You know I have been thinking about this Fire Department thing. The city leaders are about to tell us that they are not going to spend a penny out of their revenue to support a fire department. They believe fire protection is best handled by the folks 120 miles away in San Bernardino… The county Seat. They are planning to force the Water Department to give up control of the Fire Department to the County…. Half the folks in town like that idea the other have don’t, but the Council is in the drivers seat and will do what the council majority will do.
I am thinking if fire protection is not the responsibility of the city and they sure as hell are not going to pay for it, why is it the responsibility of the city to provide police protection? Ain’t it the same?
The whole idea of cityhood was “local Control”… loosing the local control of fire protection is not, “local control.”
Lets reevaluate the need for local government… Hey I can go up online right now and do everything and get everything with the County of San Bernardino I would ever need to conduct my business. I can pay my bills, buy my licenses, get a permit and deal with almost every department and commission the county has right there on the computer or on the phone. I can do that right from my kitchen table or my computer desk, I don’t need to travel down the hill to the county seat. The County Seat comes to me, by way of the World Wide Web. Why do I need a over burdensome middle man city government ? Why in these modern times do we need a meddlesome group of local busy bodies hindering both growth and commerce? Why should I need to deal with bureaucrats that can’t give me an answer without a committee having a year of meetings to decide?
I am thinking since the city feels that the County Seat can control and protect us, when come to fire protection, Why not every other aspect of government service and function? Why not we move to dis-incorporate?
Talk about saving money…. Look at the Millions of dollars saved annually in payroll and pension costs. The City right if we closed this puppy down right now owes $12 Million in unfunded pension liability. That can be paid off with what is in the kitty, and we are done with it.
I will be expressing this sentiment to LAFCO at Monday Nights Council Meeting. We want everyone to be on notice that the end game of refusing to accept local control of the fire department will be used as the to cause the push that avalanche of events leading to dis-incorporation.
For you see with the advent of modern communications and technology we need not travel to the county seat for licenses or permits, and a belief that if both fire and police services are best provided by the County of San Bernardino, why not let them cut out the expensive middleman and take the whole thing back over?