See Update No. 2 on page 2 about a proposal from the mayors of Santa Ana and Newport Beach to reduce the number of fire rings in the beach city and convert some remaining into cleaner-burning pits. Update No. 1 on the next page is about air-quality regulators softening their hardline stance before this afternoon's town hall meeting.
ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 5, 8 A.M.: The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), whose board could vote on whether to ban beach bonfires at a July meeting, will collect public sentiments on the burning issue June 13 in Newport Beach. That's fitting since Newport Beach set the events in motion that led to the AQMD getting involved in the first place.
And yet, Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry, who favors removing the cement fire rings from his shoreline, had expressed no interest in hosting the AQMD. Anyone else confused?