Posts Tagged ‘firefighters’

San Jose fire union’s dire claims demolished by 10,000 LAFD job-seekers

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The Rough & Tumble news aggregation website had an unusually helpful juxtaposition of two California news stories on Wednesday. R&T linked to a Mercury-News story detailing how San Jose had finally been given a court's clearance to implement a pension plan in which newly hired firefighters g...

Voters douse most tax-increase fires

Friday, June 15th, 2012

June 15, 2012 By Dave Roberts When you take on the firefighters' union, it helps to have an asbestos hide. Kris Hunt, executive director for the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association, has waged a number of political battles over the years, including once receiving a death threat. But her recent batt...

When heroes become bureaucrats

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

JULY 26, 2011 This article first appeared in City Journal. By STEVEN GREENHUT On Memorial Day, a suicidal man waded into San Francisco Bay outside the city of Alameda and stood there for about an hour, neck-deep in chilly water, as about 75 bystanders watched. Local police and firefighters were c...

Cop and Fire Pensions Tick Off Public

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Note: This first appeared in City Journal California. JULY 1, 2011 TOM GRAY Motherhood, the flag, and firemen -- they pretty much go together in the pantheon of political symbolism. Except maybe in Alameda. In that city of 74,000, just across the bay from San Francisco, firefighters have been get...

Protests Pour Gas on Budget Fires

Friday, May 13th, 2011
Protests Pour Gas on Budget Fires

John Seiler: Today firemen and teachers in Los Angeles staged protests against proposed budget cuts. The L.A. Times reports: Dozens of firefighters in matching white T-shirts packed City Hall on Friday to protest a budget proposal that would cut 18 fire companies and four ambulances from the Los ...