I really think the best thing I‚Äôve read in the paper in a long time is about 42 fire department members who made over $200,00 a year, [which appeared in the Oct. 30 issue of the Daily Press.] They duly deserve it. They are the champions of Santa Monica. They save lives, they smile, they make you happy, they know what the hell they‚Äôre doing. They‚Äôre there to help people, and every single day we have a 911 call in our building and they do everything they can to save lives. I am pleased they are making good money because they deserve more than anybody I know.