As expected, the local fire board is proceeding into the next phase of the new tax (benefit assessment) process and re-opening the closed stations is NOT part of the plan. BUT….they are going to raise new money to increase 4 of the 6 stations to 3-0 and in two of the stations they will put ALS (advanced life support) capability on the truck. So basically they have given a big F-you to DB and the entire the East end of the district. The board president (councilman stonebarger from Brentwood) was the most direct about this and said at one point that DB does not even pay for what we have today let alone anything more (which is false).
The only hope we have of improving our fire safety/ALS is to come together as a community to defeat this at the ballot box. If it passes we will never have adequate coverage. If it fails they will have to come up with another plan that is more acceptable to a wider range of voters. The amount they are are going to put on the ballot is about $100 per year per single family parcel, none of that money will directly benefit this community but Knightsen, Bethel Island, Brentwood and Oakley will see staffing increases and have more ALS coverage. Sending out a negative message on this needs to start now and needs to be spread beyond DB/Byron.
It was so incredibly evident watching the process last night that the county Board of Supervisors has really let this community down. For years they neglected this fire district then they walked away from the problem and handed it to a board stacked with individuals only interested in Brentwood/Oakley. mary piepho needs to be held personally accountable for this travesty. If this apathetic community lets her get politically away with this then shame on us.
– Jeff Barber