San Ramon has tentative lineup for July Fourth celebration

Scaled down event will feature music, but no fireworks

San Ramon has a lineup for its scaled-down Independence Day celebration and is looking at ways to get the message out to people who may head to town looking for a fireworks show.

Details about the smaller event were released at a recent city budget discussion. The celebration, intended for local residents alone, will feature the San Ramon Symphonic Band beginning at 4 p.m., then Pride and Joy, a high-energy funk and soul band based out of San Francisco, at 5. The event will wrap up with a salute to the armed forces at 6, giving people enough time to head out for fireworks somewhere else in the Bay Area.

Blue Star Moms will be present to accept care packages for the troops.

The festivities will follow the annual Run San Ramon three-, five- and 10-k run/walks that begin at 8:15 a.m.

As planned, the smaller event will cost less than a fourth of the city's 2011 fireworks show, and nearly a tenth of what projections were for fireworks to be held in the city this year.

In 2011, the event cost $175,000, while the smaller show, sans fireworks, will run an estimated $41,580. City staff estimated it would cost $318,000 to hold a fireworks show, which had been an annual tradition since 1985.

With other communities canceling their fireworks, the full-scale event had the potential of bringing in 45,000 people, up from the 30,000 people who turned up last year, overflowing trashcans, creating long lines for bathrooms at Central Park and creating gridlock from 8 to 11 p.m.

Now comes a new challenge: getting the word out to the 45,000 people who could turn up.

Karen McNamara, San Ramon's interim parks and community services director, said the city will consider, among other things, putting up electronic highway signs telling people on Interstate 680 that the show had been canceled.


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Apr 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

If you’re not going to have a fireworks celebration to wish the USA a Happy Birthday, then I rather you save the $41K for more important things.

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Posted by JRM
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Apr 24, 2012 at 10:07 am

Isn't it interesting that San Ramon claims the cost was $175,000 in 2011 and their staff projected costs for 2012 to almost double, to a projected $318,000. As I recall the majority of the shocking increase was "police overtime"....I must say that when I see Bill Clarkson and all the rest of the San Ramon pols that eagerly seek to have a float in our parade I will soundly boo their presence. It is too bad the police in San Ramon have now become such an economic force on the budget that long standing events like the fireworks are now a thing of the past.

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Posted by Douglas
a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

OK Town of Danville, since we are not invited to join San Ramon in their boring festivities, it is time to not allow them at ours to cost our town that much for them to participate!!!!!

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Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Apr 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm

San Ramon plans to have Pride & Joy band come out for only ONE HOUR.
My email lists of friends are not going to consider it worthwhile to come out for that (when usually we hear bands play for several, longer sets)--not worth their time and effort.
This idea is a bust from the start! Better to have done nothing and saved their money!

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Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Apr 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm

However, I'm surprised to hear some people so unsupporting of the policeman's union and the need to pay proper overtime pay to deserving employees.
If it were "school employees" involved, you'd sure hear a lot of liberal bitching to pay up!

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Posted by Theresa N
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Apr 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I am appalled by San Ramon's article that the festivties are for them only what the hell. Danville host the parade that we so kindly include them in. I say we get a group together and picket the "quaint" San Ramon ONLY picnic that is only for 2 hours. I will never support that town again. I can't believe their stupidity. And not to worry about letting the other 45,000 people know about it. Word gets around fast I am sure they to already know and feel just as rejected as the rest of us. Booo on you San Ramon..what a bunch of snobs their town council is.

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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Apr 25, 2012 at 8:50 am

1 -- JRM is certainly right about the phony numbers -- they bear the stench of having been ordered-up in service to a fore-ordained conclusion. And now, watch the pols use the trumped-up number to demonstrate their fiscally responsible "savings" to the community.

2 -- That line-up is Just.Terrible. Why would ANYbody attend? Hell, why would Pride & Joy bother to come out from SF to play for one whole hour? Seems a shame, when this valley is so sorely in need of things that encourage a sense of real community, to design an event that is so certainly destined to drive folks away, in droves? Is that a fore-ordained FAIL, as well?

Where have you gone, Jeff Eorio??! Sad, what they've done to your legacy.

3 -- Maybe, in this era of privatization, some company might pick up the tab? If only there was a major corporation-or-two in the area that could benefit from the positive, patriotic publicity ...

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Posted by Keith
a resident of Danville
on Apr 25, 2012 at 10:10 am

Citizen Paine stated - "Maybe, in this era of privatization, some company might pick up the tab? If only there was a major corporation-or-two in the area that could benefit from the positive, patriotic publicity"

Why that leads me to think of a major tenent in Bishop Ranch that could use some positive publicity and apparently has lots and lots of money - CHEVRON.

Did anyone in San Ramon politics think about approaching them for funding?

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Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Apr 25, 2012 at 11:02 am

Nice idea, but if CHEVRON got involved, the radical ENVIRONMENTALIST groups would surely find a way to criticism them for it. What with all the Pyrotechnics involved--with all those chemicals, chemical production, and the noise pollution and smoke pollution factors.
I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bay Air Pollution "nazi/police" called in and arriving to stop the dirty air fireworks.
And I could see OCCUPY groups arriving to protest and block vehicle passage, as well.
What a headache for San Ramon, resulting in even higher policing costs (just the opposite of what is needed).
So there are CONSEQUENCES for allowing all of those foolish Nonsense-Makers to piss all over everything good and decent for so many years. Sometimes corporations learn that it's best to stay out of and away from ALL news--there's little real benefit to CHEVRON here, and lots of potential downside.

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Danville
on Apr 26, 2012 at 7:00 am

Hey PSMacintosh,

you forgot to blame Obama on this one. After all isn't it his fault as well. Everything is his fault.

Bottom line is San Ramon politicians have a timid vision for their city, are scared about asking their corporate tenets to help fund anything and only care about shopping revenue as opposed to community good. And clearly celebrating the history of this country is not of interest to them.

This is a wasted opportunity not a cost savings. Most people now look at San Ramon as a place that can't as opposed to a place that can. Why would I want to spend my money there?

BTW for those that want to hear Pride and Joy I am sure they are doing their annual summer concert at Blackhawk Plaza and will play for more than an hour. Come on down and shop there. We want you and we know how to celebrate 4th of July.

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Posted by Disappointed Citizen
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 30, 2012 at 7:57 am

First, I want to apologize to our neighboring cities for the SR council's decision not to include you in our festivities, as you have always done for us. Secondly, I want to apologize to the residents for the council's decision not to provide a spectacular celebration of our country's independence. And to the SR police, I'm sure you will all enjoy your over-the-top OT pay and fat Pensions after 20 yrs of svc, while the rest of us work until age 70 to receive half what you're getting....

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Posted by Rise
a resident of San Ramon
on May 1, 2012 at 6:31 am

What wonderful memories of the fireworks show we'll always have of the 10 years we lived in San Ramon! We'd have a big barbeque in our back yard up on Derby Drive, and just before the 9 pm show, we'd line up rows of chairs. I remember when the sky jumpers would hop out of their planes into the park. Great times! Gone now. Sad.

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