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Bonin Budget Questions

Bonin Budget Questions

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Questions posed by Councilmamber-elect Mike Bonin to the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Department of Recreation & Parks during the 2013-14 budget cycle.
Questions posed by Councilmamber-elect Mike Bonin to the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Department of Recreation & Parks during the 2013-14 budget cycle.

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May 1, 2013Honorable Paul Krekorian, Chair Budget & Finance CommitteeCity Clerk, City Hall Room 395Los Angeles, CA 90012ATTN: Erika Pulst, Legislative Assistant
RE: Mayor’s Proposed 2013
-2014 Budget for Recreation & Parks, and LAFD FireCompany Staff Reductions
 Dear Councilmember Krekorian,As incoming Councilmember for the 11
District, I appreciate the opportunity to submit the
following concerns relative to the Mayor’s proposed 2013
-2014 Budget for Recreation & Parks(RAP), as well as questions regarding the recent proposal to further reduce fire company staffingat fire stations in my district.
 Over the past several years of fiscal challenges, many of our City departments have been starvedof funding, causing tremendous cutbacks in services, maintenance and programming. One of thedepartments hardest hit is the Department of Recreation & Parks. As a result, our childrensuffer, our seniors suffer, and our opportunities to appreciate, enjoy, and play in our City suffer.In addition to the budget sacrifices shared by most City departments, RAP has suffered a brutal,hemorrhaging blow in the form of Depa
rtment of Water & Power “chargebacks.”
As a result of these costs, RAP has been decimated.In order to explore other avenues to generate revenue for RAP and compensate for thetremendous hits from LADWP chargebacks, I would like to request the following:1
That Department of Recreation & Parks
report back 
to Budget & Finance Committeewith a list of unreimbursed or partially reimbursed services provided by RAP to other departments; or chargebacks that may not be occurring. (An example may include potential charges by RAP for DWP easements and access to city parks.)2
That RAP and LADWP
report back 
to Budget & Finance Committee with plans and atimetable for a water and energy efficiency study of park facilities,withrecommendations for achieving cost savings by decreasing the amount of water and power being used. Examples of efficiency improvements might include dimmers or automatic lighting, more efficient lighting, solar canopies, and low-flow toilets. 
report back 
to Budget & Finance Committee with a report on the rates being charged to RAP for water and power to ensure RAP is getting the best deal possible.
I have grave concerns about the LAFD’s modified deployment plan, which has caused
significant cuts in resources and personnel in the 11th District, putting lives of Los Angelesresidents and LAFD personnel at risk. Those concerns are underscored and magnified
considerably by the LAFD’s recent proposal to divert firefighters from trucks to ambulances.
 I have three (3) questions for LAFD, and a request for one (1) report back:Questions:
Why are we cutting a firefighter off all 11 light force companies at stations that alreadylost a four-member engine company?
This reduces fire company staffing by 50%, from10 personnel to just five on a single remaining fire suppression company.
The primary justification for the additional 11 ambulances relates to a 6.2 percentincrease in EMS incidents in the first two months of 2013, compared to the first twomonths of 2012. The departme
nt’s EMS Surge Plan implemented in January 2013 (and
recently discontinued) attributed this spike
 primarily to 'this year's flu epidemic.’
 Is this6.2 percent increase the only data this plan relies on?" 
What is the urgency behind having this plan take effect on May 5th, and why do we need to wait 13 days after implementation to get a formal written report on such a significant  staffing change? Will the report look at more than just the overall data to justify thedecision, and will it analyze individual district impacts, particularly in the geographically isolated communities?
 Request: I request that LAFD
report back 
on whether its data analysis considers the following whenmaking resource and staffing decisions:
Geographic isolation
Distance between stations (based on actual available response routes, not as the crowflies)
Ability to provide quick and adequate station backfill (resource coverage)
Response times to concurrent calls in isolated fire station districts (need for redundantresources regardless of call volume)
Routine traffic conditions
Traffic mitigation and control devices
Specific street by street access issues (narrow roads, canyons and hillside streets)

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