Brothers and Sisters,
This week, President Gillotte was the sole Labor representative speaking on behalf of California Professional Firefighters (CPF) and Local 1014 in Sacramento at the hearings for the Joint Committee on Emergency Management regarding budgetary needs for this year's state budget.
Joined by Chiefs from cities and counties throughout California including Ventura County Chief Mark Lorenzen and our LA County Chief Daryl Osby. The Committee was convened by co-chairs Senator Hana-Beth Jackson and Assemblywoman Christy Smith to learn directly from Fire Departments and Unions about budgetary needs and the obstacles we face due to lack of funding in the field during an emergency, like the Woolsey Fire.
Click here to view the full hearing and testimony (begins at 32:30).
Chief Osby and President Gillotte drove home the need for Municipal Fire Agency Pre-Deployment monies as well as additional engines from OES when fires break that could be staffed with LA County Firefighters. Additionally, we stressed the need for additional funds to add dispatchers and support staff. Next will be a discussion with Governor Newsom as we prepare for the final Budget for the new fiscal year which will be finalized in June.
It is important that we keep our political action and legislative advocacy at full force at every level of government to fight for our share of the budget and funding for mutual aid. We will keep you updated as this process moves forward.
The Measure FD campaign is in full swing! Two of our TV spots are up and running on local channels and our mail campaign is moving forward targeting our communities who would benefit most from this critically important funding.
Today we also received an endorsement from the Los Angeles Times for Measure FD which is a big win for our measure and for our members. Click here to read the full article.
As we have said before, this is the largest ballot initiative and political action campaign in the Union's 70-year history. Your Union is 100% committed to ensuring that we have the resources to allow our members to protect the public and stay safe and healthy while doing our jobs.
Click below to view the two commercials:
For more info visit www.yesonmeasurefd.com.
Measure FD will be the first additional revenue measure for our Department ever and will bring an additional $134 million annually for stations, equipment, and staffing. Not since Proposition E in 1997 have we asked the voters for additional funding for our Fire Department. We have been good stewards of the public’s funds and have used them to provide world-class services to our residents. But since 1997, we have seen a dramatic shift in the scope of our emergency services, the intensity of our fire season and the use of technology as a critically important tool for providing emergency services. A stable and adequate funding source for our needs in the next 20 years will be critical.