Wow. How often does a newspaper editorial argue vehemently against a blogger? Well, I opened today’s Register to find this big, fat rebuttal to an article that Robert in Monterey wrote for Calitics a few days ago. So what exactly are our friends at The Register Editorial Board furious about? This:
Why was the OCFA shorthanded? Why didn’t they have enough funds to adequately crew their engines? Because conservative Republicans fought efforts by the OCFA to get more funds to hire trained firefighters.
Yep, it seems like the fight over Measure D is continuing some two years after the initiative failed. The Register’s editorialists still argue that this was an unfair attempt to divert Prop 172 funds that are supposed to be used for law enforcement, even though the news desk wrote an article recently that points out surplus “law enforcement funds” weren’t being used while OC firefighters were struggling to obtain the resources they needed to fight the Santiago Fire.
So what do YOU think about Measure D and OC firefighters’ lack of resources in the early stage of the Santiago Fire? Could Measure D have given our firefighters what they needed to contain the wildfire earlier? Or was the measure just a misuse of Prop 172 public safety funds that never would have worked? Oh yes, and what should we do now? Should we give those $80 million surplus public safety funds to firefighters to prepare for future megafires? Or does Measure D truly belong in political graveyard? I want to hear what you have to say about this, so go ahead and speak your mind.
So who’s right here? Was our Calitics friend Robert right to condemn the GOP Machine? Or were they right about Prop 172 funds? Fire away.