Price calls for Mayor’s Commission on Crime in Fairfield

By From page A10 | May 07, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Mayor Harry Price called Tuesday for the establishment of a nine-member Mayor’s Commission on Crime to develop ideas that can be put in place to address violence in the city.

His proposal, made at the City Council meeting, won support from other Fairfield council members and the chief of police.

Vice Mayor Rick Vaccaro said the commission, planned to have representatives from homeowner associations, neighborhood watch, nonprofits, the Chamber of Commerce and other groups, can provide a fresh outlook.

“New words from different people are welcome,” Vaccaro said.

Councilwoman Pam Bertani, who proposed during a town hall last week that a task force be established on crime, said she sees that undertaking as ongoing while the commission is proposed to complete a report by September.

Bertani, speaking after the council meeting, said the task force she’s proposing is modeled after San Mateo County where crime in East Palo Alto dropped sharply with help from a task force.

Police Chief Walt Tibbet said of the commission Price proposed: “This is another wonderful vehicle for us to try to engage people.”

“It can be nothing but positive,” Tibbet said after the council meeting.

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  • mescMay 06, 2014 - 10:24 pm

    Pam is not a team player. She could have agreed this would be a good idea but instead she is when to the paper and said "ME, I want this to be about ME." She is part of the problem, not the solution.

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  • 2realMay 07, 2014 - 3:00 am

    I thought thats what those bogus community meetings were for? To get ideas and to let us know their plan. Oh thats right, there are none!. Bertani, can you please stop with your nimrod input already! You take her out of they equasion and half the problem is solved already!" New words from a new mayor are welcome also"!. Out with price, out with ber"phony"!

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  • JBMay 07, 2014 - 5:19 am

    Hey Pam since you are such a great leader and are putting community first so you say why don't you come up with something original? No you rather use a model that former Chief Ron Davis used in East Palo Alto. The same Ron Davis who now heads COPS in Washington D.C. The same Ron Davis who is being sued by some of his former subordinates. By the way Davis use to work in Oakland just like where Pam is from. Wait Pam why should you care about Fairfield you want to leave before your obligation is up. Please do not vote for Pam make her finish her term and do not further her political career. One and out.

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  • The MisterMay 07, 2014 - 6:44 am

    From the first page of the politician's handbook... if you want to be seen as doing something on an issue, call for a commission. If you're really serious, call for a "blue ribbon" commission. Also from that same page of the handbook, if you want to cover something up, call for an investigation.

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  • Rich GiddensMay 07, 2014 - 6:53 am

    Another gimmick instead of turning off the welfare, section 8 housing and rounding up the illegal alien infestation. Enjoy!

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  • CD BrooksMay 07, 2014 - 7:32 am

    Blah, blah, blah. Mr. Price et al should look inside their own departments. Crime is like the proverbial snowball starting with the smallest little flake generating speed and size without something to suppress it. You can talk about crime all day long but just talking has resulted in the obvious problems we have throughout this city. You can make plans and pat yourself on the back all day long. Good press perhaps, but lousy for solutions. Stop complaining and do what you get paid for. Be a proactive team and take it to crime.

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  • SteveMay 07, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    Isn't it interesting how Bertani is being ignored by the Mayor and the Chief? If she really cared about crime in Fairfield, she would serve out her term as part of the City Council team, not Pam's team, which includes only Pam.

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  • SamMay 07, 2014 - 7:17 pm

    What about areas that are not in a home owners associations nor special groups? How can we be represented in this farce? There are a lot more people around whom WILL NOT be represented by any special group!

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  • Mr. SmithMay 07, 2014 - 8:58 pm

    Sam: Mayor Price will probably appoint at least one "at large" member of the commission. Once you get to know who that person is and how to communicate with him/her, you will have some representation.

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  • Rich GiddensMay 07, 2014 - 7:59 pm

    Mayor Harry "Father Government" Price is desperate and looks like a fool along with the rest of the City Council. The Police are thugs and demand more tax money to do less. Their symbiotic pals, the criminals, have turned California and Fairfield into an undesirable community that's soon to become a Chicagoland or Detroit. That means residents and business want out and will continue to cut their losses. So voila!-- Out of the political magician's bag comes gimmick after gimmick, smoke screen after smoke screen with no real addressing of the root of the problem----the welfare society, the illegal alien underclass, the unionization of an increasingly tyrannical local thug government and police state, the insane taxes with regulations and a dumbed down California citizenry that doesn't know the difference between a poll tax and Pol Pot.

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