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Fear in Fairfield follows crime spike, councilwoman says

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From page A1 | April 16, 2014 |

Catherine Moy

Catherine Moy

FAIRFIELD — An April 22 town hall for residents to discuss concerns about crime comes as Fairfield City Councilwoman Catherine Moy says about 20 residents have contacted her concerning crime and a few have said they’re thinking about moving out of the city.

“People are scared,” Moy said. “There is fear out there.”

Moy, who with Councilman John Mraz is having the 6 p.m. town hall at the Civic Center where Police Chief Walt Tibbet will speak, said most of the recent crimes have happened in neighborhoods with high-density, lower-income housing.

Homes along Grande Circle and East Travis Boulevard are among areas hit hardest by crimes that include a shooting on Orchid Street that sent four teenagers to the hospital.

“Crime is very complicated,” said Moy, who lists as among key contributors to Fairfield’s problem, the 2011 state realignment that critics call an early release program for prisoners.

The councilwoman said younger criminals are responsible for most of the crime in the city and that Fairfield’s location along the interstate is another factor.

“Vacaville is farther up I-80 from Richmond or Oakland than Fairfield,” said Moy.

Moreover, realignment sends more prisoners to the county jail in Fairfield, where they are released after serving their time, she said.

Fairfield is trying to hire more police and has 120 budget positions with between 5 to 7 vacancies, Moy said. Recruiting officers is difficult because of the demand in California when cities like Stockton will hire 50 officers, she said.

About four years ago, the Fairfield City Council eliminated 12 positions, Moy said.

“I opposed it,” she said. “I told them crime was going to increase.”

Moy praised the Police Department.

“Our police officers are doing their job,” she said.

The City Council has listened to Chief Tibbet, Moy said.

“Anything the police chief asks or needs we give it to him,” she said.

Still, she said, many residents are concerned and demand safe neighborhoods and streets. One woman said her daughter, who attends Grange Middle School, is scared to death after a lockdown at the school during a shooting at Grande Circle.

Children shouldn’t be scared to death, Moy said.

Most of Fairfield doesn’t experience the crime that hits Grande Circle or East Travis Boulevard, she said, but residents remain concerned.

“They are still angry,” she said. “I am, too.”

The town hall meeting will take place in the council chamber at the Civic Center, 1000 Webster St. in Fairfield.

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

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  • Skeptic ScroogeApril 16, 2014 - 1:52 am

    Flee Fairfield! Bertani wants more homeless handouts to pass out at her church by Lee Bell. Its cheaper to buy homeless votes with a loaf of bread than actually get rid of the criminals!

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  • Gone OutathereApril 16, 2014 - 5:24 am

    Fearfield for the last 15-20 years . I'm gonna move...Oh , I already did five years ago. Best thing I did !!!!

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  • GemmaApril 16, 2014 - 5:33 am

    “Vacaville is farther up I-80 from Richmond or Oakland than Fairfield,” said Moy. Ok, well if that's the case, Vallejo is on the freeway before Fairfield, so why are they making it to Fairfield at all? Could it be because they know even if they're caught, they'll receive a slap on the wrist, and get released, with habitual probation? Where does Catherine live? Vacaville? LOL.

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  • 2realApril 16, 2014 - 5:41 am

    Most of the crime happens in high density areas!!?? Orchid st. Is a residential area. Not high density at all!. Dont try to act like the problem is secluded, and u got it under control! Has she forgotten what neighborhood fellow councilman matt garcia got murdered in?. All the way in cordelia on silverado street off gold hill rd. By the tower mart. That doesnt seem like east travis or grande circle to me. Come on moy, the problem isnt contained and crime happens in all four corners of this war zone. Take your head out of the sand.

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  • Mr. PracticalApril 16, 2014 - 6:06 am

    It says "most" was in high-density areas. Not all.

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  • ?April 16, 2014 - 5:50 am

    But yet we do not mind propagandizing for invading other countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.... I think children in these countries were "scared to death"... Hmmmm I know many actually died. You need to repent...and apologize to Cindy Sheehan. I really am not saying this to be mean, but for the sake of your soul.

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  • http://www.cindy2014.org/April 16, 2014 - 5:58 am

    Myself I would vote for Tim Donnelly, then Jerry Brown, who I voted for before No Meg Whitman for me, and Brown has been much much better than I would have thought, just off on the train and tunnel issues, and still a bit too liberal... but Remember Governor Brown... for the evil people THE BOND DEBT IS THE END GAME and over regulation like CARB is Agenda 21 and is a job killer.... Anyway JUST SAY NO TO KASHKARI.... Check out Cindy's website.. Sheehan for Governor.... She was correct to protest the war, most everybody else was wrong, the propaganda worked and 9/11 was an inside job. Anyway we should always check out all of the Candidates. Thank You

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  • CD BrooksApril 16, 2014 - 6:12 am

    Right.This is straight up BS...no two ways about it.

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  • TylerApril 16, 2014 - 6:36 am

    The only real solution to Grande Circle and Parkway is to bulldoze them into oblivion, just like Suisun did years ago with its old Crescent pit.

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  • JazzAzzApril 16, 2014 - 8:03 am

    And not build any more HIGH DENSITY, lower income (Section 8) housing, PERIOD. And also 1) Request the FEDs to come in and clean up the mess 2) Until that can happen, have all the local POLICE train at the firing range, to take HEADS SHOTS, thus eliminating the problem as they occur. Those scumbags that have their heads eliminated won't re-offend. If those punks that caused all that near WalMart were taken out with head shots, THAT problem would have been solved, no court dates, no feeding, housing, and providing whatever they need at the tax payers expense, while in prison.

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  • JazzAzzApril 16, 2014 - 8:06 am

    By the way, when Suisun bulldozed the Crescent, I suspect that many of those c_ockroaches came out of those walls moving to the Grande Circle area.

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  • MarkApril 16, 2014 - 9:44 am

    but the regional government boards like the MTC and ABAG want more high density housing...including building more in Fairfield.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 16, 2014 - 6:44 am

    I remember the last time I attended a crime conference to air my concerns! The crime conferences seem to be publicity stunts for the porker cops and their empires of huge pay and little accomplished. YouTube - Sewer Soon City - We Assault Anybody Who Complains About Us!

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  • TDMApril 16, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    You deserved to be planted in your face. You were combative and irrational. Shocking.

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  • justsomeguyApril 16, 2014 - 7:11 am

    Orchid street isn't even near Grande or east Travis, Wal-Mart isn't by them either,the crime is everywhere in Fairfield, and Fairfield is closer on the 80 than vacaville , yeah it is by a couple miles,vacaville doesn't have these problem because we all know their police don't play, and their citizens aren't as afraid to report crimes. neighborhood vigilance needs to rise up, if things aren't reported then criminals feel they can continually get away with stuff.

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  • CD BrooksApril 16, 2014 - 7:18 am

    justsomeguy, you are right on the money! My rants are many and by now tiresome, I get that. But the facts remain and they are indisputable. The level of crime committed across this city on a daily basis and ignored by our PD is far more damaging then the shootings we read about. The fact is that many of these criminals would be apprehended and their drugs/guns and assorted paraphernalia confiscated during a traffic stop. The everyday “good citizen” walking/riding and driving around town is either just plain st*pid or oblivious to their law-breaking shenanigans. Inattention and lack of enforcement have gotten us to this point and things are officially out of control. That is the sad truth.

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  • JazzAzzApril 16, 2014 - 8:14 am

    I'd also suggest having beat cops walk some of these more high crime areas, but that's been done in Oakland, and their crime has still gone through the roof. I believe at one point Stockton brought in the National Guard.

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  • CD BrooksApril 16, 2014 - 8:25 am

    JazzAzz, like I said the other day, we have the base right up the street. Wannabe a terrorist? Those planes leave everyday. Let us pay the fare and introduce you to some of your new best friends!

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  • Mr. SmithApril 16, 2014 - 7:28 am

    It will be interesting to see what the tone of the meeting is. Will the police chief and council members listen, or will they be more interested in telling the citizens of "Fearfield" to stop worrying--everything is going to be fine? Or that It is just a mis-perception on our part that the criminal element is out of control here? Is this meeting being held to address valid concerns of the citizenry, or is it merely an attempt to take some of the heat off of the council and police chief? In years past, the mayor and council took the low road, unfortunately, and look where we are now.

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  • SixStrRzrApril 16, 2014 - 7:35 am

    (sigh) Same old situation - follow the money. FF police do a great job...with what they have. The need 50% more headcount, and yet bloated Government salaries are preventing hiring where it will count most. At the risk of over-generalization, it seems to me with housing prices on somewhat of a rise in the area, the tax base is increasing. Unless the state is taking more of the local money (as it might be), where is the extra money going?

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  • J.M.April 16, 2014 - 8:48 am

    I work at a long stand business in Fairfield. I have had several "customers" call in and cancel their appointments. Most say they are informing us they have moved out of the area. Some say they are in the process of doing so. I have started to ask why. Some say they have found better jobs and less expensive places to live out of state. Some say they have retired and surely don't want to live their golden years out in this "XYZ" area. But recently a few have commented about the sharp increase in crime. They are moving away because of this. They don't feel safe. A family just yesterday canceled their appointments. They called to give us their new address. They said we have moved 1 and 1/2 hours away and will commute back down to their current jobs. The crime rate is lower in the area they now live in. Their children are in better schools. They have chosen to pay more in gas and use up more of their personal time in commuting rather than to stay in this area.

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  • OuttaHereApril 16, 2014 - 8:53 am

    I've waited a long time to say this but Im moving out of Fairfield. I had hope and tried to hang in there, but enough is enough.

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  • RichApril 16, 2014 - 9:36 am

    This is not just a problem in Fairfield. American society as a whole has succombed to an increase in crime and poverty. I live in downtown and next to many babyboomers whom have chosen to live out their retirement here. The values we used to hold, what it meant to be American, that pride has mostly just disappeared. With an extreme liberalist as president, we are all going to have to get used to this. The affordable care act has given this segment of the population more of a reason not to stand on their own two feet. The country has become more socialist, and the thought of my grandfathers and father and uncles serving in world war two and vietnam, all for the fight for capitalism, makes me sick to my stomach. There is nowhere to run and hide. Vacaville dixon and davis will suffer the same fates.

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  • CD BrooksApril 16, 2014 - 10:09 am

    Rich, you started out okay but your "extreme liberalist president," shots at the ACA and "socialism" comments are ridiculous.

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  • RichApril 16, 2014 - 1:57 pm

    CD Brooks, perhaps my criticism is a bit too much to the right, but you cannot deny that welfare and obamacare 1) feed into the theory of cycle of poverty and 2) will dig into the national debt to the point that its okay tomake cuts to our national security. Just look what happened to Greece..

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  • CD BrooksApril 16, 2014 - 3:07 pm

    Rich, to be fair you're really no more further to the right than I am to the left. I think that anybody deciding to challenge our national security will be done away with swiftly. I do believe we need changes but I'd never believe we'll fail so badly as Greece. I agree the Welfare issue is troublesome and like many other programs needs to be blown up and done away with. I just don't get the connection between that and the ACA?

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  • JazzAzzApril 16, 2014 - 11:33 am

    Yup my Sis in Law and Husband moved from Sam Ramon years ago up to 9 acres in El Dorado (Shingle Springs), hardly no people yet still crime up there, but of course to a lesser extent.

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  • archieApril 16, 2014 - 7:23 pm

    great comment Rich

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  • BApril 16, 2014 - 10:01 am

    Born and raised in Fairfield for 26 years. Moved to Vacaville two years ago and it was one of the best decisions of my life. In the process of shopping for a home and Fairfield is not on the list due to all of the crime that has overtaken the place. Quite a shame, I liked it there growing up.

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  • JazzAzzApril 16, 2014 - 11:36 am

    Funny how I read about Vacaville's share of crime in the DR also, shooting, robberies, Perps trying to rip off local businesses at the Factory Store, of course, criminals either up from Oakland, Richmond, etc. or Sacto.

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  • BApril 16, 2014 - 12:17 pm

    Its no where near as frequent and if you are attempting to dispute that I welcome you to check crime logs and public records. Vacaville is a much, much nicer place than Fairfield.

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  • CD BrooksApril 16, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    B, I read in one of these comments that VPD doesn't mess around and goes right after traffic offenders. That speaks volumes to your assertion.

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  • CD BrooksApril 16, 2014 - 10:17 am

    What we probably need in Fairfield is a moratorium on all new residential construction. Then concentrate on removing, selling and cleaning up what we have. New business and jobs should be the immediate issue.

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  • clancyApril 16, 2014 - 11:12 am

    I live in Suisun agree with Jazz and CD . Can we have one of these meetings with city of Suisun ?

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  • Rich GiddensApril 16, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    We did have one in Suisun-----and it was a disaster for the city. And it will soon be an even bigger disaster! See YouTube - Sewer Soon City - We Assault Anybody Who Complains About Us!

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  • SamApril 16, 2014 - 11:12 am

    We moved here from Napa 14 years ago. At that time I called the police dept. to find out about crime here. I was told that it was very low! Guess what, it is VERY HIGH now! What happened? Look at who is getting shot and doing the shooting. Mexican gang bangers! Napa has the same problem. How close is Napa to I-80? In lower Greenvalley, it takes the police over 20 minutes to respond to an EMERGENCY call. That has never changed. There is no Police in this area! I was not told about that when I original inquired. Now we need to lock and load to protect our families because of the people whom brought their "heritage" with them from Mexico. It is the truth and some will not like it! Even the Fire Dept. out here is substandard. The fireman here are in a rat infested warehouse while all the other areas have "NEW" firehouses. What a farse!

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  • Fairfield residentApril 16, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    According to city stats of crimes committed in fairfield, the numbers haven't really changed! Why is it until now that some councilman wants to do about this? What's does richmond and oakland have to do with crime in fairfield? Because from what I know, the criminals committing these crimes are long time residents of fairfield. It sounds dumb to blame it on on people from richmond or oakland

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  • archieApril 16, 2014 - 7:27 pm

    exactly

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  • FedupApril 16, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    We are thinking of moving from our upside down Fairfield house to Leisure Town senior subdivision rental. We have had it with the gang bangers in Fairfield. Quiet time with seniors would be lovely and safer.

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  • SteveApril 16, 2014 - 3:07 pm

    This is just Ms. Moy starting her reelection campaign. It's the old "find a need and fill it" strategy. Mayor Spering took a stand in Suisun 20 years ago and look what happened. Neither Moy or Bertani have a clue about what to do, so they run around holding town hall meetings to ask you. People elected them to figure it out.

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  • elleryApril 16, 2014 - 9:31 pm

    I agree steve . moy's looking for scapegoats, not solutions. Were 5 cops short ?? that will make the difference ?.come on. At least mraz is a straight shooter.

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  • residentApril 16, 2014 - 5:20 pm

    makes you think eh?

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  • ReplyingApril 16, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    testing

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  • Ericka GuevarraApril 16, 2014 - 7:34 pm

    Yes. Great solutions. Blame it on those who are lower income and combat violence with more violence, as the comments suggest. How about we start at the roots? How about we stop spending more on prisons than we do on schools. California, afterall, spends $8,667 per student, per year compared to roughly $50,000 per inmate, per year. (source: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/04/05/458148/california-spends-six-times-more-on-prison-inmates-than-on-college-students/) Turning these people into targets for head shots as JazzAzz suggests? How about we do something else with those heads, like give them a good education instead; give them a reason to stay off the streets. And THAT'S how you eliminate: "court dates, feeding, housing, and providing whatever they need at the tax payers expense....."

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  • PornacApril 16, 2014 - 5:49 pm

    Crime can only be stopped by arming everyone!

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  • Mr. PracticalApril 16, 2014 - 5:51 pm

    Except the criminals

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  • 2realApril 16, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    There is crime throughout fairfield. So moy can go back to her house on tge hill and pretend everything is fine. We know the truth. Also, there are comments about fairfield being nice years ago or its just getting out of hand now. Well your talkin 30,000 people ago. More people equals more crime.

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  • Ericka GuevarraApril 16, 2014 - 7:38 pm

    Yes. Great solutions. Blame it on those who are lower income and combat violence with more violence, as the comments suggest. How about we start at the roots? How about we stop spending more on prisons than we do on schools? California, afterall, spends $8,667 per student, per year compared to roughly $50,000 per inmate, per year. (source: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/04/05/458148/california-spends-six-times-more-on-prison-inmates-than-on-college-students/) Turning these people into targets for head shots as JazzAzz suggests? How about we do something else with those heads, like give them a good education instead? Give them a reason to stay off the streets, and THAT'S how you eliminate: "court dates, feeding, housing, and providing whatever they need at the tax payers expense....." as JazzAzz suggests firing ranges will do.

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  • Ericka GuevarraApril 16, 2014 - 7:47 pm

    Yes. Great solutions. Blame it on those who are lower income and combat violence with more violence, as the comments suggest. How about we start at the roots? How about we stop spending more on prisons than we do on schools? California, afterall, spends $8,667 per student, per year compared to roughly $50,000 per inmate, per year. Turning these people into targets for head shots as JazzAzz suggests? How about we do something else with those heads, like give them a good education instead? Give them a reason to stay off the streets, and THAT'S how you eliminate: "court dates, feeding, housing, and providing whatever they need at the tax payers expense....." as JazzAzz suggests firing ranges and will do.

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  • General Fadi BasemApril 16, 2014 - 8:02 pm

    You are right there Ericka. We need to find cheaper prison cells.

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  • Mr. SmithApril 16, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    Erika: How about the a$$hats pull their heads out of it and stop doing the crimes? We all start out with the same opportunities in this life to choose discipline and focus, or run wild with our homies creating havoc and sorrow for those around us. You seem like a nice person, but blaming society for the behaviors of the a$$hats and thugs is not doing them or anybody else a favor. Think "tough love" if nothing else.

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  • Ericka GuevarraApril 16, 2014 - 10:37 pm

    I agree Mr. Smith, at the end of the day we as individuals have the most control over whether or not we "choose discipline and focus" or otherwise. But when we spend more on prisons than we do on schools (where discipline and focus are reinforced by great teachers, everyday) then what values have we, as a society, chosen? I am not blaming society. I am suggesting that we can do what we already do (pay for schools and prisons) but do it better.

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  • SteveApril 16, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    No. "We" don't need to provide a reason for people to get off the streets. There are things like self discipline, self control, respect for yourself and others that should be reason enough.

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  • Ericka GuevarraApril 16, 2014 - 10:42 pm

    With all due respect Steve, when "we" do more to keep people in prisons than "we" do to keep them out, then we are not doing ourselves a favor either.

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  • LilApril 16, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    Ericka, as long as parents are not making their kids make school a priority, throwing money at the schools is not the answer. Parents do not raise their kids right. They don't make school a priority, there isn't enough structure in their lives, they have bad role models. A parent has to parent or else their kid goes down the wrong path. It's not a race thing, it's a parenting thing. Schools can only do so much. They can't control the child after school. It is the parents' job to teach morals and responsibility. That is not happening.

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  • Ericka GuevarraApril 16, 2014 - 11:06 pm

    Lil, you're right. Crime is a result of many different factors. And of course parents play an important role in guiding these values. But why not make the message stronger? Our community can play a role in developing these values when we decide that funding our schools is more important than funding our prisons. We all benefit, anyway, when our society is educated. Studies suggest there's a strong correlation between education and low recidivism rates. I don't see how we can lose here.

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  • General Fadi BasemApril 16, 2014 - 8:47 pm

    Perhaps some other countries could provide some alternative punishments that might lead to a decrease in crime. Singapore offers one possibility: caning. That would be much cheaper than a prison cell and would certainly leave a more lasting impression on the neer-do-well.

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  • Anna MAApril 17, 2014 - 12:14 am

    This city of Fairfield is getting disgraceful. We need MORE cops and a No Tolerance Policy. Get the Gangs out of here!

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  • Maria SmithApril 17, 2014 - 5:16 pm

    I live in the Laurel Creek area in a court and my neighbor's Truck got broken in to a few weeks ago. Crime is happening all over this town!!! People are stealing our mail from our mail boxes too. I just bought my house a few years ago and now I wish I have moved to Vacaville instead!!

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By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Clara May Clift Triplett

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

John ‘Bo’ M. Miller

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
David Earl Butenhoff-Forristall

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

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Comics

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

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Breast Cancer Awareness 2014

Breast cancer in younger women

By Green Shoot Media | From Page: BCA2

Talking with your doctor

By Green Shoot Media | From Page: BCA3

Breast cancer myths

By Green Shoot Media | From Page: BCA4

Diet linked to cancer

By Green Shoot Media | From Page: BCA9

Giving emotional support

By Green Shoot Media | From Page: BCA10

After the treatment

By Green Shoot Media | From Page: BCA12

Join the fight: Get involved

By Green Shoot Media | From Page: BCA15