ECCFPD to Elect Redevelopment Oversight Board Members

Tonight’s East Contra Costa County Board Packets are now available which offers a preview to what tonight’s meeting will discuss.  Aside from finalizing the changes on the Parcel Tax, one of the most important actions that is flying under the radar tonight is that the ECCFPD gets to pick representatives to serve on the Redevelopment Successor Agency oversight board.

Staff has recommend that the representative come from either Brentwood and Oakley as opposed to say Bethel Island or Discovery Bay, or Morgan Territory.

This board needs to be sure to elect representatives who will look out for EVERYONE’S interest as this will certainly dictate how cities will grow in the future and the types of owners/businesses enter into city limits.

Board Packets are available on the District Website

Here is a portion of the 19 page packet in reference to items D2 and D3 which I thought were the most interesting.

D2: RECOMMENDATION FOR ACTION

Approve filing a written argument in favor of the District’s proposed parcel tax to the Contra Costa County Election Division for inclusion in official ballot materials.

Protect Fire and Emergency Response Times

In an emergency, seconds count. When a fire is raging or an accident happens, every minute of response time is critical. That’s why it’s so important to vote yes on Measure X – to make sure firefighters, paramedics, and other emergency response personnel are there when you need it.

Without Measure X, 50% of our firefighters will be laid off and up to four fire stations will close, leaving 8 firefighters (daily) to protect 105,000 residents, responding to 6,000 annual service calls. Homeowner’s insurance rates would increase.

Our Fire District provides fire protection, emergency medical services and disaster preparedness services to residents, schools, and businesses throughout far East County. Brentwood, Oakley, Discovery Bay, Bethel Island, Knightsen, Byron, Marsh Creek and Morgan Territory depend on our critical emergency services. We’ve been underfunded for decades and recently implemented the following cuts:

  • closed two fire stations in 2010
  • 5 firefighting positions unfilled
  • eliminated administrative positions
  • deferred equipment repairs

Further cuts will increase response times, putting our homes, health, and families in danger.

Measure X will allow us to:

  • maintain adequate response times to 9-1-1 calls, fires and other  emergencies
  • avoid multiple station closures
  • prevent the layoffs of dozens of firefighters
  • provide the necessary equipment needed to help you in an emergency

Money generated from Measure X will remain local, purely for fire services, expiring in 10 years and can’t be taken away by the State or County.

Help make sure emergency services are there when you need it. Join us and vote YES on Measure X.

D3: RECOMMENDATION FOR ACTION

Appoint Directors to the Redevelopment Successor Agency oversight boards for the Cities of Brentwood and Oakley.

The Oversight Board of the Successor Agency will consist of 7 members appointed by/representing:

  • County Board of Supervisors (two members);
  • Mayor (one member);
  • County Superintendent of Education (one member);
  • Chancellor of California Community Colleges (one member);
  • Largest special district taxing entity (one member); and
  • A former RDA employee appointed by Mayor/Board of Supervisors (one member).

Under the Court’s decision interpreting the Dissolution Act, the Oversight Board membership must be completed by May 1, 2012.

Staff recommends that the Board appoint one Director to each of the Brentwood and Oakley Successor Agency Oversight Boards.

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I call it like I see it . I love my city, I love my community and I want what is best for the people around me. Do the right thing, I will support you. Do the wrong thing, I will oppose you!
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