Insist a police officer be stationed at the office 24 hours a day and keep the office open. The Police Department should be a place of refuge and a sanctuary people can go to in case of trouble. In my opinion, the response time will be severely hampered with South San Francisco dispatching and in case of an emergency the police office should be opened.
Council could give up their pay and medical benefits to hire one more police officer or bring our dispatchers back since that would be more beneficial to Pacifica. Working 10 hours a month plus some extemporaneous meetings does not constitute a full-time job. A councilmember in Pacifica should be a voluntary position. Pacifica-authorized committee members who do the majority of the work do not get paid and neither should Council during these economically troubled times. One Councilmember, Len Stone, has already given up his pay and medical benefits for the good of the city and that is appreciated. At the very least, when a Councilmember decides he or she does not have to attend council meetings for whatever reason they should not be paid. With the absentee rate of at least two of the council members we could have saved thousands already.
Budget cuts to the Fire Department have also put us at a disadvantage. A Pacifica Fire Battalion Chief has just retired and he is not going to be replaced. In addition, the two other Pacifica Battalion Chiefs will be stationed in Daly City with a 40-hour work week doing some tasks and have been told they will not respond to Pacifica calls.
I have been told that the Daly City Fire Chief already has three Deputy Chiefs stationed there as well as three other Battalion Chiefs. Now he will have nine officers, including himself, sitting at desks, and Pacifica will have no full-time Battalion Chiefs stationed in Pacifica. This mandate does not apply to Daly City; they have three other Battalion Chiefs who are stationed at Fire Stations and they work normal fire shifts.
Budget cuts have to be made but it is imperative we understand the full consequences of our actions before implementation. In these cases I don't believe the council did. I think we should review the problems the budget cuts have caused and make corrective changes where necessary.
Submitted by Bill Moore
Posted by Kathy Meeh