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Mailbag: Liquor rules should apply to existing businesses too

July 10, 2013

The new rules for businesses in downtown Huntington Beach are meaningless if they don't apply to existing businesses and just to new businesses.

I thought there was a ban on new businesses selling alcohol anyway. It's the current businesses that are causing the problems. It seems the city is more worried about these existing businesses and their patrons than the community affected.

Meanwhile, we need parking north of the pier. For five days over the Fourth of July weekend, the only city parking lots north of the pier were closed to allow for the setting up of booths.

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These booths took up less than a quarter of the lots, but the whole lots were closed down to allow parking for support vehicles and people working the booths. It looked like almost half the spaces were going unused on one of the year's busiest weekends.

I don't believe these booths generate as much income as parking fees would have. Even if they do, we shouldn't be cutting back on already inadequate parking to provide a venue for short-time vendors.

Rather, we should do everything we can to increase business for the permanent businesses, which pay exorbitant rent and taxes.

Jeff Barnes

Huntington Beach

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Charging for paper bags is not OK

Paper bags are free now, so why charge 10 cents a bag after plastic bags are banned?

Before we had plastic bags, we only had paper — free of charge. The only reason I can see is to control our behavior. They want us all to use the germ-infected reusable cloth bags.

Judy Russell

Huntington Beach

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Legal fireworks are big mistake

The approval of fireworks in Huntington Beach was a big mistake by the City Council.

It seemed to pave the way for the use of illegal fireworks without any controls. This combination is foolish and unsafe and should be stopped before kids lose fingers or eyes.

As a healthcare professional, I would ban fireworks before more kids are injured or homes endangered by illegal rockets shot into the air. The noise is equally insane and a disturbance for animals and humans.

I support professional shows to celebrate the Fourth.

Andrew R. Einhorn

Huntington Beach

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Fireworks make for a stressful holiday

The approval in Huntington Beach of "safe and sane" fireworks opened the door wide for the unsafe and insane varieties.

Offering a phone number to report illegal fireworks was nothing but a pacifier. Do you really think we had enough police to cover all of the calls? I feel sorry for the police and fire personnel who had to be on duty for all of this.

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