I have been wavering for a week about whether this topic is worth my time--or yours. On the one hand it is a nit. On the other hand it is a great example of nanny-state council overreach led by our mayor-of-the-moment Terry Nagel. The Daily Journal has the piece about banning smoking in apartments and "other large residential facilities" here. My favorite part is
Councilmembers agreed that as the multi-unit residential ban is drafted, there should be an eye kept on giving smokers a significant amount of advance warning.
The prevailing sentiment was that, should the ban be approved, roughly a year or more should be granted before the new policy is enforced, which would allow smokers to find new, more tolerant housing.
Officials noted though, considering the state of the housing market in and around Burlingame, finding a new place to live for many smokers may be cost prohibitive.
So one has to wonder if one is both a smoker and in the I-need-affordable-housing-rent-control population, what will you do? What will you do? Well, you can forget Belmont, Foster City and the unincorporated parts of the County since they have already nannied you out of luck.
My smoking is limited to a couple of decent cigars a year. I'm sure Bruce Dickinson can weigh in on Cubans vs Dominicans vs blends and the guys at the B'game Tobacco shop on the Avenew can satisfy any fine cigar needs you may have. But is it the Nanny-council's business to outlaw smoking said fine cigars on the Avenew? From the Journal we read
And the conversation between the councilmembers indicated that, as officials develop the ban on smoking in attached housing projects, there may be additional interest in extending the restriction to downtown shopping areas such as Burlingame Avenue.
I am looking forward to the November election because frankly this council needs a shake-up/wake-up. We have major issues in town that revolve around the quality of life for homeowners and renters, but wafting away a bit of smoke on the Avenew is NOT ONE OF THEM. It represents a serious misunderstanding of what is worth the Council's time, your time and mine. When will Ricardo, Michael, Anne or placeholder John Root say "stop, can we get back to the real business of the city!"?