Fireworks and Deadlines
RUSHING TO MEET THE DEADLINE
Tomorrow, Tuesday, the Costa Mesa City Council will, once again, address the sale of The Fairgrounds in a closed session meeting preceding their regularly scheduled open meeting. This will be the final time they, as a group, have a chance to address this issue before the City must place in the hands of Governor Schwarzenegger its proposal for purchase of the property. That deadline is Wednesday.
WHAT ARE THE TERMS?
I find myself wondering if we'll hear the terms of the proposal before the governor does. Doubt it. In fact, I wonder if we will ever hear them? If the governor rejects the proposal what value will there be to announce the failed bid. Thinking positively, I hope they've managed to create a successful proposal and that, in quick order, the Governor accepts the plan and we can actually move forward.
MONAHAN - LONGER HOURS AND MORE DEVICES
At the very end of the open session Gary Monahan has a scheme to expand fireworks use over the July 4th holiday - one that is sure to generate some discussion among council members and residents. He wants to extend the sale hours on the 4th, moving the closing time from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The police and fire organizations are against it.
He also wants to permit some hand-held devices, including sparklers. The public safety folks are against that, too. The injuries to small children using sparklers is well-documented and previous councils recognized the danger and banned them. Restoring them for sale is a truly bad idea. This photo shows the kind of injuries that led to the decision to ban sparklers in our city.
TELL THE COUNCIL HOW YOU FEEL
Regular readers here know how I feel about fireworks in our community, so I won't talk about it here since it's irrelevant to the issue at hand. If you've got an opinion on these issues, read the staff report, HERE, and present your views to the City Council, either in person or by email to the city web site.