Price will seek re-election as Fairfield mayor

By From page A4 | July 31, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Mayor Harry Price filed Wednesday for re-election and said the Mayor’s Commission on Crime he proposed and the City Council approved is a top priority for him.

“They’re 10 committed, very talented citizens,” he said of the panel.

Price praised police and fire services in the city and said residents have become much more responsive to assisting law enforcement.

He spoke about attending community events such as the ceremony Thursday at Vanden High School, where he taught English for 33 years. The event marks the beginning of work for the library expected to open in fall 2015.

“That’s one very effective way for me to know the issues – get the pulse of the community,” said Price, 77.

He’ll speak Saturday at the Fairfield library at a naturalization program for new citizens.

The mayor also said walks he takes around Fairfield alert him to matters that require city attention and that calls from residents reveal issues as well.

Fairfield had sheep eat vegetation and reduce the fire hazard at Spyglass Hill off Oliver Road and Burbank Drive, Price recounted. A resident told him the sheep don’t eat all the vegetation – information Price passed along to the city staff.

The mayor said his walking also shows where plants extend onto sidewalks and could send youths stepping into the street – a risk that can be avoided by telling city staff about the problem, he said.

Price was elected to the City Council in 1997 and as mayor in 2005.

A native of Pennsylvania, Price taught there for five years before beginning at Vanden High in 1965. That followed a family vacation to California the previous year.

“I thought it was marvelous,” Price said of the state.

He said he enjoys the public comment portion of council meetings when residents speak about a range of issues.

“I don’t mind criticism at all,” the mayor said. “That’s how we grow.”

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

Ryan McCarthy


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  • 2realJuly 31, 2014 - 5:12 am

    Time to go price. Were spinning our wheels with you and the council. By the way, that crime committee is ineffective and pointless.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 31, 2014 - 8:48 pm

    If the crime commission doesn't provide anything useful, it won't be the mayor's fault, it will be the commission members'.

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  • BobJuly 31, 2014 - 8:02 am

    Why? Last time I saw him at Travis he hurt his arm patting himself on the back

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  • MEJuly 31, 2014 - 8:26 am

    2 Real if you think it is time for Harry Price to go then why dont you or anyone else run against him? Right now it appears that Harry Price is the only only one running for Mayor.

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  • DJJuly 31, 2014 - 10:07 am

    That would break up the lil ol white boys club in town.....

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  • Rick WoodJuly 31, 2014 - 8:59 pm

    Yes, ME, you'd think people would be lining up.

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  • JagJuly 31, 2014 - 9:43 am

    Really? (Fairfield had sheep eat vegetation and reduce the fire hazard) That is you BIG accomplishment? I will vote for whoever will stop the useless train station.

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  • DJJuly 31, 2014 - 10:09 am

    Jag his other big accomplishment is appointing his friend former city councilman Jack Batson as a chair of a fake commission. Harry needs to go. He is not even well enough to run for mayor but his greed for power keeps him running, despite his stroke and dementia.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 31, 2014 - 10:37 am

    The commission elected Batson chair, the mayor didn't make him chair.

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  • DickJuly 31, 2014 - 11:10 am

    No the inside truth is he wasn't elected, he self appointed himself saying the mayor wanted it to be that way. Ask the commissioners, word's out, you can't hide these things.

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  • DJJuly 31, 2014 - 11:12 am

    The very fact he was chosen to be on the mayors commission is a huge give away, why would you want a former city councilman on a citizen's chair unless you want to use him as your puppet?

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  • Rick WoodJuly 31, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    D: News to me. I wasn't there, but it's not "inside." They're public meetings and an commissioner can let us know. Anybody?

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  • DJJuly 31, 2014 - 11:13 am

    He was put on the commission by the mayor and the city for a reason, they needed someone who will kiss their ass.

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  • RickJuly 31, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    DJ: He was put on the commission because he applied, made a short list established by two council members, and only THEN got the mayor's appointment, which was endorsed by the Council. You're weaving a conspiracy that doesn't exist except in your own imagination. Batson remains active in the community and is eminently qualified for the job, which pays nothing.

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  • citizenJuly 31, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    If the commission is supposed to be an independent citizen's body, yet is manned by a former council man, who happens to be the mayor's friend, and happens to be chair of the commission, it doesn't sound on the up and up. Doesn't take a genius to figure out this commission is a hoax perpetuated by the mayor to make us believe the mayor care about public. They should not have had a former councilman on this commission if the mayor really wanted the truth. He was put there for a reason.

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  • rlw895July 31, 2014 - 8:46 pm

    cit: It doesn't take a genius to concoct a conspiracy theory either. So who's right?

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  • observerJuly 31, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    I agree something about a mayor's friend and a former councilman being put in charge of a mayor's so called citizen forum doesn't sound right. I smell nepotism.

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  • rlw895July 31, 2014 - 3:54 pm

    Nepotism? What, are they cousins?

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  • Mr. PracticalJuly 31, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    Good one!

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  • citizenJuly 31, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    for those of us who have spent a life time in FF, it is sad to see the steady decline of a city we once considered safe. Top that with a figure head mayor who does nothing but talk, and then forms a hoax commission with his friend as the chair of this commission, make me sick!

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  • JagJuly 31, 2014 - 3:38 pm

    @ citizen, I completely agree with you that Harry is a figure head but just to add to it the problem in Fairfield is bigger then the Mayor, as I have carpool to San Francisco for the last ten years I have seen more and more people who cannot afford to live in San Francisco have moved up to the Vallejo/Fairfield/Vacaville area, what Fairfield should focus on is creating less affordable housing and apartment complexes and more business and higher priced homes. It is cold hearted but it will push the rift raft up to Sacramento or out to Stockton.

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  • Lynn HenricksonAugust 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

    Jag. Raise the prices of homes, and rent, are you out of your mind? People aren't able to pay the rent now, or buy a home now. You just want more money for your house, and as far as the "Rife-Raf-" being pushed to Sacramento or Stockton, I have to be the one who breaks this to ya, but honey you are the "Rif-Raf" to those rich folks in the CIty. And here you are just an .....

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  • DaveJuly 31, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    For those of you who don't know Jack Batson personally, let me tell you, he is a weasel of a guy who will do anything to be in the public eye and promote himself, he is not to be trusted. He was a miserable flop as a council man and for him to be put in charge of a public forum when he clearly represents the mayor and council, is as phony as a commission will ever get.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 31, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    I know Jack and couldn't disagree more.

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  • Linda MahoneyJuly 31, 2014 - 11:31 pm

    I have known Jack Batson for years. He is honest and community minded. He has continually volunteered to help make Fairfield a better place to live. If we had more citizens like Jack Batson instead of the ones that are constantly complaining and do nothing to improve the community we would be in a lot better shape.

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  • DavidJuly 31, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    I agree if the mayor was genuine he would not appoint a friend and make him chair because he served as a councilman and that means he brings a bias.......

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  • CandiceJuly 31, 2014 - 3:24 pm

    I am inclined to agree with the public on this one, to put a former councilman on a commission and him being the chair sounds very fishy to me as a citizen. I don't believe in the mayor's integrity and from Jack's reputation as a former councilman in which he did nothing for this city specially regarding crime, this seems a rigged game so I have hope for how this city is run. I hope someone else runs for mayor this time, it is time for a change of status quo from this white boy's club running FF.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 31, 2014 - 9:08 pm

    Again, the mayor did not make Batson chair.

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  • JohnJuly 31, 2014 - 3:31 pm

    "Beware of false knowledge, it is more dangerous than ignorance." Bernard Shaw Anyone who knows Jack Batson knows he is a self promoting wanna be who no one took seriously in the council. This is his second gig.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 31, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    I know Jack and couldn't disagree more.

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  • citizenJuly 31, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    Jag I completely agree, it is the low housing and lack of business that is contributing to FF becoming the next Stockton, and with inept leadership comes further decline. We must vote these boozoos out of office. Also Harry Price should recuse himself given he has had a stroke and simply cannot afford to lead this town. I am hoping someone takes him on! As for his buddy Batson, he failed miserably as a one term councilman, so why he had to be the Chair of a Mayor's Commission on crime when allegedly that was for citizen's to put government to task.....shows you how this lil white boys town is run! Cronyism rules.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 31, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    cit: Batson served two full terms, 8 years. They were good years.

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  • Lynn HenricksonAugust 01, 2014 - 2:45 am

    Citizen both you and Jag, are so obvious it is nuts you just want more money for your own home and to heck with people that are lower income. Oh we can take care of your children, or your elderly parents, and of course wash our cars etc. . Most people in this community cannot afford to buy or rent a home. Think about it most jobs in Fairfield are minimum wage positions, and we all know that no one can support themselves on this pay. Not even working two jobs at minimum wage would not be enough to pay rent, utilities buy food, pay for a car ( just gas, tune ups etc). And it ain't the color of their skin it is the green in their wallets.

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  • JagAugust 01, 2014 - 11:14 am

    Lynn, Thanks for helping me make my point, and that is Fairfield should work on making the east side look more like the west side and what I would call rift raft would be gone, sorry if that includes you, also of course I want more money for my house who would not? And before you go giving me the sob story about minimum wage again it is not supposed to be a living wage if someone wants to make more money go get some education, I was 30 with two kids a wife and a mortgage when my job closed and I had to go get retrain and get back out there,

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  • Dingaling FighterJuly 31, 2014 - 7:35 pm

    Rick, you set yourself up: To the contrary of what you said, YOU DON'T KNOW JACK!

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  • Rick WoodJuly 31, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    But at least people reading this know who I am, "Dingaling," so they can judge for themselves.

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  • Joseph D. JoyceJuly 31, 2014 - 4:12 pm

    Stroke and dementia? Why don't we let him get elected and then all of us stand together and have him impeached??

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  • SalJuly 31, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    Jag Have you seen our downtown? Ever drive down its businesses over the weekend? It looks like a ghost town, and you want to put more businesses when local businesses are closing their doors due to lack of business. This town is going down the toilet. Change the leadership and it might just have a second chance or else....be prepared to become another ghetto town!

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  • JagJuly 31, 2014 - 5:32 pm

    Think larger Sal. When I say business how come a city like Patterson just outside of Tracy landed Amazon and 700 jobs? That is what they need to be fighting for and yes Harry has got to go

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  • Rick WoodJuly 31, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    Our downtown has suffered commercially since the opening of the Solano Mall in the 1970s, now called Solano Town Center, which sort of says it all. Weekends ARE relatively slow because downtown depends so much now on foot traffic from City and County offices and other businesses only open during the week. But it's a nice place to live; urban living in the suburbs without too much traffic. Walkable and historic in its own accessible way. You have to be a "glass half full" person to see it and appreciate it for what it is. As for what it could be, just give us a few more property owners like John Costanzo (Starbucks).

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  • Joseph D. JoyceJuly 31, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    The commission is a sham, if I wanted it, I could've been pushed through the process just like Batson and the religious leaders who were. Did anyone read the other article about Richardson running for FSUSD trustee? He's a correction officer. Do you think that was by mistake too? The conspiracy is true. It's not about what you know it's who you know....

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  • SalJuly 31, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    Another commissioner Pastor Scot Mulvy is also running for city council. Isn't it a coincidence that all those people were put on this commission and are now seeking office or were in office before? What a shame. Shame on the mayor.

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  • DJJuly 31, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    Yup sounds like its a sham for sure.

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  • StreetwiseJuly 31, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    "Residents have become much more responsive to assisting law enforcement". That's nice but the big question is are the police becoming more responsive to assisting residents? Maybe Harry should ask all the victims in the Orchid St. & other areas of Fairfield.

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  • DaveJuly 31, 2014 - 4:57 pm

    Streetwise, exactly! Did you know that the mayor and police chief keep facts from citizens such as shootings not being reported, they are pretending they have it under control when you and I know its out of control.

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  • DJJuly 31, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    And thats what the commission chair will testify to on the mayors behalf that all is well with FF!

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  • Rick WoodAugust 01, 2014 - 7:59 am

    And if he doesn't, what will you say then?

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