No, not MLK Day, silly.
We’re talking about Leavenworth Street’s Third Birthday, that happened a couple days ago on the 17th!
(Yes, yes, thank you, thank you.)
And then today we have lots of bitter people today rejoicing that George Bush is leaving office.
It’ll be interesting to watch them figure out how to channel their bitterness now….
Last week Joe Jordan did a story on Jim Vokal and his discussion with the Omaha Chamber of Commerce regarding his plans for the fire department if elected Mayor.
First some background on all of this:
Vokal, and the other Mayoral candidates spoke to the Omaha Chamber of Commerce regarding their plans for the gig. The interviews were tape-recorded, then transcribed and sent to the candidates and chamber members in a packet marked “Confidential”.
And then Joe Jordan, remarkably, got his hands on it. (Ya know, why even bother with the faux-secretiveness?)
Anyway, in the interview Vokal gave the following response regarding the fire department:
“A reduction in staffing will be expected once I take office because callback will be eliminated as well as sending six fire personnel to non-emergency calls.”
Sometime later, the Vokal camp sent out a message to the Firefighters’ Union saying, Vokal “did not support any staffing reductions.”
So, Joe Jordan has hopped on these statements yelping, Conflict! Conflict!
And, to their detriment, the Vokal camp decided to not comment any more on this to Jordan.
So is this a conflicted statement? We have to say, no.
We discussed this via email with the Vokal camp and here’s what they say:
Therefore, there will be a reduction in staffing, based upon those two factors. (Note here, however, that we understand that the Firefighters’ Union does not consider either #1 or #2 as a “staffing reduction”, though that is how Vokal referred to them in the interview.)
However, those two issues are different from the issue of minimum staffing levels — how many firefighters on a truck for an emergency call. And Vokal has said, per his letter to the Union, that he does not support reduction in that staffing — and Daren Bates, the head of the Union says that he’s comfortable that Vokal wouldn’t cut minimum staffing.
Follow all that?
Well, we’re sure that commenters will pick the nits out of it all, but we find that it makes sense.
Now, why the Vokal camp chose not to have that discussion with Jordan before he ran his story, we don’t know. It seems like a pretty reasonable matter to go into, but whaddayagonnado.
In the mean time we do not know what the Daub or Suttle camps positions are on the issue of firefighter staffing.
Van, we hardly knew ye!
Well, at least good for him of knowing the difference between a dragon and a windmill.