A Challenge to the City Council (Delivered at the 3/26 Meeting)

         Mayor Madrid and Council members: You may have read an article in the U/T a month or two ago about a program the city of Escondido implemented to reduce the cost of firefighting services - more specifically the cost of Emergency Medical Services. I heard a presentation about this program from the two senior Firemen in Escondido last Friday. Their work, like all fire departments, has increasingly shifted from fighting fires to providing EMT services. Escondido's 2012 calls were:

                  Structural Fires                    51

                  Fires                                    256

                  MVA                                    548

                  EMS                                    10,379

         Escondido realized that since the vast majority of the calls involve Emergency Medical Services and since firemen cost the taxpayers so much more than paramedics do, it would make sense to use Paramedics to do a Paramedic job when possible. That is what they are doing. Escondido estimates savings will be over $2 million/year. The population served by Heartland is a little greater than that of Escondido, so we likely could save at least that much - maybe a little more. La Mesa's share of the savings could easily be $3/4 million.

         $3/4 million would fund 50 Flag Day parades - or put another 5 police officers on the streets - or be a nice start to weaning the City off of the $7 million tax surcharge we pay each year.

         If you, the Council, don't make it your responsibility to see that taxpayer money is spent in an effective but frugal manner - who will? I challenge you tonight to investigate the responsible cost saving program that Escondido has implemented and follow suit. The taxpayers of La Mesa deserve as much from their leaders.


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Comment by David Stanley on March 27, 2013 at 6:57pm

The problem is there are few if any persons willing to subject themselves to the political arena because of the corruption, lies, personal destruction and total hypocrisy required of candidates. Politics has always been the practice of deceit and corruption, embraced and supported for the most part by members of the legal profession. From the meteoric rise of Anti-Christian, Anti-America, anti-everything and the religious embracing of the obscene, the insane and all things Isalmic, today's politicians, in their mad race for constant re-election and their embracing of union thugs for votes and support, have set the stage for ever downward spiral of families, neighborhoods, communities, cities, states and the very nation itself. Politicians are practiced in smiling, shaking hands and telling lies with straight faces, knowing full well they are lying. And, sadly, the voting public seems to have fallen into two camps: Those, like myself, who are extremely frustrated but know nothing can ever be done to correct the problems and the "Others". These are the uninformed yet defensively aggressive robots that shriek mindlessly the epithets furnished them by party hacks who preach "tolerance" whilst espousing hatred toward ALL those who exercise Constitutionally guarantees of disagreement. Nazi supporters are quick to shout about getting out the vote and every vote counts yet should their side suffer defeat they merely seek out a fellow Nazi judge and have that vote overturned.  So much for "Tolerance" and understanding.

No, even on the local level, these things ring true daily, hourly. Deny and hurl epithets but these things do not reverse the corruption and outright theft of all things precious by those we have been stupid enough to elect and just cant seem to ever rid ourselves of thereafter.

Comment by Scott H. Kidwell on March 27, 2013 at 4:26pm

The problem may lay in the concept that our elected officials have a misplaced and higher concern for the producer (public employees) of services than the product payer and user (taxpayers). It seems that the noisier and ever present public employees are the squeekier wheels than taxpayers. Elected officials have little or no incentive to find more cost effective ways to deliver committed services as long as going to the public funding well is easier. Couple this with the idea that many elected officials really do see government jobs as (that 3 letter word according to VP Biden) jobs programs.

Comment by David Stanley on March 27, 2013 at 7:41am

For many, many years, whilst working as a police officer in San Diego, I watched over and over during medical emergency calls when paramedics, police and fire trucks - with complete crews- would respond. Firetrucks and fire crews would always loiter outside homes, along with at least one, often two or more, police officers and their cars. I often asked and always wondered: "Why?". I understood that should a criminal event be occurring the need for police, but as I recall, I never saw a fire during these medical callouts. So why the firecrews and equipment. Oh, when I have had need of medical care in the past I thought it was swell that these guys and ladies were there to help me but I always returned to my question, "Why?" Fire Fighters are pretty highly paid and extremely highly trained and are a very costly item to have around particularly if they are doing nothing but doing nothing whilst EMT teams are working. Perhaps for the muscle? Certainly nothing else. Why then do municipalities continue these dispatches, tying up fire crews and equipment? All this whilst seeking further means and methods to steal more money through taxation, never bothering to consider any common sense ways of cutting and saving money. Again I scratch my head at collective governmental stupidity and greed! Seems every day is a gala when you have other people's money to squander. Hmmm?

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