CPF District 7 represents Los Angeles County Fire Fighters, Local 1014.
A Busy End to a Busy Year
The last quarter of 2017 has been a busy time for the 7th District - Los Angeles County Fire Fighters, Local 1014.
Collectively, Local 1014 represent more than 3,200 firefighters, paramedics and fire personnel, and provide fire and EMS protection to more than 2,000 square miles, including all unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and nearly 60 contract cities.
Over four million residents rely on Los Angeles County Firefighters to protect their lives, their homes and their businesses. We are proud professionals who work hard at keeping our trade and our craft a “tradition of excellence” as we serve the public.
November 2017 Election Update
This November, Local 1014 had two big election wins in El Monte and Hawthorne. Staying engaged in the political landscape both in the County of Los Angeles and in the contract cities we represent is essential to maintaining the first-class service for our residents. Local 1014 members walked precincts, phone banked and reached thousands of voters, ultimately leading to victories in both cities. There is no question that the turnout numbers were higher than expected in both cities because of the tremendous show of support from our Local 1014 members. We called for help and you showed up in force. We walked for eight days and had over 140 members on the street in the cities of Hawthorne and El Monte.
In Hawthorne, Measure HH proposed to raise the sales tax from 9.5 percent to 10.25 percent in order to provide vital services to residents. This sales tax increase will generate an estimated $8.5 million yearly. Local 1014 members visited or called over 4,190 Hawthorne voters, which was well over our projection of 3,500 we anticipated before Get Out The Vote (GOTV) weekend.
In El Monte, Measure EM renewed a half-cent sales tax increase which was set to expire in March of 2019 for another 10 years.
These two cities, Hawthorne and El Monte, are fee for service cities and we have helped to secure the funding for our services for years to come, allowing us to provide the highest level of care to the residents of Los Angeles County. A big thank you to our Local 1014 members, our voters and our election partners on two wins that will solidify funds for fire, police and other vital services for the next decade.
Local 1014 Honored with “Partnership for Success” Award at Cal-JAC Conference
This November, I was proud to attend the 14th biennial California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC) Conference in Rancho Mirage, California.
At the conference, Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014, together with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, was awarded the “Partnership for Success” Award. This award is presented at every Cal-JAC conference to honor departments that demonstrate a special commitment to the labor-management partnership. While we still have more work to do, this award is a testament to the tremendous growth of the department/union relationship in Los Angeles County. As we move into 2018, we will continue to focus on working with the Department to create better working conditions for our members and better service for our residents.
Finally, I would like to thank all our CPF members and especially our Local 1014 members who were deployed as part of the massive Urban Search & Rescue efforts in Texas, Florida, Mexico City and Puerto Rico.
This fall our members across California have been tested by an unprecedented wave of large scale disasters throughout North America. Hurricane Harvey made landfall August 25th, along the Texas Gulf Coast bringing “biblical” amounts of rain, damaging winds and widespread flooding. Less than two weeks later, on September 8 through September 10, Hurricane Irma tore through Florida and Puerto Rico, making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. On September 20, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City killing hundreds and destroying thousands of structures.
Our LA County Fire Department Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) personnel were deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance for all of these incidents within a few days of each disaster. We were proud to support our members and their families as they assisted our brothers and sisters across the country and around the world. As Local 1014 had done in the past with the earthquake in Nepal in 2015, we also sent peers and behavioral health teams and chaplains to the affected areas to assist with the behavioral health needs of firefighters and their families.
Mutual aid is one of the most important resources we have and we are proud to answer the call when our brothers and sisters are in need.
Thank you to all CPF members who were deployed and thank you to their families for their commitment to a life of service.