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NEWS
October 2, 2012
It was a council session about smoking restrictions (“Proposed updates to smoking ban heat up,” Sept. 27), but it was more like a staged session with smoke and mirrors. There is a telltale sign that regular council watchers use to identify an ordinance designed to do the opposite of what the council claims it does. Council members become extremely verbose. It is as if someone turned on the blabber switch as they aim to misdirect and confuse the public with all kinds of stories and personal experiences that only serve to give the appearance that they are emotionally in tune with the public.
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NEWS
October 2, 2012
I read in the News-Press an article (“Smoking restrictions back to dais,” Sept. 25) about the Glendale City Council considering a law that would make it a violation to smoke in your apartment. I do not see why this a government problem. When someone rents or leases an apartment they sign a contract. If in that contract is says “no smoking,” they agree to it with a signature. It is the duty of the landlord, not the government, to enforce that agreement. If someone who lives next door does not like that person smoking in their own home then they should notify the landlord, not some government agency.
NEWS
September 28, 2012
The show-and-tell at the City Council meeting this week regarding second-hand smoke in apartment buildings was just a taste of what has surely been a long-running but prickly problem in Glendale - regulating what people do in their own homes. In terms of restricting smoking in public, Glendale has been at the forefront, imposing rules against lighting up in most places where people congregate. In a city known for its smoking population, it was a taxing conversation, but the rules were implemented and the city hasn't fallen apart.
NEWS
September 28, 2012
I read with much interest in the News-Press that the Glendale City Council is considering lifting/easing up the bans on smoking in restaurants in Glendale (“Smoking restrictions back to dais,” Sept. 25) The newspaper reported that the council was asking a series of questions such as, “Should strict smoking restrictions at outdoor restaurants be loosened?” While I appreciate the reflection and believe that asking questions is always a good idea, really the only question our City Council should be asking is the following: “Should citizens of Glendale be forced to breathe in the cigarette smoke of others?
NEWS
September 26, 2012
The City Council on Tuesday agreed to work toward a smoking ban for all new apartment units, and eventually, creating smoke-free sections for existing multi-unit buildings. With several new developments in the pipeline for downtown, more than 1,200 new units could be affected by the ban. Currently, smoking isn't allowed in common areas or on private patios in multifamily buildings, but many speakers at City Council meetings have complained that the law has no teeth because enforcement officials have to catch smokers in the act. “How come we can't help these people?
NEWS
September 24, 2012
For the third time, the Glendale City Council on Tuesday is slated to review a slew of options that could further restrict smoking in the city. The council was scheduled to consider changing rules that limit smoking inside apartment buildings and at restaurants in early August, but delayed the matter. There are two main, and seemingly contradictory, questions the council will tackle: Should smoking in individual apartment units be banned? And should strict smoking restrictions at outdoor restaurants be loosened?
NEWS
August 28, 2012
ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. - With almost all official convention business canceled for the day, California delegates used their free 24 hours to relax, sleep in, see the sites and take in some of the unofficial programming offered by Republican supporters. Delores Chavez Harmes, an alternate delegate from San Diego, mixed work and play - she attended a breakfast speech by New Jersey Gov.  Chris Christie  and a screening of the conservative film “2016: Obama's America.” But she also stopped for a neon-green crème de menthe cocktail in  the lobby of the Tradewinds resort and planned to head to the historic pink Don CeSar Hotel down the road.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 24, 2012
As Glendale officials take more time to review proposals that could restrict smoking in apartment buildings, City Council members have been getting an earful from residents in favor of stricter rules. “In advance of the decision-making and the hearing, they're proactively reaching out, which is generally only seen in more high-profile issues,” said Councilman Ara Najarian. Officials postponed reviewing the controversial matter to give staff another 30 days to focus their proposals, said City Manager Scott Ochoa, adding that the city attorney will also be reviewing the report before it comes back for an initial review.
NEWS
August 21, 2012
Glendale officials have again postponed discussion of restricting smoking in individual apartment units, citing the need to further vet the proposals and respond to public inquiries, a city spokesman said. The City Council had been scheduled to review the possible smoking restrictions Tuesday night at City Hall, but city spokesman Tom Lorenz said the city manager's office decided to table the discussion for 30 days to give officials more time to respond to public inquiries and feedback.
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