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Jul 02
2008

Fireworks & Fire Danger

Posted by Bruce Robinson in public safety , news , media , law enforcement , government

Bruce Robinson

 

 Fireworks stands like this are legal in Petaluma, Sonoma, Sebastopol, and some other California cities, where they are major money-makers for local non-profits. But firefighters say the potential wildfire risks outweigh the benefits to the community groups.

So far, the North Bay has mostly avoided the spate of wildfires that have flared across California. Santa Rosa Fire Chief Bruce Varner has a suggestion on how to keep that good fortune continuing.

You can see an interactive map of the current fires in California here .

 

Simply possessing fireworks such as these is illegal throughout California, as Santa Rosa Fire Chief Bruce Varner explains in this audio clip.

 

 

 

 

Jul 01
2008

Tasers

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Sonoma , rights , policy , peace , news , law enforcement , Health , gadgets , community engagement

Bruce Robinson

Concerns about “usage creep,” in which tasers are used when other methods might be more appropriate, were raised in the 2005 report Stun Gun Fallacy: How the Lack of Taser Regulation Endangers Lives , published by the ACLU of Northern California in 2005.

 

Tasers are aggressively marketed by the manufacturer, Taser International. Their latest model, the C2, is designed for personal use (only in self-defense of course) and comes in 9 designer colors.

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