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Fire districts report delayed until December

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday morning (Nov. 17) to defer discussion about securing a fire district evaluation until Dec. 15.

Supervisors have expected a report related to the selection of a consultant since Oct. 6, the day they decided against suspending the authority of the Los Altos Hills County Fire District (LAHCFD), as county auditors had suggested due to alleged mismanagement. Instead, supervisors asked the Office of the County Executive to return Tuesday with a timeline for obtaining an independent opinion regarding how services can be improved among the various fire districts within the county; auditors contend consolidating the districts is one way to help share resources among financially secure ones like the LAHCFD and financially strapped ones like the South Santa Clara County Fire District.

A request by board president Cindy Chavez – and subsequent approval from her colleagues – removed discussion of the report from Tuesday’s agenda.

“I’d like to make sure that the staff has an opportunity to include addressing wildfire prevention so that we better understand how to move forward. That was missing from the report,” she said. “I know there are folks who want to speak on this item, and I wanted them to know that I want to hear the item – just at a later time so that staff has a chance to complete that activity.”

Board of Supervisors meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. To access a copy of the Dec. 15 agenda when it’s available, visit tinyurl.com/SCC-BOS-Agendas.

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