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Incumbent DA ignores key job duties

By From page A11 | May 16, 2014

I don’t doubt that almost every elected office is important, but a few stand out.

I’m sure you’re aware that the past few months have been especially violent in Fairfield. That makes the race for Solano County district attorney even more worthy of our attention than usual. Don du Bain is the “sitting” district attorney, and “sitting” may be the appropriate description.

Mr. du Bain is being challenged by prosecutor Krishna Abrams, who is worthy of the designation as the “tough on crime” candidate. It’s not that the incumbent doesn’t care about crime, it’s just he advertises how “tough” he is on domestic violence.

Let’s ask this question, exaggerated though it might be: Which might you be more wary of – your spouse smashing a frying pan over your head or walking on North Texas Street in Fairfield at 9 p.m. on a Friday? Or renting a place at Parkway Gardens?

We’ve had 31 shootings in the past five weeks, which must be some sort of record. So here is the first sentence from the text of DA du Bain’s campaign flier: “Through District Attorney Don du Bain’s leadership and strong support of measures to break the cycle of domestic violence that tears apart families and disrupts children’s lives, the new Solano Family Justice Center was opened last April.” All well and good, but DA du Bain seems to be putting the cart before the horse.

In my primitive 19th-century mind, I have one criterion for officials in the justice system: Are actual or potential criminals afraid of being caught, and once caught, being punished, by the cops and courts? Since the jobs of the police and the judges pivot around the District Attorney’s Office, our safety depends on who sits in that office.

If you got du Bain’s campaign mailer, you know that prosecutor Krishna Abrams has a tough job in the next few weeks. The incumbents listed as supporters are really a “who’s who” in the county, many of whom I’ve gotten to know and respect over the years. But, reading this very impressive list, I question whether they all realize they may be supporting someone who’s more of a marriage counselor than a crime fighter. It never occurred to me that “counseling for parents and children,” “access to housing and financial aid” and “access to domestic violence crisis shelter” are a vital part of the job description for district attorney.

As I’ve learned more about both the challenger, Abrams, and the incumbent, du Bain, I’m more and more impressed by the difference.

How about perhaps the most important difference, hands-on prosecution of violent crime? The comparison should embarrass Mr. du Bain – it’s about 20-to-1 in Abrams’ favor.

Why would so many support a man who proudly proclaims how much he “cares” about people, and who has not told us what his plan is to reduce the epidemic of violence in our county?

Krishna Abrams is an experienced prosecutor who is at home in the courtroom, unlike Mr. du Bain, the incumbent.

Bud Stevenson, a retired stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Reach him at [email protected]

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  • Tax PayerMay 16, 2014 - 5:25 am

    Agreed, DuBain has the big bucks but lacks commitment to address violent criminals in Solano County. We need a more aggressive approach at putting them away prior to them killing some innocent victim or child.

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  • thebronzeMay 18, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    I'm a former police officer with two police departments in Solano County. If I lived in Solano County, I'd be voting for Krishna.

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  • My2centsMay 16, 2014 - 5:53 am

    It is definitely time to give someone else the reigns in the DAs office. Solano County has a serious problem with domestic violence prosecutions. The DA has incorrectly charged and in some cases failed to charge DV cases. There are several sitting Judges whose personal biases and prejudices are exposing victims and innocent children to serious danger because they refuse to issue domestic violence restraining order in the face of evidence of past domestic violence and the likelihood of future domestic violence. The DA needs to go and so do Judges who don't follow the law. I say let's give Abrams a shot and see if she can create a legal culture in our county justice system that victims will not be further victimized by the courts.

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  • Rich GiddensMay 16, 2014 - 7:07 am

    Conservatives and liberals, Democrats and Republicans all agree on this one---THROW DONALD DUBAIN OUT OF OFFICE.

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  • Tin FrostMay 22, 2014 - 7:30 am

    You need to also add the SEIU who have been convicted of voter fraud, affiliated with ACORN, and were major financial contributor of the 3 criminal indicted State officials indicted for politicak corruption, money laundrting and gun running is for Krishna. We also have 2 members of the National Lawyers Guild affilated with the Communist Party USA since 1937, and have a convicted '"cop killer" its Vice President, is also supporting and funding her. Makes me ask why a DA candidate who is suppose to be above association these type of groups is accepting their money just to win a political office and what tupe of influence they will exert in the DA office?

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  • CD BrooksMay 22, 2014 - 7:45 am

    Tin Frost, "ACORN?" "Communist Party" and "cop killer?" Seriously? You forgot Hitler and Charles Manson! Any credibility you might had just went down the drain. OH! And don’t bother, I all ready voted.

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  • Tin FrostMay 22, 2014 - 8:23 am

    Sorry CD didnt mean to have the facts confuse you .Here is how to validate snd educate yourself. Go to her campaign website, look up supporters and then information on SEIU abd recent CA representatives indicted. Next look for 2 defense lawyers from Vallejo, look at the website and not their NLG affiliations. Look up NLG agIn on google and you will discover their history and even that thry have called "the mouthpiece for al Qayda in America. Always "follow the money and you'll discover the influnce". As far as Nazis, sorry dont know of that but uf you are on to a connection please send me you source and "facts to valudate". I have no "facts" about such a connection and it would be grossly unfair to insinuate same. I stand by my facts! I'd love to see you disprove mine.I'll be waiting

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  • Tin FrostMay 22, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    I'll leave the Hitler and Manson affiliation up to you and the other progressive left wing wacko's that see everything not socialist, which BTW both were, behind anyone that doesn't embrace the radical lefts agenda. Facts apparently confuse you, so I'll give you a secret on how to validate EVERYTHING I already posted, CD. Go to Krishna's website, look up "Sponsors and Supporters". Prominently listed is the SEIU, and 2 well known Vallejo defense attorneys who have paid for advertising for her campaign. First Google SEIU and note they recently supported Senators Leland Yee, Ron Calderon, and Roderick Wright who are all indicted for political corruption, and even money laundering and gun running. Yep CD-thats the same SEIU funding Krishna "progessive move forward" left wing campaign. Next, now those 2 previous mentioned lawyers. Go to their website look at "affiliations" and you will see both claim "association with the National Lawyers Guild". Google the NLG and you will see them founded in 1937 by the Communist Party USA.Follow their client list, terrorist groups they defend pro-bono and the recent claim that they are the "Legal Mouthpiece For Al Qaeda In America"! I really am sorry you are one of the "low information voters" who doesn't do their research "prior to casting their happy-happy-joy-joy" vote for a candidate that appears to hold the Berkely/Davis radical progressive movements members affiliation . No duBain is not perfect, but at least he lives here, isn't receiving funding from defense lawyers who front for the NLG and radical left agenda and isn't accepting campaign contrabutions from organizations that have members convicted of voter fraud.

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  • CD BrooksMay 22, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    Tin Frost, the real whackos are Republican Conservatives. That is a well established fact your offer included. FOX-isms run amok, good grief! The NLG was created as an alternative to the Bar Association and OH NO! Had the temerity to allow minorities! Sounds like a r*acist’s problem to me. The idea they wanted to impeach Bush and Cheney puts them on my Christmas list! The three Senators needed to be expelled and I said as much here. The SEIU is no more collectively responsible for their actions than you or I. You have nothing just like every other Republican nut trying to challenges us here. Don’t feel sorry for me, I’m ecstatic finding this useless tripe!

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  • Tin FrostMay 22, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Another Obama Zombie kool aide drinker revealed and thank you for proving my point about how the screaming left wing progressives were behind this candidacy. Thank you, thank you, thank you fir revealing your true face before everyone!

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  • CD BrooksMay 22, 2014 - 5:53 pm

    Tin Frost, if you're thanking me for exposing your foolish rant, you are welcome! I like to do my part here.

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  • Tin FrostMay 22, 2014 - 6:32 pm

    Seriously, you NEVER disproved any of the facts, but validated your blund loyalty to the corruption of the DNC and the radical left wong progressive agenda

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  • CD BrooksMay 22, 2014 - 6:53 pm

    Tin Frost, you’re a FOX-ism spouting machine! Uh, I addressed each issue and killed it just like I always do, don’t kid yourself. It seems you’re just really good at being wrong. Oh yeah, you’re a Conservative nuff said. Have a really beautiful evening and may your roof ever be in your favor.

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  • George Guynn, JrMay 16, 2014 - 9:17 am

    Good points and a great article, Mr. Stevenson! I have a friend that didn't commit a crime, there are videos to prove it. Yet. after being acquitted of the main charge and having a hung jury on two other made up charges, the DA's Office is still pushing for a retrial on the remaining charge. The DA even showed up in court the last day. So, he is aware of the case. So, not only are the criminals getting a free ride, but innocent people are being punished! Plus, du Bain claims to have saved the taxpayers $300K over the previous DA )Paulson), However, he did an end run around the taxpayers by getting the board of sups to pass a $500K fee increase without the consent of public for a mortgage fraud unit that has a much less need now that the peak of foreclosures are over now. Even worse, the number of fees for which the increase applied increased from 3 to 28!!!! Add the wasted resources and time on my friend's case and we are talking big money. I agree, we need Krishna Abrams for DA.

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  • Tin FrostMay 18, 2014 - 6:17 pm

    Real question is does Krishna even have a commitment and permanent residence in Solano County. I understand she lives part time with her police officer boyfriend in the County, yet you call her Davis landline telephone number and its her voice requesting you leave a message for her and her son who still attends school in Davis. Where us being "part of Solano County" going to come into play? If you cant be honest where you live, how can you commit ti integrity as the DA?

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  • Crime FighterMay 20, 2014 - 8:41 am

    Who are you? A private detective? Creepy! Think the registrar of voter has it covered as far as residency status. You should be more concerned with corruption within the DA's office led by du Bain. I never see du Bain campaigning on his crime stats or low conviction rate. It's clear he's not very good at his day job. Time to sweep out the rubbish and clean house. Abrams is the only prosecutor with a proven record in this race. du Bain only holds the title of DA because of his money. Money can't buy ethics, competence, and leadership skills. Vote Abrams!

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  • Tin FrostMay 22, 2014 - 7:11 am

    No retired Oakland PD, you know big City cop. She lives on Solano County about as much as visiting Disneyland makes you a resident of the Magic Kingdom. Having worked inthe Bay Area i am very well aware with the National Lawyers Guild radical left attorney group.Founded in 1937 by the Communist Party USA they have been the legal pro bono defenders of the Weather Underground, SLA,Revolutionary Communist Party, the Blind Sheik, FALN and other terrorist groups. They even made cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal the Vice President of the NLG. When you see 2 NLG affiliated defense lawyers on her website, buying full page ad's, all with radical Davis progressive left wing contacts supporter her leads me to ask. Do you want a person in office who is supported by lawyers affiliated who proudly elevate the status of "cop killers"? Do we want the Davis/Berkeley radical left agenda in our DA office?

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  • Face realityMay 20, 2014 - 9:04 am

    And everyone in the "know", knows that du Bain really lives in San Francisco. He is a part time resident of Solano County at best. If you are going to call one candidate on that, then at least be honest. Krishna is a tough, amazing prosecutor who actually cares about victims and justice. Du Bain cares about getting his picture taken and name plastered on everything. And FYI, Carolyn Wold was and is the driving force behind the family justice center. Du Bain is taking credit where it's not due.

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  • jim freemanAugust 07, 2014 - 4:18 pm

    " I never roll my eyes, no matter how crazy something I hear might sound." http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/blog/ed-goldman/2013/06/ed-goldman-she-really-really-wants.html?page=all Any DA worth their salt should have mad eye-roll skills.

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