Council OKs Mayor’s Commission on Crime

By From page A1 | May 21, 2014

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.

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

Ryan McCarthy


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  • Skeptic ScroogeMay 21, 2014 - 12:23 am

    Just use those cameras to fight crime!

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  • Tax PayerMay 21, 2014 - 5:18 am

    Citizen committees only make folks feel good. You need to address the parenting of these gangsters early on. Too late for this generation, start with their young teens now as they will have and father the next generation. They are only following what they have seen with their parentless families.

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  • The MisterMay 21, 2014 - 5:50 am

    Does anybody remember watching the British TV show, Yes Prime Minister? From that funny yet instructional program we learned that the best way to be seen to be doing something, without actually doing anything, is to form a committee. Obviously that is being reaffirmed in Fairfield.

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  • 2realMay 21, 2014 - 6:06 am

    We dont have time fo a commission that doesnt work, well we dont have time for a councilwoman that doest work. Let alone a supervisor!! Get out bertani!! You ARE the problem!!

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  • Rich GiddensMay 21, 2014 - 9:45 am

    All levels of Government have contributed the rancid putrid ingrediants that has baked the rotten societal cake that you must now eat. The solution is to end illegal immigration by securing our borders and expunging the illegals along with ending the welfare-free-everything government apparatus. Your commission will only propose more of the same failed ideas---more thug cops, more thug creating welfare, more do-goodery programs with each entity canceling the other out!

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  • clancyMay 21, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    Have to agree with Rich !

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