Despite the pleas of several local restaurant owners and residents, the Bellflower City Council on Monday turned down a proposal that would have watered down the city's tough new ordinance banning smoking in all city restaurants.
The council voted 3 to 2 to reject an amendment that would have allowed restaurant owners to set aside 20% of their seating for smokers.
If it had passed, the amendment would have required restaurants to install some type of a fan to keep smoke away from nonsmokers.
Concern about the effects of secondhand smoke prompted the council to unanimously pass the ban, Southern California's strictest, in January. After hearing dozens of complaints from restaurant owners who said their businesses would suffer, council members Joseph E. Cvetko and John Ansdell changed their minds. Both councilmen asked their colleagues to reconsider.