Monday, April 19, 2010

Fireworks and Deadlines

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Blogger Unknown said...

Ugh, fireworks sold in your town end up in my town, which could be gone in 15 minutes if a fire breaks out (according to the fire marshal).

4/19/2010 03:26:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

And yet another reason to ban them altogether. "Your" neighbors in the Westcliff area of Newport Beach slide across the border into my Eastside neighborhood, buy their fireworks and then try to find a Costa Mesa street on which to fire them off.

4/19/2010 04:42:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Krochman said...

Geoff and I are as far apart on the fireworks issue as two human beings can get. I respect his viewpoint. I just totally disagree with it.

The sparkler ban was, as I recall, a fig leaf that was extended by a city councilperson that was pro fireworks at a time when the council was threatening to ban them altogether. The only fireworks banning councilperson we currently have is Wendy Leece. Geoff and Wendy on the same side of an issue. Politics does make odd bedfellows!

4/20/2010 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Lumpy said...

Monahan forgets about the serious injuries that sparklers cause. With his "team" of children you would think he would be more concerned. Makes you think that the little irishman is in the pocket of the fireworks companies doesn't it. After all it is "All American" to set of fireworks.

4/20/2010 10:07:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Bruce, I resent that word "odd" - strange, maybe, but not odd! :-) Yeah, we do disagree on the issue in general, but I was avoiding going there because it's a battle I can't win. Tonight's discussion should be interesting, to say the least.

4/20/2010 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger Bruce Krochman said...

So I only caught the early part of the meeting and had to run after the vote on fireworks.

The 501c3's get another hour and hour and CM residents don't have to drive to Santa Ana to buy sparklers. That was more exciting than watching paint dry, hardly.

4/20/2010 10:22:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

The most interesting part was the bail-out by Mansoor and Monahan immediately after that vote!

4/20/2010 10:50:00 PM  

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