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Council considers canceling fireworks, will create new July 4 program

Original post made on Feb 16, 2012

The San Ramon City Council spent nearly two hours Tuesday evening discussing the pros and cons of putting on the aerial fireworks display this summer as part of the city's Independence Day celebration at Central Park. Its huge popularity through the years has caused concern at City Hall regarding public safety and cost.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 11:27 PM

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Posted by Dave
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 16, 2012 at 5:43 am

Story needs to be updated. The Patch is reporting that the decision has been made to cancel the July 4 fireworks show. Too bad!

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Danville
on Feb 16, 2012 at 7:01 am

If San Ramon cant live up to their end of the relationship on 4th of July, then Danville should not allow them to participate in the Danville 4th of July parade. After all we have to host their residents and all the traffic issues and extra costs it creates. We dont need to see a Mayor from San Ramon clog our streets asking us to spend money in their town when they wont reciprocate with festivities we all share in.

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Posted by Danville Mom
a resident of Danville
on Feb 16, 2012 at 7:37 am

Tom, I agree to what you're saying about our Fourth of July parade. What about all of the other wonderful festivities our town holds that attracts people from all around the bay such as "Hot Summer Nights"??

As an 18 year resident of Danville, yes, I've seen the crowds get larger at the firework display but we've never had a problem with the traffic. We just wait patiently and talk about what we just experienced.

What a shame it would be to end such a wonderful statement of patriotism that so many enjoy!

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Posted by Danville Fan
a resident of Danville
on Feb 16, 2012 at 8:01 am

Lets start a petition to bar San Ramon from our 4th of July parade and prevent them from coming to hot August nights. We dont need them.

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Posted by [removed]
a resident of another community
on Feb 16, 2012 at 8:02 am

Dear Editor,

Tradition is defined for many as "the excuse we make for the silly things we do repeatedly." Heritage is quite opposite as "the collected wisdom we bring to our pursuits."

It is clear that our corridor could update Independence Day celebrations beyond "A tired Danville Parade and San Ramon bursts bombing in air (subscriber news service headline)" Stan might make that a streetwise question to gather ideas on improving parades, civic gatherings and overall celebration of the freedoms that we enjoy.

What would your readers improve for Independence Day celebrations?

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Posted by Pat
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 16, 2012 at 9:54 am

I hope San Ramon will replace it with some other event that continues to celebrate the great country that we live in and the many blessings we enjoy because of it.

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Posted by Jessica Lipsky
a resident of Danville
on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:47 am


Patch reported the story incorrectly with a misleading headline. While the council is leaning toward canceling the fireworks display, they definitely did not take any official action. Officials have been tasked with coming up with an alternate program which will be discussed at the Feb. 28 meeting.

Jessica Lipsky

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Danville
on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

Fireworks are a tradition for 4th of July and we certainly don't need another parade. I feel sorry for those poor San Ramon people who dont like traffic on the one day year that people come to san ramon to celebrate this country. They are pretty pathetic. What other event do they want. Amazing that a city government that wants people come shop in their town want to give up an opportunity to show off to most of the East Bay what they have to offer. Whats next cancel the memorial day art and wine festival cause they dont like people parking next to the Nob Hill Foods.

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Posted by JRM
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Feb 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

As I read the newspaper article the key issue is the expense of the police force to direct traffic and a radical idea came to my mind: what if in the interest of civic pride and patriotism the police force agree to not get paid that day, they VOLUNTEER their time as a means of giving back to the community and minimizing the economic impact to the town. What the heck, directing traffic is not all that stressful and they would have one of the best views of the fireworks. Our local men in blue have had a few blemishes with corrupt detectives and runaway overtime pay recently and this would be a great PR move for them.

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Posted by frankly
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 17, 2012 at 6:35 am

Remove the giant GROWING expense for a variety of reasons.

Reduce cost based on modeling fireworks which should not be used in the first place in this day and age. Too costly, insurance costs must be astronomical to deal with that one night. Those who still want it, can donate a couple of hundreds each time for the show.

The tens of thousands who show up also bring potential robberies, burglaries, and car incidents which can be avoided.

The city will most likely develop a less troublesome show with less potential harm to visitors, residents, and employees.

You want fireworks, donate the cash to reduce taxpayers costs.

You want fireworks, watch TV for fireworks.

You want fireworks, go to the San Francisco works.

Happy 4th ta ya!!!

Have a super chat at home with family and friends, be peaceful at home.

There is cost and cost always moves up, just because it appears that nothing came out of one's pocket, it does on a hidden level.

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Posted by Theresa N Vista Grande Parent
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Feb 17, 2012 at 7:41 am

I totally agree with the Police donating their time for ONE evening. I have been going to the fireworks show for the last 10 years and I look forward to it every year. It saddens me that San Ramon is concerned about traffic issues, burglaries, car thefts etc. What are the facts on these issues? I don't recall ever reading a mass problem with this. Over all we live in a great community which is why I moved here from Napa 10 years ago. The SR police do have a wonderful view of the fire works while directing traffic which is fairly easy to do. Lets see how hard they will have to work with all the "At Home fireworks" that people will divert too. They will wish they donated their time for fairly easy work.
Lets keep the fireworks not only for our community but for the Children's look in their faces when that Big Boom and Bright lights show up in the sky...That is tradition!
Just my opinion

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Posted by Dave Hudson
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm

The decision for the San Ramon portion of the 4th of July programing has not been made.

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