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

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

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Voters douse most tax-increase fires

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,

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When heroes become bureaucrats

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,

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Cop and Fire Pensions Tick Off Public

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

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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

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