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By Kelly Corrigan, | March 23, 2013
Officials at Glendale Community College this week proposed that the college join a small handful of smoke-free campuses statewide. The proposal comes about two years after officials restricted smoking on campus to several designated locations and would place the college among roughly a half-dozen community colleges statewide that have gone completely smoke-free. According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, about 10 California community colleges have adopted campus-wide non-smoking policies, most of them in San Diego County.
By Lisa DuPuy | March 8, 2013
The folks at Cordon's Smokehouse & Grill are smoking purists. Their barbecue philosophy is not about sticky sauces or high-heat grill marks. It's about high-quality meats and fish smoked slowly over hard wood, seasoned by the best blend of rub spices. The meat this technique renders meanders into jerky territory, where the edges are crispy and the flavor of the meat itself reigns supreme. It is tender all the way to the bone, though not what you'd call super juicy. The offset smoker sits just outside the front door of the little cafe (which is attached to the beloved Cordon's Ranch Market)
January 22, 2013
I read with interest the Glendale News-Press front-page article, “City keeps its A on report,” on Jan. 17. It is positive news that our city has taken a stand for a smoke-free environment and that there is public recognition for this accomplishment. However, what has been established by ordinance is not what happens in the city. Within half a mile of my residence, there are six businesses whose customers and owner/employees frequently smoke on the sidewalk right in front of the buildings.
By Brittany Levine, | January 3, 2013
A longtime anti-smoking advocate has filed a multimillion-dollar wrongful termination lawsuit against Glendale Adventist Medical Center, as well as three City Council members who he alleges used their political influence to get him fired. Steven Gallegos was terminated from his job as a tobacco outreach worker in October after he spoke out publicly against the City Council in fall 2012 for loosening smoking restrictions for restaurants with large outdoor seating areas. According to the lawsuit - filed the day before Christmas in Los Angeles County Superior Court - Gallegos is seeking more than $5 million each from the hospital, three Glendale Adventist officials and council members Ara Najarian, Laura Friedman and Rafi Manoukian.
By Brittany Levine, | December 23, 2012
A proposed ban on smoking in new apartment buildings has ruffled the feathers of some new developers who say the restrictions will put them at an unfair disadvantage with older properties, but several Glendale City Council members say they still support pressing ahead with the measures. The council began working through several new smoking rules for restaurants and multifamily housing developments in September. Although changes were made to outdoor dining areas, proposals to limit smoking in apartment complexes were left for further discussion.
By Veronica Rocha, | October 22, 2012
Two men were arrested Sunday afternoon after police found 24 pounds of marijuana in a locked container inside a parked BMW outside an In-N-Out Burger, officials said. Stephen Thompson, 27, of Canoga Park and Trevor Alcorn, 30, of Millville, near Redding in Northern California, were arrested in the parking lot of the In-N-Out in the 300 block of Harvey Drive, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. The marijuana was divided into 24 1-pound bags, which Lorenz said could be worth $150,000 to $200,000 if sold on the streets.
October 12, 2012
The recent hubbub and political meandering regarding smoking restrictions for outdoor dining areas was extraneous and misplaced. In recent weeks, a divided City Council has attracted the ire of anti-smoking advocates from Glendale and beyond - not over some broad, overarching policy, but over a rule that affects just a few outdoor dining areas. The changes affect restaurants with 5,000 square feet or more of outdoor dining space - all of two or three businesses in Glendale. If they meet that high threshold, they will be allowed to have smoking in 50% of the floor area, up from the current 25%. That brought out the anti-smoking lobby en masse, with advocates claiming the city was rolling back public health protections.
By Brittany Levine, | October 10, 2012
The Glendale City Council on Tuesday agreed to revisit the city's smoking ordinance after getting blowback from anti-smoking advocates regarding the recent decision to ease restrictions for restaurants with large patio areas. Last week, the City Council approved a three-tier system of smoking regulations for outdoor dining areas at the last minute, amending a tighter ordinance they pushed forward two weeks ago when more than a dozen anti-smoking advocates filled the audience. The changes, approved on a 3-2 vote, would allow smoking in 25% of outdoor dining areas that are less than 2,000 square feet, in 50% of areas between 2,000 and 5,000 square feet, and in 66% of any larger open-air dining spots, of which there are very few in Glendale.
October 5, 2012
The health of the citizens of Glendale has been sold out to private retail tobacco interests and the business owners who are eager to profit at the expense of our children, families and senior citizens who are susceptible to the toxins and poisons in secondhand tobacco smoke. Glendale's outdoor dining ordinance allowed smoking in up to 25% of the total outdoor dining area, regardless of size of the dining area, as long as there is sufficient space for a 10-foot buffer. At the Glendale City Council meeting on Oct. 2, the comprehensive smoke-free outdoor air ordinance that was introduced by Councilman Dave Weaver at the previous week's meeting was replaced by one offered by Councilman Ara Najarian, who introduced a three-tier ordinance: 1. Outdoor dining areas under 2,000 square feet, up to 25% of the total outdoor dining area may be designated for smoking; 2. Outdoor dining areas of 2,000 square feet to less than 5,000 square feet, up to 50% of the total outdoor dining area may be designated for smoking; 3. Outdoor dining areas of 5,000 square feet or more, up to 66% of the outdoor area may be designated for smoking.
By Brittany Levine, | October 3, 2012
The Glendale City Council on Tuesday created a last-minute three-tier system regulating smoking in outdoor dining areas - a move that will increase the number of smokers able to be accommodated at some restaurants. The change to what had initially been agreed to a week earlier was fraught with contention on the dais, with Councilman Dave Weaver, who voted against the amended rules, likening the situation to a “circus.” According to the changes, which were approved on a narrow 3-2 vote, smokers can sit in 25% of outdoor dining areas that are less than 2,000 square feet, 50% of spaces between 2,000 and 5,000 square feet and 66% of any larger open-air dining spots.
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