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La Verne : Fireworks Referendum

A referendum petition seeking to repeal La Verne’s ban on fireworks has been qualified for the ballot, according to the county registrar-recorder.

At least 1,531 signatures, or 10% of the city’s registered voters, were confirmed on the 2,728-signature petition.

The petition was filed by nonprofit service organizations which say they will lose thousands of dollars in fund-raising revenue if the ban is not repealed.

The City Council must now either repeal the ordinance or put the issue on the ballot.

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If an election is called, it must be held within 103 days of such a decision. A special election could cost between $35,000 and $40,000, according to City Clerk Kathy Hamm.

The council will consider its options at its meeting on Monday at 7 p.m.


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