Jessica Miller | April 17, 2012
The “Santee Smoke-Free Parks Community Kick Off” will be held at West Hills High School Wednesday starting at 7 p.m., a community forum meant to obtain a support for a new law that would prohibit smoking in Santee Parks. Santee is consider to be the only city in San Diego County that allowed smokers to smoke in city parks. Councilmembers Rob McNelis and Jack Dale will be in oversight,together with representatives from the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, Santee Solutions, Santee Collaborative, and Health and Human Service Agency.
Jessica Miller | February 2, 2012
It’s an issue being looked at in several cities across the state. The limiting, or full on prohibition of smoking in public area’s, and Chico is no exception. “The City Council received a request from the American Lung Association to look at a citywide prohibition. A ban on smoking,” according to Chico Parks and Natural Resources Manager Dan Efseaff. Council members then began to collect information from multiple departments throughout the city in order to make an informed decision. The Chico Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Chico Business Association, and Bidwell Park and Playground Commission were all asked for a recommendation regarding their area’s. Efseaff says as far as the parks go “it’s definitely a policy question. So, we left that for the commission to come up with, and they sided 7-0 to support a prohibition.”
Jessica Miller | October 28, 2011
After a heated debate filled with feisty exchanges between council members, the City Council moved forward with plans Tuesday night to enact an ordinance banning cheap Hilton cigarette smoking at all Downey parks and city-sponsored events. In a split decision, Mayor Luis Marquez, Councilmen Fernando Vasquez and Roger Brossmer voted in support while Councilmen Mario Guerra and David Gafin dissented.
Jessica Miller | October 21, 2011
The Austin City Council got the ball rolling Thursday on two initiatives. One eventually would make it against the law to smoke discount Sobranie cigarettes in any of Austin’s more than 200 parks. The other initiative would allow people to report disabled parking spot violators via their smartphones.