The period for candidates to file for the April 9, 2013 Coastside Fire Protection District recall election closes at 5 p.m. today, Jan. 24. The deadline will not be extended. Contact Candidate Filing Officer Meaghan Hassel Shearer at (650) 312-5222, go to the county elections office on 40 Tower Rd. in San Mateo or visit www.shapethefuture.org for more information.

President Doug Mackintosh, Director Mike Alifano and Director Gary Riddell face potentially being recalled in the April election after receiving criticism for a number of reasons. Complaints include that they ignored reports that recommended sticking with state agency Cal Fire, and are instead working to establish a more expensive independent department for fire protection services. They are not eligible to run in the election.

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