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    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to seek the elimination of more than 1,700 state firefighting positions and closure of scores of fire stations if voters reject key ballot measures in the May 19 special election, according to documents obtained by The Chronicle on Monday.

    Schwarzenegger's proposal involves slashing $80.8 million from Cal Fire's spending plan - a 10 percent reduction - by eliminating 602 full-time positions and 1,100 seasonal firefighting positions. The cuts would be part of a series of deep cuts to the state budget.

    Cal Fire, the state's fire agency, has about 5,000 full-time firefighters. At the peak of last year's fire season, more than 2,700 wild fires ravaged the state and the agency hired extra help: 3,000 seasonal firefighters.

    The plan would also shutter 11 conservation camps and 20 single-engine stations throughout California.

    Closing fire stations would affect response times and the agency's ability to make inspections on defensible spaces, according to the document.

    Schwarzenegger's staff disclosed the plan Monday to various groups, including firefighter unions and fire chiefs in a conference call, said Terence McHale, public policy director for CDF Firefighters, a union that represents Cal Fire employees.

    "I think what is happening is that the governor recognizes that we need to have these kinds of discussions - what kind of cuts can be made without undermining the integrity of Cal Fire's response," said McHale, whose union has endorsed the special election measures.

    One opponent of the ballot measures called the governor's proposal a "blatant scare tactic."

    Jon Coupal, president of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, argued that rather than targeting public safety, the governor should find "waste, fraud and abuse" in the state.

    The governor's spokesman, Aaron McLear, said the administration is merely preparing for a possible worst-case scenario.

    In two weeks, voters will decide the six ballot measures that were part of the February budget deal reached between Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders to close a nearly $42 billion shortfall through June 2010.

    Prop. 1A limits spending and creates a rainy day fund; Prop. 1B guarantees education funding in future years; Prop. 1C allows the state to borrow against future lottery sales; Props. 1D and 1E shift taxes collected for children and mental health programs to other programs; Prop. 1F freezes lawmakers' pay during tough budget years.

    If voters reject Props. 1C, 1D and 1E, the state would immediately see a $5.84 billion shortfall in the new fiscal year that begins July 1 - and the governor would call for cuts as he's outlined for the firefighters.
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    $143 BILLION budget $41 Billion deficit and a poor credit rating might be the problem. Even a RINO like Arnold can see that, perhaps the libs can't. Their std waste/fraud/abuse plan find 28% of the budget?

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    Man that guy really has it out for Cal Fire. At least once a year he tries to cut the department.
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    He'll be quoted on a monday saying he'll never touch the public safety budget and that we need more firefighters, then he'll drop something like this on a tuesday. Probably scare tactics, but I dont see these measures passing, so I guess he'll have to put up or shut up on his threat. Sucks for all you guys applying for spots this year, but just one more reason to get your name out there as best you can.

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    So what happens to all the new seasonal hires like me that just got hired on this year? Are we gonna show up on the first day and find out that we don't have a job anymore?

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    All he is really doing is using the state's Firefighter's good name to scare people into voting the way we wants. Fire season is here, people are nervous and he is using us to force the people.

    Once the measures pass, he doesn't touch us anyways and thing move forward. Arnold always thinks he is so sneaky and no one is going to figure out his game.

    Please don't forget this-
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    I've heard that the Gov OK'ed the 4-0 staffing and is allowing hiring to go as planned.

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    yes, the 4-0 is back for now. The 1,100 seasonals arnold is talking about laying off would probably be those who were hired to augment 4-0 staffing last year. But again, probably won't happen. Re hire dates for Norcal units i know of are May 5, 25, Mid-late June for three rounds total.

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    From The Secret List:

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    We have been advised that several Firefighters have been burned at the Santa Barbara wildland Jesusita fire. Initial reports are that they have been flown out to the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks. More than 500 acres have burned in a wind-driven wildfire that exploded this afternoon in Santa Barbara. An unknown number of homes have burned and at least 8,000 people have been forced to evacuate....gusts up to 50 miles per hour fanned the fire. The National Weather Service says strong winds are expected through the night and a red flag warning of fire danger is in effect until 1000 hours Friday.

    Reports are that at least 2 Firefighters were overrun by that fire and were flown out, and are now hospitalized. Details to follow.
    May the injured firefighters have a speedy recovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CALFFBOU View Post
    All he is really doing is using the state's Firefighter's good name to scare people into voting the way we wants. Fire season is here, people are nervous and he is using us to force the people.

    Once the measures pass, he doesn't touch us anyways and thing move forward.

    Told you so- www.sacbee.com/175/story/1844737.html

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    Sounds like embarassing foot in mouth syndrome, but the scary thing is it probably got his message across to vote yes on everything. The best advice I can give is read the ballot carefully and educate yourself!
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