John Richardson
San Diego County officials decry state's bureaucracy

SAN DIEGO -- Some elected officials here are accusing state fire officials of a bureaucratic bottleneck that prevented water-dropping aircraft from immediately being used as brush fires ravaged the county. It remains unclear whether additional aircraft could have more quickly contained the fast-moving, wind-driven blazes, but that has not stopped criticism in a region still smarting over the response to its last disastrous fire. "Four years after the Cedar fire, the bureaucracy still was locking out assets that should have been available," said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista). San Diego Fire Chief Tracy Jarman was quick to point out that there were far more water-dropping choppers...