September 17, 2021
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Measure D heats up Rohnert Park

  • Photo from The Community Voice files

September 10, 2021

To clear up confusion:

A “Yes” vote on Measure D means Ordinance 954 would be enacted and the city’s regulation would be amended to prohibit the sale and use of safe and sane fireworks in the City of Rohnert. Park.

A “No” vote means Ordinance 954 would not be enacted and the sale and use of safe and sane fireworks would continue to be allowed in the City of Rohnert Park.

A special election is being held September 14 after a citizen protested Ordinance 954. This ordinance, which was approved April 27 by Rohnert Park City Council, prohibited the sale and use of fireworks in Rohnert Park.

Since the petition was filed with Rohnert Park, the ordinance was suspended. Later, in May, the city council examined the petition and called for the September 14 special election.

All Rohnert Park active voters should have by now received a vote by mail ballot.

A ballot measure committee is an individual or group receiving $2,000 or more in a calendar year for qualification, passage or defeat of a ballot measure. Two such committees have been founded in Rohnert Park: one in favor of Measure D and one opposing it.

The City of Rohnert Park has been fortunate that no structures were burned on July 4th; however back in 2011 a roof was torched on a Rohnert Park apartment complex leaving over 30 people without a home (on a personal note, my nephew was burned completely out of his apartment).

Other than TNT, who has contributed a hefty $100,000, so far there are other non-profit groups that have raised large sums of money.

What has been found on record from city hall is over $3,000 was used for professional services such as legal and accounting. Over $4,000 is used for campaign paraphernalia and costs pertaining to internet and  emails, literature and other mailing, postage and delivery and messenger service, office expenses, campaign mailings, postage and delivering service has chewed up nearly $10,000.

A political campaign firm in Oakland spent over $63,000, a law firm in Sacramento used $10,000 for Facebook and a phone campaign firm in Oregon used over $6,000. Does anyone realize how much money is being thrown for the campaign just to have a good time for the 4th of July, but the residents of Rohnert Park must worry if homes will be damaged or burned because of the fireworks. It usually is the illegal fireworks that come from out of state and out of country.