Monday, July 28, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Right campaign, wrong editorial

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From page A8 | May 10, 2014 |

Campaigns come and go. Endorsements come and go. Candidates come and go. But the truth remains constant – or at least it should when it comes to political discourse on the important issue of crime in Solano County.

Notably absent from the Daily Republic editorial published Sunday, April 27, 2014, is any discussion – whatsoever – concerning the Solano County Board of Supervisors’ responsibility for ensuring the safety of our residents. Other Bay Area counties have stepped up to partner strategically with cities to fight escalating crime. Why can’t Solano County do the same? In other Bay Area counties, crime is not only a county issue – county supervisors have taken the lead in establishing programming and marshaling county resources to get criminals off the streets and prevent crime before it happens.

Case in point, San Mateo County.

According to The Five-Year Progress Report on the East Palo Alto Crime Reduction Task Force, “[I]n 2004, crime and violence began to escalate in the [c]ity of East Palo Alto, causing a deep concern among community residents. In order to address this concern, San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson convened a meeting of city, county and community leaders to discuss the issue, and develop a set of action steps for reducing crime and violence in the [c]ity. As a result of that meeting, the East Palo Alto Crime Reduction Task Force was established” to fight crime.

The Solano County Board of Supervisors should take a page out of San Mateo County’s playbook – go and do likewise.

In addition, the editorial is stunningly devoid of the truth concerning my work in this community on the issue of crime, much of which has been reported in prior editions of the Daily Republic.

The truth of the matter is that since day one as an elected official, I have consistently attended community meetings to address crime and solutions in 3rd District venues; hosted monthly town hall meetings to address crime and homelessness; and met with faith-based organizations to develop programs to help our youth stay in school and off of the streets. I co-founded the Fairfield Neighborhood Organizing Workforce, which established movie nights and community gatherings at Parkway Gardens, and joined forces with the Fairfield-Suisun School District, the Oakland Raiders and community partners to deliver a student training/mentoring/life skills program at our local schools. Does this work sound like “inflaming fear,” “questionable campaign tactics” and “disingenuous” conduct?

Crime is not a political ploy or strategy for “making hay” in a campaign. We have experienced six homicides in the 3rd District this year (four shooting deaths and a suspected vehicular homicide in Fairfield, and one shooting death in Suisun City) – and it’s only May. A man was shot and killed in front of my family’s church the night before Easter Sunday. This is a matter of fact – not rhetoric – and I will not stop talking about this issue until we stop the violence in our community.

Pam Bertani is a member of the Fairfield City Council and a candidate for the 3rd District seat on the Solano County Board of Supervisors. Reach her at pam@pambertani.com.

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 10, 2014 - 6:58 am

    What Pam says she has done... *consistently attended community meetings. *hosted monthly town hall meetings. *met with faith-based organizations. *co-founded the Fairfield Neighborhood Organizing Workforce, which established movie nights and community gatherings at Parkway Gardens. *joined forces with the Fairfield-Suisun School District, the Oakland Raiders.... While these endeavors may have some incremental, long-term benefit, they will have little effect on crime in the short term. These strategies produce little if any quantifiable results. While she says she has fought crime with these strategies from "day one," crime continues to escalate in Fairfield. It seems she is better suited to being a community organizer than a council member or county supervisor.

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  • Salty DogMay 10, 2014 - 11:45 pm

    Mr Practical: The community organizer thing worked for the President maybe she thinks it will work for her.

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  • CD BrooksMay 10, 2014 - 7:37 am

    Mr. Bertani, you have two years to impress your constituency. The comments here suggest it is all ready too late.

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  • 2realMay 10, 2014 - 7:48 am

    Bertani if you are reading this, and you really care about the people of fairfield, leave and dont come back! Your underskilled for this type of thing. Now bar b queing for the thugs and the gangsters... your onto something there.

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  • FairfieldMay 10, 2014 - 9:07 am

    I, have to agree with the above comments, they are right!

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  • Steve.May 10, 2014 - 8:59 am

    All this does is reinforce the Daily Republic's assessment of Bertani. Solano County is not San Mateo County, a conglomeration of completely urban communities. It is clearer than ever that Bertani is way over her head here. Maybe we can have a town hall meeting to discuss that.

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  • Anne GriffinMay 10, 2014 - 10:15 am

    The more I read from Mrs. Bertani, the more I understand that she just doesn't get the point when someone disagrees with her. The Daily Republic's Editorial on April 27 was correct in assessing the problems with Bertani's run for Solano County Supervisor. She is planning to abandon her position on the City Council after only two years, to seek a higher position. It's pretty obvious that the crime problem is not the reason she feels the need to run for supervisor, otherwise she would stay on the City Council to serve those who elected her to solve the crime problem she keeps trying foist onto another agency. If she couldn't solve it as a council member, why would anyone believe she would have any success as a supervisor. Apparently, those little details don't concern Bertani, because her superior thinking trumps all of our lesser opinions.

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  • SalMay 10, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    When you were voted as council member you promised to serve for four years. Now you want to up and quit for a paid position. And you have the gall to declare you care, that you are better than the supervisors? Other than talk, talk, talk, what have you accomplished? You are a consistent liar Pam. You claim to be an attorney with a business downtown, (remember your slogan "Lets revamp downtown." You closed down your own business without admitting it. Why are you blowing smoke up people's behinds? You are in this for power, money and making a name for yourself without having the professional or personal qualities to back up your claims. You play the black woman card to poor people in black churches shamelessly. In a word you are shameless.

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  • JBMay 10, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    You are going to continue to talk about crime and not do anything to stop it. Good job Pam.

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  • Salty DogMay 10, 2014 - 11:42 pm

    Hopefully other people that do not read the comment section of the daily republic will see through the Smoke screen that Pam Bertani is trying to blow the voters way

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