Normally I do not repost comments from a Newspaper’s comments section, but this one has to be addressed as John Gonzales of Knightsen is making accusations that Brentwood has “hidden funds” available to fund the fire department should Measure S fail.
Check out the back and forth below between Brentwood Vice Mayor Steve Barr and Gonzales. Clearly, Mr. Gonzales has fallen off his rocker one to many times and I would like to think Mr. Barr knows more about Brentwoods budget than Mr. Gonzales.
All comments occurred on the Brentwood Press website.
The following services to be provided in the CFD are in addition to those presently provided in the territory of the CFD.
I. Fire Suppression and Emergency Medical Services.
a) Fire fighting and emergency medical service personnel salaries, benefits, and other associated operations and maintenance costs which are needed for the daily activities and normal employment of these types of personnel.
This really sums up that even the City of Brentwood has chosen not to contribute with Facilities District taxes collected to the ECCFPD.
This entire tax is a political nightmare game with our safety. The people are being used for political purposes rather than the true need. They would rather send the CFD dollars
( $1.5 million dollars ) to Parks, Police, and Libraries. My priority would be Police and Fire first. Instead let’s ask for more money to pay down the 11,000,000 million dollar pension hole we made. At the same time they want to send our paramedics and their emergency response vehicles away that we already pay for in another tax!
Send this tax back with a NO on S.
God bless our firefighters. Shame on the Politicians, BOS, and the Union.
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Tracy has volunteers. Union firefighters oversee the program and feel volunteers are a necessary asset, especially with reduced staffing. Many full time Tfd firefighters came from the volunteer program as well.
Wow, At least Tracy thinks responsible and within budget. We should too. No on S its a waste of our tax dollars the way it’s written.
Second, two possible service models were presented to the ECCFPD at the last meeting;
1) A four station model with two firefighters per engine.
2) A three station model with three firefighters per engine.
The decision of which model will most likely be made at the June 11th meeting if Measure S fails followed by appropriate staff reductions based on the model.
You call the three or four station plan a threat, when actually it is what you are asking for, the board to to act “responsible and within budget”. Measure S takes an additional step in that the Board wants the public to have the opportunity through the freedoms allowed us, to vote and speak freely. That freedom also allows the majority of the voters to decide who will who will represent them. Asking the voters what they would like the the fire district to provide them is not irresponsible, it’s about choice and I choose to pay $197 to have six stations with ALS on each engine.
Your choice is just that yours. You may want to blame the fire board and the BOS for Measure S and your ultimate decision, but in the end after the votes are counted those that you are most critical of will need to follow the direction given by the voters and their decision.
PS are you suggesting by using Tracy Rural that Brentwood and Oakley have a different level of service than say Knightsen, just asking?
I’m sorry I upset you with the information that your City can help the fire district but chooses not to. I don’t blame them a bit. I would not want to throw good money into a money pit too. If you want to be successful in leading your City or your Fire District you must be honest with yourself and the public. You also need to take politics out of our fire district as it is affecting the progress of the department by restricting solutions.
In closing to answer your last comment. The Knightsen Station did have a different level as you say of service until the union got a hold of the station. The 20 POC’s were run off. That action actually hurt the district more than it helped because those full time positions could have been applied to more urban areas. Instead, the political union machine pushed out all the POC’s. Good job union, but don’t ask me to pay more for that power grab. All firefighters here and abroad do great service and I commend them. It’s the union and politics that have ruined this district.
Since the union will only except certain alternatives to fix the district ( example; no POCs, paramedics on engines not in their own quick response vehicles, three on an engine, and all the other things they can politically control the district with) the only solution is a new reorganized county fire district. This will satisfy the union, provide equal pay for the firefighters, give equal service to the citizens, reform the pension problems, maximize management and overhead costs, and work within the budget provided.
That budget would be close to $ 100,000,000.00 dollars and we would not need to raise taxes. Therefore, No on S
That’s also why, Johnston explained, money from the Measure E sales tax increase cannot be used to help staff rural fire stations, even though Tracy voters in 2010 passed the measure to preserve core public services.
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John this is the first time since 1978 and the passage of prop 13 that the voters of East County have had the opportunity to say what they expect their fire depatment to look like. The choice is not complicated, vote no and the message is clear that the district needs to live with the current level of funding received from the district share of the 1% AV.
Vote yes on S and the residents and businesses of East County will have funding for six stations with three FF on each engine including ALS.
Mr Wells gave an excellent explanation of how a second tier for new employees would effect the districts budget and I aggree with him that the second tier will help with long term savings but it will take time to realize those savings. Even if the contract negotiated included the second tier it would not help the current shortfall without closing stations.
If the voters say no and the stations are closed the only hope to reopen them is for the AV to return to pre recesion amount, which could be a very long time.
Protect your family and your property
Invest in your community
Vote YES ON S!!
So are you accusing the City of diverting public funds when it gave $600,000.00 to ECCFPD for fighters ? Quit twisting words sbarr. I do not think anyone has diverted funds and I do think that the five special benefit assessment districts can be mandated for fire at the choice of the city council. (you only quoted 2-5 leaving out one so it could suit your answer) I do thank you for correcting my 1.5 million to over $3,000,000.00 that the city can use a partial or all for fire if they choose.
My comment was merely one of several options to ease the hardship of the district by using some of Tracy’s ideas along with other ideas. The problem is your union will not let any good ideas that are not approved by them. Instead they want more power by power grabbing our paramedic program we pay for already and now would pay for again. This is another reason to vote No.
sbarr, for you to say this is the first time since prop 13 asking for a new tax is not true. In fact, each and every time a benefit assessment district is created a vote takes place. If this passes those people in those areas will be paying another tax for a third time. When development created this mess the politicians allowed the developers a free ride except for the Sheriff. That’s why you see a “P” district in Discovery Bay and no “F” for fire district in Discovery Bay. That is why you see five benefit assessment districts in your city but you choose to spend it on police, parks, and other things. When I was commissioner I pushed for the benefit assessment in Cypress Lakes that is only for Fire Suppression. It also was to build a new fire station at no charge. Some of this tax is to build another station but you haven’t even gotten the free station yet. The cypress area is the only true committed benefit assessment district that is specifically for fire. That too had a vote to create it.
Sbarr, are you working for the best interest of the people or for the special interest? The people deserve a better plan. So do our firefighters for that matter. No on $