At the "Town Hall Meeting" the city was finally allowed back into the council chambers after weeks of not being allowed in the chamber due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the order by the governor. The residents were required to be distanced to help slow the spread.
Many residents emailed their comments to the city clerk's office for public reading at the meeting. There were several residents that also attended in person and a few that spoke by telephone. Of the comments that were submitted the majority was by people opposed to the proposed change to LACoFD. The people that submitted comments (in person or emailed) in support of making a change were mostly firefighters or members of the management union, all employees of the WC Fire Department. Only a couple of people in support of the change could not be attributed to the WCFD in some way. The members of the West Covina Fire Department are very good at having the families and friends write letters and speak on social media platforms in support. Generally, those people are not even residents of our city. It is rumored that not one of the firefighters are residents of West Covina.
June 22, 2020 - Town Hall Meeting - Comments by Mike Hambel (FFA President) - Mike Hambel berated several residents of the city he serves because they do not support his opinion. This was during the "Town Hall Meeting" that was scheduled to discuss the volatile proposal to change from the West Covina Fire Department and consolidate with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Basically a move that would end the WCFD as we know it. And one that is not widely supported by the residents of WC.
June 23, 2020 - Special City Council Meeting - Comments by Bill Mansour (Captain, West Covina FD) - He explains details about "purposeful misrepresentations, omissions and inaccurate information" that is being provided by the city manager and fire representatives to facilitate a change to LACoFD. He explains the details about a settlement supporting this fact.
June 23, 2020 - Special City Council Meeting - Comments by Zanti Sanco (We apologize for any mispellings of your name) - An employee of Queen of the Valley Hospital and 20 year West Covina Resident. She supports the transition to LACoFD as she feels that the West Covina Firefighters have "Hand-Me-Down" equipment and worn clothing.