UPDATED: Parris to Palmdale: ‘Put fireworks sales on hiatus’

R. Rex Parris

R. Rex Parris

PALMDALE – Should the Palmdale City Council approve fireworks booth permits this 4th of July season, so that safe and sane fireworks can be sold for fundraising purposes?

The council will mull this question at their next meeting on Wednesday (June 5). However, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris is urging Palmdale council members to say no to fireworks this season; he says it is a risk that the community cannot afford to take.

In a letter addressed to Palmdale leaders that was forwarded to the media on Tuesday, Parris writes:

Dear Mayor Ledford and Council Members,

As in years past, you will have the opportunity to consider whether or not “Safe and Sane” fireworks should be permitted to be sold within Palmdale’s City limits at tomorrow evening’s Palmdale City Council meeting. On behalf of the City of Lancaster and in the interest of all citizens of the Antelope Valley, I am writing to implore you to consider putting fireworks sales on hiatus for the 2013 4th of July season.

With a record lack of rain in the past year, extreme weather conditions facing the Antelope Valley have led to circumstances that are ripe for disastrous fires affecting thousands of local residents. This fact is currently being demonstrated by the Powerhouse Fire, which has burned more than 32,000 acres, caused the emergency evacuation of thousands of people, and destroyed several homes. At 60% containment, the fire has required the assistance of over 2,100 firefighters from throughout the state, with costs of fighting the fire – not including damage done –already at over $3 million.

While we understand that fireworks provide a much-needed revenue source for both the City of Palmdale and local nonprofit organizations in these times of economic difficulty, this revenue is simply not worth the immense risk. We understand and appreciate that Palmdale engages in increased enforcement efforts to mitigate this risk; however, it would take just one accidental or irresponsible use of these products to spark another significant fire incident. To protect the best interests of both of our cities as well as the surrounding communities, this is a risk we simply cannot afford to take.

We greatly appreciate your thoughtful consideration in this matter. [View the letter here]

Palmdale city staff has recommended that the council approve fireworks booth permits for 44 non-profit organizations, according to a city staff report. The fiscal impact to the City’s General Fund will be $41,536 in revenue, and proceeds from fireworks sales will benefit charitable and non-profit organizations within the community, according to the staff report.

UPDATED: At the council meeting on Wednesday, June 5, the Palmdale City Council approved fireworks booth permits to allow the sale of safe and sane fireworks for the 2013 Fourth of July season.

  102 comments for “UPDATED: Parris to Palmdale: ‘Put fireworks sales on hiatus’

  1. William
    June 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Wow! Just heard Parris on Channel 3 News whining like a little girl about the fireworks in Palmdale. He is so pathetic. Then, he went off on John Mlyner whose name he couldn’t pronounce and and the power plant and the San Andreas Fault (whose fault?) cause it runs through Palmdale. (Just joking ’bout the fault)

    He said he’s not ‘going after Palmdale or the mayor’ or that he has a grudge against both but we all know that’s a big fat lie.

    When Parris maneuvers to have the Chevy dealership moved to Lancaster or supporting the Walmart in Quartz Hill or the solar farms that affect residents out that way, it’s OK for him to impact his neighbors negatively.

    Doesn’t Rex look like Captain Edward J. Smith of the RMS Titanic? The comparison ends there, well, except every time Captain Rex runs into the iceberg we’ll call The Ledford, Rex comes away all dinged up and the iceberg keeps sailing on course like nothing touched it.

    You must watch the interview on Ch 3. You must. It will bring tears to your eyes………………….from laughing.

    Oh, and Rexxie Boy complained (whined) about people writing negative things ’bout him on the AV Times. He, who is King of Snark in the Antelope Valley, has the thinnest skin of all. Prick it if you wish. He really loves it.

    • sikntired
      June 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      LOL,wish I had.TWC.Hope it makes the AVPress tomorrow.Sorry his feelings are hurt – but wait,he’s.a lawyer,no feelings there.

    • Dan
      July 3, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Keep approving Palmdale its a good thing. Paris it’s all about you and it’s been that way for some time. You just want your fat head in the paper or TV. I can say from personal experience your concern is not genuine . BUTT OUT

  2. William
    June 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    You are too hard on Rex. He is so delicate and sensitive.

  3. Scott Pelka
    June 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    They could sell fireworks in all the empty kiosks on Lancaster blvd. Then the city wont have to raise fee’s to businesses on the blvd.

    • Adam Chant
      June 7, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Fireworks are illegal in the city of Lancaster and unincorporated LA County so that wouldn’t work.
      The City of Lancaster is not raising any fees on businesses on the BLVD.
      The BLVD Association, the association of all of the businesses in the downtown district, is the only entity that could modify fees assessed to downtown business.

      • June 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm

        You my friend have no idea

      • Frank Bourne
        June 7, 2013 at 4:50 pm

        Well here is something you may have missed at the Lancaster City Council’s regular meeting dated May 28th, 2013. The King and his Gang just approved this for the BLVD businesses….

        A. Adopt Resolution No. 13-14, a resolution of the City Council of the City of Lancaster accepting the petitions submitted by Downtown Lancaster property owners in support of establishing a Property-Based Improvement District (PBID) in the downtown area and declaring the intention to establish this PBID.

        B. Set a Public Hearing for July 23, 2013 to consider formation of the District.

        In an effort to satisfy the needs of its members and create a stable, sustainable funding source for the newly revitalized downtown area, The BLVD Association has partnered with the City of Lancaster to initiate the formation of a Property-Based Improvement District (PBID). PBIDs serve as a valuable tool to create sustainable, vibrant downtowns in cities throughout California, including Pasadena, Long Beach, and Sacramento. With the incredible growth catalyzed by the City’s revitalization project, The BLVD has now reached a stage in its evolution at which it must establish a stable funding source in order to ensure the ongoing success of the downtown and its businesses. The activities and programs of the proposed PBID will work to attract new patrons, generate increased revenue, strengthen property values, and help downtown businesses thrive.

        The proposed PBID would replace the existing BID and would assess property owners via their property tax bills in place of charging business owners a fee. It would utilize the resulting funds in the following major categories: Clean and Safe: 30% (i.e. security, enhanced maintenance services, janitorial services); Marketing and Promotions: 50% (i.e. advertising, marketing, special events); Advocacy and Administration: 18% (i.e. staffing to implement PBID programs, tenant attraction and retention); and a contingency (2%). The proposed PBID would be governed by a Board of Directors representing the downtown business and property owners.

        Don’t you feel Lucky now?

        • sikntired
          June 7, 2013 at 5:03 pm

          Gee, could it be that all is not well in the Magic Kingdom?

        • William
          June 7, 2013 at 5:57 pm

          Where is the money for the ‘lipstick’ for the BLVD?

          • sikntired
            June 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

            Sorry, it’s gone ; they used it to make a new sign for Elm Ave.

        • Adam Chant
          June 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

          It’s a matter of semantics here… please read the resolution and you can see who is submitting the request to establish the PBID and who is accepting it.
          Businesses submitted intent to City..
          So if it’s eventually approved then the businesses will be assessing a fee on themselves.
          If you read up on the California code for a PBID you will see that it’s very specific in what can and can’t be done by both the city and the PBID organization.
          If you are truly interested in the facts and details of the PBID contact Makeda and ask her to investigate it. I’m sure she will interview the respective parties and write a great story about it.

          • GillEGulch
            June 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm

            Someone needs to do an investigative story on Lancaster. Theres a ton of material to write about. It would make a helluva movie.

          • Frank Bourne
            June 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

            The problem Adam is the PBID is influenced by the City of Lancaster and the same with the previous organization. Ever asked the question, Why is the City of Lancaster keep raising money for a BLVD project that has yet to produce a positive effect for its businesses on and off the BLVD? Also, why is the focus only for the BLVD? We have many areas in great need of support and attention like the Outlet Center at the other end of the BLVD project. What about the Light Industrial areas that have yet to be installed like the one at Lancaster Blvd and Division St. Spent a lot of money to water storage and nothing for the Industrial Site. The Cities greatest revenue comes from Industrial developments.

          • Adam Chant
            June 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

            Maybe you don’t see (or flat out refuse to see) the whole picture. The economic impact of the BLVD has been positively felt by hundreds of businesses on and off the BLVD, questioning that fact is just being dishonest.

            The PBID is an association of businesses that is VOTED on by the businesses.. If other areas want the same influence then they should also create a similar PBID..
            You either don’t understand what a PBID is or you are just arguing for the point of arguing.

            Here is the stupidest part of it all – some people are so blinded by their frustration over Lancaster, Rex, and The BLVD that they can’t even see when things are in their favor.
            The city supports the PBID because they want to unload all of the costs associated with running the various events on the BLVD to the PBID. It will save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars if the PBID is created and that’s one of the reasons why they are supporting it.

    • AV Town Crier
      June 11, 2013 at 5:26 am

      No, Scott. Bad idea. The townsfolk would take those fireworks and burn city hall to the ground. Then they would go to Rex’s castle and burn it to the ground.

  4. Cheryl Ross
    June 6, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Can’t wait to see the list of fundraisers for this years fireworks. It lets me know which organizations to support & which to avoid.

    I have been in areas that had fires, injuries and such from these “fundraisers”. Common sense says this isn’t the year or the place to be firing off any kind of fireworks.

    And really – you can’t be proud of your country and celebrate it with out them? Guess you are the same ones that have no idea that Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Day all mean something other then drinking beer or that Thanksgiving is about more than Christmas sales.

    • Wow!
      June 7, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Read your history. It was Thomas Jefferson that recommended using fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July. I guess Jefferson couldn’t be proud of his country.

  5. Palmdale
    June 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Palmdale to Parris mind your own business

  6. sikntired
    June 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Well, sales have been approved by the city council despite opposition by Mr Parris and a letter from someone named Raymond Paradise.

    • Scott Pelka
      June 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Raymond Paradise… Raymond Rex Parris… do much of a coincidence if you ask me.

  7. William
    June 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I noticed lately that smokers in this dry weather, have their windows open and flick their ashes and most likely their cigarette butts out of the car, especially at stop lights. Unbelievable.

    • sikntired
      June 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      You don’t expect them to dirty their cars do you? Lungs o.k., car clean.Idiocy.

  8. david g
    June 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

    All raymond parris is tryibg to do is get more people to go lancaster firework show and pay for parking….

    • Adam Chant
      June 7, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Get one on him.. go watch the show, but park 1 to 2 miles away on the street.
      You don’t have to pay for parking and you don’t have to spend an hour or more shuffling like a zombie out the gates and fighting traffic out of the facility.
      That will teach him..

  9. Scott Pelka
    June 6, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Hey… Don’t forget that if Palmdale didn’t approve safe and sane fireworks sales then people will just have to travel to far off Rosamond to purchase their stuff. Just on the other side of Rexcaster. Why hasn’t he complained about them selling.

    • William
      June 6, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Cause the wind blows that way. You know how Parris is, a big hypocrite.

  10. Concered
    June 6, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Don’t worry, Rex thinks he “owns” Lancaster, and he thinks he can “own” the Antelope Valley. Rex is on such a high horse, he isn’t going to see it coming.

    Watch out Rex, people do unite! People are sick of the way you run the City, and people do know of all the side deals, and things he has done to push his career.

    Rex – Just please, when the hammer does fall, don’t forget about all those you have screwed in this city over the years, and all the people you crossed and upset. Rex, people don’t forget, and in time they UNITE for change.

    Look out the window Rex, that change is coming quicker that you had ever hoped for!

  11. Nancy P
    June 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Does this mean that Lancaster will NOT be doing fireworks at the fair grounds on the 4th? How about after the ball games?

    • ryeneshia Jackson
      June 10, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      yes because thats when his clan can pass out bussiness cards out lol

  12. Lisa Ott
    June 5, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    As a resident of Palmdale for 26 years, I remember voting for the ballot measure. I do not buy the Safe and Sane fireworks (as prescribed by the law) for the same reason I do not buy lottery tickets (I need my money; I still pay taxes and need to pay my mortgage, water, electric, gas, trash, phone, and my credit card(s)), but I have on occasion. So why am I even replying to this article? I also have common sense to know and have advised my children as well, and I’ve lived in a house next to Angeles National Forest, that lighting a firework of any kind can be disastrous. I went through one fire and one flood in Sylmar (Lake View Terrace) and know the repercussions. If Palmdale were to ban Safe and Sane fireworks, how are you going to stop those that use the illegal fireworks (such as bottle rockets from Mexico) that shoot across the sky and land in an empty lot or in the hills? Unless there is a way to forensically separate the ingredients of Safe and Sane fireworks and those that are illegal (shot in the sky freely), the outcome is going to be illegal. Whether it’s shot in the sky or lit on the ground, the ingredients will be the same and the Fire Marshall will rule that the fire started with a substance, whether that may be a cigarette tossed out the window, an illegal firework shot from the sky, or lighting a “flower” Safe and Sane firework in the middle of the dry poppy field by a senseless individual. The fireworks that are costing money in loss is those from another country, not Safe and Sane. At least with Safe and Sane fireworks, there are at least AMERICANS that are not part of the unemployment line and that are supporting Palmdale’s school athletics and other non-profit agencies. It isn’t the fireworks that are to blame per se, it’s those that don’t use common sense. Just my two cents.

    • Notagain
      June 5, 2013 at 11:26 pm


  13. Frank
    June 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Who really thinks Rex Parris could actually become the Mayor of the AV?

    • Frank
      June 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      I agree. Ever noticed, most of the non Safe and Sane Fireworks flying over our heads are located in Lancaster, mostly in the West Lancaster area?

      • Adam Chant
        June 7, 2013 at 9:37 am

        Last year we sat on a hill and watched the show and one would be hard pressed to pick one city over another as the bulk of the illegal fireworks. For about 2 hours the whole of the AV was lit up, not just Lancaster or Palmdale.
        I will say that someone in east Palmdale had some serious aerial mortars that were as good as the AV Fair’s display.. When we were out there at my in-laws we could hear the ‘frump’ of a mortar leaving a cylinder a block over and as we went home toward QH that night we continued to see them light off the big stuff. There were multiple cop cars in that neighborhood.. I have to assume that guy got caught.. Or at least.. talked to and found to only be using ‘legal’ fireworks..

  14. Frank
    June 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Boy, I am just tired of Mayor Parris and his GANG. We need to ask some questions and challenge some of the changes approved here in Lancaster. First off, How did R. Rex Parris really get his new building and how did the TAX values drop to meet the devalued appraisal and since when did the City of Lancaster have the power to force a foreclosure.

    Why does our Mayor – R. Rex Parris have such close ties to the University of the Antelope Valley? Think about the all the properties the UAV now owns around Lancaster – A Hotel, a Middle School and a Hockey Center. All these properties I am sure value for well over a couple of million and the Middle School and the Hockey Center will cost almost the same amount just to make them usable for the reasons they GIVEN. And to boot, one of the owners sits as a Board Member to the City of Lancaster’s City Council.

    Our Mayor R. Rex Parris and his team received funds from the State to rebuild Lancaster Blvd. and to build low income housing just behind Lancaster Blvd. The blvd is known as a high rent district for businesses and has tried to bring customers to the blvd with events that begin near or at the time most businesses are closing. Now there’s a change in venue coming and again it begins after most businesses are closed and will not benefit from. Plus all the businesses will now have to pay fee’s for this event and other along with the upkeep of the blvd and it’s security. The up keep and the security is already funded through funds it received at the outset of the blvd project and the City of Lancaster spent over $5000.00 per Bicycle (they purchased 4 of these bikes)for the Sheriffs Dept special blvd task force to maintain the security. Has anyone ever seen this special task force anywhere on or near the Lancaster Blvd? I haven’t.

    The City of Lancaster works for you and I. Our Tax dollars are controlled by these misfits and we have the right for an audit and justification for the monies spent. Come to think about it, I wonder what the ratio of our collected tax dollars went to Attorney’s fee’s to fight battles of Mayor R. Rex Parris has begun? I also want to know what this City Council has really accomplished that has benefited our city today?

    Our Mayor is wasting our time and money challenging officials from another city. It is time we grow up and become men, put our ideas together to build and create to best part of LA County and a real Valley that’s united building a better environment for it’s citizens.

    • ResidentCynic
      June 5, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      Well said Frank.

      • Green is a cover-up
        June 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm

        I have heard that Rex Parris and Marvin [removed] Crist are both silent partners with the University of Antelope Vally. That is why they care, way to much about anything that may effect it.

    • William
      June 7, 2013 at 11:51 am

      The other night, there was an infomercial for the UAV on Lancaster’s Time-Warner channel 28 and biography of Johnson, and blah, blah, blah. Did the UAV pay to advertize or what on the city’s channel? Something always smells funny in L-town.

    • Adam Chant
      June 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      For what it’s worth your assessment of The BLVD is inaccurate. Things that are happening are by the request of the business through The BLVD Association.
      Read up on the PBID process and what it takes to create and operate one.. That’s some straight Brown Act lock down…

  15. ryeneshia Jackson
    June 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm


  16. anyone
    June 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I don’t recall a fire (in the AV) ever being started by fireworks, legal or illegal.

    • Hmmm
      June 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Every 4th of July there are tons of brush/grass fires around the AV which are caused by fireworks (usually the illegal kind)… But banning the sale of them isn’t going to stop people from lighting them off.

  17. William
    June 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Poor Rex, and the horse he rode up on, gets no respect. Even when he comes out in favor of something like preventing fires, he no longer has any creds.

    Nobody buys what he’s sellin’.

      June 6, 2013 at 7:09 pm


    • sikntired
      June 6, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Kind of a fetching pic of him, though.

      • William
        June 6, 2013 at 11:31 pm

        That’s not saying much for the canine but I get your point. I’m guessing you like dogs, the real kind.

    June 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm


  19. William
    June 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    My psychic tells me that Rex is setting up this fireworks warning, y’know, in case there is a fire somewhere in Lancaster, he can SUE Palmdale.

    • anyone
      June 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      LMAO William you are so right!

      • Notagain
        June 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm


        • Frank
          June 5, 2013 at 10:24 pm

          Well he’s a lawyer first and Rex needs the extra spending money to spend anywhere else but here in the AV.

          Really, Rex needs a good reason for a raise and what a great opportunity to do so, by to do just as you stated.

  20. Yo Mama
    June 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Are there any more Americans on this Earth, besides me!!??!! I’ll be lightin every firework I can get my hands on because I’M AN AMERICAN with COMMON SENCE!!! THAT’S WHAT TRUE AMERICANS DO TO CELEBRATE OUR FREEDOM!!!!! LIGHT FIREWORKS! IT’S TRADITIONAL!!

    My grandfather fought in WWII for my freedom. For your freedom! And I’m not about to tell him I’m listening to any of these whiners about NOT being an American.

    If this country had a bunch of pussies in it in 1940, we’d all be speakin German!

    • Notagain
      June 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm


    • sikntired
      June 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Dude, get a grip will ya? Proud to say I am an American, daughter of a WW1 vet, sister of a Korean war. Vet, widow of a Vietnam era Vet.
      Don’t give a rat’s butt about pussy fireworks made in China or Mexico.Tired of having my dogs on tranquilizers for two weeks.
      More than that to being an American.
      Just sayin.

      • Notagain
        June 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        Boo hooo hooo? Go cry on Rex shoulder! Rex don’t want fireworks cuss it might start a fire but what about his $95000 plane project that’s loud an we have no privacy in our backyards! We the citizens of Lancaster told him but he doesn’t care! NO HEART!! Another thing!! A TRUE AMERICAN IS A NATIVE INDIAN WHO WAS HERE BEFORE THE NOW SO CAL AMERICAN IMMIGRANTS STOLE THERE LAND!! AN KILLED A BUNCH OF THEM!!! 

        • Turd Ferguson
          June 15, 2013 at 8:16 pm

          LEAPS is not $95,000.00 a month.LEAPS is not $95,000.00 a month.LEAPS is 90,000.00 a month.LEAPS is not $95,000.00 a month.LEAPS is 90,000.00 a month.For ten years!For ten years!That is $10,800,000.00 for what?That is $10,800,000.00 for what?it is a useless piece of flying turd.It is a useless piece of flying turd.LEAPS does not stop crime.LEAPS does not stop crime.LEAPS makes Mayor Paris friend Frank Visco rich.LEAPS makes Mayor Paris friend Frank Visco rich.Sherriffs stop crime.Sherriffs stop crime.No to LEAPS.No to LEAPS. Yes to Sherriffs.Yes to Sherriffs.We need more Sherriffs.We need more Sherriffs.More boots on the ground.More boots in the ground.No to LEAPS.No to LEAPS.

          • Quigley
            June 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm

            Antelope Valley is in DESPERATE need of additional sheriff and patrol cars. We DON’T need a frigin plane! Rexipoo is [removed]!

  21. Green is a cover-up
    June 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I am sure Marvin [removed] Crist will have his own firework show in his backyard and do not try and stop him. He loves safe and sane fireworks.

  22. nadia
    June 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Amazing. After the fires, fireworks should be banned. There are far too many people and not only in Palmdale, that area already setting off fireworks. Have any of you had a good look around at all the desert land that has a lot of fuel for a fire…not to mention all the trash being thrown with no one cleaning it up.
    My main questions is: Why can’t the 2 mayor’s (Ledford and Parris) make peace? This would be a great lesson for all both young and old. I’ve called the police when someone was lighting fireworks, but lo and behold the police never showed up. An amendment to the laws regarding fireworks needs to be implemented in all desert cities; not just Palmdale or Lancaster.
    So Mr. Parris, fireworks may not be sold legally in Lancaster, but they are being lit.

    • Yo Mama
      June 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      After the accident, cars should be banned. After the house burned down, stoves should be banned. After the earthquake, houses should be banned. After reading your post, nadia should be banned from being a free American! Leave my country right now! Take aaaaaall that hurts your poor lil soul, AND LEAVE!!!!!! Someone loves liberal tattle-tales somewhere. It’s not here!! It’s on you to find em. Get gone!! Russia’s a nice place in January. GOOOOO!!!!!

      I’m so glad I’m not a pussy.

      Parris, mind your own buisness!

    • Not again....
      June 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Nadia, I totally scoured the AV Times archives and I looked and looked for attacks that Mayor Ledford made on Mayor Parris. Maybe the AV Times failed to report on it, but I couldn’t find one. On the other hand, there were several attacks from Mayor Parris on Mayor Ledford. Maybe the repentance needs to start north of Avenue M….

      • Notagain
        June 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

        Please get a new name!! Lol!

  23. Nancy P
    June 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Lots of people in the neighborhood between 27th W and 32th W, Lancaster Blvd and J, do fireworks over the 4th. The police never come when you call them, so why bother saying there is a fine, etc. If they are not legal, why not do something about it?
    I personally don’t care, but wonder why all the hype if no one is enforcing the law.

  24. ShaneFalco
    June 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    It’s not the Fire Marshall approved safe and sane fireworks causing the brush fires, it’s the illegal aerial fireworks mingled in that cause the fires. What people also don’t know is that it’s the off duty cops and firefighters with the confiscated fireworks putting on the best neighborhood displays.

    The safe and sane fireworks sales are huge revenue sources for many fundraisers in the valley and it would be a shame to have many small groups miss out on the proceeds.

  25. AVfubar
    June 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    For once, I agree with Parris. There should be NO fireworks sold anywhere in the AV, regardless of county…including Rosamond. It’s too dry, and we don’t have the money to continually fight all these fires. I hope all towns and cities will use their sound and better judgment and hold off until the wet years return.

  26. Dee
    June 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I don’t live in Palmdale or Lancaster, however in the ”Unincorporated” areas of the AV, it’s been too dry to set off Fireworks… We don’t need illegal fireworks here …No Rain (to speak of) and lots of dry brush, plus these extreme winds will not be conducive to any FIREWORKS… We can postpone it till another year, when conditions are better ..

  27. Michael Rives
    June 5, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Come on, folks. Mayor Parris is trying to stop this place from going up like a match box on fire. Leave the personal attacks for later. It won’t kill Palmdale to stop fireworks for one year.

    • Yo Mama
      June 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      I don’t need any advice from any politician, or government. I have my own values to steer by.

      You, too, can pack your things, and LEAVE MY COUNTRY!

    • GillEGulch
      June 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      yes, yes, mayor parris cares. next he needs to ban birds from perching on power lines so they dont get electricuted and start fires. then ban people from going into the mountains so arsonists cant start fires. then ban off road motorcycling so a hot spark cant start a fire. then ban lightening storms so alightning strike cant start a fire. then ban smoking so a tossed lit cigarette cant start a fire. then ban fireworks shows so they cant start a fire. then ban candles because they can cause housefire. then ban cooking equipment as it is the leading cause of housefires. then ban washers and dryers as they are a leading cause of housefires.

      • sikntired
        June 5, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        Hey, he could be right.Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes.

  28. Please
    June 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

    This guy is such a politician…

    “Oh, look, a tragedy. I must use this opportunity to ‘influence’ other cities and their leaders to take suggestions from me so that I can say I was conscientious and influential when I run for my next office.”

    I really don’t think Parris gives a crap about fireworks other than using it as a means to pad his record.

  29. James Stamsek
    June 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

    As a person who grew up in Palmdale, I have fond memories of fireworks during Independence Day and I love Palmdale for allowing it to continue. And like anything, you will always have your few idiots that cause a problem, but that doesn’t mean you should make fireworks unavailable and ban them. Lancaster has banned them and I’ve seen them used on the streets every single year since 1992 when I moved to Lancaster. Clearly the City is incapable of preventing them being used so the ban is moot. Why Mayor R Rex Parris feels the need to dictate what James C. Ledford and what the City of Palmdale does is beyond me. And honestly, this issue coupled with Parris’ issue with how Palmdale elects it’s City Counsel in the case of Juan Jauregui v. City of Palmdale just has me wondering if Parris has it out for Palmdale.

    • William
      June 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Ol’ Rex is so jealous of Mayor Ledford, he can’t sleep at night and lays there thinking up stuff like this and more lawsuits.

      Mayor Ledford has done a very good job of providing fast growing Palmdale with the amenities it now has. When I moved here in 1990, Palmdale had very little for residents.

      The good thing about Lancaster is you don’t have to shower first to go there. Not for the fairgrounds, the Walmarts or the BLVD and neither does anyone else. Parris knows that and can’t stand it.

    • Not again....
      June 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Fire works on the Fourth of July were suggested by no one less than Thomas Jefferson.

  30. Notagain
    June 5, 2013 at 8:18 am


  31. Patricia Hayden
    June 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

    stop the fireworks at the American heroes park when Mr Parris has his big celebration of America on the BLVD. There are homes and senior apartment buildings surrounding this park, the people do not need to be subjected to this loud intrusion into their privacy, last year was horrible. Our building shook,my dog was so scared she hid for hours, cat ran for cover I held my fingers in my ears, I live right across the street from the park, Stop it.

    • William
      June 5, 2013 at 9:31 am

      You don’t understand. It’s Rex Parris’s city and he can do whatever he wants with it.

  32. Joe Mama
    June 5, 2013 at 7:02 am


    Please go back to chasing ambulances and keep your nose out of Palmdale’s business. Plus after filing a lawsuit against Ledford, you expect him to listen to your advice? Nice try.

    • SoccerMom
      June 5, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Ditto to that. I think Lancaster needs to worry about the roads we are driving on. Some of the roads on the westside are in a poor state. Lets compare them to the westside of Palmdale. Palmdale gets an A in my book, Lancaster gets a D. I am being generous with the D rating.

  33. Ron
    June 5, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Don’t speak on my behalf Rexie!

  34. Jaxx
    June 5, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Safe and Sane fireworks isn’t the problem, illegal fireworks are what start fires thats where they need to focus

    • dave
      June 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm


  35. Notagain
    June 5, 2013 at 4:36 am


  36. Mike
    June 5, 2013 at 4:28 am

    LOL. Smart political move by Rex.

    Fireworks sales are one key element of Ledford’s “mile wide inch deep” political hold on Palmdale. Pausing fireworks sales interrupts cash flow to the myriad Ledford constituents who depend on their yearly Independence Day payoffs.

    • William
      June 5, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Are you paid by Parris to comment here?

      • Not again....
        June 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm


      • Mike
        June 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm

        Huh? I’m just describing how I see it.

        I doubt Rex, if he is even thinking along the lines I described, would even want to post it.

    • Not again....
      June 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      A mile wide is still a mile wide. Rex is only one scandal away from losing his grip on Lancaster. He better keep a tight rein on the information flow…..

    • Bobba
      June 5, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Don’t know if Rex is smart or on the brink of discovery. All around our glorious country the FBI is looking into and arresting politicians. Rex must be somewhere on their hit list or did he do his deeds to throw them off of his smell. All I know is that somewhere they will be looking at him. His time is coming…..

  37. jeff
    June 5, 2013 at 1:33 am

    He only wants them to ban fireworks so more people will have to pay for the show at a.v. fairgrounds and hear him speak.

    • Wow!
      June 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      What?!? He’s actually going to show up and speak? Isn’t he afraid of getting booed?

  38. William
    June 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Dear Rex, I recall the residents of Quartz Hill ‘imploring’ you not to go forward with the Walmart across from their high school.

    Exactly what does ‘implore’ mean, Rex? Apparently, it means 2 different things to you.

  39. ResidentCynic
    June 4, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I did not know that the Powerhouse fire was caused by safe and sane fireworks. When was a fire here in the Antelope Valley caused by safe and sane fireworks? I know fires have been caused by those illegal flying crackers.

  40. sikntired
    June 4, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Gotta say I agree on this one.Way too dry this year.

  41. BGF
    June 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Typical RexFuhrer, never let a disaster go without trying to exert more power over the people who have to put up with this clown.

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