Posted by David Pepperdine, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm
Let's invest more in neighbors too, since it was an alert neighbor who spotted this. I propose giving neighbors lifetime healthcare, retirement benefits after 20 years in the neighborhood (with opportunities to spike it with unused sick pay). Let's all line up to vote on this too.
Posted by dennis, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Mar 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm
That David Pepperdine is on the right track, with the proviso that the neighbors also respond to emergency calls beyond their neighborhood as well as actually engage in extinguishing fires, containing hazardous material spillage, administering first-aid, responding to vehicle crashes, and the routine rescue of endangered residents and pets.
Posted by Malik, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Mar 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm
Willster, if you want more firefighters, we'll have to stop cow-towing to their union and paying them 200K per year to mostly idle and respond to medical calls. If we bid the service out at market rate, we could double the size of the department if we wanted to (not that its necessary) and still have money left over for roads, infrastructure, schools, and other such nonsense that the city has decided is less important than overpaying our fire union.