By Susan Hiland
Downtown Fairfield has yellow-vested street cleaners walking both sides of the road looking for trash the last Saturday of each month. It’s a tradition begun by Matt Garcia and continued for the past 11 years by the foundation that carries his name.
Matt Garcia, the youngest city councilman elected in the state of California in November 2007, was 22 years old when he was shot and killed in Fairfield on Sept. 1, 2008, but that wasn’t the end of his story.
Teresa and Raymond Courtemanche, Matt Garcia’s mother and stepfather, help the volunteers set up tables and tents at the Starbuck’s on Texas Street on the last Saturday of the month year round for the Matt Garcia Foundation.