ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 8, 2017) — Anaheim’s City Council voted to introduce a new fireworks sales program that would allow schools and other nonprofits to raise money by operating their own stands in the city.
In April, the Council is expected to implement the new policy allowing 16 nonprofit fireworks stands in the city.
Under the new policy, eight stands would be run by Anaheim’s high schools: Anaheim High School, Canyon High School, Esperanza High School, Katella High School, Loara High School, Magnolia High School, Savanah High School and Western High School.
The remaining eight stands would be run by nonprofits selected randomly through an annual lottery. The nonprofits would have to be based in Anaheim with a track record of serving the community.
“Fireworks sales can be a great thing that brings the community together,” Mayor Tom Tait said. “This proposal will do that by putting fundraising directly in the hands of schools and nonprofits and most importantly, will vastly increase the amount of money they raise.
This new plan will mark an evolution in fireworks sales in Anaheim.
In 1986, Anaheim voters opted to prohibit the sale of safe and sane fireworks out of fire and safety concerns.
In 2014, voters agreed to bring back the regulated sale and use of safe and sane fireworks in Anaheim, starting in 2015.
Since then, the city has run a pilot program with centralized fireworks sales at Honda Center, with a second west Anaheim location added in 2016.
Both schools and nonprofits have shared in proceeds. Much of which went to cover the costs of operating the stand and the Anaheim Hills fireworks show, while a small share has gone to schools and nonprofits.
With the proposed change, schools and nonprofits would receive a far greater share of the proceeds from their sales and by staffing their own stands.
This new model will benefit schools as far west as Western High School and as far east as Canyon High School, helping them raise significant new funds for their school programs.
And in Anaheim Hills, where the public sale of fireworks is banned because of high fire risk, the 4th of July celebration, a 30 year tradition, will continue to serve the community with business, volunteer and city support.
The Anaheim Hills 4th of July Celebration includes a 5K/10K run, a dog show, parade, concert and fireworks show.
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