On Tuesday night, Feb. 14, the Mountain View City Council voted 4-3 in favor of tighter restrictions on smoking outdoors in the city.
The new restrictions make it illegal to smoke within 25 feet of outdoor patios, and windows and doorways of work places.
Many downtown business owners - especially owners of bars, restaurants and nightclubs - are opposed to the new law, and feel it will effect business by driving away customers who smoke. In some cases, bar owners are claiming it will force them to shut down their outdoor patios.
A large group of locals appeared before the Council Tuesday, speaking out against the law, and recently, a petition with nearly 1,100 signatures opposing it. However, the efforts were not able to sway enough council members to vote against the new law.
The new restrictions go into effect in 90 days and carry with them a $50 citation for violations.
We want to know - what do you think?
Smokers and non-smokers alike, will the new restrictions change the way you patronize Mountain View businesses? Please take a moment and vote in our anonymous poll.