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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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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