Imperial Beach City Council Places Local Emergency Response and Vital Services Measure on the November Ballot
Jul 30, 2020 08:12PM
By Paul Spear
(IMPERIAL BEACH, CA – July 30, 2020) Wednesday evening, the City of Imperial Beach City Council unanimously placed a local one cent sales tax measure on the November ballot for voter consideration. If enacted, the measure would enable the City to prepare for medical or catastrophic emergencies including preparing local first responder services, updating emergency communication systems and maintaining rapid 911 emergency response capacity.
Said City Manager and Director of Emergency Services Andy Hall, “the Imperial Beach Fire Department received nearly 3,000 calls for emergency medical and rescue services in 2019 alone; the City must be able to recruit and retain local firefighters and paramedics so that we have enough firefighters and paramedics to respond to emergencies.”
Other community identified local recovery and relief priorities the measure was designed to address include:
- Maintaining 911 emergency response
- Maintaining local paramedic services
- Coordinating with county and regional first responders to get resources for health services to prepare for medical emergencies like the coronavirus outbreak
- Maintaining rapid response to burglaries
- Restoring the City’s long-term emergency funding that is being used to address the effected of the coronavirus outbreak
- Keeping neighborhoods safe and clean
“Even through these challenging times, the City must continue to address challenges with clean, safe neighborhoods and addressing homelessness to maintain Imperial Beach as a quality community to live, work and raise a family for all residents,” said Assistant City Manager, Erika N. Cortez-Martinez.
The proposed measure includes accountability and transparency requirements, including public disclosure of spending and independent audits.