No Smoking in Your Own Apartment? Santa Monica Moves Toward Such a Ban
Helga Weber / Flickr
Please explain to us how L.A.'s own version of Berkeley, a town once ruled by ultra-lefty Tom Hayden and his band of merry pranksters called Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, has turned into an Amish village where the local government is up your arse with just about everything you do there?
It was a bit of a culture shock to see the city by the sea outlaw smoking on balconies at multi-unit complexes in 2010.
Now the Santa Monica City Council is banning smoking INSIDE your own apartment. Really:
They used to call it the Republic of Santa Monica, in an exaggeration of the town's liberal leanings. Santa Monicans for Renters Rights was about holding down rent and checking development.
How far the city has come. Now it's a nanny state, plain and simple.
Fiorellaq Osbourne / Flickr
... It would deem the units of all new occupancies as non-smoking, including those previously designated smoking that had been vacated.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
TicketsThu., Mar. 30, 7:07pm
Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsSat., Apr. 1, 12:30pm
Los Angeles D-Fenders
TicketsSat., Apr. 1, 6:30pm
Los Angeles Lakers v Memphis Grizzlies - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsSun., Apr. 2, 12:30pm
Not only that, but current apartment and condo owners would have to make all their units smoking or non-smoking and post signs warning as much.
The council went beyond those staff recommendations for the law, however, and demanded a "drop-dead date" for the conversion of all units in the city to non-smoking, reports the Santa Monica Daily Press.
The vote was preliminary, and a final decision will have to be made at a future meeting. But it looks like this is going to happen, so inhale while you can.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.