Keep Orinda station in Orinda
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District intends to close Orinda Fire Station 43 and build a new station (out of district) in Lafayette. I'm compelled to write a public letter because the MOFD board is not acting in the best interests of the Moraga and Orinda residents they are supposed to serve. Indeed, it would seem they are more concerned with Lafayette fire issues.
I attended the Moraga Orinda Fire District meeting July 15. It was a special session called after four of the last five "regular" meetings had been canceled. The board wanted to vote on spending $1.2 million to buy a property in Lafayette to build a new fire station on. Believing the seriously financially troubled ConFire ( the district that just closed four stations due to money woes) might operate it jointly with MOFD someday, three board members (Anderson, Evans and Wyro) voted in favor. Apparently, they think it is a good idea to take the Moraga/Orinda taxpayer money and buy property in Lafayette -- not located in the district they serve.
How can this be legal? Chiefs from both MOFD and ConFire support the purchase, but neither will have to live with their decision, as they are both leaving their positions. This was the last board meeting for the MOFD chief. Why are these two even a part of this decision at this point? Thank you MOFD board member Fred Weil for your thoughtful presentation and for voting against this plan.
All the Orinda homeowners who attended the meeting and spoke were against this scheme. We like our station right where it is now in our high-hazard fire zone. Did we just completely waste the $275,000 we have already put in for Station 43's previously planned rebuild? I say let's keep Orinda's fire station in Orinda.
Fair pay for BART workers
At what point will the public stop being held hostage by BART unions?
Fire the whole lot of them; let there be a short period of discomfort while new hires are trained, pay a fair, competitive salary and let the workers pay their share toward medical insurance and pension benefits.
In today's real world with a 7.5-percent unemployment rate, a stuttering economy, municipalities going bankrupt and a nation more divided than it has been since the Civil War, it is unconscionable for a bunch of overpaid high school dropouts seeking a 23 or 24 percent pay increase package.
Oh, and then accept the resignations of board members and politicians who have allowed this BART union abscess to fester.
Donald P. Tafjen