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Firefighters Accepting Food Donations for Charity

OCFA The Orange County Fire Authority’s Capistrano station is one of several collecting items during a one-day food drive.

On Tuesday, November 24, the OCFA will partner with KTLA Channel 5 and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County to hold a one-day food drive at 25 fire stations across Orange County from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Donated foods will be distributed by Second Harvest Food Bank, who assists thousand of OC residents year round.

“The Orange County Fire Authority is honored to be involved in this year’s event,” said Fire Chief Keith Richter. “Our employees are very active in their local communities and this is an excellent way to assist those in need.” This annual food drive has been very successful in Los Angeles County and this is the first year that it will take place here in Orange County.

Here the list of participating local OCFA Fire Stations:

* Station 7, San Juan Capistrano, 31865 Del Obispo.
* Station 30, Niguel/Dana Point, 23831 Stonehill Dr.
* Station 50, San Clemente, 670 Camino de Los Mares

The OCFA is a joint powers authority that serves more than 1.3 million residents in 22 cities and the unincorporated areas of the county. See www.ocfa.org for more information.

ENCINITAS: Firefighter says Leucadia streetscape plan isn’t fire-truck friendly

northcountystreet A much-debated beautification plan for Leucadia’s portion of Coast Highway 101 may compromise fire truck access, said one resident who has been a firefighter in the Los Angeles area for two decades.

“To me, it looks very problematic,” Los Angeles fire Engineer David Smith said Thursday.

Smith, who lives on Leucadia’s El Portal Street, has been going door to door collecting signatures from dozens of people who support his position.

His goal, he said, is to eliminate one of the proposed beautification options, arguing that it doesn’t meet city width standards for major roads and will increase firefighters’ response times to emergency calls.

The city’s fire chief disagrees.

Chief Mark Muir said Thursday that the Encinitas Fire Department has reviewed the various beautification options put forward by project planners and deemed them acceptable.

Option 4D — the one Smith would like eliminated —- is the project proponents’ preferred choice for the two-mile stretch between A Street and La Costa Avenue.

It calls for leaving the two southbound lanes, but removing one of the two northbound lanes.

The extra space would allow the addition of traffic roundabouts, more streetside parking, better pedestrian walkways and widened bike lanes.

The problem is that it doesn’t provide a 24-foot-wide northbound road area as required under Encinitas codes, Smith said.

Muir confirmed that the road width would be 4 feet less than the city’s ideal, but said the proposed 20-foot-wide stretch, which includes an 8-foot-wide bike lane, would meet state standards. Continue reading ENCINITAS: Firefighter says Leucadia streetscape plan isn’t fire-truck friendly

Opinion: San Jose should negotiate all contracts in public

San Jose’s city budget has been ailing for nine years, failing to respond to annual doses of service cuts and employee givebacks prescribed by the City Council. Now Council member Pierluigi Oliverio claims to have diagnosed the problem as a chronic case of “unionitis” and recently on this page called for opening the city’s negotiations with its labor unions to the public. (“San Jose labor negotiations should be public,” Nov. 4).

The problem with this proposal is that it does not go far enough. Let’s open all the city’s contract negotiations to the public.

Union leaders are happy to negotiate with the city publicly as long as the rules apply to all the city’s business dealings. A massive infusion of sunlight into all the city’s secret negotiations, backroom deals and closed-door confabs would go a long way toward cauterizing the wounds responsible for the hemorrhaging of our municipal treasury.

For the past nine years, our city’s budget difficulties have been laid on the backs of those who fight its fires, confront its criminals and serve its citizens — and San Jose employees have responded. Many union members have given up raises and paid more for health coverage and retirement. This spring, firefighters offered to forgo pay raises as well, and we pay more for health coverage and retirement as required by an independent arbitrator.

Continue reading Opinion: San Jose should negotiate all contracts in public

Firefighters squelch Mission Beach house blaze

San Diego Fire Department PatchSAN DIEGO – Firefighters made quick work of a fire in Mission Beach Sunday afternoon.

The fire was reported on a second floor patio at a home on Mission Boulevard and San Rafael Place at 12:07 p.m., a dispatcher with the San Diego- Fire Rescue Department said.

The blaze was knocked down minutes later, the dispatcher said. The fire caused about $10,000 in damage. No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Fire at National City retirement home

National City Fire Department PatchNATIONAL CITY — Firefighters are working to extinguish a fire at a retirement home on South Highland Avenue near East 25th Street tonight, officials said. According to a Heartland fire dispatcher, the call came in at approximately 6:40 p.m. and eight fire vehicles were sent to the blaze. Information regarding injuries or the amount of damage caused by the flames was not immediately available.

Story by SignOn San Diego.