Letters to editor

Abandoned carts are everyone’s responsibility

By From page A8 | February 01, 2014

It seems many people, from youth to the elderly, have spoken about this citywide problem. The city manager and staff have devoted many hours of work to respond to the problem and find a solution. The proposed solution may very well work if people will act instead of being acted upon.

In the Jan, 19 Daily Republic, Ian Morrow, 12, wrote a well-thought-out letter titled, “Shopping cart insanity around Fairfield,” In the Jan. 29 Daily Republic, Ryan McCarthy wrote a detailed, instructive article on how to report abandoned carts. This process, if followed by all residents – those who live in the city and those passing through the city – may help expedite the removal of the unsightly abandoned carts.

McCarthy listed three ways to report the locations. First way is to visit www.cartretrieval.net. Click on the red button and fill in the online cart reporting form. The second way is call 800-252-4613 and leave a voice message with the address of the cart’s location. The third way is to download CartSnap iOS app for free from the iPhone store, and follow the directions. The app will soon be available on the Android platform.

In addition to the resident reporting process, Fairfield recently adopted a shopping cart ordinance that may help prevent safety hazards created by the carts. Companies have marked the carts with signage that states it is unlawful to remove carts from the premises. This whole process was democracy in action. If further information is needed, kindly call Dawn La Bar at 428-7749. Let’s all be the change agent in the change we want to see.

Alvina Sheeley


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  • CD BrooksFebruary 01, 2014 - 7:21 am

    Removing the homeless from "their" carts will require over-riding the trespass ordinances, removing the possession and homestead laws then beginning eminent domain procedures. Once accomplished, those folks will have been foreclosed upon. At that point they will apply for and probably receive further assistance. Who says this aint a great country?! ;)

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  • Blanca BotwinFebruary 01, 2014 - 8:00 am

    What happened to the contract the city was going to put out, for a company to drive around the city and retrieve the carts? I'm not saying I agreed with that plan, because I didn't. I'm just curious what the status of it is.

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  • The MisterFebruary 01, 2014 - 8:30 am

    So now it's everyone's fault, everyone's responsibility, and everyone's financial burden to bear. You want to know what's wrong with California? Here is your perfect example. The government agency whose job it is to do something about this problem is excused from doing it's job (it's stolen property... call the cops). The crooks get off Scot-free (no, most of the crooks ARE NOT "homeless" because most of the carts are abandoned near low-income, subsidized housing). And the people suffer the blight and the costs. Way to go, Fairfield... you've moved just a bit closer to being the armpit of the state.

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  • Rick WoodFebruary 01, 2014 - 9:06 am

    TM: It's just the opposite. The problem today is people expect too much of local government. This letter advocates self help and community action. It doesn't talk about fault or responsibility. We need the same attitude towards litter and grafitti.

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  • William SandersFebruary 01, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    Until those taking the carts away from the business where they belong are stopped. We will still have carts all over the city. It is stolen property. Call it like it is. Those taking the carts probably have no clue that taking a cart is against the law. They feel it is their right. Some one needs to stop those taking the carts.

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  • B. ThiemerFebruary 01, 2014 - 3:43 pm

    " This whole process was democracy in action" .. really? Fairfieldians voted for this program? Or was it approved by 5 representatives?

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