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Lafayette fire station off brownout list for now

By Jonathan Morales
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at 12:41 pm in Uncategorized.

Contra Costa Fire Chief Daryl Louder found out today that just because Lafayette is not included on the district’s “brownout” list doesn’t mean Lafayette residents aren’t going to tell the board not to close that station anyway.

Here’s the news from today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, which I just watched online: The fire district, for now, is not considering closing fire station 16, on Los Arabis Drive, in Lafayette. The district does plan on browning out a station in Pittsburg as well as removing a unit from the downtown Walnut Creek station.

But Louder admitted that plan depends on the district obtaining new revenue in the near future through a parcel tax, special assessment or some other means. If that doesn’t happen, he said, “There will be draconian cuts in (fiscal year 2011-12).” And the board, without making any final decisions on what stations would be browned out, wants to have a study session to further look at the issue.

Mindful of that fact, a number of representatives from Lafayette Homeowners groups spoke to the board about the importance of Station 16.

“I’m not going to let that sit still because I know it’s not settled yet,” said George Figone.

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