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Brown debuts 2016-17 budget

More permanent state spending would be devastating to California, Gov. Jerry Brown announced — at least in the midst of another recession. Unveiling his budget for the new fiscal year, Brown flourished a chart bearing that warning, although the proposal

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New bill takes aim at drones near wildfires

Fed up with private drones interfering with firefighting, a state senator has announced another bill to keep unmanned aerial vehicles away from hot spots. Sen. Ted Gaines, R-El Dorado, said SB168 would indemnify emergency responders who damage a drone during

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Cop vs. firefighter

Maybe the unity public safety workers present when they want raises and high pensions is breaking down. The U-T reports: CHULA VISTA — A California Highway Patrol officer handcuffed and detained a Chula Vista firefighter for refusing to move his engine

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Firefighter one of nation’s safest jobs

The nation’s astoundingly well-paid public firefighters insist that they receive their high salaries and pensions (averaging around $175,000 a year in total compensation in California, with age-50 retirements and schedules that allow them to sleep on the job and work

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Get prepared for this year’s fire season 13

July 16, 2012 By Chriss Street California is one of the worst fire zones in the nation.  As we go to press, there are at least 10 major fires and more than 55,000 acres of California burning.  Major incidents include

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Bureaucrats Don't Come to the Rescue 0

JUNE 6, 2011 As a tragic San Francisco fire that claimed the life of at least one firefighter Thursday has shown, public safety jobs at times can be very dangerous. But an incident from earlier in the week across the

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S.F. Bay Fire & Cops Watch Man Drown 7

JUNE 2, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Fire and police rescue crews stood by — for a full hour — while a man drowned in S.F. Bay. What kind of people are these? MSNBC reports (the link includes a video): Interim

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