There's no doubt that Monterey Park Fire Chief Jim Page is a great man. However, great men sometimes lose sight of what upsets "the great unwashed masses" and "the plantation owners" of the world.
"Countdown," the Fire Department's so-called rumor control communication, was actually quite intriguing. It was like stumbling onto a covert CIA operation complete with top-secret dossiers on unsuspecting citizens. If it was supposed to win me over to the department's side as an ardent rooter for its consolidation into the county Fire Department, it failed miserably.
I learned the firefighters are more concerned with the better pay, better perks and better pension the county offers than the "who, what, or how many" are going to protect our community.
I learned there is more interest in how the firefighters will acquire their seniority as county employees, or whether Jim Page has a good shot at becoming county fire chief, than what's going to happen to Fire Station No. 2.