I’m going to keep this one brief.
In the LB Herald article titled Long Beach fireworks will go on, City Council Member John McLaughlin was quoting saying:
“I’d rather see someone hired back. I appreciate the sponsors with the fireworks and everything, but … I’d feel terrible watching the fireworks go off while someone’s sitting at home that could have been working.”
With all due respect to Mr. McLaughlin, I disagree 100%. Yes, we are going to have fireworks this year (July 13th). The cost will be covered by local sponsers and 18th Annual Kennedy Plaza Fine Arts Show fees and won’t cost the city a dime. In the grand scheme of things, the cost of this event is minimal. And let’s face it, how many people can the city hire for $42,000? And would it be a job that is really needed?
If there were no fireworks, it would really bring the morale of the city down big time. I am just sick and tired of this attitude that all fun has to go away because of the economy. There are ways to get things done without the use of taxpayer money. Kudos to City Manager Jack and the three members of city council who voted YES on this and for finding a way to keep this event.