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Jan 20, 2014
Extreme Drought Brings "Explosive" Fire Risk

 As firefighters corral the 2,000 acre Colby Fire, climatologists are warning that mid-summer-like conditions have created a risk of "explosive" wild land fires throughout California.

Jan 17, 2014
Wind Whipped Fire Scorches So Cal, Gov. Declares Drought

A fast-moving fire near Glendora in Southern California has scorched over 1,700 acres and forced thousands to evacuate. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency in California in response to the widening risk. 

Jan 7, 2014
Atty. Gen. Releases Key Ballot Language on Reed Pension Initiative

Anti-pension forces are still actively considering a November ballot attack on retirement security in the wake of new ballot language released this week. California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued the all-important title and summary of the pension measure by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. 

Dec 23, 2013
Landmark San Jose Ruling Upholds Vested Pension Rights

 A Santa Clara Superior Court judge has invalidated the central provision of a pension-slashing initiative in San Jose that threatened basic retirement rights for millions of California workers. The closely-watched decision ruled that the city's Measure B illegally cut the pensions of current workers. 

Dec 20, 2013
Leg. Analyst: Reed Pension Initiative May Cost Billions

Public pension foes got yet another lump of coal in their holiday stockings. The non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office says San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's initiative to gut retirement security could cost into the billions over the next two decades, and long-term savings could be offset by cost increases in other areas.

Nov 20, 2013
Pew Anti-Pension Campaign Trips on its Own Poll

Fueled by money from anti-retirement billionaires, the Pew Center has been advocating for slashing the pensions of firefighters and other public workers. But when they went out and asked the public what they thought, they found the people weren't buying the spin.

Nov 5, 2013
LODD: Livermore Pleasanton Captain Paul Chenkovich

Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Local 1974 and CPF are saddened to announce the death of Livermore-Pleasanton Captain Paul Chenkovich in the line of duty. Brother Chenkovich died November 5th after a three-year battle with job-related brain cancer at the age of 48. Memorial services are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15 at 11:00am, St. Augustine Church, Pleasanton.

Nov 4, 2013
LODD: Los Angeles Co. Firefighter Specialist Shawn Bayer

Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014 is saddened to announce the death of LACoFD Firefighter Specialist Shawn Bayer of job-related cancer. 

Oct 17, 2013
San Jose Mayor Launches Campaign to Gut Retirement Security

With an Enron profiteer and powerful anti-worker ideologues in his corner, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed this week launched a statewide campaign to cut the heart out of retirement security for millions of firefighters, teachers and other public workers. 

Oct 9, 2013
CPF-Backed Candidates Re-Elected to CalPERS Board of Administration

The election to fill two seats employee seats on the CalPERS Board of Administration is over, and there won't be a runoff. J.J. Jelincic and Michael Bilbrey -- both backed by California Professional Firefighters -- won their reelection campaigns with more than 50% of the vote.

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