Mayor’s Commission on Crime to host forum

By From page A3 | July 21, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Mayor’s Commission on Crime is hosting a community forum on crime at 6 p.m.Tuesday at St. Stephen CME Church, 2301 Union Ave. in Fairfield.

People can share concerns and provide suggestions, solutions or resources to help combat crime in the community.

Those who are not able to attend can log on to the commission’s website, www.stopfairfieldcrime.com, and send insights for the commission to review.

The commission was formed as a result of a particularly violent start to 2014.

Fairfield police, with the city and Fairfield-Suisun School District, hosted a community meeting April 29 about crime and after the town hall, Mayor Harry Price called for the commission. The proposal was discussed at the May 20 meeting and Councilwomen Pam Bertani and Catherine Moy interviewed applicants June 18 and 19.

Commission members were later appointed. The goal is for the commission to have a report to the City Council by September.

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

Ryan McCarthy


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  • 2realJuly 22, 2014 - 5:55 am

    Dumbest idea from the mayor yet. Why are we paying this commission, and the police? The price sounds harry

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  • Rick WoodJuly 22, 2014 - 11:41 am

    I don't believe the commission is paid anything.

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  • rcwJuly 22, 2014 - 9:11 am

    Which Tuesday? THIS Tuesday? As is TODAY??? WHY oh why can't the Daily Republic EVER inform it's readers in advance about such meetings?? Even the so-called calendar is lacking. Whomever reads these comments, PLEASE inform the public of events BEFORE they happen!! Some people actually have to plan to be somewhere! I can't tell you nhow many times I. Have read about an event the day after! Are you listening Daily REPUBLIC?????

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  • CD BrooksJuly 22, 2014 - 9:37 am

    rcw, I had the same reaction and then noticed the announcement was yesterday. A date should always accompany and announcement! My second reaction was wow, no delivery on Tuesday and we get told TODAY?! Gee I was thinking they wanted a smaller audience! ;)

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  • ObserverJuly 22, 2014 - 11:36 am

    I agree this commission is an eye wash, the police will tell them what to write and they will pander to the big guns......after all it is the mayor's commission not the people's commission.... Don't think they are being though? I was told they were doing this for free? But with the likes of that lunatic Jack Batson on the commission we can expect more of the same given he is an arm of the city council......smells like a rat to me.......

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  • SalJuly 22, 2014 - 11:39 am

    Observer I agree. And no they are working for free. As for Jack Batson working for the city's interests, its highly likely given he is a has been wanna be who wants to represents himself as a someone.......what a facade, having a former city council man be on a mayor's commission and telling us this is a citizen's forum......the mayor and police chief might as well have been on it themselves......after all they are forcing their logic down our throats while the city goes to hell. Welcome to Fairfield.

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  • rlw895July 22, 2014 - 11:56 am

    Jack Batson is an "arm of the City Council?" This City Council? You must not be from around here, or a newcomer.

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  • SalJuly 22, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    It is true why else would the mayor choose him to be on this commission?

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  • rlw895July 22, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    Because he applied and passed the Bertani/Moy interview?

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  • ObserverJuly 22, 2014 - 12:43 pm

    Wasn't JB a city councilman himself? Are you saying he was very different from the others who serve on the council? Different how? What were his accomplishments when he served as a council man? What did he do to curb crime as a city council man? And now he is appointed to a crime commission? This is such a big joke! Again, welcome to FF, the good ol white boys network, with mayor price and his crony Jack Batson now trying to convince us they are speaking for the citizens of this town! The very fact that they told us a few hours before the so called public forum tells me how sincere they are in getting real public input. If this commission was real, the citizens should have been given a chance to make plans to attend, instead they announce it the morning of.......smells fishy to me......

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  • Joseph D. JoyceJuly 22, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    I think it's total BS that the City Council re-scheduled the Council Meeting for tonight since they can't all ever make it to a meeting. Tonight's the first night of the crime commission. Both start at 6 pm. This was intention to distract attention from some of the agenda issues tonight. Also, way to set up the commission for success. Like Mraz said, "smoke and mirrors"

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  • RMJuly 22, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    Here is some information for the public: Jack Batson is not just the mayor's friend, he not just happens to be on the commission set up by the mayor, but the President of the Commission! I found that out today! To me that SAYS IT ALL! People of FF, don't bother showing up tonight, not that anyone was informed in a timely manner. This is just an eye wash to dupe people in believing that the mayor and is cronies like Jack plan to do right by the citizens. This is a fake commission. With Jack serving as the chief puppeteer! Think about it, if they were sincere in getting public opinion would they not have announced this forum some days or a week before? They don't want anyone showing up because they are afraid to hear the truth. Jack will write what the mayor and chief spell out for him and it will look like everyone is doing such a superb job!

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  • SalJuly 22, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    Jospeh I could not agree with you more. This is smoke and mirrors. How convenient to have the city council meeting on the exact same day and time as the first and only commission public forum. Just tell us dont bother to show up, your voice does not matter. Also to have a former crony of the mayor as the PRESIDENT of a so called citizens commission, just how stupid do they think we are? Jack Batson had no business being on a commission when he was himself on the council. They put him there and made him president for a reason! Let's boycott this fake commission. Mraz is right on the money, this is all smoke and mirrors. I am not falling for it and neither will the citizens of FF.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 22, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    The mayor did not appoint Batson as the chair, the commission voted for him to be chair at its first meeting.

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  • truth'nJuly 22, 2014 - 5:57 pm

    We voted Batty Batson out of office for a reason. There are other citizens who want to help our city but the current council only wants "yes" people on this commission. Sad sad sad.

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  • rlw895July 22, 2014 - 9:32 pm

    t'n: You know someone better who applied and was not appointed?

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  • CD BrooksJuly 22, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    We had planned to attend the next meeting of this sham but now it just feels smarmy. I spoke out against the formation of this commission and have no reason to withdraw my criticism.

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  • SalJuly 22, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    CD I agree it is a mere sham, what can you expect when the mayor calls for citizens to weigh in and forms a commission and the President of that commission is a former city council man, who happens as is public knowledge, to be a mayor's friend? Forget it. Like the rest of FF government this is a huge sham!

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  • ObserverJuly 22, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    So heres my two cents: Correct me if I am wrong. A retired city council man gets appointed as President to a mayor's commission on crime and we are told about a public forum on the morning of....... Why bother? if you are going to put your friend and former councilman on a public commission and let him run it, why pretend it is a citizen's forum? Obviously the mayor and his posy want to once again create a huge eye wash to dilute public opinion and express theirs on the pretext that it was meant for the citizens. Sorry state of Fairfield. A former city council man should never have been on a citizen's forum, it is a blatant horse and pony show!

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  • RMJuly 22, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    Honestly, the commission might have had a chance at some credibility had they not elected a former council man to head the commission. Now, it is quite obvious this is a rigged commission.

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  • Tracy VestJuly 22, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    After that engaging 8 point typeface PowerPoint presentation patting themselves on the back at the last "crime forum," I figured I could it was not worth my time.

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