DOWNTOWN — Ever since he started smoking, Thomas Kay has enjoyed a cigarette on the patio at this San Fernando Boulevard Starbucks. Now, in the wake of a recent City Council ordinance, if Kay lights up, he will have to pay up.
On April 30, the City Council adopted an ordinance banning smoking in various public places. Smoking is no longer allowed within 20 feet of all entrances, exits and open windows of buildings open to the public; all sidewalks and pedestrian areas of Downtown Burbank; outdoor dining areas; and, all lines in public places, such as movie theaters and ATMs, according to Michael Forbes, a Burbank senior planner who helped draft the ordinance.
Burbank Police began issuing fines on Aug. 5 of up to $400 to violators. More than 40 people have been ticketed this month, Deputy Chief Bill Taylor said.