Two potentially hot issues are on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Stanton City Council.
Councilmember Gary Taylor has requested a discussion on the future sale and use of “safe and sane” fireworks within city limits.
Stanton is one of 10 cities in Orange County where those pyrotechnics can be sold and discharged. The others are Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, Villa Park and Westminster.
Those fireworks are sold as fund-raisers for various non-profit organizations such as booster clubs and service groups.
Much of the problem that cities have had with Fourth of July fireworks has revolved around illegal devices, or the altering of the “safe and sane” – as certified by the state fire marshal – variety so as to be illegal.
However, law enforcement officials state that the discharge of the legal variety makes it difficult to enforce the ban against the unlawful products. As a general rule, any device that leaves the ground is against the law.
Also Tuesday night, the council will take up a request by Councilmember Carol Warren to consider a cost-of-living increase in the compensation paid to members of the city council. At present, Stanton councilmembers are paid $850 a month.
In January the Garden Grove City Council approved a raise from $486.05 per month to $1,312.35, with the mayor receiving an additional $200 per month. The raises will be effective on Jan. 1, 2023.
The council will meet in person at Stanton City Hall, 7800 Katella Ave., west of Beach Boulevard.
I have never understood the logic of banning safe and sane fireworks in order to control illegal ones. Simply put, if they fly, they are illegal.. If they stay on the ground, the fireworks are deemed safer. LA does not have legal fireworks sales but does that stop or limit illegal fireworks? Try flying into LAX on the 4th of July and decide for yourself.