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June 20, 2013
In response to Greg Christopherson's June 15 letter, "Najarian sends city up in smoke", I am equally as frustrated by the continued flaunting of Glendale's smoking ordinances. While we may find it easy to blame politicians, it is really up to each of us to help make our city smoke free. Each time you observe people smoking where it is prohibited, send an email to Armine Jimenez at ArJimenez@ci.glendale.ca.us. Include the name of the business and its address, along with the details of your observation.
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October 14, 2011
I'm 87 years old, I smoked for 50 years. I stopped 25 years ago and have never picked up another cigarette. I have had high-blood-pressure problems for the last 35 years, along with thyroid problems. Five years ago, I developed gout. Shortly after that, I had shortness of breath. I developed shingles - I was sure I lost my mind over that. Things have been just happening one after another. I now have an erratic heartbeat, weak kidneys and just went through an operation for a stomach ailment.
NEWS
July 17, 2010
Glendale has come a long way down the path of cessation, of smoking that is. In a city that once seemed destined to remain an also-ran in the race by local governments to restrict secondhand smoke, Glendale has rebounded to the head of the pack. Now, smoking in most publicly accessible places is illegal — from restaurant patios to bus stops and parks. But a war has also been raging on the back end, the point of sale. Health officials and regulators have for years cracked down on merchants selling tobacco products to minors, teens particularly vulnerable to the marketing and peer pressure of smoking.
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By Jason Wells | July 28, 2008
CITY HALL — Glendale’s business community, backed by the Chamber of Commerce, could complicate the City Council’s efforts on Tuesday to adopt city-wide smoking restrictions amid fears that they would further discourage customers in an already sour economy. It is the first organized opposition to the proposed smoking prohibitions so far for the council, which until now has been bolstered with strong support from the health community and nonsmokers. The proposed ordinance prohibits smoking on all city property, except sidewalks, as long as the smoker is at least 20 feet away from a restricted area.
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May 10, 2013
Would the members of the Glendale City Council wake up on May 14 and recognize the need for a multi-unit residential amendment to Glendale's Fresh Air Ordinance - one that will protect the city's nonsmoking apartment/condo tenants from inter-unit drifting secondhand cigarette smoke. How about requiring, say, 80% of all apartment units in the city - 100% of contiguous ones - upon being vacated by their current tenants, being designated as permanent non-smoking ones. I know all too well how bad it can be, both from my own past experiences and from the tenacious, ongoing side effects that tend to linger long after the offending in-unit smoker or smokers have either belatedly quit the pernicious habit, moved away or, not surprisingly, died.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | December 13, 2010
Come Jan. 1, there will be no butts about it at Glendale's two largest hospitals. Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center and Glendale Adventist Medical Center will become smoke-free in the new year. Ashtrays will be gone, "no smoking" signs will be visible and everyone — from patients and visitors to nurses and hospital brass — will be barred from smoking in clinics, parking areas and anywhere else on campus. Verdugo Hills Hospital plans to be smoke-free by the end of 2011, a spokeswoman said.
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November 15, 2002
Karen S. Kim Glendale's smokers might have lit a little flame in Councilman Bob Yousefian's heart, prompting him to soften his original position of supporting a total ban on cigarettes and cigars in city parks. The council discussed banning smoking in parks at its meeting Tuesday. "I actually changed my mind while I was driving home Tuesday," he said Thursday. "My preference is to have no smoking at all, but I think I need to put my own feelings aside and act like what a council person should be. After all, people who smoke and go to the park pay taxes, too."
NEWS
January 27, 2003
Karen S. Kim Councilman Gus Gomez might have trouble getting the support of his colleagues Tuesday when the council considers designating smoking areas in Glendale's parks. "I don't support it," Councilman Dave Weaver said Friday. "It's a nice political thing to come up with, but parks are outside. Restaurants allow people to go outside and smoke, so are you going to start saying people can't smoke outside because people can walk by and smell cigarettes?
NEWS
January 31, 2003
It's perhaps the most redundant and least substantive proposal addressing a so-called issue to hit the council dais in years, but I do wish Glendale Councilman Gus Gomez had been given his way (mostly) to restrict smokers in Glendale parks. Then everyone might have had energy left to address the most appalling revelation in the entire fiasco, actually facing up to the sorts of tough, real problems most voters want them to address, everyday issues from which certain council members have been running at full speed in anticipation of the upcoming election.
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By Laura Drdek | May 8, 2009
CITY HALL — A six-month public education campaign to prepare Glendale for one of the most comprehensive sets of anti-smoking restrictions in the Southland is scheduled to hit the airwaves later this month, city officials said. The regulations officially took effect in November, but code enforcers have been holding off on strict enforcement until after the education campaign. Glendale’s historically permissive smoking culture was struck down last year when the City Council voted to prohibit lighting up on all city property, including parks, in common areas of apartment complexes, outdoor dining areas that can’t meet strict separation requirements, and nearly all publicly accessible private property, such as the Marketplace and Americana at Brand.
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By Katherine Tulich | February 21, 2014
In this pre-Oscar release period when movie studios find it a perfect time to purge their catalogs of D-grade movies, its best to set the bar pretty low, and my expectations for the new movie "Pompeii" were about as ash deep as the once ancient Roman city on which the story is very loosely based. Set in the days just prior to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that would destroy the city, this "Gladiator"-meets-"Titanic" mash-up pits a Celtic slave-turned-sword-fighting warrior named Milo in a fight for his life while falling for an upwardly mobile daughter, Cassia, of one of Pompeii's most prominent families.
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January 31, 2014
Re: Front page article “City gets top score for its smoking regulations,” Jan. 26 . Are you kidding me? Whether I am in Montrose, Glendale or even the Americana, people are smoking everywhere and there is no enforcement in sight. In fact, Pasadena and Burbank seem to be much more smoke-free friendly. Because I am an asthmatic, I find myself holding my breath more often these days in order to make it through all the smoke-filled air that is circulating in our community. People are rude, drivers are terrible, crosswalks are a risk, trash is everywhere and now our air is more tainted than ever.
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January 26, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. The National Weather Service expects temperatures for the Glendale area to see a high around 62 and a low of 43. We're rounding up the top news headlines in your region: The Glendale City Council directed its staff this week to look into claims from a Glendale man who says he was stopped and interrogated by police four times in the past six months for a vehicle infraction for...
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 25, 2014
Glendale got an “A” on the American Lung Assn.'s annual report card highlighting cities and counties with the best antismoking rules released this week. Glendale is one of 18 cities and counties - 3% of those surveyed - that received the top score on the “ State of Tobacco Control 2014” report . Glendale also moved up in a sub-category - smoke-free housing - from B to A due to new legislation the City Council passed last year, banning smoking in all new apartment and condominium units.
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By Jason Wells and Ari Bloomekatz | January 16, 2014
The Colby fire that broke out near Glendora, north of Los Angeles on the edge of the Angeles National Forest, exploded in size Thursday morning as dry brush, steep terrain and winds made for rough firefighting conditions. Plumes of smoke could be seen  in the skies throughout Los Angeles County, including Glendale, Burbank and La Cañada. Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said the fire had grown to at least 125 acres by 8 a.m. and that it was moving quickly “going up and down the hills.” The fire was reported shortly before 6 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Times .   Judy said that when he arrived at the scene early Thursday morning the fire had burned only four acres.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 25, 2013
Since Glendale Community College officials turned the college into a smoking-free campus last spring, turnout at the weekly nicotine anonymous meetings has been slim. And, during the fall semester, the college's police officers issued 15 citations to students who were caught smoking on campus, according to campus Police Chief Gary Montecuollo. Jessica Gillooly, chair of the college's psychology department who has overseen the meetings throughout the fall semester, said few students, professors or staff members have attended the meetings.
NEWS
December 3, 2013
Glendale Community College recently became a 100% smoke-free campus. This rule includes eliminating smoking in indoor and outdoor areas across the entire campus. There are no more special smoking areas for smokers. This change is beneficial both for smokers and nonsmokers. I support the idea of GCC being a smoke-free campus. It is very useful both for smokers and nonsmokers. Freshman high school students start smoking just by seeing the college students as a role model. Most of these students even don't know the downsides and the consequences that they have to pay later in their lives.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 10, 2013
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to charge restaurants, multi-unit housing complexes, hotels, car dealerships and other businesses that have outdoor smoking areas a $198 license fee. The fee is set to pay for the administrative cost of having staff review the proposed smoking areas, which must follow rules specified by the council earlier this year when it banned smoking in all new multi-unit buildings and tweaked smoking rules for...
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 1, 2013
The city of Glendale is a step closer to requiring businesses, hotels, car dealerships, shopping malls and multi-unit housing complexes to buy a $198 license, and pay a $50 annual fee to renew it, to have outdoor smoking areas. Earlier this year, the council banned smoking in all new multi-unit buildings, tweaked smoking rules for outdoor dining at restaurants, and created a rule permitting people to individually sue violators of the city's smoking laws in civil court. While the projects now under construction or in the pipeline in downtown Glendale, estimated to bring roughly 2,000 new units to the city, won't be allowed to have any smoking areas, owners of older multi-unit buildings can apply under the proposed program to license their outdoor smoking areas, said Philippe Eskandar, a city program specialist.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 12, 2013
A federal judge this week green-lighted an anti-smoking advocate's latest 1st Amendment complaint against Councilman Ara Najarian, whom the advocate claims got him fired from Glendale Adventist Medical Center because he spoke out against Najarian's proposal to loosen smoking rules at restaurants . Although the city, representing Najarian, had asked U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee to throw out the complaint, in an order published Tuesday she...
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