Orange County Fire Authority Facing Massive Changes, City Threats

A state bill currently under consideration would shrink the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) board from 25 seats to just 13.

South OC cities are threatening to leave the OCFA since those 13 seats would smother their representation on the board. The 25 seat system currently in place sees each of the 23 partner cities with a vote, plus 2 board votes for the county’s unincorporated areas.

Assembly Bill 1217 was introduced by Assemblyman Tom Daly and already passed the Assembly floor with a 45-27 vote at the end of May. It is currently in the Senate Committee for Governance and Finance. If passed, the changes would be enacted at the beginning of 2017.

Daly says, “My bill streamlines the OCFA board to a size that is both more efficient and more representative of the populations of its member cities.”

The head scratching begins when you look at the support and opposition for the bill. Of the 23 OCFA member cities, only Santa Ana has voiced support for the bill. So even with the population size justification Daly has taken, other larger or growing OC member cities have yet to embrace the bill.

For the complete story regarding AB 1217, see here.