As a member of the Solano County Board of Supervisors, I feel I have to respond to the editorial on April 27 titled “Bertani Has Right Issue Wrong Campaign.” In this instance, the Daily Republic has it wrong.
The fact is that we – as elected officials and leaders in this county – have a role to play in deterring and reducing crime. Solano County has a long history of partnering with local law enforcement agencies to target criminals and deter crime.
In recent years, county agencies have partnered to reduce risk of accidents on the roads due to drivers under the influence of alcohol during holidays where drinking and driving rates are higher; we have operated and successfully arrested many sexual predators preying on children in our county; and Solano County had a SAFE Streets task force whose prime focus was partnering with local law enforcement agencies and the FBI to curtail drug and gang activities. This program was eliminated prior to my returning to the Board of Supervisors due to budget cuts. I believe now is the time for us to re-enact this task force, and ensure that we take an active role in crime prevention activities in this county, as we have in the past.
Councilwoman Pam Bertani should be applauded for continuing to address this issue and as a representative of Fairfield. I believe we – the county Board of Supervisors – can and should do more. We should be offering the resources of our county to do whatever we can to support the efforts of our local law enforcement and make our county seat a safe place to live, work, play and do business again.
I will be calling on my fellow supervisors to join in the efforts to reduce crime in our county.
Solano County supervisor, 5th District