Chico fire protection
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#1 Jan 5, 2014
Should chico continue paying Hollywood money to our firefighters or should we investigate the possibility of hiring calfire?
#2 Jan 11, 2014
Can Calfire point a fire hose and hit the target ?
#3 Jan 15, 2014
Newly released videos obtained by CBS News suggest that the 16-year-old girl who was run over by a fire truck and killed after surviving a crash on ill-fated Asiana Airlines Flight 214 might have been visible to rescue workers, contradicting earlier reports that she was covered with fire-extinguishing foam.
#4 Feb 12, 2014
According to a Franchise Tax Board press release based on tax returns, the statewide individual median income was $35,910, an increase of 3.5 percent over 2011 For joint returns, the statewide median income was $70,938, an increase of 4.1 percent over 2011.
In Butte County, the numbers were $30,673 for individuals and $56,476 on joint returns. For individuals the increase from 2011 was 3.5 percent, matching the state, while joint files lagged a bit with 3.8 percent growth.
#5 Feb 13, 2014
Firefighters refuse to help downtown Chico homeless problem. A proposal to use firefighters on patrol to address transient problems and other issues has fallen flat.
Interim Chief Keith Carter said he took offense comments that the Fire Department sits idly by and is not part of the community.
The notion that firefighters sit around waiting for calls is also a falsehood, Carter said. They also maintain their stations and equipment, check hydrants, and undergo two hours of daily training.
“We are not just sitting around baking cookies,” he said.
Maybe the City of Chico could hire fire hydrant checkers, maintenance personnel and janitors at lesser salaries .
#6 Feb 15, 2014
Some Chico firefighters have seemed quite defensive over a proposal by former Chico City Councilor Bob Evans that the firefighters could help patrol downtown.
Evans suggested the firefighters could walk around downtown, in uniform, to act as another set of eyes for the Police Department — just as the private security personnel did when they were hired by a downtown group during the holiday shopping season.
The firefighters convinced a council committee that they weren’t just sitting around without things to do.
, Chico firefighters canvassed downtown Friday to ask for citizens’ support of a grant the City Council will be. asked to approve Tuesday.
A dozen off-duty firefighters, many with their families, walked up and down the downtown core, going into restaurants, shops and other businesses to ask for support. They handed out fliers explaining the need for increased staffing and the potential grant.
#7 Feb 15, 2014
They should be ashamed, canvassing downtown begging for money, then driving home in their BMW s
#8 Feb 16, 2014
Firefighters association members receive pay and benefit packages at 300 to 400 percent of the average Chico citizen. They claim they are “entitled” to this exorbitant pay due to the risks of their jobs. Our heroes in military service only get 25 percent to 30 percent of what firefighters receive. Do you think they are more deserving than our active military?
#9 Feb 16, 2014
The Hamilton City Fire Department is seeking a few good men and women. The Glenn County-based fire department is accepting applications for its volunteer firefighter brigade and the ready reserve brigade.
#10 Feb 17, 2014
ONE fire fighter died in the entire history of Chico.
Almost every occupation, including dress designer, night club singer and interior decorator have higher mortality rates than that.
The fire personnel in Chico are nothing but a bunch of greedy little sissies.
#11 Feb 17, 2014
I just heard on the news that the firefighters are asking the city council for a promotion and pay increase. The union got a grant to pay for 2 years of the promotion. But after that the city is on the hook.
More BMW's for Chico! Or maybe that's Bently's.
#13 Feb 28, 2014
Officials will give preferential treatment to volunteer firefighters as well as promote some of their current staff in spending their 5.6 million dollars.
#14 Feb 28, 2014
Explosive growth in CalPERS $100K pension club
Back in 2005, some 1,841 retirees pulled down more than $100,000 a year in pension checks from the California Public Employees Retirement System.
And by the end of 2012, membership more than doubled yet again, to 14,763, according to data from CalPERS.
That's up 700 percent in less than a decade. The rate of inflation over the same period was 38 percent.
New Study Compares CalSTRS' Pensions to Social Security Retirement Benefits (Ed Ring / California Public Policy Center)
#15 Feb 28, 2014
Ratings agency Fitch downgrades Kern County pension bonds
A global financial ratings agency has downgraded the $213 million in pension obligation bonds Kern County issued in 2003 to prop up its employees’ retirement system.
In recent weeks, the Kern County Board of Supervisors has received troubling updates about $3 million in ongoing monthly losses, it has been told that pension costs will climb..........
Across the state, public employees are retiring with huge pensions and guaranteed healthcare, while services are being cut and taxes are going up.
Don't cut government services…
Don't raise taxes…
Fix Pensions First!
Ten Things You Should Know
About Public Pensions in California
1. Every California household owes $30,000 in public pension debt. The unfunded liabilities of California’s three largest state pension systems – CalPERS, CalSTRS and the UC Retirement System — are between $142 billion and $500 billion.........
#16 Feb 28, 2014
ONE fire fighter died in the entire history of Chico and they're building a memorial for people killed elsewhere.
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