Z107.7 ran a story today about the meeting that was held on Saturday discussing the options available for the 29 Palms Fire Department.
The reporting of what was presented was accurate. However the reporting/innuendo of what happened in the past was off the mark.
Z107.7 wants us to think that the city of 29 Palms has already stepped up to the plate in the past by offering to “take over” the fire department by transferring fire protection services to the county AND that our Water District “balked” at that idea and decided not to proceed with the transfer of those services to the county for unstated reasons by Z107.7.
Let me tell all of you that we are in serious trouble and this continued failure of the press, both radio and paper, to do just a bit of investigative reporting is going to cause this city to go the hard way.
The Water District is proposing a vote for us citizens to raise our parcel assessments. The raise is great and the answer will be a resounding “No” from the voters.
And that “No” is righteous in light of the fact that the city of 29 Palms provides nothing, absolutely nothing, that’s right zip, nada, NOTHING to provide public safety via a fire department for its citizens.
In fact the city spurns the idea of getting involved in fire protection unless it is through the county which if that happens will be an unmitigated disaster to the General Fund that I am surprised the current council as well as staff does not fully see or understand.
The city feels pretty good right now because for each and every event that has occurred since the Lear station closed other agencies have responded to either assist or cover the use of our one engine company.
I can assure you that there will come a time when the Base as well as County Fire are involved in their own situations and will not be able to bail out 29 Palms because its one engine company is already involved in a crisis and that second or third event comes to fruition and there are no resources around to respond.
That is when people will ask “What the Hell” and then they will ask “Was Tee-Ball, and tennis, and soccer, and simple Park and Recreation more important than…….. You fill in the blank.
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