Nine nominees named in Fairfield for Mayor’s Commission on Crime

By July 01, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A former city councilman, the president of the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce and the pastor of True Love Baptist Church are among nine nominees for the Mayor’s Commission on Crime.

Jack Batson, who was on the City Council from 1999-2007, chamber president Debi Tavey and the Rev. Mervin Davis, Jr. were among 25 people applying for the commission.

The three, along with Cynthia Haynes-Epperson, Steve Huddleston, Ivonne Malave, Samina Masood, Scott Mulvey and Jonathan Richardson, are recommended for appointment at the Tuesday meeting of the Fairfield City Council.

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.

Council members meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the chambers at 1000 Webster St.

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

Ryan McCarthy


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  • boomJuly 01, 2014 - 12:15 am

    You need some ex-cons and law enforcement to make this work. What the hell is a Baptist pastor going to tell me or anyone about crime? You can't pray crime away so his approach isn't viable imho.

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  • LarryJuly 01, 2014 - 6:52 am

    I agree you need ex-cons and police on this panel. Also youth.it

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  • 2realJuly 01, 2014 - 5:39 am

    What a waste of time and money!

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  • CD BrooksJuly 01, 2014 - 6:03 am

    Smoke screen. The simple answer here is enforcement. Are these folks going to produce the "resources" lacking in Fairfield? Yeah, didn't think so.

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  • FF64July 01, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    I too don't see this amounting to anything of value and agree with Mr Brooks that enforcement is the answer, however, after the arrest/citation, the DA's Office and in particular, the Courts, need to do their jobs. Many of these violators laugh at a misdemeanor arrest, because they know they won't pay the fine, so they'll be sent to jail, where they'll be released due to overcrowding. Jail and fines are effective on persons with jobs, homes, and families to worry about. For so many others, it doesn't work at all! Maybe we should attach their future tax returns in order to recover their fines, as well as making incarceration less desirable by only providing bare minimum food and conditions for them as well as requiring them to work in order to be credited for a day served. They might not like "meat loaf" that looks like week old refried beans, living in tents in the heat/cold and not being credited if they don't work! The liberals won't let it happen, but hey, I can dream.

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  • Just sayingJuly 01, 2014 - 6:42 am

    This is a feel good measure set up by people who are trying to get reelected. What qualifications do these people have? Jack Batson? Theres a reason he lost his seat on the council. This is just a sad waste of time and money

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  • Hmm...July 01, 2014 - 11:48 am

    You nay sayers astound me! Did any of you apply for the positions? I'm glad to see people are willing to put forth the effort to share ideas in a constructive way. I don't think any of them are getting paid, so how is it a waste of money?

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  • AlfJuly 01, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    The costs will be staff time supporting the commission, and the opportunity costs of that staff not being able to work on something else. As for whether this works or not, we will just have to see. As far as Batson is concerned, crime went up over 20% during his terms on the council. So I'm not sure what he adds.

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  • SalJuly 01, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    Those who cant do complain. Those who are busy doing dont moan and groan. Which one are each one of you?

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  • BJJuly 01, 2014 - 5:40 pm

    Sounds like Alf is a city employee in cognito?

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  • AlfJuly 01, 2014 - 7:39 pm

    Far from it. Just stating facts.

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  • BJJuly 01, 2014 - 9:10 pm

    And you are privy to these facts as someone from the outside?

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  • CD BrooksJuly 01, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    Sal, common sense tells me nothing will come of this. Most of us took that position from the beginning.

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