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March 7, 1985 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
Agreeing that they were "between a rock and a hard spot," San Diego County supervisors voted Wednesday to allow the owners of a popular Pacific Beach restaurant and nightclub to open a similar business in Solana Beach. The decision came after a lengthy and emotional hearing at which Solana Beach residents and others warned that the new Diego's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina would bring to their neighborhood drunk drivers, peeping Toms, drug pushers and violent crime, among other problems.
April 21, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey
No-smoking rules will be everywhere by 2020, predicts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if the rate of new laws banning smoking in restaurants, bars and private worksites continues.  Already, 25 states and the District of Columbia have bans in those locations, up from zero states in 2000. So in the next 10 years, the other half of the country seems likely to join them. But maybe not the South. The CDC writes in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report :  “Regional disparities remain in policy adoption, with no southern state having adopted a smoke-free law that prohibits smoking in all three venues.” Some Southern states are close—Florida and Louisiana have restrictions in worksites and restaurants but not bars.
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.
May 8, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Times Staff Writer
By the light from a Chinatown bakery, Steve and Isela Gibbs snacked on cake at an outdoor table as the last few of the day's tourists wandered through nearby Central Plaza, under hanging red paper lanterns. At night, the shuttered buildings adorned with Chinese symbols and crowned with graceful upward-arching roofs gave off a ghost-town feel. "It's Saturday night, and it's dead," said Steve Gibbs, a visitor from San Diego. Once the hub of Chinese American life in Los Angeles, the 24-block neighborhood northeast of downtown has lost much of its luster since its heyday in the 1940s.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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