The regulations, if approved next week, would set Glendale among a growing movement among Los Angeles County cities — including Santa Monica, Burbank, Calabasas and Los Angeles — to restrict secondhand smoke beyond basic state regulations.
Smoking would also be banned in 80% of all hotel rooms and within 20 feet of any area where smoking would be prohibited.
The draft ordinance, which was modified slightly to include campus perimeters and a ban for the Chess Park on North Brand Boulevard, will come back for a final vote next week, and then become law in 60 days if it passes.
The council also gave tentative approval to a public outreach and education plan to inform the public of the brunt against the likely fines that would no doubt accompany the new regulations.
Local boxers will get one shot to prove that their professional fighting events aren’t socially disruptive after the City Council on Tuesday directed officials to come back with a plan that would allow a trial match at the Civic Auditorium.
Despite concerns that sanctioned professional fighting is too violent and could introduce more “misbehavior” to Glendale, the City Council agreed to temporarily lift a 61-year-old ban on pro boxing to assess the impact a match would have on the city.
The decision came after more than a dozen former and current professional fighters and their supporters argued that the ban was out of date and unfair to local fans and their homegrown champions.
Pro boxing, wrestling and other sparring matches have been banned in Glendale since 1947, when residents who viewed the entertainment as “unwholesome” pressured the City Council to deny a permit request to hold a boxing match.