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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Marisa Gerber
Frustrated by the lack of federal data on electronic cigarettes, the debate among Los Angeles City Council members Tuesday over whether to restrict their use quickly turned personal. Members of the council -- which ultimately voted to treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, banning their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces -- recounted their own experiences and struggles with smoking, adding to a passionate debate at the hearing. Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, who pushed for the new restrictions, recalled his days breathing secondhand smoke as a waiter in a downtown restaurant.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2007 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
Burbank has moved closer to becoming the third Southern California city to ban some outdoor smoking, following in the footsteps of Calabasas and Santa Monica. At its meeting Tuesday, the City Council voted 3 to 2 in favor of the ban, but members asked for revisions after hearing three hours of comments from 50 public speakers. The council then deliberated for two hours, ultimately voting to ask the city attorney to make about a dozen changes to the ordinance. Senior Assistant City Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1989 | LONN JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
As the gloom of overcast skies and early morning fog rolls into its second week, betraying the promise of paradise in Orange County, some manage to see the bright side of gray. "Hey, we're packed in here," said Glenn Wiessner, co-owner of Aloha Sun Tanning Center in Fullerton. Wiessner said he had 12 ovens--uh, tanning booths--humming Wednesday at his salon next door to a Sizzler Restaurant to accommodate crowds "who'd like to be out but aren't because of the weather." "These are die-hard tanners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2004 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to stamp out cigarette-butt litter and secondhand smoke's ill effects, Santa Monica has become the second city in California -- and the first in Los Angeles County -- to outlaw smoking at the beach. If the Santa Monica City Council again approves the ordinance at its second reading April 13, the ban will take effect May 13, said Deputy City Atty. Adam Radinsky.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday endorsed an array of restrictions on e-cigarettes that would prohibit the vapor-emitting devices from being used in most workplaces and a number of public spaces. The proposed ordinance, now heading to the full City Council, would treat e-cigarettes like conventional cigarettes, outlawing their use in parks, on city beaches, in restaurant outdoor dining areas and at city-sponsored farmers markets. Lawmakers acted after Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said e-cigarettes threaten to make smoking socially acceptable after years of advocacy to discourage the habit.
NEWS
April 25, 1985 | VIRGINIA ESCALANTE, Times Staff Writer
A major expansion at Northrop Corp. has helped push the city's building permit valuation to a record high of $31.3 million in the first quarter of the year. That total--more than quadrupling the $7.3 million in building permits issued in the first three months of 1984--includes other commercial development and 130 residential units, according to John Walker, director of planning and building for the city. Northrop, though, has accounted for more than half of the permit valuation, Walker said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 | By Tiffany Kelly
Smoking in La Cañada Flintridge could soon become more restrictive in public places after officials showed strong support this week for an ordinance to curb second-hand smoke. The City Council considered the proposal by the city's Youth Council on Monday night, which would ban smoking at or within 20 feet of outdoor dining areas, city-owned property, shopping centers and public events. Smoking is already restricted in most enclosed public places, including places of employment, on trails and near playgrounds and government buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
Citing potential fire dangers and concerns over the health risks posed by secondhand smoke, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved legislation that would prohibit smokers from lighting up in municipal parks. The move came nearly three months after a blaze charred roughly 20% of Griffith Park, threatening such landmarks as the Griffith Observatory and the Los Angeles Zoo. Authorities believe the fire was sparked by a man who had fallen asleep while smoking.
NEWS
May 19, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Monica officials said the city is prepared to handle without problem the hordes of visitors that flock to its beaches each summer, notwithstanding the disturbance at a Cinco de Mayo celebration on the pier two weeks ago.
NEWS
May 18, 1989 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, Times Staff Writer
More than 300 residents of La Canada Flintridge made a preemptive strike this week against plans by the Sport Chalet to build a large shopping center at the city's main intersection. In a well-orchestrated presentation to the City Council Monday, residents said they could accept a new shopping center in their affluent, largely residential community, but not the one proposed by the Sport Chalet, which they characterized as a low-quality, strip-commercial mall. They demanded, instead, that the city press for a tony village-like square, with attractive boutiques, restaurants and outdoor dining areas that could serve as a focal point of the community.
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