Measure A: Proposed Reorganization of the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District
Shall the order adopted on September 10, 2018, by the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission
(Resolution No. RO18-09 et al.) ordering the reorganization affecting the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District and County Service Area No. 135 and providing for the dissolution of the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District, the expansion of County Service Area No. 135’s existing latent powers in the affected territory, and designating County Service Area No. 135 as the successor agency to the dissolved district be confirmed subject to the terms and conditions specified in the order?
Argument Against Dissolution of JCFPD
The question is: Do you want San Diego County Fire Authority to replace Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD)?
A “No” vote will preserve Julian-Cuyamaca Fire and its locally controlled Board of Directors. JCFPD will maintain its two fire stations, alongside the two existing Cal Fire stations, providing the highest possible number of firefighters in our high-fire-risk area. Retaining our seasoned volunteer firefighters will insure that first responders never abandon the community, especially during large wildfires. JCFPD will continue to operate on existing taxes and fees with no increase in cost to the community — our taxes and fees will support our community. Volunteers will offer career training to new Fire Academy graduates and Fire Explorers; and, they will support the community with the Christmas Toy Drive and other philanthropic and social events. Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District has provided high quality service for 34 years and has plans to continually improve.
A “Yes” vote will permanently dissolve our volunteer fire department and reduce the number of fire stations in our community from four (4) to (2). The total number of firefighters in Julian-Cuyamaca will be severely reduced by terminating all of our experienced volunteers. Fire and EMS service will be administered by politicians in San Diego and Sacramento. Cal Fire will be contracted to provide firefighters from out of the area who are unfamiliar with our community and territory. Assets we have accumulated over the past 34 years (land, stations, vehicles and equipment) will be distributed to the County; and, the taxes Julian residents pay will be used indefinitely for fire services across the entire unincorporated area of San Diego County.