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CFPD: Board Meeting, April 29, 2008

The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The Board of Directors of the Coastside Fire Protection District met at their regular monthly meeting this past Tuesday–Montara Fog videotaped the meeting on behalf on the Board.

This video will eventually find its way onto the soon-to-be re-designed CFPD website.

Since this is the first video from CFPD a word is in order about copyright. CFPD holds the copyright to this video but desires that it be widely disseminated. Therefore, they are granting permission for its use (including use by the news media) as long as proper attribution is given. Attribution can take the form of, for example, the text “Video courtesy of CFPD” located next to the video or at a visible place within an article. That’s it. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Montara Fog.

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Coastside Fire Protection District Board Meeting, March 18, 2008

Vince Williams has once again provided us with audio recordings of this month’s Board meeting of the Coastside Fire Protection District (CFPD). As you know, this is the fire department that provides fire and emergency medical services for the entire coastside. Fire policy can be terribly complicated. Without Vince’s great recordings it would not only be complicated but largely invisible to the citizens.

Click here for a pdf of the meeting agenda.

This first segment is the reconvening from closed session to open session, roll call and pledge. No public comments were made. President Burke reported out of closed session, direction was given to the Chief and no Board action was taken. There was no report from IAFF Local 2400. The remainder of this segment was corrections to minutes of previous meetings and consent calendar.

The second segment is Continuing Business 7A: Video recording meetings and web streaming proposals. There were many public speakers. Each speaker was limited to two minutes. A motion was made to contract for six months with Montara Fog. The motion was amended and was discussed at length by the Board. Many Board members expressed a desire to rebuild the District’s web site and host the web stream videos there. The final motion was to contract with Montara Fog for six months with the ability of the Board to terminate the contract with seven days notice. The final vote was Burke, Cockrell, Lees, McShane and MacKimmie for and Cilia, Draper, Hosfelt and Mackintosh against.

The third segment starts with Continuing Business 7B: Policy Manual. No action was taken. Next was item 7C: Hiring of new Firefighters. Director Mackintosh suggested the Board work on two paths to get hiring started should the Court rule against the Board contracting with CalFire. No other comments were made and no action was taken.

The fourth segment picks up with New Business 8A: Current employee and retiree medical benefits resolution 2008-6. Directors Lees and MacKimmie recused themselves and left the meeting room. This item was to
correct past medical payments to employees and retirees. The “correction” was whether retroactive payment would be tied to Kaiser rates or what was negotiated in the operative MOU at the time. There was considerable discussion and many amendments made to the resolution. The final vote was Burke, Cockrell, Draper, Hosfelt and McShane for and Cilia and Mackintosh against.

The fifth segment picks up with New Business 8B: Transferring ERAF and Harbor Village CFD funds to reserves, 8C: Policy change on Workmen’s compensation, 8D: Weed abatement contract solicitation and 8E: Review of Director’s pay for meetings.

The sixth segment is Director’s and Chief’s Reports. Under the ALS/JPA Committee Report Director Lees reported on the status of the new ambulance contract for the County. The Board of Supervisors relented to pressure and are NOT soliciting bids to have County Dispatch contracted out as an option to the ambulance and paramedic contract renewal. The next regular Board meeting was rescheduled from it normal date to April 29, 2008.

Congratulations to Darin and MontaraFog on the award of the contract with CFPD. This may be the last audio recording I do for MontaraFog. Hopefully, next month there will be a more engaging video of the CFPD Board meeting. My personal thanks to Darin for hosting my audio recordings and his efforts to make our local government bodies more transparent.

Audio recordings and text by Vince Williams of Moss Beach.

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Coastside Fire Protection District Board Meeting, February 19, 2008

Vince Williams brings us an audio recording of February’s Board Meeting of the Coastside Fire Protection District. This is the new district that was recently formed by the merger of the HMB Fire District and the Point Montara District.

Vince brings us this resource using his own time and using his own audio gear (a very nice microphone and recorder, purchased for this project). He breaks it down by agenda item to make it easier to find the interesting parts. This is work and valuable work. And it is making a difference.

If you would like to contribute video, photos, or text about some issue or activity on the coastside we would love to talk with you. Click on “Contact” in the menu bar and send me a note. You can make a difference, too.

Click here for the pdf of the Agenda

This first segment is the reconvening from closed session to open session, roll call and pledge. One public comment was made by FF/PM Brian Banks of Montara on operational issues involving CalFire at Station 44. There was no response from the Board or Chief on this segment. Chief Cole responded later on the very end of the final segment. Following that was legal staff report out of closed session, no report from IAFF Local 2400 and consent calendar and corrections to minutes.

The second segment is Continuing Business 7A and 7B Community Facilites District #20 in El Granada and forming an ad hoc committee for strategic planning.

The third segment is New Business 8A: Mid-Coast Television Video and web streaming presentation. This item has a long detailed discussion with much public input from many citizens. There were many issues discussed: government transparency, MCTV’s proposal versus MontaraFog’s proposal, how to reach the citizens, old media versus new media and copyright issues. The Board voted to continue the agenda item to the next meeting and would like written public input, before the next meeting.

The fourth segment picks up with New Business 8B: Current employee and retiree medical benefits. A retired employee, Doug Snyder spoke of seperating the employee plan form the retiree plan, so there could be some consistancy from year to year on the plan for the retirees. The Board approved both plans for the current year. Next was a discussion and acceptance of the HMBFPD and PMFPD audits for last fiscal year. Both audits were approved by the Board. Discussion of the retiree medical plan was continued after a short discussion. The firm which conducts CFPD’s audits is shedding some of their smaller customers including CFPD. The Board directed the Chief to find a new auditing firm.

The fifth segment starts Director’s and Chief’s Reports. 9A Finance, 9B Volunteer and 9C Special Districts are in this segment.

The sixth segment continues Director’s and Chief’s Reports starting with 9D ALS/JPA. There was a discussion on the status of the new ambulance contract for the County. This has been a significant issue for the cities and fire districts within the County. The Coastside is isolated and this is also an important issue for the CFPD. Chief Performance ad hoc committee, Buildings committee follow and Attorney’s report end the segment. Thursday, February 21 at 2:30 PM the Appellate case will be heard in San Francisco.

The seventh segment continues Director’s and Chief’s Reports with 9G the Chief’s report. The Chief discussed staffing, the need to hire new Linestaff, if the Appellate case does not resolve the CalFire contract stay. There is also an update on the staging of the AMR ambulance(440) and the backup ambulance(441). There was a response to FF/PM Brian Banks earlier public comment on operational issues at Station 44. Chief Cole acknowledged the operational mishaps have occurred at Station 44. Chief Cole and Chief Ferreira are working together on the operational issues. Accident investigations have been conducted. Actions have come out of the investigations.

Audio and text by Vince Williams of Moss Beach

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Coastside Fire Protection District, Jan 15 & 17, 2008

Click here for a pdf version of the meeting agenda

This first segment is the reconvening from closed session to open session, roll call, pledge, no public comment, report out of closed session, no report from IAFF Local 2400 and consent calendar and corrections to minutes.

The second second segment is Agenda Item 9E Televising the Board Meetings. Darin Boville of MontaraFog.com presented his proposal for video service, compression and web hosting. Several members of the public spoke in favor of video recording and posting on the web. There was also discussion of MCT TV Channel 6. The Board directed staff to work with Mr. Boville on a service contract.

The third segment picks up with the posted agenda sequence 7A Continuing Business, Bylaws. The Bylaws were approved unanimously. Next was a second reading for Community Facilities District # 20 in El Granada.

The fourth segment is 8A New Business: Hiring of new Linestaff. This was the most controversial part of the meeting reviving the issue of CFPD continuing with it’s own employees or contracting with CalFire. Director Mackintosh placed this item on the agenda and introduces it in the very beginning of the segment. Chief Cole said there were indication two of the current nineteen CFPD Linestaff may resign soon. Of note is Legal Council Ms. Sevaree’s opinion that the Appellate Court would likely rule within a matter of a few weeks, after Thursday’s hearing of oral arguments. After much Board discussion, Director Cockrell made a motion to drop the issue. The motion passed five for and three against with Directors Mackintosh, Hosfelt and Draper voting against it (Director Cilia was not in attendance).

The fifth segment is the rest of New Business: Contracting with Belmont/San Carlos for Fire Inspection Services, and formation of ad hoc committees for land and buildings and another for strategic planning. All were approved unanimously.

The sixth segment contains Director’s and Chief’s Reports. The reports are detailed and interesting. There were discussions about the recent storm activities, San Mateo County/CalFire moved up Engines from other parts of the County to Station 44(Point Montara) before the storm in case the highways were cut off, the emergency operations center during the storm, the Volunteers participation in the storm and Mavericks and training and a fairly detailed discussion of the AMR ambulance staging and the Medic 441 backup ambulance that is staying under the control of CFPD. Chief Cole announced promotion of Captain Ari Delay to Acting Division Chief. President Burke also requested a future presentation on Coastside emergency preparedness.

The following four minute segment is of the CFPD Special Board Meeting on Thursday Jan. 17, 2008 at 7:00 PM. The purpose of this meeting was a second reading and adoption of the new Fire Regulations for CFPD. Three of the Directors were absent and I was the only member of the public at the meeting. The new regulations were adopted and go into effect in thirty days. If members of the public have questions about the regulations they should contact Chief Jolley, the Fire Marshal for CFPD.

Vince Williams

Moss Beach

Thanks to Vince Williams for providing us with these meeting summaries and audio recordings

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Coastside Fire Protection Board Meeting, Dec. 18, 2007

Vince Williams once again provides us with the invaluable, ear-to-the-wall experience of listening to the Coastside Fire Protection District Board at work. This is their second meeting this week. These meetings are normally only attended by a few members of the public, if any at all. But Vince’s recordings are pushing the Board’s discussions into the light of public scrutiny–a healthy thing for any government body. The files are in mp3 format. Click to play.

This first segment is the call to order roll call and public comment prior to the closed session. The only public comment was my Public Records Act request. (This segment is much noisier than subsequent sections, due to the need to set the recorder up quickly in order to exit the room prior to the closed session.)

The closed session was announced to include two items: Fire Chief Appointment and meeting with Labor Negotiator. No recording is available. Directors Lees and MacKimmie recused themselves during the Labor Negotiator deliberations portion. Director Mackintosh who’s son is an employee and Director Cilia who is a member of Local 2400 did not recuse themselves from those closed deliberations.

The second segment is the reconvening in open session, pledge and initial reading of new Fire Ordinance for Coastside Fire. This Fire Ordinance agenda item was taken out of order. Chief Jolley explained the new State Fire Code and the amendments for the Coastside. The document being discussed contains most of the specifics. This would primarily be of interest to real estate, landlords and construction interests. The only significant change mentioned was the application of for fee smoke detector inspection to all of Coastside Fire rather than just the Point Montara Service Zone. There will be public discussion of this ordinance at a January 17,2008 Special Meeting. Chief Jolley would be the one to contact if there are any questions on the new ordinance.

The third segment picks up with the regular start of the public meeting. There was no report form IAFF Local 2400. The minutes review was detailed and consent Calendar was approved. The report out of closed session from Legal Counsel Sevaree was “direction given no action taken”.

The fourth segment is Continuing Business: review of by laws. Discussion with modifications and continued to next meeting.

The fifth segment is New Business: Election of Officers. Officers: President Burke, Vice President McShane, Secretary Lees. Committees: Volunteer Liaison Hosfelt, Special District Association Burke, ALS JPA MacKimmie and Lees, Finance Makintosh Burke McShane and Lees, Chief Performance Plan Hosfelt and Cockrell.

The sixth segment was probably the most publicly controversial issue, the review and approval of the contract to hire Acting Chief Cole as the permanent Chief. This was approved after modification 7-2 with Cilia and Draper voting no.

The seventh segment has other new business including the initial reading of forming a special assessment district in El Granada for a new multi unit residential development. Other new business is discussed.

The eight segment contains Director’s and Chief’s Reports. The reports are detailed and interesting. Chief Jolley reported the volunteer engine made a significant contribution to fighting the recent structure fire in El Granada. Ms. Sevaree gave a very brief status of the two lawsuits. Chief Cole went over the new laws starting in 2008 most significantly the Fire Fighters Bill of Rights. Finally adjournment.

Vince Williams
Moss Beach

Audio recordingsby Vince Williams

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Coastside Fire Protection Special Board Meeting, December 12, 2007

Vince Williams attended this week’s special meeting of the Coastside Fire Board (that’s the new board that was formed by the merger of the Half Moon Bay and Pt. Montara Fire Boards) and shares with us audio recordings of the meeting as well as his thoughts on what transpired. Thanks to Vince for providing this valuable public service. The files are in mp3 format–click to play.

This meeting was described in advance as an informational workshop for the new Directors. It is also a very accessible introduction to the major issues facing the District for the average citizen. There were no fireworks. But, there was some very frank discussion of some of the big issues like what will a CalFire contract cost, who pays for what, how the employees will be treated and compensated and how CalFire intends to manage the personnel that will work on the Coastside. Many of the hot button “local control” issues of the previous election were asked of the Chiefs. There is a lot that depends on the outcome of the court cases and details still to be worked out, once the Appellate Court stay is lifted.

This first audio segment is the call to order, ceremonial swearing in of the new Directors and introduction of the CalFire Chiefs John Fereirra and Dan Turner. Not real interesting, but a way for the listener to identify the speakers for the later segments.

The second audio segment is the start of informational workshop on the CFPD Budget. It starts with CFPD Acting Chief Cole presenting the CFPD budget. Unfortunately without the paper handout, portions are confusing. But, all the bottom line numbers are discussed verbally. There are many questions form Directors followed by some observations from Paul Perkovic from the audience.

The third audio segment is the discussion of the CalFire contracts with CFPD and it’s current state. Most listeners would probably find this the most interesting and informative segment. This was a very spirited discussion about who pays for what, the level of service and allegations of operational problems.

The fourth audio segment is a discussion of the Transitional Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) between HMBFPD and IAFF Local 2400. CFPD has assumed the responsibilities of this MOU. The Transitional MOU does not take effect until the contract with CalFire takes effect. The discussion starts out with comments from Mr. Tony Slimick of IAFF Local 2400. This discussion is heated and confused. Chief Cole had preciously sent a memo to IAFF Local 2400 President Ed Hawkins under the EXISTING MOU between HMBFPD and Local 2400. This memo was part of the handling of the process of renewal negotiation or termination under the existing contract. Mr. Slimick was attempting to make something else out of this. Chief Cole and Director Lees and Burke explained the process and the lack of relevance of Mr. Slimick’s comments to the actual agenda item of the transitional MOU. Chief Cole presented how the HMBFPD employees benefits will be transitioned and the cost to The District under the Transitional MOU. Chief Turner and Chief Fereirra provide some perspective on how past transitions to CalFire have been handled by other communities.

The next meeting of The CFPD Board is the Regular Board Meeting next week on Tuesday December 18. Agendas for the last two meetings have been up on the HMBFPD web site a couple of days before the meetings.

Vince Williams
Moss Beach

Audio recordings and photo by Vince Williams

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