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Firefighters Association supports Nelson, Silano, Mosby

Original post made by News Guy, another community, on Oct 27, 2009

(This letter, submitted by John Wurdinger, president of the Menlo Park Firefighters Association, was published in the Oct. 28, 2009, issue of The Almanac.)

The Menlo Park Firefighters offer the following endorsement of candidates Jack Nelson, Jon Mosby and Rob Silano for Menlo Park Fire District board of directors.

We have endorsed them because they all are:

-- Concerned with our morale, which is at an all time low.

-- Concerned with our pension costs, and interested in our plan to cut annual pension payments in half saving $4.5 million.

-- Concerned that the current board will not communicate with us and have all stated they would.

-- Concerned with the district's ISO classification and fire insurance premiums.

-- Concerned with the growth of our administrative staff, and the associated waste of tax dollars.

-- Concerned that we do not have enough paramedics, firefighters and engineers to staff our emergency apparatus.

-- Concerned with the lack of trust and respect between the current board, senior staff and firefighters on the frontline.

-- Supportive of consolidation efforts with the City of San Mateo Fire Department. Such efforts could save $2 million a year.

-- Aware of the importance of higher education for executive officers.

-- Concerned by the amount of money spent on legal expenses in the past three years, nearly $1.3 million.

We want to go on record and state that we do not desire any elected official to feel obligated to us. We need a professional working relationship with our elected officials that is based on communication and respect, a goal that currently escapes us. We need, and the taxpayers deserve, Nelson, Silano and Mosby as our next members of the district's board of directors.

-- John Wurdinger, president, Menlo Park Firefighters Association

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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of another community
on Oct 30, 2009 at 7:23 am

What? I visited the firefighters website and this letter seems to have been shortened by the almanac. I am thinking now after certain blogs have been removed and this letters edit that those at the almanac are not reporting the news and trying to influence public opinion for their own interest.

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Posted by Renee Batti
associate editor of The Almanac
on Oct 30, 2009 at 10:51 am

Renee Batti is a registered user.


Space to print letters and guest columns in The Almanac is finite. The publisher, who edits the Viewpoint section, at times has to make cuts to some letters and columns in order to make everything fit. He tries to do so in a way that leaves the most important points in, and the general argument intact.

The column to which you refer was cut a bit, but so was Peter Carpenter's, which ran as the counter argument.

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Posted by Gunshow
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Oct 31, 2009 at 11:55 am

Hey Renee,

We've got plenty of space here why don't you run both full articles here?

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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of another community
on Oct 31, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Renee Batti,
Well I counted and it was three sentences essentially the first paragraph which Mr. Wurdinger wrote was that they did not ask for an eleven percent raise and that the fire district offered them more money in both the salary and benifits then they asked for but the language and then regressive bargining is the problem. So to say that don't fit is well an obvious manipulation of the news to sway it in a direction that the paper wants it to go.

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