La Habra Heights hopefuls divided

first_img“I want to study this and talk to the fire chief,” he said. “Maybe we can take advantage of \ volunteers and have some kind of hybrid system to provide additional service on the east and west side.” The problem is that it might cost about $220,000 a year for just a paramedic station, Baroldi said. Gomez said an additional station could provide a faster response to the east and west areas, such as Powder Canyon. The candidates also are divided over the site and cost for a new fire station. “A majority of the City Council is not listening as demonstrated last Thursday night,” Gomez said, attacking the council’s decision on its site selection. “I would listen to residents and leave The Park alone. There would be no new City Hall and I would build an affordable fire station at the current site. We need to live within our means.” Baroldi said he favored a new station that would be built in a fiscally responsible way. Vipperman said he worried about the estimated cost of $6.8 million, especially considering the city can only afford up to $6.5 million. “I feel the cost is going to go up and we’ll have to look to residents to pay the difference,” he said. Klein said the council has selected a site and now would have to figure out how to pay for it. “I think the fire station can go in increments and we need to look at phasing it in,” he said. “If we do take it on all at once, that’s something that should be voted on by the voters before we take on that indebtedness.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I don’t support an east side substation,” Klein said. “With mutual aid \ we can use our resources to provide fire services for the center area and the first responders to the east or west would be from Los Angeles County facilities that are already paid for.” One answer would be to get more volunteers, but Klein said it’s important the city’s volunteers meet county standards. Vipperman argued that La Habra Heights should take care of itself. “It’s not a great idea to say the neighbors are going to take care of you – that La Habra Heights can’t provide fire services to the east or west side,” he said. Baroldi said he too believes the city needs to consider additional stations so it can be self-sufficient. LA HABRA HEIGHTS – It was incumbent Fred Klein on one side and challengers Layne Baroldi, Vincent Gomez and Howard Vipperman on the other at Tuesday’s City Council candidates forum. The issue at the forum at City Hall was fire service and whether the community needs satellite stations. The challengers said yes, additional stations should be considered, but Klein, who is seeking a fourth term, said they aren’t needed. The four candidates are vying for two seats on the council in the March 6 election. last_img read more