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Mountain View to share dispatch system with Palo Alto, Los Altos

Original post made on May 3, 2011

While other Peninsula cities are preparing to merge or outsource their public-safety departments, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Los Altos are pursuing a less drastic idea -- a "virtual consolidation" of their emergency operations. ==B Related stories:==
■ [Web Link Neighboring cities eye regional services]
■ [Web Link Cities may share dispatchers -- 'no fire merger']

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 10:08 AM

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Posted by Duke
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 3, 2011 at 11:10 am

What other areas MV and PA are merging biz?

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Posted by Other Peoples Money
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I would like to see a cost benefit analysis published.

How much money does the new efficient system save?

What is so bad about the current system?

Looks more like a pet project of somebody’s who persuaded others to find something to do to make themselves feel important, with the tax payer’s money of course.

Other Peoples Money

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Posted by A Cow Tent
a resident of Castro City
on May 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm

So was this story spoon fed to the Voice or was there a report on hand to actually ask questions(and failed)? We found out how much it costs (~3M dollars) but no mention at all of the savings. From the way this story was written its impossible to tell. Were there no projected costs savings over the current system???? I have a feeling this is fuzzy logic: A new brick and mortar facility would cost say, $6M, so by spending 3 Million they think they saved money? No, they spend $3M. Saving money would mean staying w/ the current system.
Reminds me of when my wife claims to have saved 100 dollars by spending 200 dollar sweater on sale. The real way to save is not to spend.

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