Travis Blvd just down the street from Lee Bell Park. These programs have greatly expanded over the last 5 years... feeding the growth and increasing the number of homeless people attracted to Fairfield. The program is mismanaged and the programs attract more homeless people looking for handouts. Stop making Fairfield attractive for these people, and they will go somewhere else (like SF or Berkeley). Stop funding Mission Solano!! Do people remember the loans the city gave the shelter to build their Bridge to Life program??? I do, we had to vote on it. Its a shame... we should be using city money to IMPROVE the city, not make it worse!

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  • S KMarch 09, 2014 - 9:33 am

    AMEN TO THAT!!!!!!!!!

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  • Robert NoelMarch 17, 2014 - 8:48 am

    Since you say "Amen to tjat." I assume, perhaps incorrectly, that if you attend Sunday services, you slept through the part about Isaiah 58: 3-12 "Feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the naked and do no turn your back on your family in need." Seems Mission Solano and the other folks ministering to the homeless in Solano County are fulfilling a biblical commandment. You and others of your ilk on this page appear to have a "US" v. "Them" mentality. Consider how close you may be to moving over to the "Them" side. Say you are stopped by the cops and arrested and charged for some felony that you did not do - they have the wrong guy - just like the guy they recently cut loose in SF.after holding him for 9 months when they knew from the beginning that some guy in Nevada had been arrested and confessed to being the doer of the deed. You are now a "Them". While you are being held, you have lost your apartment and all of your stuff in it has gone away ... someone has taken your car and it is gone ... you have lost your job and been replaced ... so ... where do you go? You go where "Them" go - Mission Solano ... hot meal, safe place to sleep, help in getting a job, clothes and housewares from the thrift center and maybe help in finding an apartment ... and stop living a paranoid existence ...THE WHOLE DAMNED WORLD IS A DANGEROUS PLACE, get over it. You also probably slept through the lesson on Josuah 1:9 - I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

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  • StephanieMarch 09, 2014 - 5:55 pm

    If you all see such problems with the city and it's parks...get out there and help fix them. First of all, you can see all of Mission Solano's financial information online, anyone can look at it, and you'll see where the money goes. It's very transparent. They definitely don't see more donations as more homeless, that's silly, they want to see homelessness end too. They use their resources to HELP the homeless get back on their feet. They give a hand up, not a hand out. Second of all, if you're curious about what happens at the mission, go volunteer.

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  • Fed UpMarch 09, 2014 - 9:29 am

    There are big problems at the downtown library too. Homeless inside and out. I say that if we have to have Mission Solano in this town have them stay open during the day. The homeless can have computers, tvs, books for entertainment.

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  • boomMarch 09, 2014 - 10:39 am

    This what the Mission wants. They thrive off of donations, more homeless people = more donations. They don't care about Fairfield or homeless people-If they did, they wouldn't kick them out on the streets during the day to blight our city. Basically FF has put out a bird feeder(read:shelter) and all the birds are going to flock to that shelter. The mission offers to get transients California ID's using the Mission's address, so now these homeless people are Official residents of FF and can't be harassed by the cops as much. So, when you read about the good things Mission Solano is doing, be sure to thing about all the garbage and eyesore they bring to this city. If you don't like blight in your city, don't support the mission because they attracting all the WRONG people to FF

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  • Grumpy GusMarch 09, 2014 - 11:07 am

    I lived over by the Civic Center for 13 years... As Mission Solano grew, so did the morning influx of homeless thru our neighborhoods on their way to the "library"... My kids went to the City of Fairfield Pre-school program in the Civic Center. Each morning as we walked past the ponds, I would see empty 40oz liquor bottles, and trash left from the day/night before. Often times finding needles floating in the pond or at the base of the trees the kids liked to climb. If Mission Solano is truly letting the Homeless use their address to get ID cards, they should be living there, 24/7 - learning skills to get back into the community. Not being kicked out every morning to reek havoc in our parks and libraries. What the city has allowed to happen at Lee Bell and even at West Texas St park is sad and dangerous. Too bad that Mission Solano does not have vans to bus the Homeless out to Rancho Solano, and to the Cordelia Library each day... If they did, the problem would be solved in a few weeks. Drinking and defecating on the precious Golf Courses would not be tolerated... How much longer are we going to leave the current 'city leaders' in place.

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  • JBMarch 09, 2014 - 1:04 pm

    Pam Bertani cares so much about Fairfield that she is running for another office before her current term is up.

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  • Skeptic ScroogeMarch 09, 2014 - 9:40 pm

    Exactly! BERTANI has em camped over by her church SO BERTANI CAN LOAD These FREELOADERS into a VOTING BOOTH!!!

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 09, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    Thanks to Ryan McCarthy and the DR for running this informative and disturbing article. The commentary has also been enlightening. If the city leadership and police do not get more proactive after this, then there is little hope of improvement. START ENFORCING THE LAWS AND ORDINANCES that will discourage this element from staying here. If we don't have enough ordinances, then pass some more. Also, the local churches might need to reassess their involvement, since it appears they might be contributing to and enabling these bums and vagrants rather than helping them get off the streets. It seems obvious that many of the "homeless" prefer their lifestyle. Don't continue to make it easy for them. As I stated earlier, the city has enough problems.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 09, 2014 - 3:50 pm

    Mr. Smith, we are on a roll here! I know this is not popular and people rarely if ever respond to my traffic rants. But I have stated that I would pay a tax for a fully staffed, full time traffic division and I will not back away from it. I don't care why finances are a problem but apparently they are and that isn't right! Taking away the "lack of resources" banner and getting after law-breakers at every turn would make a lot of this stuff go away.

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  • Mr. PracticalMarch 09, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    My uncle Lee must be rolling in his grave.

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 09, 2014 - 4:14 pm

    Right, CD: Outrageous drivers on our streets and filthy, drug-using bums in our parks, public facilities and streets 24/7 ought to be within the control of even a mediocre city government. It's not the Taliban, for cryin' out loud! Not to mention the gang and drug culture that terrorizes many parts of the city. I haven't seen a lot of concern by our mayor and council or the FPD on these issues. Or maybe they are overwhelmed. Why is that one wonders? Does anyone even give a hoot? For too long, I have been ashamed to tell people from other areas that I live in Fairfield.

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  • Mr. PracticalMarch 09, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    Part of the problem is there are no more vagrancy laws and the police's hands are tied unless they approach in the commission of a crime. Many of the homeless carry ACLU cards and pull them out when approached.

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  • http://definitions.uslegal.com/v/vagrancy/March 09, 2014 - 5:02 pm

    Vagrancy laws have been restricted, but specific laws can be passed against such specific activity. See the URL on, "name." Local Government just needs to do their D_MN JOBS and stop going on JUNKETS!!!!!!

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 09, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    Mr. P: You have identified one major problem in all of this--lawyers, especially the ACLU variety. But there are some laws and ordinances available beyond vagrancy laws. It just takes a will on the part of the city (in this case) to follow through. That will appears to be lacking, even though we see a youth sports league still scheduling games at a venue that is befouled by bums, vagrants and druggies. Lee Bell is obviously not the only public facility that is made unfit or unhealthy for general public use. It is time to hold our elected officials' feet to the fire on this issue.

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  • JoeMarch 09, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    Lee Bell Park has been this way for years, same with Allen Witt Park & Linear Bike. Anyone remember when the old hospital on West Texas was used as a homeless day center? Look at all the homeless camps along the creek south of Hwy 12 & the ones just south of the business on the north side of Hwy 12 & get this, the Police Gun Range, all in view of every Fairfield & non-Fairfield cop that goes there. One lame attempt to address the problem along the upper part of the creek that goes though the residential area was to close it to the public & put up “No Trespassing” signs. Area residents used to walk their dogs there. As the homeless take over this is Fairfield Council’s usual response. Could this happen at Lee Bell? You bet, they already took out benches meant for the public. If Fairfield still had an RDA Mraz & company would be looking to build apartment’s there. It still wouldn’t surprise me if Council had the placed leveled & put up a “For Sale” sign, Fairfield’s Council is notorious for that. Look at the common denominator, Mission Solano. I’m all for helping the homeless that want help, but I see the same homeless for years, even decades. It reaches a point that they’ve chosen this lifestyle by one means or another & people/the public, Mission Solano, the police & City Council just become enablers. Just the other day I watched a homeless guy leaning on a cane standing on the center divider by the 99 Cent Store for a half hour. Even saw a cop drive right past. I watched 15 people give him paper money. Even if it was just a dollar each that’s $30 an hour. Enablers?! That’s one way they get there drug & alcohol money. We just need Fairfield’s City Council & police to do their job otherwise what kind of city will we end up with? Oh wait, never mind…..

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  • JoeMarch 09, 2014 - 4:57 pm

    Mr. P, Isn't there an ordinance against camping on public & private land in Fairfield? Drinking alcohol in a city park? Drunk in public is against the law right? Being under the influence of drugs is too? So is possession right? Loitering? Public nuisance? Pan Handling? Didn't the city just pass something about shopping carts? How many laws do the police need? Maybe we can get CVS on Travis Blvd to charge the homeless for theft of electricity when they charge there cell phones right next to the PAL Club (one had a better cell phone than me). What about when they tap the power at Allen Witt, Lee Bell & Laurel Creek Park. Yep, Laurel Creak Park, homeless camps over there too. Did you hear about the cave system they dug under the new over pass at N. Texas St. & I-80? That's got to qualify as vandalism? What say you Mr. P?

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  • mescMarch 09, 2014 - 7:26 pm

    How is it that homeless people never have money to pay rent, buy groceries or get a job, but always have money for cigs, drugs & drink? Damn Sad Liberal Caused Human Blight. Remember this on Election Day.

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  • PornacMarch 09, 2014 - 9:15 pm

    Obama is enabling this by giving them healthcare.

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  • Inquiring mind wanting to knowMarch 09, 2014 - 11:36 pm

    I can't begin to wrap my mind around the logic of the highlighted concern surrounding this ONE park in Fairfield. How about having a councilman. Or anybody who claims to "run" this city, that will figure out ways to make this entire community safe and CLEAN again. Every block, on every corner we see. Homeless people, trash, police, abandoned boarded up houses, etc. There isn't a street in this town that isnt covered in filth and trash. Instead of spending money on new unnecessary remodeling of jails and buildings, why dont we spend money on cleaning this town up? Not JUST Lee bell park. ALL OF FAIRFIELD.

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 10, 2014 - 11:29 am

    Enquiring Mind: Haven't you been following this thread? The commenters have almost all described the problem as city-wide, and many-faceted. The Lee Bell article was the catalyst.

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  • Fairfield MomMarch 09, 2014 - 11:57 pm

    There is a pretty painless solution. As a good will gesture for the millions and millions of dollars that Ron Marlette and Mission Solano have drained from the communiy for the past 15 years they should immediately close all operations at the Travis Community Outreach Center, and move all Mission Solano programs to the Beck location. The city of Fairfield and Solano County both made significant contributions in dollars and staff time, and should consequently demand to not only audit the books, but do a facilities audit,and see how many of the rooms on Beck are even being used for housing.

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  • Barbara FreemanMarch 10, 2014 - 7:17 am

    "Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered." ~Proverbs 21:13

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  • S KMarch 10, 2014 - 7:54 am

    Then you take them in!!!!!!!

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  • S KMarch 10, 2014 - 8:03 am

    By the way, even Christian Churches, have tried living by the good book, First Christian Church (In Suisun), used to open their doors on Tuesday nights, (Maybe still does), for the homeless to have a warm decent place to sleep, which resulted in them having to install a burglar alarm, having been ripped off at least once, if I recall correctly. I recall a prior Pastor, Pastor McKinney, years ago, getting ready to leave and having a homeless couple come up, asking him for some money, saying that they ran out of gas. He replied, "Give me a minute, and I'll be right out and will take you over to get you some gas." By the time he came out, they were GONE. Yup, you ought to help your fellow man, but not be a SUCKER about it. You don't see STUPID tattooed to my forehead :-)

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  • LilMarch 10, 2014 - 10:38 am

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Don't just give out food at a park or give people a place to sleep at night. Address the problem of why they are homeless. My problem with Mission Solano is that I can't find stats on how many people they have actually helped get off and stay off the streets.

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  • Ron MarletteMarch 10, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    As the founding Executive Director of Mission Solano, let me share what we do and what we don't do. We do not allow those who come to us for services and resources hang out in parks, and use substance that keep them homeless. Nor do we allow panhandling. If we see someone doing this, they know they are not allowed back. We are about breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. This takes discipline and change. That would be holistic care that fosters change and hope! Period...no tolerance and change. Please come visit and see first hand what is available for the disenfranchised of our communities. Help us help them with real change. We have been providing holistic care for 15 years! In fact we are having another graduation of 14 people who are graduating from our programs to self-sufficiency... :-) That is real change and we are proud of them! Ron

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 10, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    Mr. Marlette: Thank you for responding and for your years of helping the homeless in our midst. I can't help but wonder, though, how you go about monitoring your clients' behaviors while they are out and about the city? Do you recruit people off the street, or do you wait for them to seek you out? Is there anything, in your opinion, that can be done to get the "hardcore" street people (i.e., those not in your programs or who refuse help) off the streets? The problem in Fairfield has gotten out of hand, and seems to be reflecting a negative light on Mission Solano. I'm sure you are aware of this.

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  • BabsMarch 12, 2014 - 5:02 am

    It's frustrating to me to see so many comments from people complaining about the situation and bashing the groups that are trying to help. Instead of pointing fingers and shaking your head, why not do something to help and contribute positive ideas and action towards a solution? We are all God's children and commanded to love one another as we do Christ. I am part of a church group that has gone out to Lee Bell Park for the past 8 months, providing meals, food, clothing, basic essentials, prayer, fellowship, love, and local resources for help, shelters and recovery services. We have never met resistance from the Lee Bell community, on the contrary been welcomed with open arms and grateful hearts.My question is now that the homeless have been run out of Lee Bell where have they gone? Another park? What has happened hasn't solved the issue of getting people help they need or off the streets, just further displaced them. I encourage all to pray fervently for the homeless and addicted that they may seek refuge in safe places, seek the Lord and utilize the help that is out there for them. I pray to open the minds and hearts of those that see the afflicted as bums and not people.

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  • rpApril 03, 2014 - 9:19 pm

    I suggest everyone who is unhappy with what is going on in FF go to April 15th city council meeting. That is when the city manager is to unveil his "plan" to deal with the homeless, and hopefully get Mission Solano under control. Did you know they pay for bus tickets for out of area homeless to come to FF? That homeless receive help getting social security. My question is how does the city council not know what is going on in the city they are serving? And yes, Rancho Solano residents are sick of what's going on too. Mr. Marlette, no one believes your BS anymore. Contact as many council members, especially Mayor Price, about how unhappy you are and MAYBE something will actually be done. Being Mayor is more than showing up at Jelly Belly events and store openings. I'm tired of seeing public unination and defication, fist fights between homeless in front of Mission Solano on Travis and shopping carts filled with junk all over the city. In fact, I'm over this city...

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  • rpApril 03, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    Oh, and to Patrick, Vacaville doesn't have this problem because they have competent people running Vacaville and a police department that cares!

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    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

     
    Homeless man beaten to death in San Francisco

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Obama administration sets stricter smog standard

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Obama gets the bill for White House Thanksgiving

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Heart stent for Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, 81

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Snow makes Thanksgiving travel ‘a little hairy’

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Union focuses on security guards at Apple

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    American among hostages targeted in Yemen raid

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Sierra Leone official: Ebola may have reached peak

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Hong Kong police arrest key protesters, clear site

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Canada police arrest ex-radio host in sex case

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Impoverished Lebanese city is target for IS group

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Spy balloons give police new view of Jerusalem

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Prosecutor faces new criticism over Ferguson case

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

    Grand jury documents rife with inconsistencies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

     
    Small crowd protests in Oakland for third night

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

    Ferguson residents clean up, hope for calm night

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

     
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    Living

    Today in History: Nov. 27, 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

     
    Community Calendar: Nov. 27, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

    Nursing homes full of opportunities for giving

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

     
    Horoscope for Nov. 27, 2014

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

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    Entertainment

    TVGrid

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Missing model-restaurateur B. Smith found in NYC

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

    Garth Brooks cites Ferguson for cancellation

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

     
    University in Tennessee cancels Cosby appearance

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

    Tom Hanks, wife to host Christmas tree lighting

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

     
    With shake-ups, AC/DC perseveres with album, tour

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

    875 hours of holiday programming on TV last year

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

     
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    Sports

    All City football: Vikings sweep top honors

    By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Seahawks, 49ers meet for 1st time this season

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Panda heads put away with Sandoval’s departure

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    NFL might not flex any Sunday night games in 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    San Francisco’s bid for 2024 Olympics taking shape

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Spurs’ Popovich undergoes medical procedure

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    AP source: Tomas in process of deal with D’backs

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

     
    Harden leads Rockets past Kings 102-89

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    Smith to start at QB for Jets vs. Dolphins on MNF

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

     
    Butler knocks off No. 5 North Carolina, 74-66

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    RG3 benched: Redskins to start Colt McCoy vs. Indy

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

     
    Raiders’ Woodson expects to play in 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    Curry, 3s too much for Magic; Warriors win 111-96

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Sharks sign emergency backup goalie

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    Atletico Madrid, Arsenal reach knockout phase

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

     
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    Business

    FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
    US new home sales up 0.7 percent in October

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

    US agency threatens to act against air bag maker

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
    Twitter now tracks other apps you’ve installed

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

    Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
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    Obituaries

    Esther Ringler

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Dora Maria Aranda

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

    Adrian Looy

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
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    Comics

    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

     
    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

     
    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

     
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    Holiday Gift Guide 2014

    Why millennials prefer electronic gift cards

    By The Washington Post | From Page: HGG2

    How to give holiday gift cards

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG2

    How to establish gift spending limits

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG3

    Teen gifts: ideas for hard-to-buy-for big kids

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HGG3

    Novice crafter? There’s a project for that!

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HGG6

    Gift ideas for the special seniors in your life

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG6

    Time and money-saving holiday gift ideas

    By Statepoint Media | From Page: HGG7

    Oy vey, holidays! Does Hanukkah wannabe Christmas?

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HGG7

    How to save on high-tech gifts

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG10

    Shop top finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HGG11

    Sharing music: a personal gift made easy by tech

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HGG12

    Great gifts for music lovers

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG13

    Kitchen gift-giving made easy with personality profiles

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG14

    Great gifts for the family foodie

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG14

    Holiday shows abound in Solano County

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: HGG17

    Great gifts for people who love to read

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG19

    An oft-elusive yet gifty treat: coffee table books

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HGG19

    Steps to take before giving pets as gifts

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG22

    2014 holiday toy predictions

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG22

    Eco-friendly gift ideas for ‘green’ giving

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG22

    Things to consider before buying this holiday season

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG22

    Trend-setting gifts for the women on your holiday shopping list

    By Brandpoint Content | From Page: HGG23

    Gifts to keep kids engaged

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG25

    Gift wrap tricks to save time

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG26

    Save time and energy with a family gift this holiday season

    By Brandpoint Content | From Page: HGG27

    Gift exchange dos and don’ts

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG30

    Right at Home: gifts you can use – and use up

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HGG30

    How to send gifts to faraway friends and family

    By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG30