San Ramon dumps 'safe and sane' fireworks ordinance

Plans continue for scaled-down Independence Day celebration

Any fireworks set off in San Ramon over the Fourth of July will be neither safe nor sane -- nor legal.

San Ramon city leaders have decided to drop the idea of a "safe and sane" fireworks ordinance after hearing from a number of people, including San Ramon Fire Protection District Chief Richard Price.

When City Council cancelled San Ramon's fireworks display earlier this year, officials asked city staff to come up with ordinance designed to allow so-called "safe and sane" fireworks. Had it been approved, San Ramon residents would have been able to celebrate with fireworks from several designated areas in the city, including California and Dougherty Valley high schools, using fireworks that are legal in California. Dublin is the only Tri-Valley city -- and one of the few in the Bay Area -- which allows the sale of "safe and sane" fireworks such as sparklers.

Eight or so speakers addressed the issue at Tuesday's City Council meeting, with only three of five members in attendance. Although Dave Hudson initially supported the idea, after hearing from Price and the others who spoke, he changed his mind and his vote on the issue.

In February, the city cancelled its fireworks display, an annual tradition since 1985, beginning just two years after the city's incorporation. The event, officials said, had grown as other cities ended their celebrations and people from elsewhere came to San Ramon.

The cost of San Ramon's July 4 celebration came to $175,000 last year, but city staff recommended increasing that to $318,000 to accommodate for additional equipment, personnel and contractor costs.

That proved too much for the city to pay. Instead, The city's Parks and Community Service Commission suggested a smaller, community-focused event this year, with the possibility of bringing pyrotechnics back in the future.


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Posted by Sb
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

The City Council members of San Ramon need to be voted out of office immediately. Their decisions are not only bad for business in the City but bordering on un-American to their core.

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Posted by PE
a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

I am glad to hear of limitions being ruled on for fireworks---I wish it was so here in Contra Costa district. I think it is imperative that strict rulings are voted in especially since houses and buildings are so close together that exercising such celebrations or any other noise-making situations should be limited. I found it nerve racking last 4th of July when I heard big boomers going off just in my neighbor's backyard. It was also frightening for my pets. I find that laws must be made to guide people in how to be considerate of others throughout the year. Isn't it enough to hear children screaming on top of their lungs while having "fun" while their sounds echo much further because of the close proximity of the houses? I am not against children but I do note how many are quite noisy and parents just seem to be able to tune them out perhaps by being "use to it" while quieter neighbors cringe and retreat back into their houses with windows and doors closed to try to escape from loud sounds that are anything but peaceful. The same goes for those neighbors who blast their music in their backyards or have constant loud parties. I am not kidding that I have a next door neighbor who had 3-4 parties a week with such loud music that my windows would vibrate. And my other neighbor two doors down has a son who has very deep bass speakers in his car that I can hear him while in my house when he just enters into our neighborhood a few blocks away. His bass speakers are just as bad to me as the boomers on the 4th. In short, while the noisemakers are out there having their fun, it doesn't occur to them how noisy they are since their neighbors are much quieter compared to them; or if they do realize, then they just don't care which is being inconsiderate.

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Posted by Douglas
a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

Hey PE where have you been? ALL Fireworks are ILLEGAL in Contra Costa County. If you have neighbors being stupid, call the police!!!

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Posted by PE
a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Thanks Douglas for this info----I am fairly new here so that is where I have been. Also, I have been calling the police often because of my loud neighbors next door who party 3-4 times a week late into the evening during the warm weather days; it seems fruitless though the police agree that the music was unbelievably loud. I was even told by a policeman that other neighbors had filed a complaints about noise disturbances yet nothing was done. So I am still figuring out the solutions to these problems and have yet to learn much about the politics and people of this area. New people like me are confronting problems before newer problems arive such as the 4th. I am trying to address the more frequent disturbances/inconsiderations first. Again ,thanks for the info.

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Posted by T
a resident of Danville
on Apr 16, 2012 at 6:13 am


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