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    California's Failed Balloon Ban May Be Floated Again

    Sunday, May 04, 2008


    The party isn't over in California for helium-filled mylar balloons.

    Even as a proposal to ban the sale of the glittery globes ran out of air last week in the state Senate, where it fell five votes short of passing, some proponents continue to work to get legislation reintroduced.

    They say the legislation is needed to yank the party favors that end up tangled in electricity lines and cost businesses big bucks.

    "It's a little like Russian roulette with the electric system," said Greg Simay, assistant general manager of Electrical Distribution for Burbank Water and Power. "The mylar balloon conducts electricity and mother nature likes to send electrons through the balloon, a whole lot of them, rather than to the customer."

    The City of Burbank said one out of 8 power outages is caused by the party favors drifting into power lines, and after weather and equipment failures, balloons account for the majority of service interruptions.

    Lawmakers now have until the end of this month to provide more information to the Senate Public Safety Committee to float new legislation.

    Sen. Jack Scott (D-Altadena) sponsored the failed bill that would have banned the helium-filled balloons starting in 2010. Retailers would have been fined $100 for selling the helium-filled balloons and could have even faced misdemeanor charges for repeat offenses.

    Shopowners said the proposed legislation was too drastic and put the responsibility on those who sell the balloons, not the ones that purchase them.

    "I don't know how many balloons or how responsible we really are for that. They're saying that we are," said Delphine Leonard owner of Balloon Gallery Extraordinaire in Beverly Hills.

    She and others who sell the balloons say they want more information that their products are truly harmful. They estimate a ban on mylar balloons would cut their business in half.

    "That would really affect the businesses and the parties," said Leonard.

    "People want mylars. They want the Mickey Mouses. They want the walking Elmos, they want the little things that bring life."

    They will not be happy until they ban everything.


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    no seriously - think about it... Ban conservatives in CA and all of their problems go away... (it only serves to strengthen the rest of the US though)

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    I think they have banned rational thinking, and then they banned talking about it. Hopefully, they will ban communicating with the other 49 states and they will fade out like a bad memory, if they dont ban that too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    My mother-in-law...OK, I'll give 'em that one...

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    "Shopowners said the proposed legislation was too drastic and put the responsibility on those who sell the balloons, not the ones that purchase them."

    Now that has a familiar sound to it.............?
    Where HAVE I heard that before?
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    They've already banned thinking for yourself, discretion, fiduciary responsibility by anyone, personal responsibility by anyone, and the ability of anyone (judges included) to stop frivolous-lawsuits-r-us.

    What else is there?
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    I am from SoCal (now in NoVa, thank God)...I am telling you, those folks are wacky!!!

    It is truly amazing that they are pushing such a non-issue. I can understand that these balloons get caught up in power lines, yada, yada, yada...

    Question, which causes more issues to power lines: mylar balloons, wind, critters (birds, raccoons, squirrels)?????

    I think the CA govt while they are at it should legislate laws against wind harassing the power lines and pass an critter power line loitering law.

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    CA, where people are so open minded that their brians have fallen out
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    CA, where people are so open minded that their brians have fallen out
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    CA, where people are so open minded that their brians have fallen out
    Hey PGrass, when did you leave Cali?????


    We banned rational thought years ago guys along with common sense, constitutional scholars and accountable politicians. At the same time we have legalized a great number of things like a Socialist economy, am entitlement society, and dependence on government.

    As a I proud Reaganite and I am still shocked that this state was once great enough to elect the Honorable Ronald Reagan as governor. My how far we have fallen.............
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigEFan View Post

    As a I proud Reaganite and I am still shocked that this state was once great enough to elect the Honorable Ronald Reagan as governor. My how far we have fallen.............

    That was a great contribution to this fine country. It is too bad the rest of the country tries to follow California's lead. I thought when yall elected Arnold, he would follow Reagan's footsteps. Boy was I wrong.
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