Of five (5) Fire Fire Protection District board members, three (3) are taking action to replace CalFire and establish a local department. Two board members and a group of citizens are unhappy with the decision.
|Grass fire H-92 near Pilarcitos Road|
|Devil's slide to "over the side"vehicle|
"If ultimately successful, the recall would remove directors Mike Alifano and Gary Riddell and board president Doug Mackintosh from their elected positions before the end of their terms. Riddell’s term is set to expire November 2013; the terms of Mackintosh and Alifano run out November 2015.
|Fire at a nursery off Highway 92|
Alifano, Mackintosh and Riddell would rather see the CalFire contract expire and establish a local department, while directors Gary Burke and Ginny McShane adamantly support CalFire." Read Article.
Related article - San Mateo Daily Journal/Bill Silverfarb, 7/5/12. "Fire district seeks stand-alone. department." ".... Moss Beach resident Mike Gaynes, one of the leaders behind the recall effort, said the old stand-alone model is a discredited one. .... Prior to Cal Fire’s arrival, fire departments on the coast were a costly mess, Gaynes said, resulting in more than $1.2 million in lawsuit settlements and legal fees as well as high turnover and poor morale. "
Reference - Coastside Fire Protection District. "The Coastside Fire Protection District, located in the San Mateo County coastal area of California, serves the City of Half Moon Bay, the unincorporated areas of Half Moon Bay and the unincorporated communities of Miramar, El Granada, Princeton-by-the-Sea, Moss Beach, and Montara."
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