On Tuesday, June 5, Directors Alifano, Riddell, and Mackintosh were served with “Notices of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition”. On Wednesday, June 6, these three Notices were filed with the County Elections office.
The grounds for the each of the three recalls are as follows:
Prior to CAL FIRE’s arrival, fire departments on the Coastside were an expensive mess, resulting in over $1.2M in lawsuit settlements and legal fees as well as high turnover and poor morale. Coastside taxpayers are currently enjoying savings estimated at over $1M per year with CAL FIRE, compared to trying to staff and run a department themselves. You have committed to spend over $100k in consulting and legal fees in an attempt to remove CAL FIRE and bring back the ‘local control’ that failed us so badly in the past. Many feel you refuse to listen to constituents or the recent Grand Jury report that said “The Grand Jury could not find any substantive issues that justified terminating the CAL FIRE contract.” On April 25, 2012, even after the Grand Jury report, you voted against extending CAL FIRE’s contract past June 30, 2012, even though you had no other options at the time.