A fire broke out in The Dish trail near Interstate 280 late Tuesday night, August 22. Fire officials speculated that an animal – most likely a bird – hit and damaged wires that set off the 3-acre grass fire. Santa Clara County and Palo Alto Fire resources were at the scene of the fire and extinguished the blaze in approximately 30 minutes.
After 16 months of negotiations, the Palo Alto City Council unanimously ratified a new contract with city firefighters at last Monday’s council meeting.
The city council and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1319 struggled through tense negotiations and binding-arbitration proceedings over the past year and a half. The groups settled on a three-year contract that would save the city $1.1 million for the current fiscal year and reel in more than $1.4 million annual savings for the future years.
Palo Alto citizens are set to vote Nov. 8 on Measure D, which proposes ending the mandatory binding arbitration for debates between public safety workers and management, which has been in place for 33 years.