I cannot communicate with each of you individually at this time. So to all of my American Legion Family, and others, all my brothers and sisters and comrades in arms, I thank you very much. Because you knew I could not participate in person in the Pinedorado Parade with you, Ron Waltman and Jay Burbank had a replica of me made, and I was there in the half track with you and participating in our American Legion convoy. I guarantee I was there with you in spirit.
After the parade was over, approximately 100 of you marched across the Fiscalini Ranch from Winsor Boulevard to my house on Marlborough Lane and honored me with a homecoming event. I have never been so honored as I was that day. You all made it possible.
Also, thank you all for the pictures you have sent to me to go into a scrapbook, for my family for generations to come. Barbara and Jeri, you missed nothing in the way of picture-taking.
I can never thank you all enough nor express the love and respect I have for all of you.
Your brother and comrade forever,
Dollar figure needed
I think those of us who attended the meeting of the ad-hoc committee on the fire department came away with more questions than answers.
What did the vice president of the CCSD mean when he told us that the state Cal Fire does not give a bid but waits for the CCSD to sign a contract before it will give a price? Would you buy something or negotiate with someone before they gave you a cost breakdown?
His other statement concerned the use of our tax money set aside just for the fire department. He stated that it did not come back from the state as fire money, but was put into the general fund to be used as needed.
The term “local” — what does it mean? The consensus seems to be that we do not want state control of our fire department. I don’t know about you, but I would not negotiate with anyone until I saw a dollar figure. I don’t want the state telling us in Cambria what to do.
Why no fire bid?
As a concerned resident of Cambria, I have an issue related to the current study by CCSD contracting with Cal Fire and replacing our Cambria Fire Department.
In addition to the risks of loss of local control, paramedic service and public assistance, a paramount question is with the stated policy of Cal Fire by Chief Lewin, that Cal Fire would not submit a bid for services until CCSD has signed an agreement to hire them.
It is completely beyond my comprehension that anyone, especially CCSD that is elected to represent the wishes of the citizens and being fiscally responsible to those citizens, would even consider contracting with Cal Fire without full and complete disclosure of the total cost that would be incurred.
Would any of us purchase a house or a car without knowing the total cost before we signed a contract? I do not think so. We have been told by the ad hoc committee that a full cost/benefit analysis will be done prior to any decision. How can this be done if Cal Fire will not, under its policy, provide a complete cost breakdown?
Problematic to say the least. In the ad hoc committee meetings that have been held, I did not hear one citizen speak in support of Cal Fire, all comments were to keep our Cambria Fire Department. Our Cambria Fire Department are professional firefighters dedicated to serve the citizens of this community.
Please take the time to tell the CCSD to stop this effort now.