Spencer Short VS Lincoln FD – Pay Close Attention

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Jun 152013

When I first heard that Spencer Short was at odds with the firefighter’s union, I thought he had seen the face of Jesus and become a Conservative.

Spencer is a member of the Placer GOP Central Committee and is a huge fan of Beth Gaines over some sort of billboard bill she got passed (that may have been written by staff so that is wasn’t a repeat of Friday’s floor debaucle)…

Mr. Short also got $1,000 as part of the nearly $35,000 he had to spend to defend his infestation of the Lincoln City Council from the Firefighter’s Union.

I think the Union is regretting that decision.

Spencer Short has been the poster child for the shuttered fire station in Lincoln. He has been there the longest on the council and the Station sits idle with a ladder truck worth nearly $1.5 million in it.

Spencer wants it open.

So – he tried to jam a proposal through the council to open said fire station with 2 Firefighters per truck, not three. This would take the already minimal staff and spread them across more trucks. Imagine a three-man defensive line without a Nose Tackle.

It gets better – apparently, there is actually money to hire more fire fighters. The proposal is to hire two firefighters or a battallion commander. The two are similar in cost.

Logic says, if your fire service is on a skeleton crew – hire two dudes, and fast. Short wants a Batallion Commander so that fire station three can be re-opened with the two-men-per-truck option.

The Union Posted this on their facebook wall:

Dear followers of Lincoln Professional Firefighters. We are here to let the people of Lincoln know that your Firefighters want only the best for you. There was a decision made by city council last night on changing our ways of staffing. They decided to go from 3 person engine companies to 2 person engine companies. They did this to open the McBean station. This idea was not brought to our attention to be discussed as a department and implemented without input from the people that are actually on the engines running the calls. We do not support this plan and do not support how this was brought upon us. This plan can compromise our safety and quality of service and care for you. We agree that the 3rd station needs to open, but it needs to be done right with staffing of 3 personnel. Our stance is two engines with 3 would be more effective than 3 stations with 2. We know this posting might create discussion, some agreeing, some not. Feel free to ask questions. If this turns into a heavy topic of discussion, we are willing to set a date to meet and greet our citizens to inform you facts and stats to educate you on how exactly an engine company works. Thank you for your time.

Wow, Spencer Short can’t win for losing, he’s wrong again.

Lincoln Recall?

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Jun 282011

That’s it. That’s the title.

Lincoln is a mess, a huge mess. People are angry. Gabriel Hydrick won a seat on the Lincoln City Council by over 1,000 votes (his total was in the 4,500 range) and liberal Democrat Linda Stackpoole got ousted along with self-described “Moderate” Kent Nakata.

Enter Bob Birdseye. Birdseye and a group of activists have the three incumbents, Tom Cosgrove, Spencer Short and Paul Joiner in their sights. They have launched a Recall Lincoln website and have gotten some ink in the local papers.

The Irony is that when I search Lincoln Recall – I get a bunch of page one links to lawyers and stories about recalled Lincoln Automobiles.

I am wary of some of the players involved in the recall effort – but suffice to say, Spencer Short deserves to be held accountable for his failure to lead. I have talked to Spencer a few times – and I have come to the conclusion that he represents the Republican Party poorly.

Republicans don’t blindly take the recommendations of staff. Republicans don’t float the largest tax increase in Placer County History as a solution to the city’s problems.

I was appalled this weekend when I spoke to someone who attended the state of the City (of Lincoln) address and they learned that that Lincoln will be out of cash in about six months.

Spencer Short had time to prepare the City. Epic Fail.

I can not lump first-term Council-member Paul Joiner in to that category, therefore I can not endorse his recall as it is unfair to hang someone in their first term for the fiscal mismanagement that took a decade or more to unfold.

I am undecided regarding Tom Cosgrove at this time.

There is a specific reason for recalling Spencer Short if you are a Republican.

He also sits on the Placer County Republican Central Committee and instead of trying to save Lincoln from disaster – he is participating in the jihad of the enraged whose goal it is to paralyze the Placer GOP until they can satisfy their desire for revenge. (speaking of divisive)

Short also refused to endorse Tom McClintock after he won the congressional primary. (speaking of divisive)

Short’s 2010 solution to Lincoln’s problems? Put the largest tax increase in any part of Placer County’s History on the ballot.

That’s as Republican as Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Today’s solution? – cut Police and Fire Protection ostensibly to teach the citizens a lesson for not voting to tax themsevles.

We see this crap every May-July from the Democrats in Sacramento.

Roseville and Rocklin have been out ahead of their budget problems and have been able to preserve their services – so Lincoln had examples to follow and did not.

Yes – Bob Birdseye. I agree with you, for some of the same and for some different reasons, recall Spencer Short.

Jun 222011

Rocklin. The city where Councilmembers serve for a generation.

In 1960, my Great-Grandfather was elected to Rocklin City Council – but retired no long after. He beat Roy Ruhkala that year and Roy would run again later and ended up serving for a long time.

Peter Hill and George Magnusen have served a long time. They are retiring, as is Brett Storey.

If you thought 8 people running for two seats was chaos last time – see what happens with three seats open.

I have my favorites – but that’s another post for another time way in the future.

Sierra College:

Elaine Rowen – the wife of recalled former CA Supreme Cruz Reynoso finally resigned after 18 months of not representing anyone, let alone Rocklin and Granite Bay. Not to make light of her life-threatening accident, but why wait 18 months, leaving a vacancy?

That being said, there appear to be three main suitors: Debbi Nason, a well-connected volunteer who retired to this area, Robin Trimble President of the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce and Bill Halldin, a local PR Guy and Placer GOP Central Committee Member.

I have no further comment at this time… other than I can’t wait to see what the trustees do. I’ve made a few calls and have only spoken to Aaron Klein.

Elaine Rowen was on the Sierra College Board in the first place because of the group, “Save Sierra College”. This was a group that dedicated itself to re-asserting a liberal majority on the Sierra College Board. After Bill Martin used his position on the local Grand Jury to get himself elected to the Sierra College Board – he teamed up with the group to attempt the recall of Aaron Klein and Jerry Simmons.

It failed. But Simmons retired, leaving the seat open. That’s when the Save Sierra College people helped get Elaine Rowen elected.

One of the proponents of the Recall, a “Republican” named Alan Cuenca is now involved in trying to recall three more Republicans from local office. Cuenca has now taken aim at 5 local Republican electeds.

The irony is that recall attempt against the Lincoln City Council has a bizarre sidenote. Spencer Short is part of the loud, vocal minority (although he is not loud himself) that attempts to shut down every Cent Com meeting. Members of the Lincoln Tea Party have convniced themsevles that the Placer GOP Cent Com is the center of corruption in Placer.

Spencer Short votes with their allies on the Cent Com and they are trying to recall him from Lincoln City Council. Nice.

Todd Lowell from the Rocklin School Board replied to an email I sent him apparently happy about the Western Sierra Collegate Academy getting their own building. He thought it was great that they would have their own identity… Lowell is a rumored Rocklin City Council candidate, but is likely staying put. However, it looks like Left-wing Democrat Camille Maben is going to retire. (Maben worked for Delaine Eastin – a sworn enemy of Charter Schools)

Rocklin 2012 will be chaos as usual. Lincoln will be chaos for 20 years. Sierra College Board will likely resolve itself with little or no drama.