November 22, 2016  Thirty-Third Edition




November 24, 2016
 
 
Brothers  & Sisters,
 
This Thanksgiving, I would like to give thanks to all the armed forces around the world protecting democracy and also to all our firefighters and their families.  Thank you for your service and dedication. 
 
Wishing you all a healthy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by good food, family and friends. 
 
 
Fraternally,
 
Mike Lopez








IN THE NEWS
SACRAMENTO FIREFIGHTERS USE MOVEMBER TO BREAK ICE ON SANGER OF CANCER
CBS SACRAMENTO, 11/15/2016

Mustaches for "Movember" -it's a national movement to bring awareness to men's health. For some, it's more than just sporting facial hair, it's about bringing awareness to occupational cancer.

According to a new study, 68 percent of all firefighters fall victim to cancer. It's an illness that has been swept under the rug among firefighters, until now.
Cancer-free for the last five years, Pat Callahan says he's blessed to have another good day on the job.

"Thirteen years ago I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, Stage 3."
Callahan went in for surgery a month after he was diagnosed, and doctors spent the next eight years monitoring him for any sign of cancer. READ MORE
CAL FIRE DECLARES END OF FIRE SEASON
THE UNION DEMOCRAT, 11/18/2016

Cal Fire announced the end of the fire season this week, which lifted the requirement of burn permits and removed the restrictions on burn hours throughout Calaveras and Tuolumne counties and the eastern portions of San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

The declaration allows open burning on permissive burn days stipulated by the Air Pollution Control District on a county-by-county basis.

A press release from Cal Fire reported a permit is mandatory for anyone burning on a property larger than five acres in Calaveras County. The permit requirement is mandated for sites larger than two acres in Tuolumne County.  READ MORE
CAL FIRE/RIVERSIDE COUNTRY FIREFIGHTER STOPS MAN FROM COMMITTING SUICIDE
CBS LOCAL 2, 11/20/2016

A CAL Fire frefighter is being recognized for stopping a man from committing suicide Friday afternoon.

Hector Barragan noticed a man near the 60 freeway near Orange Street Bridge in Riverside.
Barragan called 911 and engaged the man attempting to kill himself.

Barragan was able to successfully talk the man out of it.

CAL Fire and Riverside County Fire Chief John Hawkins said, "Firefighter Barragan is to be highly commended for his actions without direction of a supervisor, his successful conversational engagement building trust with the distraught man and the result of the man abandoning his attempt at suicide. I am very proud of Firefighter Hector Barragan. He truly practiced servant leadership and saved a man's life."  READ MORE


CalPERS Audit Exposes Pension Spiking by Former CEO of Risk Management Authority

November 16, 2016

The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration (Board) voted to adopt an administrative law judge's (ALJ's) decision today that prevents James Towns, the former CEO of the Special District Risk Management Authority (SDRMA), from spiking his pension with an improper 67 percent salary increase.
CalPERS' audit of SDRMA uncovered email communications in which Towns requested the SDRMA Board to convert his merit bonuses to base salary in an effort to boost his pension. The audit also found that there was no publicly available salary schedule for Towns' CEO position, which is required under the retirement law so that taxpayers can know how much public employees are being paid. 
"This case exemplifies CalPERS' expanded efforts to identify and root out pension spiking," said Matthew Jacobs, CalPERS General Counsel. "We will not tolerate any form of pension abuse, and invite the public and our public employer partners to assist us in this effort."  R EAD MORE

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