This week I joined my colleagues Councilmembers Monica Rodriguez and Paul Krekorian to introduce motions to ensure that we maintain the public safety facilities operated by our Police and Fire Departments in good working condition.
Propositions Q & F were passed by voters in 2002 approving bonds that allowed the city to construct new stations as well as renovate aging facilities of our Police and Fire Departments, respectively. These bonds were successful allowing the City to build 19 neighborhoods fire stations, an emergency air operations/helicopter maintenance facility, in addition to the many police facilities built or retrofitted with cost savings.
However, even with the additional projects the City was able to deliver with cost savings, there still remain a number of facilities in need of repair or replacement. Also, as new public safety technology is introduced, fire stations in particular must be upgraded so that they can properly accommodate modern fire apparatus and provide the best possible emergency response services.
The legislation I introduced would -- in addition to seeking a vote to renew these bond measures -- require the Bureau of Engineering to identify and prioritize which facilities and projects are most needed. In doing so, we will ensure our public safety facilities are well equipped to protect us for decades to come.