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San Diego Firefighters Endorse Filner For Mayor

The union representing San Diego city firefighters today endorsed the mayoral campaign of Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, over his opponent, Councilman Carl DeMaio.

"Mr. DeMaio has done nothing in the four years he's sat on the council to improve public safety and fire protection,'' International Association of Firefighters Local 145 President Frank DeClercq told City News Service.

Instead, he has shown "dislike and disrespect'' for public safety employees, despite numerous concessions in salary and benefits, DeClercq said.

K.B. Forbes, a spokesman for the councilman's campaign, told City News Service the endorsement was no surprise.

"They've been vehemently opposed to Carl DeMaio's pension reform efforts since the beginning and have been running attack ads for weeks,'' Forbes said.

DeClercq said he met Filner for the first time six months ago, and believes he will address a critical need for more fire stations around the city, as outlined in a consultant's report.

A news conference to announce the endorsement was held at a fire station in Rancho Bernardo -- part of DeMaio's district -- that covers 25 square miles, including the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park, according to DeClercq, who has been critical of the councilman in the past.

The endorsement follows a week in which DeMaio picked up endorsements from Mayor Jerry Sanders and Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs.

Comments

Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | October 1, 2012 at 4:10 p.m. ― 1 year, 12 months ago

The title of this article is misleading.

San Diego firefighters did not endorsed Filner. They can't as they are city employees and must remain neutral.

The union "International Association of Firefighters Local 145" endorsed Filner.

Would it be possible to correct the title to reflect that small, but important distinction?

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 1, 2012 at 5:52 p.m. ― 1 year, 12 months ago

Umm, CADefender, is the firefighters union comprised of architects?

No.

Bankers??

No.

Chefs??

No.

It's comprised of, drm roll please ----------------------- FIREFIGHTERS.

Hence, the headline firefighters endorse Filner is accurate.

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Avatar for user 'HarryStreet'

HarryStreet | October 2, 2012 at 4:24 p.m. ― 1 year, 12 months ago

Firefighters should be reminded that over 60% of San Diegans voted for pension reform. I, like the 60%, appreciate what they do, but that doesn't mean they should be lavished with unaffordable, unreasonable, and outlandish pension benefits that we cannot afford.

DeMaio's got the right plan in switching them to 401k-style benefits. I've been in them for 20 years and watched it do nicely.

Now we've got to get the police dept to switch to 401k-style benefits as well. Theire retirement system is also part of the problem.

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CaliforniaDefender | October 3, 2012 at 12:27 p.m. ― 1 year, 12 months ago

Duck,

ALL firefighters are FORCED to be in a union as California is not a right to work state. Thus it is absurd to think they all have endorsed Filner. They have not.

A firefighter is a city employee and can't campaign for a political candidate in an official capacity. That is why it is wrong to say "Firefighters support Filner" but ok to say "IAF Local 145 Supports Filner."

The same goes for police and all other city employees who are all FORCED to be in a union whether they want to or not.

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CaliforniaDefender | October 3, 2012 at 12:55 p.m. ― 1 year, 12 months ago

By the way Duck,

I think police and firefighters should be paid $100,000 starting salary with benefits equal to those of Congress.

We owe our lives and the safe function of our entire city to them and no expense should be spared to their benefit, which in the end is our own.

But the corrupt unions are caustic to any effort to treat those heroes properly.

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