Just chatted with Fremont City Council candidate Kathy McDonald about the city’s budget for what is sure to be a riveting story in tomorrow’s Argus.
We got a little off-topic when we started talking about public safety, which accounts for most of the budget.
McDonald said she’d like to require cops and firefighters to live in the city — all of them, not just new recruits. Current public safety employees would be given a certain amount of time to move to Fremont.
Granted, the requirement would make it harder to recruit, but McDonald said the city would have a more responsive police force and fire department. She also said there would be more cops around to provide back up, especially on the edges of the city.
McDonald’s proposal made me think what I would do if my newspaper insisted that reporters live in the cities that we cover. I’d probably pretend to live at a friend’s home in Fremont, and stay in Oakland. No offense. It’s not you. It’s all the red light left turn arrows and the Applebees.