Written May 28, 2012 by Janet Gibson, Alameda resident & retired teacher
I feel that most people want to believe that firemen, as well as policemen, are “our friends”. It is, therefore, quite alarming to hear a number of Alamedans express fear and concern when it comes to our local Fire Department.
When residents. . . .
* know about the callous act of our firefighters “not lifting a hand” while a despondent Raymond Zack waded to his drowning;
* learn that the Fire Fighters Union has contributed almost $70,000 in the past several years to our City Council members;
* observe Alameda Fire Fighters and their Union being the major supporters and contributors to the passage of Measure C: assertively knocking at voter’s doors, running telephone banks, distributing campaign signs; sending $12,000 mailers
* experience engine and ladder trucks with lights and blaring sirens driving past the homes of known opposition bloggers, without an observable emergency response event;
. . . .it is not hard to understand the intimidation being felt by a number of people.
As the June 5th Vote nears, people who oppose Measure C feel particularly vulnerable. Scores of “No on C” signs are being taken from the lawns of private homes. One homeowner reports that four consecutive signs have been stolen from her yard. Another neighbor expressed the fear that fire fighters might not be as diligent in responding to an emergency call, if they saw a “No Sign” in front of her home.
What a sad state of affairs. . for community members to lose confidence in their public servants! The perception exists that our fire fighters’ powerful union has taken over City Hall. The public is not against unions who bargain collectively for members. The public is against the excessive use of that power. The public is not against our civil servants having good salaries and benefits. They are against excessively high salaries/benefits and employees who work only for their own self-interest.
We must not be afraid to “Speak Truth to Power”. VOTE NO on C Inform yourself: www.AlamedaNoOnC.com