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Travis Allen's bonfire bill passes committee

California Legislature

ASSEMBLYMAN TRAVIS ALLEN

Bill to Protect Beach Bonfires Passes Out of Committee

Assembly Bill 1102 protects the beloved community pastime of beach bonfires in fire rings

SACRAMENTO –Assembly Bill 1102, which will protect beach bonfires for all Californians passed out of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations with unanimous bipartisan support.

“Beach bonfires are an activity enjoyed by people from all across California, including those who cannot afford multi-million dollar beachfront homes. This legislation will ensure that every Californian has access to our beautiful beaches through the affordable attraction of a beach bonfire,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen. “It’s important that we work together to protect our environment while preserving this historic, safe, and inexpensive family recreational tradition on our beaches.”

It would be hard to imagine the Orange County Coast without fire rings on the beach. While I sympathize with the need to reduce pollution in Orange County, the community must support any action to address the need. I want to support our cities’ actions that will ensure they are in compliance with both Rule 444 and the Coastal Act – we must work collaboratively to protect our beautiful resources,” said Assembly Member Quirk-Silva.

The SCAQMD recently enacted regulations that would result in the removal of many Orange County fire rings. This rule affects bonfire rings in Orange and Los Angeles counties, and is set to go into effect on March 1, 2014.

AB 1102 would protect the Southern California tradition of beach bonfires by requiring the South Coast Air Quality Management District to work with local cities and other coastal oversight agencies to prove that there will be no loss of beach access, no harm to local economies, and that any environmental concerns are addressed before a city can remove the fire rings from the beaches in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

The legislation follows the unanimous passage of ACR 52, which supports access to California’s beaches and the continued enjoyment of the community tradition of beach bonfires. ACR 52 received overwhelming support from both Houses of the Legislature and had 60 co-authors in the Assembly.

“This is an issue that has united many people in my district and around our state regardless of political, socioeconomic, or cultural background. AB 1102 will safeguard necessary coastal access protections and environmental matters while protecting the unique and historic activity of a California beach bonfire.” said Assemblyman Allen.

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  1. vernnelson

    Wow, Travis is on a roll. Can he do something for puppies next? Chocolate?

  2. TOM GILLILAN

    AB-1102

    “It is “intended to protect not only historical California tradition but millions in revenue for cities, counties and the state,” Allen said on the Assembly floor.”

    Shows what greed is all about. Greed trumps public health every time here in greed driven California.

    SMOKE MONGERS DESTROY AIR QUALITY IN CALIFORNIA CITIES

    There are thousands of studies and case histories showing the serious health hazards associated with smoke exposure and smoke pollution. Assemblyman Allen shows us that he is incapable of understanding serious arguments concerning human health and he obviously lacks the inclination to expand his thinking abilities to learn.

    THE NUMBER ONE PROVEN CAUSE OF ASTHMA IN CHILDREN IS SMOKE POLLUTION

    The people burning wood, no matter where they are–whether they are in the middle of a residential neighborhood or on the beach–are going to burn wood even if it kills their fellow humans, and often times it does. They want what they want–and to hell with the other guy. THEY HAVE THE ATTITUDE OF A CRIMINAL

    The problem with air pollution in California–Ten out of ten of the most air polluted cities in the nation are in California–the problem is that people with low to no health literacy, such as Allen, make the decisions that give us this extremely unhealthy breathing air in California.

    BURNING WOOD IN A BEACH FIRE RING FOR ONE MONTH EQUALS THE AIR POLLUTION PRODUCED BY MORE THAN ONE MILLION CARS.

    We pay for this smoke pollution with disease and shortened life spans, while health illiterates such as Allen laugh all the way to the bank.

    THE PRESENT SYSTEM CRIES OUT FOR REFORM