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Family ties a factor in SRV Fire race, incumbent says

Original post made on Nov 7, 2012

One incumbent and two newcomers were elected to the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District's Board of Directors Tuesday night, in an election where family ties to unions were quite apparent. Danville resident and Alameda County Fire Captain Gordon Dakin won the first of three seats, followed by incumbent Matt Stamey and H. Jay Kerr.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 2:15 PM

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Posted by Dan G
a resident of Danville
on Nov 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Well, it sounds like the SRV Fire District board has representatives of the firefighters' fraternity and well as relatives & associations with the union.

Makes for interesting negotiations. I would expect those board members that have such relationships & associations will recuse themselves when involved in evaluating & negotiating union contracts.

Basic Question: So, who is representing me, the taxpayer??

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Posted by Woody
a resident of Danville
on Nov 7, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Using reserves to balance it's budget and pay salaries? Wake up people!!!

I drive past our local Fire Station twice a day, there are never less than 12 personal vehicles parked in the lot. I'm all for strong Police and Fire coverage, but why can 3 Police Officers keep Danville safe every night but it takes at least 12 Firefighters at this one station?

Follow the money...

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Posted by Mary J
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 8, 2012 at 6:27 pm

We must drive by the same Fire House. I have the same reaction about the staffing there.

I am told the San Ramon Valley Fire District is the CADILLAC ESCALADE CAPITAL of the USA. Now, watch all those big SUVs disappear!!!

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Posted by Tango
a resident of Danville
on Nov 9, 2012 at 8:34 am

The problem is not exclusive to Danville/Alamao. Firefighters have a tough job "at times " but the compensation, pensions and overall benefits are very candidly, obscene ! I truly hope the trend reverses very soon. It is akin to tenured teachers !

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Posted by JRM
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Nov 9, 2012 at 8:57 am

Taxpayer alert....I noticed Roxanne Lindsay (who wisely stepped down from the Board) now has a new job with the Altamount Commuter Express.
Hopefully she has no fiduciary responsibility in this political patronage position given her key role in bringing the Fire District to the brink of bankruptcy.

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