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Slow start for smoking law

Businesses are charged with informing customers of the rule. That's a task they are reluctant to undertake, officials say.

June 16, 2007|By Chris Wiebe

The person filling the position would serve as a liaison between the city's licensing and code department and local businesses, getting the word out about the new restrictions, Alvord said.

"I think it's money well spent if it is the intent of the council to enforce this appropriately," she said Tuesday.

In the meantime, city staffers have already implemented several proactive outreach strategies, Georgino said.

Those measures include the decals, and sending a city staff person to key businesses associations to discuss enforcement issues and distributing informational letters to downtown businesses, as well as businesses in the Magnolia Park District, she said.

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"I think we are doing a lot," she said. "What the council did, which I think is a good step, is they are putting in a budget that'll be adopted next week, money for a staff person to make one-on-one visits with each business."

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  • CHRIS WIEBE covers City Hall and the courts. He may be reached at (818) 637-3242 or by e-mail at chris.wiebelatimes.com.

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