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FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Bertani has right issue, wrong campaign

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From page A8 | April 27, 2014 |

Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani is making hay in her campaign to unseat Supervisor Jim Spering with the issue of recent deadly violence in Fairfield and Suisun City.

Crime is the right issue, but it’s the wrong campaign for Bertani.

There are areas where incumbent Supervisor Jim Spering is vulnerable politically. He’s a longtime politician, with two decades leading the Suisun City Council before making the move in 2006 to represent the 3rd District on the Board of Supervisors. Challenge him there. He’s active in regional boards and commissions, some could argue at the expense of local representation. Challenge him there.

Crime in Fairfield and Suisun City is not high on the list of areas where Spering is vulnerable.

Bertani, as a member of the Fairfield City Council, is perfectly positioned to do something in response to the spate of recent deadly violence in the city.

Her fellow council members understand this. Councilwoman Catherine Moy and Councilman John Mraz are working to be out in front of the crime issue in Fairfield. They got ahead of themselves in trying to take the lead on a city crime forum that’s scheduled Tuesday. They are also up for re-election this fall, so for them, it’s important to be seen as leaders in the effort to combat crime in Fairfield.

Bertani, for reasons we can’t fathom, seems to think challenging a sitting county supervisor on the issue of crime in Fairfield and, to a lesser extent, in Suisun City, is a prudent campaign strategy. The fact of the matter is that the recent crime in Fairfield is happening on her watch as a sitting council member.

Yet, instead of taking the lead to push her fellow council members to add more officers to the streets, to push staff in a very public way to go after additional grants to support specific anti-crime programs; instead of calling for a summit of local elected officials to devise a unified strategy to tackle gun violence in our communities – instead of anything else you may think will work to lessen crime in Fairfield – she makes crime in the city a key campaign issue in her run for county supervisor.

Worse still, Bertani is inflaming fear, relying on rhetoric and questionable campaign tactics to further her goal of leaving the council before the end of her first term in office.

This is disappointing behavior, and it’s disingenuous. We expect better from our City Council members in Fairfield, and we should demand better of those who seek to represent us on the Board of Supervisors.

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  • Skeptic ScroogeApril 27, 2014 - 1:11 am

    Bertani IS the reason for crime in Fairfield! Union and Travis shooting, her husbands church attracts the bad elements with free handouts to homeless criminals that cant get foodstamps, felons.

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  • So much for commitmentApril 27, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Skeptic Scrooge- I don't think you can blame St.Mark's totally for the felon population around Travis and Union. Mission Solano and Ron Marlette are a BIG contributing factor to that. The community needs to put pressure on Mr. Marlette to move all Mission Solano programs off of Travis Blvd.and out to the Bridge to Life Center. Until that happens, you will continue to have problems at Lee Bell Park and the surrounding neighborhood.

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  • JBApril 27, 2014 - 7:25 am

    Pam needs to focus on her current position as a council person. Not worry about campaigning for a position that is way over her head. Pam seems to forget who she represents the citizens of Fairfield. Stay focused on the task at hand, I forgot the SEIU owns her.

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  • 2realApril 27, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Sceptic scrooge. U hit the nail on the head. Bertani, stick it where the sun dont shine!

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  • JagApril 27, 2014 - 9:13 am

    I think pam Is on the right track (to lose) she wants to subsidized poor families which means take from the working and give to the un-working also if she was to win the wants the supervisors to cut their $10,400 a year auto allowance so Pam if they vote to keep the allowance (and they would) would you cut yours? Of course so not how about you just go back to church and pray crime comes down,

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  • CD BrooksApril 27, 2014 - 9:17 am

    Bertani is arrogant and completely out of touch. The comments here are nearly 100% against her and if that translates to the ballot box, her tenure as a council person will end 2016.

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  • Anne GriffinApril 27, 2014 - 10:10 am

    A candidate's record speaks for itself, so it looks like Pam Bertani's record says "I have accomplished nothing, so I am going to blame it on the Board of Supervisors". Vote for Spering and make Ms. Bertani finish her term on the council. If she's tired of that job, the voters will gladly let her off the hook next time around.

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  • taxpayerApril 27, 2014 - 10:12 am

    Don't be fooled by the SEIU endorsement of someone who will risk the county's solvency next round of negotiations. Union endorsement means the taxpayers will pay the price. Vote for Spering, he's got the experience to get the job done and not walk away for some higher aspiration.

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  • SalApril 27, 2014 - 10:15 am

    Right, The Mister?

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  • So much for commitmentApril 27, 2014 - 10:49 am

    As someone who enthusiastically voted for Pam in the City Council election just two years ago, I am both dismayed and angered that Pam would already be campaigning for a BOS slot. I voted for her in good faith that she would work to improve Fairfield. She has shown her true colors by deciding that her ambition is more important than her integrity. She hasn't even completed one term in office. So much for her passionate desire to improve Fairfield! You accomplish that in a City Council, not a Board of Supervisors.

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  • Anne GriffinApril 27, 2014 - 11:23 am

    Amen!

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  • SalApril 27, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Lets call a spade a spade and Pam Bertani by her real name, Pam Greedy, Fake, Stab in the back, Corrupt Bertani.

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  • Kerry RobertsApril 27, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    I worked to get Pam elected and very sorry I did. She tould us she would put her heart into this city. Now she has shown her true colors just a greedy ,seedy who wants to have more power by doing nothing.

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  • 2realApril 27, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    Let her have it sal!!

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  • rpApril 27, 2014 - 7:25 pm

    I am so glad I'm not the only one who thinks PB is full of it! I'm trying to spread the word the best I can about her and mission solano and I hope any one who is anti-pam will do the same. I'm tired of the lip service, the finger pointing and the bbq's at apartment complexes. Is that really how she thinks she will change Fairfield? Please tell everyone you know to vote against her for supervisor!

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