The demotion of eight fire captains reduces department expenditures by less than one percent, and from press accounts left the departments brass talking to the press with bewilderment about how to make it work, the union announcing talks are done and arbitration is next, the CM's proposal gutted, and Council accused of not knowing anything about public safety.
For those who want what they see as a blubbery department trimmed, it didn't happen and while the rank structure may have been an issue worth addressing, the core goal of stripping the minimum manning language from the CBA remains a bridge too far.
Council is still raising taxes, exceeding the tax cap by four fold, but Council Members will tell you they are hearing from the public that the FD must be brought under control.
Meanwhile for the rest of us, summer is here, trees are in bloom, a holiday weekend awaits and the intrigue at City Hall is a familiar tale. I was talking to a former news person last night who raised to me his amazement at how little in life changes and how the issues he covered decades ago are the same, citing feuds with the FD several mayors ago.