This is, of course, utter nonsense. The only possible reason for outsourcing an emergency city service like that would be if we were in terrible debt and needed to save money. But since our Fire Department is a VOLUNTEER FORCE, where would the savings be in that? I no more want to outsource our Fire Department than I'd want to start raising kangaroos in my backyard.
And, for the record, thanks to the wise fiscal policies of our current MaryAnn MacGillivray led City Council, Sierra Madre is now running a budget surplus. One of the few cities in the entire state of California to be doing so.
My campaign has always been about defending the independent spirit of Sierra Madre. And one of the ways we do that is by maintaining our Sierra Madre Emergency Services. Be that Fire, Police, or our Paramedics, we need to keep our own. Public safety is our greatest responsibility of all. Adequate resources must continue to be made available and allocated for those responsible for our public safety. There is no more important job for a City Council than that.
Please, don't believe the crazies. When you hear something as ridiculous as the one about "outsourcing our volunteer Sierra Madre Fire Department," consider the source and what their true agendas are. We need to keep Sierra Madre's interests first, and not those of the big development and corporate real estate interests. Or those paid to carry their wacky messages.