Council may place second fire measure on ballot
I got so wrapped up in this whole business about the Alameda Point initiative the other day I forgot to mention the other big electoral news from Saturday’s League of Women Voters meeting: The news that the city is creating a companion for the firefighters’ minimum staffing measure which is due to be set for the November ballot.
Councilwoman Lena Tam, who broke the news that the city is seeking to alter the Point initiative, confirmed that the city attorney’s office is putting something together, though she said she doesn’t yet have the details. “It will likely have provisions for funding, because the (firefighters’) measure currently has no funding component,” Tam said.
I checked in with Domenick Weaver of the firefighters’ union and he said he didn’t have any additional information on the city’s plans.
“We contacted them early on in the formulation of our measure and have offered many times since to do something collaboratively,” Weaver said, adding that the City of Berkeley did a measure with its firefighters last fall. “Unfortunately in our case, city decision makers took the more adversarial route and have initiated legal action against the firefighters and the three citizen proponents of (our) measure.”
The council is set to place the firefighters’ measure, which would mandate minimum staffing levels at 27 fire personnel per shift, on the November ballot, at one of its July meetings. I’ll update you as more information becomes available.