By Miriam Raftery
November 4, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The future of the San Miguel Fire District hangs in the balance. Should San Miguel keep its contract with Cal-Fire or return to being a stand-alone district, as the current board recently voted by a slim margin? We interviewed a representative from each of the two slates running for our East County Magazine Radio Show on KNSJ. Listen now by clicking the orange audio link.
In this heated session, incumbent Bill Kiel, a retired engineer, makes the case for staying with Cal-Fire, while retired fire chief Kim Raddatz argues for giving Cal-Fire the boot and returning to an independent district. Each side claims their position will be best for taxpayers and public safety. One side is backed by Cal-Fire firefighters, the other by leaders of the former San Miguel firefighters.