FAIRFIELD — A nine-member Mayor’s Commission on Crime won approval Tuesday by Fairfield City Council members with a call for a panel that works.
“We don’t have time for a commission that doesn’t work,” Councilwoman Pam Bertani said.
The commission is expected to complete its report by September but Vice Mayor Rick Vaccaro said of the panel: “I see this as more a beginning” than a short-term undertaking.
Mayor Harry Price, who proposed the commission after a citizen suggested such a panel during the April 29 town hall meeting on crime, thanked council members for the support.
“We have got to solve our crime problem,” he said.
The panel is planned to have representatives from homeowner associations, neighborhood watch, nonprofits, the Chamber of Commerce and other groups.
Resident Joseph Martinez backed the proposal.
“We all need to come together,” he said. A program is needed so youths “choose the family we call Fairfield” rather than gangs, Martinez said.
Councilman John Mraz, who has been critical of the proposed commission and questioned its usefulness, was absent from Tuesday’s council meeting. City Manager Sean Quinn announced that Mraz broke his foot and could not attend the meeting.
Mraz and Councilwoman Catherine Moy on Friday announced anti-crime measures that included an expanded gang injunction, help from the California Highway Patrol and the benefits of tougher sentences in federal court. 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 also proposed.
Moy, who voted for the mayor’s proposal, said, “I look forward to what this commission comes up with.”
“The idea of involving citizens is a great one,” she said.
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