Monday, June 12, 2006

Bureaucrats kill kids

At least, that seems to be the implication of a report by Matier and Ross in today's Chronicle. Three children died in a house fire near where I live. The closest fire station couldn't handle the blaze alone. The second closest station is one right near me. But no trucks rushed to the fire from that station. Why? Because it's in an unincorporated region of the county, and the city of Richmond and Contra Costa County have not been able to come to an agreement about cooperation on resources to fight fires (Richmond was afraid it would spend more on putting out county fires than the county would spend on putting out Richmond fires).

Dead of smoke inhalation are Devieonne Portis, 9, Jerimiah Cradle, 4 and Isis Cradle, 2.

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