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San Ramon City Council votes down fireworks for Independence Day 2013

Original post made on Dec 13, 2012

At its Tuesday meeting, San Ramon's City Council voted to confirm a recommendation not bring back fireworks in next year's July Fourth celebration without much fanfare. Council chambers were nearly empty for the final decision, after holding many meetings, public hearings and an online survey.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 2:24 PM

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Posted by Bud
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

Really, soccer is that important. To who, the crazed gas guzzling helicopter parents?
Really, such a stodgy unchanging un-American sport. Boring. The kids that play the gold levels grow up to hate it. So glad to see San Ramon is being taken over by a foreign sport instead of celebrating our traditional fourth of July

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Posted by Frank
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

Not surprising as a quick look around will show San Ramon going the way of Milpitas Fremont and Dublin---all NON-American cities. See the cheapo restaurants and stores springing up---ah diversity...

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Posted by Asian American
a resident of Blackhawk
on Dec 13, 2012 at 9:37 am

Thank you. Resources would be well spent elsewhere enhancing the community. Being smart, diverse, progressive and inclusive is American!

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

I heard the Danville city council passed an ordinance that will require residents of San Ramon to buy tickets for $5 each to attend the 4th of July Parade.

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Posted by San Ramon Observer
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.

While you Danvillains, to borrow a term from Tom Cushing, criticize members of our City Council, you folks were not exempt from contempt at the meeting either.

Councilmember Phil O'Loane mentioned the grumbling at the parade in Danville when it doesn't cost you anything. He said, "If Danville wants to kick in $175,000 ..." By the way soccer is VERY popular in San Ramon.

So go ahead and charge San Ramon residents $5 to attend YOUR parade. If you want YOUR fireworks display put your money where your mouth is or shut up.


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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

Aw, Roz, you're gonna get me ville-ified for that terribly innocent transposition of the 'i' and the 'a.'

I have a few observations of my own, first, that I always enjoyed the San Ramon fireworks/celebration much more than the parade. I just don't see the point in watching pols, prom queens and self-promoters wheel-on-by in the noontime sun. Now, the precision lawn-mower brigade I loved; the pot-bellied shotgunners not-so-much.

I also think that whoever was tasked with developing the fireworks cost estimate was also ordered to "kitchen-sink" the number. We go to most of the A's fireworks games, and I have a hard time believing that the likes of the CCTimes or Kelly Moore Paints are shelling-out anything like $100K+ to sponsor/stage those events.

Finally, a fond memory ('cuz why not?). My family, and many others, used to watch the 'works from the hillside lawn of the Crow Canyon CC golf course. Perhaps to discourage us patriots, they would run the sprinklers intermittently throughout the evening. One year, when my younger daughter was just old enough to find it hilarious, she and I patrolled the grounds with five gallon buckets to place over each sprinkler and sit-on while it went off.

We were soaked, and popular. Hard choices, these days.

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Posted by JRM
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Dec 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm

A few quick observations to enlighten San Ramon political gadfly and perennially unsucessful candidate ROZ ROGOFF:
1) In my 28 years living in Danville I have never seen a "Prom Queen" in the annual 4th of July Parade..where did that come from? You have been candid about your obesity and struggles to find a suitable bicycle to support your girth in the past, why do you have to be so caustic regarding "Prom Queens" ? Even if a girl is selected "Prom Queen" so what? Live and let live.
2) In our house the term " Shut Up" is viewed as a serious pejorative and is not tolerated.
3) At last year's parade I asked a Sheriff directing traffic if he was getting paid that day and he said "nope, we are volunteering our time today as a patriotic act.
4) It's too bad San Ramon's explosive growth has had a predictable byproduct that the attendance has grown...HELLO ?
5) I agree with Dave Hudson in that this was San Ramon's one of many key events. Our national anthem has the line "as the rocket's red glare, the bomb's bursting in air" is a key part of the celebration of the day.
6) Too bad the San Ramon Police won't give up a day to serve the country given their incredibly lucrative salary and pension packages for ONE DAY. The Cop's pay was the reason for cancelling the event held for many many years.

Just my opinion, but it is what is is so let's stop the regional big earthquake and we will all need each other.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

C'mon JRM, certainly SOMEbody in one of those parades must've been a prom queen. As to everything after that first sentence, you're on your own. You seem to have manufactured a tumultuous uproar out of a little alliteration. I guess you like the parade -- and that's a wonderful thing.

Now, maybe if there's a precision fat-guys-on-bikes brigade in a future rendition, I'll change my mind -- hell, I might even join-up. 'Til then, you can have my ample spot on Hartz Ave.

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Posted by San Ramon Observer
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.


I read and reread my comment and nowhere do I mention "prom queens." So I suppose JRM was really replying to you, but threw in comments about my weight and bicycle; so at least JRM is reading my blogs. My latest one is on teeth straightening. If JRM needs some low price orthodontics, he/she should read my blog this week.

Of course folks in Danville don't need anything low priced, especially rentals to poor folks like me. I couldn't afford to live in Danville, which is fortunate since I don't want to. After reading some of the nasty message folks in Danville post regularly on the Express, I'm very happy to be living in San Ramon. I actually appreciate their snobby criticisms of our Council because it proves my point.


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