Vote Yes on Measure F, Says Letter Writer
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We desperately need to pass Measure F this November 3rd to keep the communities of Arcata, McKinleyville, Bayside, Manila, and Jacoby Creek safe from fire.
These days in California, it shouldn’t take much convincing for one to understand the importance of having a well-functioning fire department serving our community. Although coastally in our area we are fortunate enough to not live in a high-risk fire zone (yet), localized fires still occur regularly, and in order to protect our personal and professional livelihoods, it is paramount we are able to fully staff our currently overwhelmed Fire Department.
A severe budget crisis has resulted in the loss of 8 firefighters. Due to inadequate staffing, the District’s 3 fire stations have been forced to implement rotating fire station closures. This has created a terrible situation and a serious threat to the public safety of our community. There has been a lot of incorrect and misleading information circulating around. Despite ongoing efforts, it’s been very difficult to reach the 37,000 people the District serves with accurate facts. For example, it is still common to hear from people who don’t realize the Arcata Fire District is also the fire department for McKinleyville, Manila, Bayside and Jacoby Creek. I’m also hearing from people who don’t realize the Fire District receives no funding from the City or County governments!
How can our 5 communities go without a functioning fire department?! We must find ways to better inform the people who live within our 62 square mile Fire District of this very urgent situation. Please get the word out and vote YES on Measure F this Nov. 3rd, to restore the vacant firefighter positions needed to keep our fire stations open. Thank you!
Jason D Osburn Arcata resident