By Sheryl Hamlin
Two citizens at the July 17, 2019 Santa Council meeting spoke on illegal fireworks.
Greg Calkins, who attended last year on the same topic, said the issue was not only pets, but people with PTSD for whom the fireworks bring back troubling memories. He had three ideas: 1) social host laws for illegal fireworks which numerous cities have enacted, 2) city wide campaign about the dangers of fireworks and 3) signs everywhere indicating fines for the use of fireworks. He told the council about a tragedy in Visalia where an illegal firework hit a tree, the flaming branch fell on a house which burned and killed the owner and his 13 Chihuahuas.
Pat Kennedy also spoke on fireworks saying these were good ideas, but we need to start now to prepare for 2020. We should involve Ventura County Fire Protection District, Santa Paula Police Department and surrounding cities. Laws can be changed to enforce the illegality of the fireworks. She also suggested citizen meetings to improve the plan. Council is a one-way conversation, but a citizens’ council would be useful. She was disappointed that more of the vociferous members of Nextdoor did not attend to speak. Now is the time to start, she reiterated.
Read about the Kern County Social Host liability for fireworks here.
Note that previously in the Santa Paula Police Department Report given by Cmdr Varner, the statistics on the July 4th arrests were reported. There were 180 calls on the 4th of July with 60 relating to fireworks. From that, the SPPD issued 3 citations, confiscated illegal fireworks and issued numerous warnings. He reminded the audience that the SPPD must actually catch people in the act of using the fireworks to cite.
City Manager Rock announced his acceptance of the top job in Yuba City saying that it was a difficult decision. He was impressed how the citizens appreciated city government in Santa Paula and had enjoyed his two year tenure. He would be in Santa Paula for the next 30 days to help with transition.
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