Yes, there is a problem. A billing problem. It can easily be handled with efficient pressure on managers. But in vilifying a few incidental overtime firefighters and paramedics, the Daily News is wayyyyy out of line.
The Daily News did not publish, say, a list of the names of the 600 Catholic clergy abuse victims who each bilked the Catholic Church for over $1,000,000 a claim---rather than, say, $250,000, or even $150,000, which would have been more in tune with a fair settlement. The Daily News has not investigated what the claimants against the Church have done with their money---anecdotal evidence suggests very few seem to have used it towards "healing," and I have heard of one who bought his dream Harley as soon as he cashed the check.
The Daily News has not investigated ambulance-chaser turned "clergy-abuse specialist" Ray Boucher's career path. Nor the way Boucher changed the State law to extend the statute of limitations so that the Church could be sued for acts perpetrated before 1985, when the Psych DSM-IV reclassified its thinking on molesters.
Why the Daily News wants to pick on LA's best and bravest, from the traditional impoverished workman (and largely Catholic) trade of firefighting, is unfortunately consistent with the direction the paper appears to be heading under Carolina Garcia, who consistently aims for the lowest hanging fruit of all.