H/T Rich White for this:
On Tuesday night, the Santa Monica City Council passed an ordinance requiring smokers who live in apartments to register with their landlords. The ordinance also requires landlords to distribute a map pinpointing where smokers live to all residents in the building.
Santa Monica Councilman Kevin McKeown called this disclosure mandate an attempt to “demonize smokers.” Evoking images of Nazi Germany persecution of Jews, McKeown said, “You might as well hammer a big yellow S on their front doors.”
The anti-smoking measure passed the Santa Monica City Council on a 4-2 vote based on concerns about the dangers of second-hand smoke.
Santa Monica smokers are free to smoke in their current apartments as long as they register with their landlord. Units occupied by smokers who fail to disclose their smoking statuses will automatically become “non-smoking” units.
Those who smoke in non-smoking units will face a $100 fine. Repeat offenders will be subject to citations as high as $500.
The ordinance also bans smoking in any newly constructed apartment/condo units and mandates that existing apartment units become non-smoking units once they become vacant.
In 2010, Santa Monica banned smoking in common areas and patios of multi-unit residences.
Who are the four councillors who voted for this? What are their names, and where do they live? So that someone can paint a big yellow S on their doors. Except that the S won’t stand for ‘smoker’.
Today I got over 2000 hits, mostly on Smoking Ban Inspector Stripped Naked. It seems to have gone a bit viral. I wonder why.
Anyway, here’s Chuck Prophet with Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way.