FAIRFIELD — Mayor Harry Price’s proposed Commission on Crime won’t have Councilman John Mraz’s support or participation.
“This commission is doomed to fail,” Mraz said. “I’ve already told the mayor I won’t be a part of this.”
Mraz said he’s prepared to help any purposeful effort and has sought such changes as a higher bail schedule in Solano County to deter crime.
“I’m ready to serve on anything that makes sense – that cuts crime in our city,” the councilman said.
But the nine-member panel Price proposed Tuesday at the Fairfield City Council meeting won’t do that, Mraz said.
“If you have something that’s smoke and mirrors,” he said, “don’t include me.”
The panel, proposed to include representatives from homeowner associations, neighborhood watch groups, nonprofits, the Chamber of Commerce and other groups, will lack law enforcement’s perspective and will end up just producing another report with nothing new, Mraz said.
Price said of Mraz statements: “I would simply point to the very effective commission in Portland, Ore.” – an anti-crime panel that Price said is in its 26th year.
The success of a Mayor’s Commission on Crime in Fairfield, Price said, “depends on how serious people are in their approach to solving problems.”
Public response to his proposal has been favorable, the mayor said.
“I’m getting all kinds of interest,” Price said. “People are very excited about changing things in Fairfield.”
“I’ve been talking to all kinds of people,” he said.
As a mayor’s commission, the panel does not need City Council approval, Price said.
He commended Mraz for his efforts in the community that include working with the Matt Garcia Learning Center and families living at the 240-unit Parkway Gardens condominiums.
Price has said he hopes the Mayor’s Commission on Crime will complete a report by September. A City Council subcommittee of Pam Bertani and Catherine Moy would appoint members, the mayor said.
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