This Can’t Be OK

(11/7/2016, Los Alamitos, by Highlands Guy:)  It was Saturday (Nov 5) morning, about 10:30 a.m. I was doing one of my, not so favorite, weekend chores of mowing the lawn. I heard the sound of a big vehicle getting closer.  As it turned onto my street I was a bit shocked to see what looked like the Orange County Fire Authority, Station 2 (Los Alamitos)  hook and ladder coming down the street.

Since this was the first time I have seen a hook and ladder truck passing my house in the past 10 years, I was immediately concerned. But that was short lived, since they didn’t seem to be in a hurry, as they were sort of just cruising through the neighborhood.

But, I did wonder what that huge sign was, running almost the length of this very important emergency vehicle. As it turned at the next corner the images were displayed for all to see.  It was a political campaign advertisement for one of the three candidates running for the two open positions on the Los Alamitos City Council.

So, from my limited perspective, it sure seems like there is something amiss here. Here we have a public vehicle, manned by public employees, during their working hours, shilling for a part time public employee. And all of this at taxpayer expense.  Someone needs to be held accountable for these actions.

There is no reason to be so surprised by the lack of civility and moral clarity by the folks on the National political scene.  It all starts, or ends, right in your own backyard.  Please see above, ‘This Can’t Be OK.’

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5 Responses to This Can’t Be OK

  1. Greg says:

    Unbelievable! That candidate should have to re-pay the funds for the time the truck and crew were used.

  2. Josh Wilson says:

    Hi all – the fire truck was rented from a movie / prop rental company that specializes in renting out fire trucks for film. It is not a government fire truck and has no government markings.

    No government funds were used in driving/renting the truck and no government personnel were involved in operating any aspect of the truck. The website for the business is: http://www.hollywoodfire.biz and the owner of the business drove the truck.

    I will also confirm that the expense for the truck will be listed on the next FPPC filings to show that it was an expense from the campaign.

    If anyone has any additional questions they can email me at josh@joshuaswilson.com

  3. Highlands Guy says:

    In the spirit of fairness, I must note that when I wrote my piece I was not aware that the fire truck was NOT an OCFA vehicle, but that it was one available for rental for all sorts of purposes. And my initial reaction was related to the use, or misuse, of public funds by a government entity only. It was not posted as a rebuke of the candidate. Thanks

  4. J Hubert says:

    OCFA Station 2 does not have a “Hook and Ladder”. The Aerial Apparatus used in the fire service is called a truck company and the primary truck company, if needed in Los Alamitos, would be Truck 17 from Cypress. Truck 61 from Buena Park or Truck 64 from Westminster are other possible units to be used. Station 2 has two engine companies cross staffed by a three person crew. Engine 2 is the primary unit utilized daily by the crews. Engine 102 is a secondary engine company that is one of five engine companies within the OCFA that is part of a pre-designated strike team. The strike team can be specifically called for large scale incidents within the county or for out of county responses like brush fires.

  5. John says:

    A couple of things. Firstly, seriously…how much did it cost to RENT a firetruck to run around town? Think about how that looks for just a second Mr.Wilson. Did you not see this coming? Even though you have won the election you did so by pumping up your resume on all your print material. Exactly what do you own of the juice business because you don’t currently show up on the state business filings. If you loaned some money or have stock in the corporation shouldn’t you just say so. If I own stock in in Coca Cola should I address myself as an owner OR investor? I also see that after you had been warned about posting pictures of military officials and attempting to tie them to your campaign, they were taken down. And now we know you took thousands of dollars from a public employees union, please tell, exactly what promises have you made for that kind of cash? As an employee for a credit union that markets to unions I sense an ethical lapse in judgement, among others. As for your position with the chamber of commerce, each year the position rotates, my appointment was 2012, the same year you were appointed to the board. On my rotation I would never have allowed the chamber sign ( a sizeable 4 x 8) to be casually propped up against the bushes at the entrance. Remember, the chamber represents member businesses, not itself organizationally. How many times do walk by the sign and ignore its new standing? Would your employer allow their sign to lay on the ground or be propped up for 7 months before they did anything about it? The chamber budget is well over $200,000 annually and you as a standing board member refuse to repair or replace a sign that costs a few hundred bucks ?

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