Issues

Rick Vaccaro is long time educator in the Solano County public school system. With a 30 year career working as a teacher and Principal at Armijo High School, Rick understands what it takes to create a skilled and knowledgeable workforce while working to strengthen our quality-of-life.


RICK WITH STATE SENATOR BILL DODD AT THE OPENING OF PEABODY ROAD,
A MAIN TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR BETWEEN FAIRFIELD AND VACAVILLE
 

On the City Council, Rick will continue to address issues such as:

REDUCING HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY

Rick knows we must continue to address homelessness, a critical public health and quality-of-life issue. During the last 4 years on the City Council, he has focused on taking action and creating policies that reduce homelessness in Fairfield. Protecting the health and welfare of affected residents and businesses is a key priority while getting more homeless off our streets and connected to services.  As part of this, Rick has:

  • Supported the creation of “No Tolerance Zones” in downtown Fairfield as well as along the Linear Park Trail, North Texas Street and the Ledgewood Creek areas.  This policy has curbed the impacts homelessness has had on downtown businesses, while also creating a cleaner and safer environment along key corridors travelled by pedestrians and other Fairfield residents.
  • In partnership with the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, implemented the “Hand Up, Not a Hand Out” campaign to collaborate with downtown business owners and share with them the resources available to homeless residents to connect them to services and ensure those experiencing homelessness do not detrimentally impact local merchants and other businesses.
  • Supported the Homeless Jail Taxi Pilot Program to transport those homeless who are arrested and jailed in Fairfield to get back to where they came from upon being released from jail instead of staying in Fairfield. The program has proven successful, with more than 2,800 rides provided since its inception in 2017, which has reduced the number of homeless that may have been in Fairfield without the free taxi rides the program provides.
  • Worked to connect social workers and outreach programs to homeless residents in an effort to make inroads with homeless residents to encourage them to seek help, support and stability in the hopes for a new path forward towards a better life.
  • Backed plans to make sure every shelter bed is filled at the Shelter Solano facility (with additional safeguards in place due to COVID-19).
  • Advocated for a regional approach to deal with Solano County’s homeless issue.  Rick recognizes that Fairfield can’t solve the homeless issue on its own, which is why he’s engaged with leaders from other cities and the county to take a more coordinated approach to make inroads on the vexing challenges posed by homelessness.

ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY WHILE CONSIDERING COMMON-SENSE REFORMS ON THE USE OF FORCE

Amidst the Black Lives Matter movement, Rick understands the importance of taking a deeper look at use-of-force policies in our community to consider pragmatic reforms that both preserve strong public safety services while increasing trust between the public and local law enforcement.  As part of this, Rick is evaluating ways to reduce use-of-force among police officers.  One of the policies he is carefully studying is considering using community-based responders for non-violent calls.  While a broader look at policing policies and use of force still needs to be considered, Rick has serious concerns about the notion of defunding the police, yet he recognizes that the status quo is failing communities of color.

Rick also remains committed to curbing crime and gang violence in our community. As the former Director of the Court and Community Schools program in Solano County, Rick has firsthand experience dealing with this issue, and knows that if we can stem the influences of gangs and violence in our most at-risk youth today, we can improve the safety of our neighborhoods and make our next generation more productive, contributing members of our community in the future.

Rick has and will continue to partner with public safety officers to keep our community safe and ensure our neighborhoods are secure to preserve our quality-of-life.
 

PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY FROM THE THREAT OF WILDFIRES

Recent wildfires are a stark reminder of how our community’s safety can be up-ended by Mother Nature.  Rick has been a strong ally of Fairfield’s firefighters, and has earned the support from the Fairfield Professional Firefighters Association.  Firefighters know Rick will provide them with the resources they need to effectively do their jobs, and to best prepare from the threat of future wildfires that may encroach on Fairfield from any direction, Rick wants to pursue programs such as enhanced vegetation management, working with CAL FIRE on prescribed burns, and take other proactive steps that keep Fairfield safer when the next wildfire strikes.
 

MAINTAINING PUBLIC HEALTH WHILE PROTECTING JOBS AND OUR LOCAL ECONOMY

The health and safety of Fairfield residents is paramount in the eyes of Rick Vaccaro. More than anything, Rick will support and help keep our residents safe from the coronavirus pandemic to the maximum extent possible, particularly for seniors and those who are immune compromised or have other pre-existing conditions that could leave them at higher risk of serious complications should those most at-risk contract COVID-19.

Going hand-in-hand with the preservation of our community’s health, Rick has also been a strong advocate for sustaining a strong local economy and good-paying, quality jobs.  The challenges posed by COVID-19 have made small business success and the success of our workforce more important than ever as some local businesses and their employees continue to struggle to survive.  Looking at the bigger picture, Rick knows how important this is for people’s livelihoods and well-being, but from a governance standpoint, he recognizes that the more residents who are employed and can make ends meet will ultimately lower social service expenditures and instances of crime and blight.

Rick has earned the support of numerous local business owners who know Rick has a proven track record of supporting local businesses, and will continue to be an advocate for welcoming new businesses and helping existing businesses survive and recover from the challenges posed by the pandemic.
 

INCREASING HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

Rick knows how the rising cost of living in Solano County has made it harder for both renters and prospective homeowners to find a quality and affordable place to live. Rick is engaging with both home builders and housing advocates to look at how we can make rental and owner-occupied housing more affordable and accessible for residents to ensure that residents of all ages: from young professionals to seniors, can stay in their homes and be able to afford to live in Fairfield in the future.
 

REDUCING TRAFFIC BY IMPROVING OUR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Rick has been proud to support several transportation initiatives in Solano County, some of which have been recently completed and others that are currently under construction.  Peabody Road, a major transportation corridor connecting Fairfield and Vacaville, opened to much applause during Rick’s last term in office, and construction was also recently completed on the I-80/HWY 12 interchange redesign project.

On the City Council, Rick will continue to be an advocate for regional and state transportation dollars coming to Solano County to improve our freeways and highway interchanges, and will also work towards resurfacing more of our roads and streets.