RC's bright Christmas

RC's bright Christmas

There are 16 comments on the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin story from Dec 19, 2009, titled RC's bright Christmas. In it, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that:

The time has come when people start fighting over parking spaces at the local mall.

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Scrooge

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#1 Dec 20, 2009
Bah humbug!
Dose of Reality

United States

#2 Dec 20, 2009
Gosh, what's not to like? The residents of this near month-long block party have turned their street into an apparently city-sanctioned, for-profit commercial zone as they cash in selling food to tens of thousands of tourists while their neighbors in the surrounding streets deal with three straight weeks (7 nights a week) of congestion and traffic, air pollution from cars and scores of wood fires, people streaming down their streets shouting and yelling past midnight, trash (from food concessions, dirty diapers, broken bottles, etc.) on deposited on their lawns and streets, visitors blocking driveways, damaging property and ignoring the unmanned traffic barricades and "residents only" signs sporadically and ineffectively placed about two weeks after the chaos descends on what was intended to be a quiet, residential area.
Celtic Lass

Anaheim, CA

#3 Dec 20, 2009
We look forward every year to the Thoroughbred Holiday Display!
We appreciate the great efforts and sense of community that goes into the displays. The spirit of Christmas for me is the fun, the laughter and the happiness that the beauty of the lights and decorations bring. My 3 yr. old granddaughter would gently hug the tiny snowmen and lighted mechanical reindeer and tell them she loved them, then she would say, "They make me so happy!" Her loving and innocent comments brought tears to everyone within earshot.
I was surprised by the increased amount of those selling treats. It seems that there has always been someone selling hot chocolate in years past, and the variety of foods offered this year was broad - but if it helps to pay for a securtiy service, then go for it. The prices were minimal and we enjoyed it.
Thank you residents of Thoroughbred and surrounding streets, we appreciate the displays and hope the tradition continues!
Where

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#4 Dec 20, 2009
Where exactly is this? I've been wanting to go but Im not sure how to get there
Celtic Lass

Anaheim, CA

#5 Dec 20, 2009
Hello "Where"...

Go to 19th street in Upland, go East, turn left (North) on Sapphire...Thoroughbred is at least a mile up and on the left. You will see the cars turning left on to Thoroughbred. Just follow line of cars and have fun!
No facilities

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#6 Dec 20, 2009
Allow at least 2 hours .....and don't let any of your riders drink anything for a couple of hours prior to your expedition.
Sue

United States

#7 Dec 20, 2009
Such glowing review of the Thoroughbred lights but have you seen our surrounding neighborhoods the morning after those crowds? Our streets are littered with dirty diapers, bags of fast food trash and all the foam cups from the residents selling their food and drinks. Our Thoroughbred neighbors should use the money they make to hire a clean up crew to clean up the surrounding streets the morning after. They take all of our parking, trample our lawns and I don't remember having a voice or vote in all of this madness. It seems to me that this tradition has grown too large for comfort. We pay taxes too and I think alot of people feel the same way that I do. Enough is enough already. Let some other neighborhood take over for awhile. All that trash is going to end up in the storm drains and in our oceans. All summer we are told to conserve power but that doesn't seem to count in Dec. Last but not least, how can they sell all that food without a inspection from the health dept.How about a permit or business license? Do they pay tax on those earnings? So many things are not right about this "Commercial Light Display".
Sue

United States

#8 Dec 20, 2009
Scrooge wrote:
Bah humbug!
I couldn't agree more. Try living here during this inconvinence
Sue - Alta Loma

United States

#9 Dec 20, 2009
Dose of Reality wrote:
Gosh, what's not to like? The residents of this near month-long block party have turned their street into an apparently city-sanctioned, for-profit commercial zone as they cash in selling food to tens of thousands of tourists while their neighbors in the surrounding streets deal with three straight weeks (7 nights a week) of congestion and traffic, air pollution from cars and scores of wood fires, people streaming down their streets shouting and yelling past midnight, trash (from food concessions, dirty diapers, broken bottles, etc.) on deposited on their lawns and streets, visitors blocking driveways, damaging property and ignoring the unmanned traffic barricades and "residents only" signs sporadically and ineffectively placed about two weeks after the chaos descends on what was intended to be a quiet, residential area.
We need to organize and put a stop to this. They are infringing on our rights. How can those residents dictate such chaos on the rest of us. We should have a say too. It needs to be put to a vote of the people that it most affects. Maybe all streets should have NO parking so it would be a drive thru only. People might get sick of sitting in traffic for hours and stay away.Years ago it was nice and low key. there were horse drawn wagons and no crowds. Now it is so commercial...they all want to make a buck and they don't care where all that trash is going. They should be made to provide porta potties too.Where do you think all those people are going?I know where the diapers are going...in my yard and gutter. GROSS
A Neighbor

United States

#10 Dec 20, 2009
Sue wrote:
Such glowing review of the Thoroughbred lights but have you seen our surrounding neighborhoods the morning after those crowds? Our streets are littered with dirty diapers, bags of fast food trash and all the foam cups from the residents selling their food and drinks. Our Thoroughbred neighbors should use the money they make to hire a clean up crew to clean up the surrounding streets the morning after. They take all of our parking, trample our lawns and I don't remember having a voice or vote in all of this madness. It seems to me that this tradition has grown too large for comfort. We pay taxes too and I think alot of people feel the same way that I do. Enough is enough already. Let some other neighborhood take over for awhile. All that trash is going to end up in the storm drains and in our oceans. All summer we are told to conserve power but that doesn't seem to count in Dec. Last but not least, how can they sell all that food without a inspection from the health dept.How about a permit or business license? Do they pay tax on those earnings? So many things are not right about this "Commercial Light Display".
Sue,

You are not alone. Outside of the party block, many/most of the people in the adjacent areas are fed up with the whole thing. None of us has been asked how we feel about having our neighborhoods turned into the parking lots, trash depositories, and walkway for the massive hoards of people that are drawn to this near month-long residential theme park. It is WAY too much for a residential area. I've watched this grow larger and larger over the past decade and more. Enough. Sorry, but we didn't purchase homes in the Disneyland parking lot. The impact on the surrounding neighborhoods is severe and far more than anyone can reasonably be expected to tolerate. The city council is going to get an earful over this.
Sue - Alta Loma

United States

#11 Dec 20, 2009
Please post when you will go before the City council and we can try to get a group of people to join in. I think there are more people fed up but won't come forward unless we can organize. Enough is enough!
A Neighbor

United States

#12 Dec 20, 2009
It looks like the next city council meeting is on Wed. Jan 6, 2010. Send me an email at this account and we can coordinate:

[email protected]

I like the lights, but the event has outgrown the community. The efforts of the city to control the crowds are insufficient because the crowds are now far more than the neighborhood can accommodate.
Stephen

Columbus, OH

#13 Dec 21, 2009
Would someone who actually takes part in this lightshow on Thoroughbred answer this... Why do you inflict this upon yourselves??

Seriously, it would be like living in hell for me! How long does it take for you to get home after work in the evenings? How do you manage to invite company over if you can't park anywhere? And why is it worth the horrendous electric bill you know you're going to get?

For those of you going to the city council about this, what would you like to see happen? And how would that be accomplished?

If it were up to me, I'd make the following suggestions:

1. Make the whole thing car-free. Non-motorized traffic only, except for residents. Just pedestrians, bikes, Segways, and the like.
2. Restrict parking in all the surrounding neighborhoods.
3. Get the residents putting up this spectacle to hire a bus service to shuttle people from some place better suited for the traffic and parking. Have them charge visitors money for this because...
4. Allow/require the residents of said spectacle to create a non-profit organization to administrate this chaos.(Why non-profit? Because otherwise, it would be a commercial entity subject to even more laws and regulations and taxes!) This organization would deal with the shuttles AND cleanup of the area and the surrounding neighborhoods.

I think if you did this, it would be a win-win for all.:)
Jacques Thomet 7 DAN

Seffner, FL

#14 Dec 22, 2009
MERRY CHRISTMESS TO EVERY ONE.

What the heck is Christ-mas is the USA?
Onterrible

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#15 Dec 22, 2009
I love that display. The secret is out, it has become too well-known and its a circus and not as fun and quaint as it use to be. Too many people trampling through there ruining the atmosphere of it. I'm one of the more respectful viewers, I don't trash or trample the neighborhood. By the sounds of it, I better enjoy it before they ban it like they banned that neighborhood along the 60 fwy in chino for their display.
Sue- Alta Loma

United States

#16 Dec 26, 2009
Stephen wrote:
Would someone who actually takes part in this lightshow on Thoroughbred answer this... Why do you inflict this upon yourselves??
Seriously, it would be like living in hell for me! How long does it take for you to get home after work in the evenings? How do you manage to invite company over if you can't park anywhere? And why is it worth the horrendous electric bill you know you're going to get?
For those of you going to the city council about this, what would you like to see happen? And how would that be accomplished?
If it were up to me, I'd make the following suggestions:
1. Make the whole thing car-free. Non-motorized traffic only, except for residents. Just pedestrians, bikes, Segways, and the like.
2. Restrict parking in all the surrounding neighborhoods.
3. Get the residents putting up this spectacle to hire a bus service to shuttle people from some place better suited for the traffic and parking. Have them charge visitors money for this because...
4. Allow/require the residents of said spectacle to create a non-profit organization to administrate this chaos.(Why non-profit? Because otherwise, it would be a commercial entity subject to even more laws and regulations and taxes!) This organization would deal with the shuttles AND cleanup of the area and the surrounding neighborhoods.
I think if you did this, it would be a win-win for all.:)
I couldn't agree more. This has gotten out of control for us on the srrounding streets. We can't have people over in the evening, we can't run out to dinner. The Christmas light people are dictating how I can live my life in the month of Dec. If I remember correctly...I have rights too! What gives them the right to take my freedom and privacy away? I don't even want to think about what would happen in case someone in my neighborhood ever needed emergency medical services during that time. I think the city of Rancho would have a major lawsuit on their hands because no one would be able to get through our streets to render aid. I hope it doesn't take a tragedy for this to be controlled. Wake up Rancho City Hall...we are coming and we can't take this anymore. Something needs to be done!!!

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