AD72’s Travis Allen has come out foursquare against the AQMD’s move to ban Fire Rings from southern California beaches. Allen is also a surfer and grew up in Huntington Beach, the city he now partly represents in the State Legislature.
Allen will have no difficulties in supporting the movement that’s growing to fight the arbitrary BAN that’s been proposed by AQMD Chair William Burke as reported in this 4/09 Register piece (outside the paywall): Vote on fire rings’ fate is delayed. AQMD will be postponing its previously scheduled May 3rd hearing, apparently until June.
Allen’s office is considering a beach rally and bonfire to send the AQMD the strong message that HB’s Fire Rings won’t be removed without its Board hearing the outcry from beach goers, local merchants and the city council. As suggested yesterday, we believe that Burke and his cronies need to be formally invited to hold their June meeting at the HB City Council Chamber, or at least visit a regular Monday Council meeting to hear from Allen’s constituents and the electeds. Burke rudely, we understand, blew off HB Mayor Connie Boardman when she’d made that suggestion to him last week. Burke has also inappropriately compared the evening beach fires to carpet bombing during the Vietnam War.