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Burbank City Council Meeting Preview

January 27, 2007

SMOKING BAN

The council will hear a report about a possible ban on smoking in parts of Burbank. The details of an ordinance have not yet been established, but city staffers have compiled information on similar ordinances in other cities.

The cities of Calabasas and Santa Monica have already adopted prohibitions on smoking in public places.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The report gives the council several options for a potential smoking ban. Though the council will not vote on an ordinance on Tuesday, direction will likely be given as to whether an ordinance is appropriate.

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TOBACCO RETAILERS

The council will consider an ordinance that would require retailers to obtain a $300 license in order to sell tobacco products in the city. The ordinance is set up to impose mechanisms by which the city can penalize retailers for selling tobacco products to minors.

Retailers would face severe monetary fines and/or loss of license if they are caught selling tobacco to minors. Loss of license would mean retailers could no longer sell tobacco products in the city. The proceeds for the licenses would be used to set up enforcement strategies.

WHAT TO EXPECT

In its last discussion of a license for tobacco retailers, the council was leaning toward support of the measure.

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