• Contra costa Times editorial: - 04/24/2015 05:54 PM PDT
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    East Contra Costa voters reject fire district's latest funding bid

    About a quarter of the East Contra Costa Fire District's property owners returned ballots, and more than 53 percent of those voted against a proposed benefit assessment that would have added $4.2 million annually to the fire district's budget. The district now plans to close two stations and eliminate four firefighter positions. 
    KARL MONDON
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    Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group Archives
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    Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group
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    Masaru Oka
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    Laura A. Oda
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