Vince Wells offered a suggestion tonight that he is willing to meet anyone to discuss the future of ECCFPD and solutions and would like to do so sooner rather than later and does not care who it is. He apparently wants the back and forth nonsense to stop and wants to move forward with productive conversation.
Per Vince Wells:
So today we were given the official layoff list as well as the list of the demotions that will take place for those left. You are losing some pretty good fire fighters! The attacks in the Brentwood Press website continue and in the meantime July 1 is approaching.
Allow me to offer a bit of productive conversation. I have to make one slightly negative comment first though. East County Reader, I don’t know who you are, but you obviously don’t know me or you’re just one of the mob that really has no interest in coming up with a solution. It seems that you just want to continue to “stir the pot”!
I am a veteran and the son of a veteran, and have a daughter that is going on her third tour in the Middle East. If your one of those anti-government activist, I don’t even want to waste my time with you. I do believe in the governmental process and believe that it works. Get off the couch and show up at meetings, run for office, or support those that do. Those are the choices in my opinion. That is why I joined our executive board.
On the Grand Jury report; I have a stack of studies in my office if you need them. Or we can pay more tax payer money for another one. It really doesn’t matter to me. If those that are joining this issue late need another one, go for it!
I have Citigate 1, the MSR by LAFCO, and Citigate 2 in my office. All say the same thing. East County is underfunded. I am sure the next one will say the same thing, but have at it!
I just hope that after it’s done, people move forward and face the fact
What I have found to be true about studies is that most people don’t want to pay for the solutions that the study recommends. They make good book ends though.
Pinole paid for a study last year that told them the same thing, the last study told them. I represent the City of Pinole, the City of El Cerrito, Moraga Orinda Fire District, Con Fire, Rodeo Hercules Fire District and East County. All have different voter types and different budget constraints. I have seen it all. In fact, perhaps I will become a consultant.
It is what it is. It takes fire fighters to put out fires; it takes money to pay for them and to keep them. When you are underfunded and lose 1/3 of your revenue, you are going to need more money. There, that is free!
Did Blockbuster Video go out of business because it overpaid its employees, or was it the loss of revenue due to Netflix?
Now on to something more productive; I am willing to arrange a meeting with you, Mr Gonzales, Jeff Barber, McVittie, and whoever you want. We can discuss how to move on. Invite the public and the press if you want. We have nothing to hide.
We now have 27 paid fire fighters in East County. The voters who I support have spoken which I hope they voted based on facts, but anyway, lets meet. We can meet at my office and we will buy lunch.
We can discuss POC’s, a new County Fire/EMS agency, our pay and benefits, or whatever. We need to move on and put documents and facts on the table. Let me know if any of you are interested and we can select a date.
By the way, we will use our political contacts to see if we can get the federal grant approved that the fire district applied for to pay for the laid off fire fighters. The grant is only for two years, so if we get it, we will still have to solve the problem!