Councilman: Ban Smoking on the Pier

Councilman Pat Aust proposes banning smoking on the Redondo Beach Pier.

The city may soon ban smoking on the if Councilman Pat Aust gets his way.

"We do have a ban on smoking on the beaches," Aust said at Tuesday's city council meeting. "We do have a ban on smoking in our parks, but we (don't) have an exclusion of smoking on the pier itself, even though it's considered a park."

While explaining that the city should either set up designating smoking areas or ban lighting up on the pier altogether, Aust added that it would further the city's participation in the Healthways Blue Zones Project.

The Blue Zones Project—a program formerly known as the Vitality City initiative that encourages healthy living in the Beach Cities—calls for cities to fulfill certain qualifications in order to become recognized as a Blue Zone Community. Banning smoking on the pier would fulfill one of those qualifications.

"The big deal is that it's only one area, which is a huge deal nationally," a representative from the Blue Zones Project told the council. "Redondo Beach is clearly a leader in this country for making these types of changes."

The council voted 2-1, with Councilman Steven Diels opposed and Councilmen Matt Kilroy and Steve Aspel absent, to direct city staff to look into writing an ordinance banning smoking on the pier for the council to approve.

Jim Light July 18, 2012 at 06:34 AM
I'd agree with Phil except our Council looks the other way on building a new power plant. The pollution from the new plant would dwarf any impact of banning smoking.
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry July 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Phil Konigsberg, so YOU are the guy who wants government to be our nanny? YOU are the Liberal who enables such ridiculous antics? YOU are the problem? Now it has a face. SHAME on you. And JIM LIGHT, you are no better! You only see our community as it relates or doesn't relate to a frickin' power plant? Take your head out. What of one's liberty being diminished by foolish people who strive to tell us how to live? I don't smoke. I never have. There's nothing about smoking I can tolerate. But that's not the issue. This is not the city of Santa Monica. Our residents of Redondo Beach do not encourage or enable government to be intrusive and quell one's liberty. Be wary of those who contrive to tell us how to live. As the nanny government state becomes more domineering, the individual diminishes -- always. Norman Rockwell didn't envision a neighborhood where a city council would meet every week to diminish our liberty. I never imagined that I would live in such a community. Our veterans didn't fight for democracy, they fought for liberty.
Jim Light July 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Kent, Your attack on me is miguided. Phil's statement was that one of the responsibilities of the Council is to look out for the health and safety of their constituents. I agree that is one of their responsibilities, but it makes no sense to ban smoking at the pier and then ignore the tons of pollutants that would be pumped out at the power plant. I never said I was for or against the ban. I am personally against smoking. I just watched my mother die from it and it was not pleasant. But I think there are much bigger fish to fry than outdoor smoking. Just because I tied the air quality issue from smoking to the power plant does not mean I only focus on the power plant. My civic participation has ranged over a multitude of topics over the years from water testing in the harbor for Surfrider Foundation to saving the Ballona Wetlands, saving Torrance Blvd from condo-ization, preventing the Seaside Lagoon from being partially paved over for a parking lot, and getting Redondo Residents a vote on major land use changes.
Charles Nichols November 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Although I oppose the smoking ban it does not require a new city ordinance. The city broadly defines "Beach" to include the pier and everything west of the southern entrance to the Pier extending to West Torrance Blvd and all of the pier to the southern end of the breakwall. All the city council has to do is to strike Section 5-8.01(b)(3) from its existing ban - "This section shall not apply to the municipal piers."
Tim Sole November 10, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I woke up on the "Marine Corps" 237th birthday, to find, yes more liberties diminished, I truly am ashamed that I, a "Marine", have stood by and allowed it to come to this. I signed a oath to protect us, from enemy's both foreign and domestic. At least I now know who the enemy is, it is us, for we didn't stop the madness.


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