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March 4, 2014 > County Supervisors consider July 4 fireworks

County Supervisors consider July 4 fireworks

Submitted By Janice Rombeck

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a request by Supervisor Dave Cortese to explore options to support the once-annual July 4th Community Event and fireworks display in Downtown San Jose.

This event was a favorite destination of residents across the county but was eliminated as a result of budget cuts by the City of San Jose. Supervisor Cortese proposed to bring back the event to help cut down on the use of illegal fireworks around the holiday month.

The proposal would provide $70,000, with $20,000 used for outreach and education about the dangers of illegal fireworks, and $50,000 supporting the event, including adequate police and fire safety personnel. It also encourages a matching grant from the City of San Jose.

ÒI am very concerned about use of illegal fireworks on July 4, some of which is due to the lack of education about the dangers that illegal fireworks pose to the community and the lack of safe, regulated fireworks displays,Ó Cortese said.

Residents across the county have raised the issues in community meetings, asking government officials for help.

ÒWe know that this is a problem in Santa Clara County,Ó Cortese said. ÒIn 2013, fire departments in Santa Clara County responded to at least eight firework related incidents.Ó

For more information, please contact Janice Rombeck at (408) 299-5030 or janice.rombeck@bos.sccgov.org.

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