Fran Shields, director of community services, in a written staff report, had proposed a laser show, but council members poo-pooed that idea. Council member Cathy Warner didn’t like the proposal. “I would tend to support actual fireworks because it’s traditional,” Warner said. But some council members – Bob Henderson and Greg Nordbak – are worried about the cost. “I don’t care for it,” Nordbak said. “I didn’t like it this year. I felt we spent an awful lot of money for what we got out of our buck.” Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer wasn’t as concerned. “I’m not particularly troubled by spending $25,000 for a party,” Newcomer said. “That’s $9,000 more than we have in the budget.” Henderson had similar concerns to Nordbak’s, in part because of another proposal to include banners honoring the Blue Star program that could cost from $6,000 to $25,000. In this program, the city would set up banners throughout Whittier honoring Blue Star families – those with children serving in the military. “I could see us spending $35,000 to $40,000,” Henderson said. The council earlier this week did approve a $6,000 Blue Star program, but wanted more information before deciding whether to have fireworks. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The 2007 Independence Day celebration was a small ceremony with a family picnic and some games. But there were no fireworks and few showed up for the event, held at Joe Miller Field. But some City Council members – in particular Councilman Joe Vinatieri – want a bigger show with fireworks. This is driven by the fact that the use of fireworks is illegal in Whittier. But such a show is going to cost more money, which has others on the council concerned. While this year’s show only cost $16,565, doing fireworks could be an additional $25,000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Now, city staff must return with specific information on just how much it will cost to put on a show. “I find it troubling that Whittier doesn’t have an Independence Day celebration,” Vinatieri said. “I appreciate the fact that we had one last year, but it was in the afternoon.” Vinatieri said he wants the city to have a fireworks show beginning at 6 p.m. including games for children, and entertainment. It again would be at Joe Miller Field. The fireworks show wouldn’t be on the level of other nearby communities because there’s not enough space and thus it’s too dangerous, Vinatieri said. But a smaller show is possible, he said.