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Former mayor urges "yes" vote on ballot initiative 2B


Last updated 10/11/2022 at 1:06pm | View PDF

I support the Public Safety Ballot Measure 2B as proposed by the city council, which offers badly needed help for our Public Safety Department.

Our city has grown exponentially over the last 25 years and our city has done its best to keep up with the growth. Our staff works tirelessly to ensure every cent is used to its maximum potential. While each department struggles with increases in prices from everything including materials, shipping times and fuel, there is also a time we need to reach out and ask for help.

More in particular we have seen an increase in crime over the years both locally and nationally. We also see the need for training and equipment on newer technologies and methods to rescue, fight fires and save people's lives. Our public safety department works tirelessly day and night, 365 days a year ensuring our safety as we live, work and play. Our Public Safety Department has been on the cutting edge of both fire safety and policing and we have become a model both statewide and nationally in how a Public Safety Department should conduct business.

We are in dire need of more help, with an increase of mental health calls, crimes that didn't use to be part of our problem and new technologies in order to help us respond.

We as a community owe it to our protectors to give them the tools they need in order to perfect their services. It is not as simple as, "You need to live with what you have." It is YOUR responsibility to ensure they have the tools and more importantly the people in order to do the best that they can.

Ballot initiative 2B is our way to give back to our Public Safety Department. Times are tough for everyone and this is a big ask but this is literally a life-or-death situation. With continued growth which is projected to increase by up to 25,000 more people over the next few years it is important we plan ahead and frankly catch up so we can provide the best services possible.

As a community, we can help support this work through the Public Safety Ballot measure. I urge all Fountain voters to say "Yes" on Nov. 8 to our Public Safety Departments.


Gabriel Ortega, Mayor-City of Fountain, 2013-2021


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