Bonny Doon volunteer firefighters get...

Bonny Doon volunteer firefighters get unexpected gift

There are 30 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Sep 9, 2009, titled Bonny Doon volunteer firefighters get unexpected gift. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Bonny Doon volunteer firefighters thought they were getting a free meal when they joined other emergency responders at a thank-you luncheon put on by Lockheed Martin on Tuesday, but they received much more.

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Doon Resident

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Sep 9, 2009
I hope none of the money is spent on legal fees / overhead in the attempt to become an independent department.
Dick from Vick

Morgan Hill, CA

#2 Sep 9, 2009
Sweet. Now they can use that money for legal fees to try and form there Bonny Doon Loony Toon Fire Department instead of buying some fire equipment.
Dick on Vick

Penryn, CA

#3 Sep 9, 2009
Its sad cause you know they will spend it on legal fees. They are a bunch of greedy people who put them first before the community. I am so grateful Cal Fire is up here. They are a bunch of nice young men who love to help.
Doon Resident wrote:
I hope none of the money is spent on legal fees / overhead in the attempt to become an independent department.
Steve Homan

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 Sep 9, 2009
As I understand it, the Bonny Doon Fire and Rescue Team Board of Directors has already allocated the funds for the LAFCO lawsuit from funds that the fire team members have earned WORKING at fund raisers.

Thanks to Lockheed Martin for this thoughtful donation.

Glen Haimovitz has already stated what the funds will most likely be used for, namely equipment and radios.

Most Bonny Doon households pay less than 40 cents per day to the County for County Service Area #48 "County Fire". Some of those funds are spent in Bonny Doon, but not enough to be equitable with other communities.

Bonny Doon has been historically shortchanged in the allocation of CSA #48 funds for decades. In addition, the County receives money from the state (Prop. 172 funds) for the sheriff and fire protection. The County has chosen to fund the sheriff, DA, jail, etc., from this fund, and allocate VERY LITTLE to CSA #48.

The $160,000 referred to in the article most likely refers to the amount of money Cal Fire and LAFCO have said is the cost for Cal Fire to staff its own station in Bonny Doon outside of the fire season. It is paid for from CSA # 48 taxes we already pay.

1100 Bonny Doon residents (in a very short time) signed a petition in 2006 supporting the formation of its own fire district. This is a popular movement supported by many community groups and individuals.
John Galt

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Sep 9, 2009
Lockheed, we thank you for your generous donation to the Bonny Doon Fire Team. Over the years you have repeatedly supported the Team on a number of occasions, benefitting the entire community.

Thank you for maintaining defensible space around your facility, providing access and staging areas for firefighting equipment, making water supplies available, and supporting in many other ways the effort to suppress the recent fire that began outside your property.

The Bonny Doon Fire Team has been the local responding fire and rescue provider for more than 50 years. It is with the support and encouragement from the community that Bonny Doon seeks the chance to vote on the issue of forming a fire district.

Your most generous recognition of the efforts of Bonny Doon Fire, along with Cal Fire and the many departments and fire districts from throughout California and beyond who responded is deeply appreciated.

John Galt

A 40+ year Bonny Doon resident
Well deserved

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 Sep 9, 2009
Congratulations and thanks to LM for making a donation to the fire fighters. It is well deserved!
reality - check please

Santa Cruz, CA

#8 Sep 9, 2009
Unless of course LM was responsible for the blaze...if not,$10k is a drop in the bucket for one of the biggest military contractors in the nation. War profits are up, up, up!
California Girl

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 Sep 9, 2009
reality - check please wrote:
Unless of course LM was responsible for the blaze...if not,$10k is a drop in the bucket for one of the biggest military contractors in the nation. War profits are up, up, up!
But they could have given NOTHING. People appreciate a thank you party as well.
tooncesmom

Ben Lomond, CA

#10 Sep 9, 2009
As a 33-year Bonny Doon resident, LM retiree and 20-year employee of the Santa Cruz Facility, I deeply resent the Left's constant insinuations that Lockheed started the fire, Lockheed makes bombs and all the rest of the libtard drivel that comes from the "nuclear free zone."

So Lockheed started the fire on state property. Makes sense. Not!

Thank you LM for your generous donation. We Bonny Dooners who've twice in fourteen months been put in harm's way thank you for your generosity and we thank the police officers and firefighters from EVERY district as we thank our volunteers.
Cheatos

Hayward, CA

#11 Sep 9, 2009
How generous of LM to donate money to the Fire Department of Bonny Doon. I guess they might have felt a little guilty, seeing that Lockheed had originally BEEN a Fire Dept. down in Burbank CA with only one yellow fire truck. This is especially generous of them since the recent Lockheed Fire did so much damage & still has not been found to have a cause. Yes, the top military contractor in the world can afford to throw a few bucks to BD Fire Dept.
it takes all kinds

Boulder Creek, CA

#12 Sep 9, 2009
Thanks, Lockheed, for the donation. It's much appreciated and will be put to good use.

And Dick: stop being one...
Life Long BD Resident

United States

#13 Sep 9, 2009
Dick on Vick wrote:
Steve you are a jackass. YOU WILL NEVER GET YOUR OWN DISTRICT. Plus no other fire agency supports your movement. You guys are greedy.
Dick,
If you are so upset, why don't you come to a Bonny Doon Fire Board meeting, Which is open to the public, and posted every month, and speak your mind, instead of making your self feel important by calling people names. You belittle your self with such child like actions. I too am glad that CDF is up here, to protect the states liability in forest lands. However the district is about allowing we the tax payers to decide where the money is spent, not politicians who could care less about our little community! I look forward to your opinions at the next board meeting!
Coulrophobia

Alviso, CA

#14 Sep 9, 2009
Doon Resident wrote:
I hope none of the money is spent on legal fees / overhead in the attempt to become an independent department.
I agree. I was planning to make a good-sized cash donation to the volunteers last year, and changed my mind when I found out how much was spent on that LAFCO kerfuffle. To my knowledge, all donations go into one fund, to be spent at the discretion of the board. Perhaps it's better to donate goods and services?

About the Lockheed donation... good for them, but $10k is a pretty small donation given the size of the company. Even in this economy, they could have done better than that. Their facility was the (developed) property most immediately threatened by the fire.
Coulrophobia

Alviso, CA

#15 Sep 9, 2009
Steve Homan wrote:
As I understand it, the Bonny Doon Fire and Rescue Team Board of Directors has already allocated the funds for the LAFCO lawsuit from funds that the fire team members have earned WORKING at fund raisers...
So you are saying that there is more than one fund established to receive donations? Because the Web site for the volunteers says otherwise, implying that the Board has access to and control of all funds:
"The Board has the legal responsibility for managing the business affairs of the corporation, and thereby the Team. The legal ramifications of this are almost certainly more complicated than they ought to be, but the net effect is that the Board manages the Team's voluntary donation fiscal and legal affairs, while the Captains oversee Fire and Rescue operations and report to the Santa Cruz County Fire Department."
Or is the money from those specific fundraising efforts just tallied separately?
nay

Pacifica, CA

#16 Sep 9, 2009
Thank you Firefighters and thank you Lockheed for supporting them. Plain and simple, thank you!
HereWeGoAgain

Denver, CO

#17 Sep 9, 2009
You can't just say THANK YOU, and be done with it, instead of letting all your personal quirks get in the way. I understand they 1. didn't start the fire, 2. the fire didn't even start on their property. and as stated in other posts, did a lot to help keep the situation from becoming a lot worse.

Thanks to all who made donations, including Lockheed.
Cheatos wrote:
How generous of LM to donate money to the Fire Department of Bonny Doon. I guess they might have felt a little guilty, seeing that Lockheed had originally BEEN a Fire Dept. down in Burbank CA with only one yellow fire truck. This is especially generous of them since the recent Lockheed Fire did so much damage & still has not been found to have a cause. Yes, the top military contractor in the world can afford to throw a few bucks to BD Fire Dept.
Coulrophobia

Alviso, CA

#18 Sep 9, 2009
HereWeGoAgain wrote:
You can't just say THANK YOU, and be done with it, instead of letting all your personal quirks get in the way. I understand they 1. didn't start the fire, 2. the fire didn't even start on their property. and as stated in other posts, did a lot to help keep the situation from becoming a lot worse...

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Someone pointed out on another thread that Cheatos been copying all that innuendo about Lockheed from another Web site ( salon.com ?). Ignore it.
generosity

Mountain View, CA

#19 Sep 9, 2009
I dare the various nay-sayers who live in the Bonny Doon area to donate as much as Lockheed has. By all means restrict the donation: SCBA, AEDs, turnout gear, 4x4 bandages if you are a cheap skate. Even better, why don't you put your own hard work and time and energy into becoming a volunteer firefighter?

I wonder if Lockheed has policies that would allow their career employees paid time off to respond to volunteer fire calls and/or participate in fire trainings. That would help with the biggest issue for a volunteer department, which is daytime responders.

If you don't live in Bonny Doon, what do you care for? It takes a child to raze a village ...
Doon Resident

Santa Cruz, CA

#20 Sep 9, 2009
Why aren't Doon'ers fighting for their own police department? Surely we don't get our fair share of police protection based on the taxes/fees we pay. There's no library branch up here and we pay taxes for that too...

Thank you Lockheed for the donation. I hope it buys needed equipment such as that identified on the Bonny Doon Fire website. That money could outfit almost two firefighters.

Then again, that money would cover 25 hours of a lawyers time...
What the heck

Santa Cruz, CA

#21 Sep 9, 2009
Lockheed gives 10 grand and people are complaining "it's just a drop in the bucket"? You people have got a screw loose! I worked at Lockheed for many years and they are tight with a dollar. It was a great gift and I hope it is put towards much needed equipment.

Oh, I agree with generosity. You "locals" need to open YOUR wallet -- let's see what YOU all donate???

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