Jerry’s Journeys

Jerry Jambazian
July 4, 2013 • 513 views

How have you been holding up under this heat? We have been reaching triple digit temps for a few days now. If you feel like you are not getting enough heat you are welcome to spend a few hours at my cleaners with 105 pounds of steam pressure. Usually we don’t get this weather in June so dress lightly and drink plenty of water. I don’t know if El Monte has any cooling centers but Temple City has designated either the Council Chambers or Live Oak Park as the place to be during extreme heat conditions.
I would like to use my remaining space to share a letter in part that I presented to the Temple City Council on July 17, 2012:
“I have a message for all the people that have absolutely no sense whatsoever – especially regarding the animals and the children they scare with their use of illegal fireworks that they light off on every Fourth of July. 

The cities in which we all live do their best (at no cost to the general public) which is rare these days, of displaying controlled safe fireworks for everyone to enjoy. 

But still, what happens on July 4 shows that the rest of you have no regard for the safety of the rest of us. These people just continue to set off loud, exploding bombs that put people on edge past midnight every Fourth of July. 

If these people’s goal is to make the rest of us feel what it is like living in a war zone, they’ve made their point! 

I take it that you have never been in a war zone like our veterans that have gone off to war. If you had, I don’t think you would be lighting off all those unwanted firework “bombs.” In some cases it brings back terrible memories from many decades ago.
Fireworks add a colorful and fun spark to many Fourth of July celebrations.  They’re a source of joy and awe for the young and old, alike.  And while many Independence Day fireworks are enjoyed without incident, every year, thousands of people are injured in fireworks accidents—some are even killed.  That’s why it’s important to remember that fireworks are explosive devices that can cause injury if mishandled.  It’s also important to know that no matter how carefully some fireworks are handled, injuries can still be caused by defective fireworks.
I personally know of people who make a pilgrimage to Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada to purchase illegal fireworks to be discharged in our city.
These are the fireworks that not only produce a loud noise, but also a concussion. I might also all that they scar the streets and folks leave all their debris in the street.
Temple City has a long history of allowing the sale of fireworks dating back to before incorporation. At the July 19, 1988 regular City Council meeting there were many concerns from residents concerning fireworks. There was a 3-2 vote to put the sale of fireworks in Temple City on the November ballot. With 12,077 ballots cast regarding Proposition PP. Yes votes totaled 5,937 and no votes totaled 6,140. The measure to not allow the sale of fireworks was defeated by 203 votes.
County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich reminds residents preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July that fireworks of any kind are illegal in Los Angeles County.
“While some cities allow “safe and sane” fireworks, fireworks, of any kind, are illegal in Los Angeles County,” said Antonovich. The penalties for possession or use of illegal fireworks can range from a fine of up to $1000, to one year in county jail.
“With fire season upon us, it is vital that our County residents understand that fireworks can cause brush fires, house fires, millions of dollars in damages, injuries and even death,” said Antonovich. “Our firefighters risk their lives protecting lives and property — they deserve our help in preventing further fire emergencies.”
Certain products like m-80′s and m-100′s are considered explosives and are a felony to possess with penalties as high as 16 months in state prison. Parents are also liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.
I realize that many of the youth groups derive their income from the fireworks booth. I also realize that it is a select few that diligently work the booth for the benefit of parents who cannot or will not.
I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but there may be other creative ways of generating income for these groups. Pumpkin Patch, Christmas Tree sales (which make money for commercial businesses). Another way would be to paint address numbers on curbs. As many cities have, I am in favor of having an all day 4th of July fireworks extravaganza and show at Temple City High School stadium. Advance tickets could be sold, groups could set up game and food booths, there could be a pre-concert by a band, and then the fireworks show in the evening.
The 10 or 12 groups represented would then evenly split the proceeds from the net of the ticket sales. They would also be able to keep all the net proceeds from their individual booths.
As I said, I don’t have all the answers, but Kiwanis was faced with this same dilemma several years ago and found even a better source for funding.”
I am happy to announce my new website dedicated to everything Temple City. It captures the spirit and community of a great city. Check it out at www.templecityphotos.com to see recent photo and video events. I would welcome your comments at jerry@templecityphotos.com

See you soon…

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