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Poll: Should It Be Lights Out for July 4th Fireworks Displays Over Water?

Encinitas lawyer Marco Gonzalez has been driving force behind environmental challenges.

Fourth of July fireworks displays at La Jolla Cove and Lake Murray have been traditions for years.  But a new tradition has sprung up: environmentalist challenges to the annual shows.  Encinitas lawyer Marco Gonzalez has given notice that he may continue pressing his case to halt these shows, even with the legal matter on hold. (And the Lake Murray fireworks have been canceled for 2012, says organizer John Pilch.) Should CEQA, the state environmental protection law, apply to once-a-year shows like these?  Or should exceptions be made for displays beloved by many?

Vincent Wallgren, Jr. June 28, 2012 at 05:46 PM
BINGO!!! Nailed it!!! Give that man a cigar!!!
Merrilee Miller June 29, 2012 at 04:53 PM
The representatives of the city do not have the right hire pyrotechnic operators to shoot fireworks over our private property on/adjacent to Lake Murray. The San Diego City Council knows for a fact that the city lost this 1972 quiet title lawsuit. http://law.justia.com/cases/california/calapp3d/19/421.html Ask the San Diego city attorney for proof that the city is on title to APN: 674-010-04-00 & 674-010-09-00. It's simply a title fraud scam. A city can not over turn a superior court judge's ruling and acquire private property via fraud.
Gary Strawn July 02, 2012 at 07:12 PM
As a Member of the Regional Water Quality Control Board, I voted in favor of requiring Discharge Permits for large fireworks displays over water. I believe that there just isn't enough good science, yet, to determine the the effects of fireworks displays on our streams, bays and reservoirs. The permits were made affordable and allowed the fireworks operators to band together in conducting water quality and sediment assessments. Rather than ban fireworks, our hope is that this permitting process will help to make them safer and more enjoyable for all. Some locations or directions may need to change and some the fireworks themselves may change slightly as manufactures move to less toxic chemicals, but hopefully, the shows will go on.
Merrilee Miller August 26, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Bottom line, the city of San Diego is not on title to 2/3rd's of the land that that Lake Murray lies upon. APN: 674-010-04-00 & APN:674-010-09-00 are privately owned and consists of 102.6 acres of private property! A city can not hire pyrotechnic operators to shoot firework over private property. A city can not use FRAUD to acquire private property for an illegal private park. Do your due dilliagence and find out for yourself.
Merrilee Miller January 25, 2013 at 08:51 AM
Sorry, for the above typo. I should have stated that a city can not use FRAUD to acquire private property for an illegal "public" park.

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