Reminder: fireworks ban in effect this Halloween in Fort St. John

first_imgWhen the Fort St. John bylaw came into effect, it also prohibited the sale of fireworks within the city. The response from retailers has been mixed, with some complaining that the business they used to get has now moved to the Regional District, but Burrows maintains it shouldn’t matter as they’re still not allowed to set them off in the city. He adds he’s heard from at least one store that they’re relieved due to the hassle of storing unsold fireworks safely. “If you get a large inventory or shipment of fireworks and you don’t sell them, you’re responsible to store them safely until next year,” he says. “That was a problem for that particular retailer, and now that the playing field is even, nobody can sell them in town. I don’t think they’re losing any sleep over it.” “Typically it hasn’t been bad,” he says. “It’s a fairly responsible community. It’s a young community, and everybody’s worried about their children, so it’s pretty good that way.” The fire department won’t be out hunting down those in contravention of the fire prevention bylaw, but is prepared to respond to any complaints. Since its inception in March, Burrows says he hasn’t had any. “There’s no way we can stop people from doing it, but if we do receive a complaint we go to investigate,” he explains. ”They can be fined under the bylaw or after hours the RCMP may, if it’s a real problem, deal with it themselves or call the bylaw people to deal with it.” – Advertisement -At less than a year, it’s too soon to tell what effect the new ban will have on fireworks-related fire numbers. However, Surrey Deputy Fire Chief Jon Caviglia says their community has seen a major drop in incidents since the city decided to only allow the use of fireworks on a permit basis. “In 2004, before we had a requirement to have a permit, we had 90 fire-related calls to fireworks on Halloween,” he says. “In 2005, when the permit requirement came in, it dropped to 18, and it has since dropped down to about five we average over the last four or five years.” Advertisement Caviglia adds that just having the regulations can also help parents control their children’s use of fireworks, as it’s simply not permitted in the city. “It allows police in your city to confiscate from teenagers if they’re out in the streets using them, and they can actually fine them,” although he admits confiscation is likely more common than fines. Locally, Chief Burrows also believes that having provincial rules on the use of fireworks would help with other issues. Residents can buy fireworks only 10 minutes outside of town in Charlie Lake, where the local bylaw is no longer in effect unless a provincial fire ban is in effect. Unlawfully discharging fireworks in the PRRD comes with a $100 fine under Bylaw No. 860, 1994. “It really gets out of hand being unregulated in the Regional District, particularly in the summer months when you’re in between or in the fringe of having a shutdown because of fire season,” he argues. “If there’s a provincial rule and cut and dry guidelines, it would probably make it a lot easier for everybody.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Experts expected slowdown in home sales, housing starts

first_imgThe experts said it was going to be like this. Home sales and new residential construction started the year with a lot less energy than in 2005. That’s where the similarity ends. Sales fell off a cliff in the San Fernando Valley (down 31.6 percent), Los Angeles County (down 23.5 (percent) and the state (down 24.1 percent) in January. The experts didn’t expect that. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Whether the plunge results in a fatal wound remains to be seen. New home, apartment and condo construction just slid down a small hill. It’s off 10 percent from January 2005, according to the California Building Industry Association. And that’s not so bad because January 2005 got off to an extremely strong pace, the Sacramento group said. This January, developers were issued 12,357 building permits, 1,430 fewer than a year ago. It breaks down to 9,036 single-family homes (down 10.4 percent from January 2005) and 3,321 apartments and condominiums (also down 10.4 percent from January 2005). Alan Nevin, the association’s chief economist, said the January results matched his building forecast for the entire year. And he thinks that activity will pick up in the second quarter. “Despite the naysayer predictions for 2006, the permit count for the first month of 2006 is only modestly off from January 2005,” he said. He is equally bullish on the resale market, which is off to its slowest start in nearly a decade. But 2005 was one of the strongest years for sales since 1988. “I’m betting that the resale market rebounds by spring. There are still people looking for homes and, by spring, they will be back in the market,” he said. This year, Nevin predicts that developers will obtain permits for between 185,000 and 205,000 homes, condominiums and apartments, compared to about 213,000 in 2004 and 208,000 in 2005. That, coupled with a rising resale inventory, should work to cool appreciation rates, which began the year in double digits. “I’m really surprised,” Nevin said about the divergent paths taken by sales and prices. “I thought there would be some serious flattening out in … parts of coastal California and it really hasn’t happened yet.” Deals of Note Thibiant International Inc., a manufacturer of skin- and hair-care products, increased its footprint in Chatsworth. The company has signed a five-year lease valued at $2.6 million for 71,926 square feet of industrial space in the 20000 block of Nordoff St. The deal illustrates the continued strength of the Valley’s industrial market, said John DeGrinis, senior vice president of Colliers International, who helped broker the deal with company associate Partick DuRoss. DeGrinis said this is the company’s fifth distribution facility in the Valley. Industrial vacancy rates in the Valley now range from 1.9 percent to 2.2 percent. “It’s extremely tight,” he said of the market. “We’re really concerned where the supply is going to come from in the future.” DeGrinis and DuRoss represented Thibiant. Bennett Robinson of CBRE represented the lessor, Amir Development Co./Amiscope Properties. Thibiant executives could not be reached for comment. Over in the East Valley, Grubb & Ellis Co. reports that Xebec Development Co. in a joint venture with IDS Real Estate, both based in Los Angeles, bought an 80,000-square-foot industrial building on 152,000 square feet of land in Burbank for $9 million. The partnership plans to turn it into a creative office complex in a $30 million redevelopment project. The property, at 210 S. Victory Blvd., is already getting interest from a variety of potential users, including entertainment firms, national fitness centers and hotels, said Grubb & Ellis’ Brendan Monaghan and Bart Pucci, who will be marketing the development and represented Xebc and IDS. A variety of development options are being considered, including converting the property for use by a single tenant or breaking it up into office condos. Monaghan and Pucci said the facility is available for immediate short-term production and filming during the marketing and architectural planning process. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsNORWALK – Monday is the last day to register to vote in the June 6 primary election. People wishing to register must be U.S. citizens and not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony. Voters must also be at least 18 years old by election day. Voter registration forms are available at libraries, fire stations, post offices and city clerk offices throughout the county. To register online, log onto The Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk’s office in Norwalk provides election information and help from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. weekdays. For more information, call (562) 466-1310. Avocado Festival slated for Saturday LA HABRA HEIGHTS – The city’s annual Avocado Festival will be held from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the park, 1885 Hacienda Road. There will be food; bluegrass, pop and Hawaiian music; and a variety of games and other events. The festival also will include 20 agriculture-related exhibits and a $10 hot air balloon ride. Admission is free. For more information, call Carol Engelhardt, (562) 697-1258. Hospital guild to host fundraiser MONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital Guild will hold a used book sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in at the hospital, 100 E. Harding Street. The guild will also hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. June 8 in the hospital’s guild center parking lot. There will also be a boutique and bake sale with some of the best hot dogs in town. All proceeds from guild fundraising efforts benefit Beverly Hospital’s projects. For more information, call Lillian Gaitan, (323) 721-7189. VFW post hosts fundraiser dinner LA MIRADA – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., will hold a lasagna dinner fundraiser beginning at 6 p.m. tonight. A donation of $7 per person is suggested. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. Women invited to free health clinic PICO RIVERA – Women are encouraged to attend “Fiesta de la Salud,” a health fair featuring the Women’s Health Mobile Clinic and sponsored by 58th District Assemblyman Ron Calderon, D-Montebello. The event, from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. Saturday at 9406 E. Washington Blvd., at the Big Saver Foods store, will offer free comprehensive health screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, as well as gynecological testing, pap tests and clinical breast exams. All tests are preformed in private rooms inside the clinic’s mobile touring centers. Although the event is free, organizers recommend making an appointment for screenings and tests. To schedule a time for testing, call (800) 793-8090. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Authorities have identified a motorcyclist who died in a collision earlier this week as 25-year-old Phillip George Plasko III of Buena Park. Plasko was riding his motorcycle north on Greenleaf Avenue at about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday when he ran into the side of a pickup truck driving west on Foxley Drive. Plasko was thrown from his motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Monday is last day to register to vote last_img read more