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49 Fresno Bee, August 16, 2007, Chilling news reports remind of domestic violence's impact; Even when number of cases declines, we must be alert to dangers.

50 Fresno Bee, June 10, 2007, Playing With Fire; Overtaxed fire departments in Fresno Co. – particularly in rural areas – are failing to meet the national standard for response time, Brad Branan. **“The main reason for getting an engine to a fire within five minutes is to try to prevent “flashover,” when a fire expands and ignites nearly everything in the room where it started, Coleman said. Fires contained to the room of origin are about 10 times less likely to kill than fires that escape to other rooms, the NFPA has concluded.”

51 Modesto Bee, August 31, 2006, Fire Agencies Faulted; Report Notes Spotty Coverage, Urges Mergers; Inefficiency, Low Revenue, Slow Rural Response Cites, Garth Stapley. ***Several departments ranked moderately for urban areas but poorly in their unincorporated areas. For example, Oakdale Rural and Salida fire districts have a rating of 4 in town but fall to 9 in the country. Others with rural 9 ratings are Stanislaus Consolidated, Denair, Keyes and Mountain View. West Stanislaus' rural rating is 10. Tulare Advance-Register, March 6, 2007, Fire calls rise in 2006, Luis Hernandez. The Fresno Bee, August 19, 2007, Tulare Co. diagnoses ambulance need: Some officials want to see a single provider for a county with nine services and sometimes spotty response, Tim Sheehan. From http://www.icced.com/edp_pic/Introduction.pdf, http://www.icced.com/edp_pic/PoeColoniaMASTERPLAN.pdf (accessed October 2007) http://www.csda.net/spcldist.htm Olmstead, S.M., Thirsty Colonias: Rate Regulation and the Provision of Water Services, Land Economics, 2004, 80(1):136-150. Ward, P.M., Colonias and Public Policy in Texas and Mexico: Urbanization by Stealth, Austin: University of Texas Press, 1999. Olmstead, S.M., Thirsty Colonias: Rate Regulation and the Provision of Water Services, Land Economics, 2004, 80(1):136-150. Ibid. Ibid. 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60

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