Assemblyman Travis Allen's Beach Fire Rings Bill is Extinguished ... This Year

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OC Weekly
Travis Allen is burning mad.
Legislation by a local assemblyman to "save" beach bonfires along the coast is dead ... at least for this year.

Assembly Bill 1102 by Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) was aimed at thwarting efforts by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to move or eliminate hundreds of fire rings, a notion that had been put in motion by the Newport Beach City Council following complaints by beach-side residents.

Last week, the Senate Committee on Appropriations chose to hold AB 1102, which essentially means it's dead this year.

"With the decision today of the Democrats to side with the SCAQMD in holding AB 1102, they sent the message that politics trumps the voice of the people," says Allen in an article he "released" to Orange County Breeze ("News of Northwest Orange County, CA").

But Allen vows to continue the fight, noting that his legislation delayed SCAQMD plans to monkey with the coastal fire pits.

Of course, Allen is going to need some help. As the Breeze article notes in its conclusion, he would have to be re-elected in November to be in a position to reintroduce AB 1102 next year.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!



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fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

Hey NIMBYs...don't buy a house right next to a public beach and then complain because the public actually exercises its right to enjoy that beach...fire rings and all!

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

Next we'll be told that it was OK to install the fire rings after the folks purchased the property.


Reminds of the people who built and bought next to Miramar then complained about the noise the navy jets made.

MeToo
MeToo

 "a notion that had been put in motion by the Newport Beach City Council following complaints by beach-side residents."


This should read;  a notion that had been put in motion by the Newport Beach City Council following complaints by one very rich beach-side resident.


Lets not be fooled here. There is one rich and connected asshole living on the beach in Newport that is driving this whole thing. He does not like them near his home so he wants everyone screwed over to satisfy his whims.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@fishwithoutbicycle If the fire rings are deemed an air quality issue I believe any homeowner on that beach should be fined if they have a backyard fire pit they use.  


MeToo
MeToo

@MatthewTCoker @MeToo not on the tip of my tongue here, But do some digging into this issue as far as local press and TV news coverage (even the Weekly too.) and the guys name should pop up. He was the main one pushing for this deal. His home on the beach is adjacent to the Newport fire pits.

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