Solano County

Meet the Candidate: 3rd District Board of Supervisors: Pam Bertani

By From page A6 | May 18, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s 3rd District is centered on Fairfield and Suisun City, covering much of those two cities, but also extending across rural Suisun Valley and into parts of lower Green Valley.

Four people want to serve the citizens of the district on the Solano County Board of Supervisors. They are competing in the June 3 election, with a November runoff possible if no candidate can get at least half of the votes.

Incumbent Jim Spering is being challenged by Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani, Michael Oman and Steven Lowe. Issues during the campaign have ranged from economic development to crime to redeveloping the Solano County fairgrounds.

Pam Bertani considers herself ready to move from the Fairfield City Council seat she won in 2011 to the Board of Supervisors.

“What I see in my years on the City Council is there’s a serious disconnect and lack of leadership on issues that affect this county that people care about,” Bertani said.

She mentioned the growing homeless population, safety concerns and the state of the economy. She doesn’t see herself better positioned to address such issues on the City Council, as some have suggested.

“I’m not leaving Fairfield,” Bertani said. “This is about Fairfield, this is about Suisun City, this is about Solano County.”

Being on the Board of Supervisors means she would be able to do more, she said.

Bertani said crime is going up. She links this in part to the economy and sees the county as being able to take such steps as beefing up the Workforce Investment Board and making more day care available so people with children can work.

“Desperate people do desperate things,” Bertani said. “As long as we have the highest unemployment rate in the Bay Area, things are going to keep happening.”

Solano County’s unemployment rate has hovered around 8 percent in recent months but dropped to 7 percent in April, still the highest in the nine-county Bay Area, though lower than Central Valley counties and the state.

Bertani said that, if elected, she’ll work to do away with the Board of Supervisors’ longevity pay and $10,400 annual auto allowance. Board members get this money in addition to a $96,085 annual salary.

“We can’t afford the perks,” Bertani said. “We just can’t.”

Bertani grew up in Oakland and says the person she most admires is her mother – “who loved us unconditionally, sacrificed to send us to college and led by way of example to show us the power of love and family.”

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Pam Bertani

  • Age: 50
  • Occupation: Intellectual property attorney and litigator, Fairfield city councilwoman
  • Education: Juris doctorate from Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts in microbiology and immunization from the University of California, Berkeley
  • Family: Husband Todd, daughter Tyler, son Dylan
  • Most admired person: Mother
  • Favorite book: “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl
  • Interesting fact about self: “I am truly an introvert, who loves to spend time at home, with my husband, children and Yoshi (the family dog) – in front of our fireplace.”
Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • 2realMay 18, 2014 - 7:59 am

    Oh now you cant afford the perks?! 96,085 isnt enough for yer greedy likings? Homeless are a growing problem and will continue to grow as long as your feeding them. You havent even finished the first position you were elected to. Why would we grant you something more? Go back to oakland. Your not wanted here. You ARE the problem!!!

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  • S KMay 18, 2014 - 8:31 am

    I wish this paper would dedicate an entire section to, "Meet all the Candidates," for all the office's on the ballot, some of which I have no idea what they are, or any of the people running. I am not buying into the little blurb written about some in the booklet that came in the mail, since we all know when a politician is lying>>>>WHEN THEIR LIPS ARE MOVING!!!!! Other wise I will do one of two things, toss my absentee ballot in the round file, or send it back with half of it not filled in (CROSSED OFF) so no one else at the election office can do those for me :-)

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  • S KMay 18, 2014 - 8:37 am

    This has been, "The Commentary of The Day, By SK," :-)

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  • ToniMay 18, 2014 - 10:34 am

    Pam Bertaini doesn't have the experience to be a Supervisor, She can't even performs her duties as a City Council woman. She says what she will do, but doesn't. Just talk and no action.

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  • S KMay 18, 2014 - 10:52 am

    I already marked Spering, The Governor, Lt. Governor, and a couple or three others, but much of it will be returned unmarked, unless I see something like I asked for detailing all of the positions, candidates..

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  • francisMay 18, 2014 - 11:21 am

    Desperate people do desperate things, and sometimes evil is just evil. Stop making excuses for thugs.

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  • BryanMay 18, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Wow! First negative comment against her criticized her for WANTING to GIVE UP AND FORGO a perk. Several more incoherent vitriol not based on or a response to her comments at all. And practically NO comments on any of the other candidates, who happen to not be black OR male...yep, she has MY vote!

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  • Joseph D. JoyceMay 18, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    The DR is deleting negative comments on other candidates and leaving Pams, that's not obvious? My earlier comment that said the same thing was deleted too! WTH

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  • A FMay 18, 2014 - 10:41 pm

    Skin color and sex should never be the criteria to vote for someone. Content of character (sound familiar) should be the reason. And yes...you can disagree with someone and not be a racist. Our community has some difficult challenges in the future so lets make sure we get the most qualified person to move forward with. Peace

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  • BryanMay 19, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    I absolutely agree with you, A F, and yes, I am familiar with Dr. Kings speech. I will be voting for Pam on her merits, but was pointing out the glaringly obvious fact that all the negatives on Pam (which mostly were hateful put-downs and hatred of politicians in general directed specifically at her), were NOT based on her merits, And there were absolutely NO comments on the other candidates when I posted this. I find it hard to believe out of all the candidates, the one that happens to be black and female is the only one that generated all these negative comments by the usual anonymous, bigoted and uneducated knuckleheads. Why don't they use their first names when they post anyway? Thanks!

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  • CD BrooksMay 19, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    Bryan, last I checked Bertani was being taken down for her failures to fulfill her promises. There has not been one racial comment to my knowledge until yours. I personally have suggested we replace Moy, Mraz and Price this year, Bertani in 2016. Nothing to do with color, period.

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  • BryanMay 19, 2014 - 4:01 pm

    Thank you, CD, for your input. For some reason, I cannot locate your comment on this thread and as such, my comment probably doesn't pertain to you. But nothing you said refutes the point that at the time I posted my original comment, the only profile that had the vitriolic comments posted at them was Mrs. Bertaini. Nothing was said about specific "broken promises" in your defense of these goofballs. And of course, these cowards won't confess their racism outright on a public forum. This isn't 1950! They will continue to use coded words and anonymous pseudonyms like the cowards they are....very sad. But as much as I despise their stinkin' thinkin', my love for humanity compels me to pray for them...and I will.

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