The Friends of the Fire Rings (FOTFR) view Judge Stanley Moss’s decision today regarding an injunction filed by Friends of the Fire Rings as a minor setback, while it also sets the stage for the upcoming litigation against the AQMD and the City of Newport Beach as a case of two government bodies displaying arrogance and abusing their power to the detriment of millions of Californians and future Californians and visitors.
“Despite the minor setback, the ruling today regarding an injunction has no bearing on the ultimate outcome of the case. We feel strongly that in the end, the court will indeed find the AQMD abused its power by creating the beach burn ban amendments, and declare the amendments void,” explained FOTFR attorney Melinda Luthin.
“At that point, if any of the rings have been removed based on the abusive AQMD amendments, then FOTFR will continue in its commitment to families and individuals who visit the beach and will do whatever it takes to get the city to put them back,” continued Luthin.
“It may be a short or long road, but we are committed to this very important cause on behalf of millions of Californians to ensure the lawsuit won’t be in vain, and that future generations will be able to enjoy what is rightly part of our California heritage,” said Doug Swardstrom, a leader with FOTFR.
“At a November city council meeting, former Newport Beach Mayor Curry showed his true stripes by referring to the fire rings as ‘roach motels,’ exclaimed Doug Swardstrom, “which also is an inference about people that use the fire rings.”
“FOTFR will continue to build its membership to through our website www.savethefirerings.org and community gatherings, until Newport Beach City Council Members, City Manager Dave Kiff, and the AQMD pay attention to the people they represent,” explained Swardstrom.
“Remarkably, the AQMD has given into wealthy Newport Beach special interests and has gerrymandered the air via bogus ‘science,’” insisted Swardstrom, “We look forward to demonstrating this in the months ahead, and to supporting the legislation making its way through Sacramento,” said Swardstrom.
“Former Mayor Curry, current Mayor Hill, and our Newport Beach City Council continue to be out of touch with reality and residents in our city,” explained FOTFR member and Newport Beach local Tom Sweatt. “This all started when a few elitists on our Newport Beach City Council, especially Mayor Curry, ignored reality and the wishes of the voters of Newport Beach,” said Sweatt. “They believe in greater government control, less transparency, and that they know what is best for the rest of us. It’s time for new leadership on our city council!” insisted Sweatt.
FOTFR rings conducted a survey with the Lewis Group in July 2013 that showed that 86% of Newport Beach residents oppose removal of the fire rings.
FOTFR is a grass-roots organization (non-profit status pending) representing Newport Beach and California residents – across socioeconomic
and political lines, to support the preservation of the fire rings, a part of Southern California heritage.
For more information, or to join the organization, please visit www.savethefirerings.org.