The Feb. 7 letter by Monica Becker was right on the mark. The strong arm of the state Legislature on behalf of Cal Fire is outrageous.
The money-grubbing proof of this tactic is as follows:
1. Our neighborhood areas have never required the prevention/extinguishing services of Cal Fire, according to records and 80-year-old residents.
2. Our low fire rate neighborhood homes have high-pressure fire hydrants spaced about every four to five homes. We dont live in or near Sherwood Forest environments, nor have we ever required high-tech air water drops.
Many of our neighbors were not served with the pay-up-or-else notices.
3. Many of us feel that this fire protection tax is somewhat like the old 30s mob movies wherein people were forced to buy protection whether they wanted, needed, or could afford it.
Our Five Cities fire protection arrangement is staffed by some of the finest firefighters in the state. If the present area of responsibility does not fit the needs of its citizens, the Legislature should ask that the tables of organization be amended without threatening us with fire prevention/protection we didnt ask for, see the need, or are willing to afford.