Skip to comments.New Santa Monica Ordinance Makes It Illegal To Light Up Inside A Smokerís [Own] Home
Posted on 07/11/2012 3:13:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin
SANTA MONICA (CBS) Santa Monica smokers may be breaking the law if they light up in the privacy of their own homes, after the City Council approved a more restrictive anti-smoking law Tuesday night.
The ordinance would prohibit smoking for new tenants in multi-unit housing and force existing residents to declare their apartments and condos as smoking or non-smoking units, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press. If smokers neglect to designate their units, they lose the right to light up at home.
The City Council also asked for a drop dead date after which every unit in Santa Monica would be declared non-smoking.
Information about whether a unit is smoking or non-smoking would also be given to every resident in the building, concerning at least two city council members that the designation would create second class citizens, according to the Daily Press
But illegal aliens using gas-powered leaf blowers on the grounds of such complexes is acceptable?
The two council members against the ordinance were just afraid that long term smoking tenants in rent controlled apartments would be harassed by their landlords so as to free up the unit so that new tenants paying higher rents could move in.
So exactly none of the council members was concerned about the freedom of people to do what they want in the privacy of their own homes.
They equated smoking with keeping a house so untidy that it drew rats, or playing music so loud in your house that it could be heard outside.
They are all deathly afraid of 2nd hand smoke.
Don't even get them started on 3rd hand smoke!
Smokers are rebellious. Must crush rebellion. /s Mexifornia will be the first 100% government-operated State. First, all private sector businesses and most cities must declare bankruptcy due to stifling over-regulation. That’s well on it’s way.
Makes you wonder how many dogs will be shot because of police action resulting from such regulation.
No smoking, eh?
Does that include marijuana and crack?
The “ Peoples Republic of Santa Monica “ martin sheen country.
This should be fun to watch.
That topic actually came up, at least with regard to medical marijuana.
If you don't let people smoke in their homes, then they won't be able to smoke their California-legal medical marijuana. One council member thought that the rule only applied to tobacco smoke, but the lawyers disabused him of this notion.
For some reason that argument was brushed aside without being responded to directly.
It looks like even in Santa Monica the helicopter soccer moms have more political weight than aging hippies.
Who would have thought such things could happen in the peoples republic of Santa Monica?
Evidently the city had just recently voted to lower parking fees. She claimed that this would tend to encourage more people to drive into the city resulting in more air pollution and more suffering by asthmatics. So she asked why are you lowering parking fees at the same time you are making it a crime to smoke in your own home?
The Kennedy on the board rambled on and eventually lamented that six other cities in California had more restrictive smoking laws than Santa Monica and implied that he wished Santa Monica had been first.
He wanted Santa Monica to be "in the vanguard".
Vanguard? Isn't that a word used by great reformers like Lenin, Stalin, etc.? /sarc
If they are renters, it's not their own homes.
You are correct. But if they OWN their condo, then it is no one's business what they do in THEIR condo.
Further, what business is it of the government if a landlord, bar owner, restaurant owner, hotel owner, etc wishes to allow smoking on/in THEIR property?
Non-smokers can chose to frequent non-smoking establishments and smokers can frequent smoking establishments; you know property rights and the free market and all.
wouldn’t a penumbra of an emanation make that an invasion of privacy that inhibits a persons right to choose to smoke?
Any hints on how this will be enforced? Other than this declaration nonsense by the apt/condo owner?
declare the Santa Monica city council as obviously “aliens to America and it’s principals” and deport them to the utopian paradise of their choice
"There's nothing more pathetic than an ageing hipster..."
OK - then let us rephrase the original statement -
So exactly none of the council members was concerned about the freedom of people to do what they want in their private prperty.
IOW - no one on city council believes the building owners have the right to make their own rules...........but of course this is California that stripped those rights away decades ago.
Why any freedom-loving American continues to live in CA is a mystery to me. You could not pay me enough to live there.
Homosexual illegal alien pot smokers?
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