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