UPDATE: THIS MEETING IS NOT CANCELED. SEE NEXT POST!
According to the North Las Vegas HOA Alliance folk, the special meeting at 4:30 pm of City Council is canceled. That’s the one where council was going to consider a proposal from the firefighters to take over some emergency transport services.
I guess the city has fired so many staffers, though, that it can’t make an official announcement on their webpage or use the email alert thing that the NLV police use. That system got out the news of the mayor’s town hall easy enough, too.
And after Lynnette Curtis went to all that work to do a nice write up on the proposal, too. (RJ) I’m just guessing that council, which benefits nicely from campaign contributions from the local ambulance company, had some second thoughts when that very company began to complain about the firefighters’ proposal to start carting bodies in their place:
But such [city] revenue shouldn’t come at the expense of private business, said John Wilson, local general manager of the private ambulance service that transports most of North Las Vegas’ emergency patients.
The city “is trying to fix their budget shortfall by taking revenue and jobs from the private sector and shifting it to the public sector to minimize the impact on public employees,” Wilson said. “This is sending the wrong message to the business community.”
Now, most emergency ambulance calls in North Las Vegas are handled by American Medical Response and MedicWest, both of which are owned by the same parent company, Emergency Medical Services Corp.
MedicWest handed Shari Buck $4,000 in 2006 for her council run in 2007 and EMS Management (Emergency Medical Services) coughed up $1,500 for her mayor race. They gave the same amount to William Robinson, too, apparently hedging their bets. Pretty much at the same time, too. Now I ask you, is that nice?
Anyways, I just didn’t want anybody to get the idea that the cancellation was, shall we say, unmotivated.
By the way, EMS has its corporate headquarters in Colorado. So, it that in keeping with the mayor’s suggestion that we “buy local”?
And is this the end of “Firefighters for Buck”?