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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.

Oct 5, 2013
Emotional Sacramento Tribute Honors Fallen California Firefighters

Hundreds of firefighters, family members, grateful citizens and Governor Jerry Brown paused today in Sacramento's Capitol Park to honor 22 firefighters who died in the line of duty. The California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony pays tribute to those who have paid the ultimate price.

Oct 3, 2013
Fire Resources Ramp Up Ahead of Red Flag Warnings

With dry desert winds forecast for much of California over the next few days, CAL FIRE and local agencies are pre-deploying resources to prepare for the worst.

Sep 24, 2013
Promise Breakers: How Pew Trusts Are Helping to Gut Pensions

Is the "non-partisan" Pew Center for the States selling its good name and acting as the new front group for billionaire anti-pension ideologue John Arnold? You decide. 

Aug 6, 2013
Prescott Stiffs Granite Mountain Hotshot Widow on Survivor Benefits

When Andrew Ashcroft died with 18 of his brother firefighters in the Yarnell Hills fire last month, he was pulling full-time shifts. But the City of Prescott says he's only a "seasonal", denying his widow key survivor benefits. 

Aug 5, 2013
NY Times: Detroit Bankruptcy Shouldn't Threaten Hard-Earned Benefits

Detroit's bankruptcy can't and shouldn't be blamed on public workers, and it shouldn't be used as an excuse to take away hard-earned benefits. So says an editorial in this weekend's New York Times. 

Jul 22, 2013
LODD: Saturday Memorial in Newport Beach Honored Two Arizona Hotshots

Grant McKee and Robert Caldwell worked ... and died ... together on the front lines in the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The two men -- both killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire, were honored on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11:00am

Jul 12, 2013
LODD: Memorial Service for Fallen AZ FF Kevin Woyjeck

Kevin Woyjeck, 21, was among 19 Prescott AZ firefighters who died battling the Yarnell Hills Fire in central Arizona. On Tuesday, July 16th, at 11:00am, Kevin was honored with a memorial service in Long Beach.

Jul 11, 2013
CPF Firevision -- Sorrow and Remembrance

Saluting Our Fallen: On June 30, the fire service suffered its greatest one-day loss since 9/11 with the death of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters from Prescott, AZ. A few days later, CAL FIRE engineer Christopher Douglas lost his life in the line of duty.

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