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Ahead of the November midterm elections, the Rivard Report invited invested parties to provide commentaries and share their points of view with voters. All commentaries are presented in original form with basic editing and fact-checking.
The three propositions proposed by the fire union are among the most hotly debated items on the ballot. The propositions in question are as follows:
- Prop A would make it easier for residents to put proposed ordinances and financial decisions to a public vote;
- Prop B would limit future city managers’ salaries and tenure; and
- Prop C would force binding arbitration between the union and the City for a new labor contract.
Reinette King, spokeswoman for the firefighters union, and Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales (D5) offered differing opinions about the ballot propositions and their effects on the city. Click on the banners below to read their arguments.