Editorial: There's lots of heat, but where's the fire?
Original post made on Aug 18, 2007
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on Aug 18, 2007 at 4:40 pm
In my own opinion Frank Benest knew exactly what he was saying. This man has a PhD, attended an Ivy League school and is a well known and respected City goverment leader. He of all people should know you don't say you don't want to lower flags "willy nilly" to a member of the press when speaking about two firefighters who were killed trying to rescue two elderly people who also were killed at a house fire.
I feel it was a payback for the firefighters union fighting against Benest's plan to shut down Station 8 this summer. Frank has been trying to shut that Station down for years. The potential for the loss of life and property in the Palo Alto Hills is a reality every summer. When the Union and the people who live in the hills area fought and won the fight to keep it open Frank was not happy.
His bad feelings towards the fire dept is clear to anyone who has ever attended or watched a City Council meeting.
Frank made his own bed and was tucked in by the City Attorney and the Fire Chief. If he gets a bad nights sleep he has nobody to blame but the person in the mirror.
When the firefighters and their families and supporters attend a City Council meeting in matching shirts to show their solidarity this newspaper slams them for it. It was a form of protest against a hurtfull act by the City Manager. It in no way shape or form "minimizes sincere feelings of hurt and anger" as your editorial implies. Does this paper also feel when people wear pink or other colored ribbions on their clothing to show support for the fight against disease their feelings and support are not real? How about the people who wore the "All Gave Some, Some Gave All" T-Shirts after the Sept 11 2001 attacks? did they "minimize sincere feelings of hurt and anger" too?
The City Manager owes the families and co-workers of the Contra Costa Firefighters a statement to his actions at the least.
Frank was away on his vacation having a great time with his children I'm sure, something those two dead firefighters and elderly couple will never do again. I guess this paper feels the Firefighters of Palo Alto were way out of line for showing their support for the fallen. I don't see it that way.
on Aug 18, 2007 at 5:37 pm
Jake; It is not only Frank, The present Fire chief and the last Fire chief have had much to do with the problem. The Palo Alto Firefighters union 1319 president have had just as much. I must stop now. I have just heard that 2 more firefighter in New York have been killed. Please give me sometime to get back to this..
on Aug 18, 2007 at 6:09 pm
While I am not fond of combining union and civil service I do have enough experience with unions to know that you do not change a standard practice, even one not specificlly in the contract, without discussion.