Rural Metro

Sources: FBI Investigates County Ambulance Provider Rural/Metro

County ambulance provider Rural/Metro has its contract up for review next month.

Fly has learned that the FBI has been investigating county ambulance provider Rural/Metro for its creative political activity. The investigation’s scope is not fully known, but sources say investigators have been looking into the ambulance company’s connection to Pacific Printing, a political mail house aligned with local organized labor.

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Politicos Trade Barbs Over Slow Fire Response Times

San Jose Inside first reported on the fire department’s lagging response times more than a year ago.

The first political firefight of the San Jose mayor’s race has adopted the adage “everything old is new again.” Two weeks ago, the county Board of Supervisors took a bold vote to withhold $700,000 from the city of San Jose due to its fire department’s slow—and in some cases absent—emergency response times. Contracted by the county to arrive first on the scene for high-priority “lights and sirens” emergencies within eight minutes, 90 percent of the time, SJFD has routinely showed up late and misreported its response times in the last four years.

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Liccardo Camp Challenges Dem Central Committee on Endorsement, Spending

An endorsement from the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee comes with a considerable advantage: massive amounts of cash that can be coordinated with a candidate’ campaign.

The Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee is on the fast track to endorse its preferred mayoral hopeful, Dave Cortese. But there are growing concerns that the group’s backing will give that candidate the unfair advantage of bypassing campaign finance laws that apply to individual candidates. Campaign staff of Councilman Sam Liccardo, the fundraising frontrunner in the mayor’s race, challenged the DCC in emails to abide by the same rules governing candidates that prevent unlimited spending in an election.

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Rural Metro Financial Woes Put County Ambulance Contract in Jeopardy

Rural Metro has failed to come through on some of the promises made when it signed a contract with Santa Clara County. Now the company could be facing bankruptcy.

The company that provides Santa Clara County’s ambulance services is in need of rescue. In December 2010, the Board of Supervisors contracted with Rural Metro, which missed an important bond payment last week, leading industry insiders and county officials to worry that the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company may be headed towards bankruptcy. So what do the elected officials who supported the Rural Metro contract have to say about the current mess? Nothing.

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