Smoking and Styrofoam on Council Agenda Tonight

The city could take tougher positions on outdoors tobacco use and work toward a ban of plastic bags and carry-out food containers.

The Mountain View City Council has a long agenda tonight and, while some of the issues may appeal to the environmentally friendly and non-smokers, there may be opposition from the business community.

On tonight's agenda the city will look to strengthen regulation by an amendment to its tobacco ordinance, which would push smokers further away from "dining" areas that is, any sidewalk or street and within city parks. Also, smoking could be prohibited from within 25 foot "buffer zone" to "any doorway, operable window, crack, vent into an enclosed area."

Another item, the city will begin to work toward a ban of single-use plastic bags unless purchased for 10 to 15 cents and complete ban of styrofoam carry-out food containers.

Other agenda items include:

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations with Service Employees International Union, the Eagles, the International Association of Firefighters, and the unrepresented fire manageres, police officers, department heads and IT employees.

Regular Session

Consent calendar

  • Adoption of ordinance cancelling development agreement with Hewlett Packard for 100 Mayfield Ave. property; Possible contribution to Santa Clara County Housing Trust

Public Hearing

  • Ordinance amending code in regards to preservation of historic buildings
  • Ordinance amending code in

Unfinished business

  • Adoption of resolution regarding the amendement of the related to the Mountain View Revitalization Authority

New Business

  • Authorize City Manager to enter into agreement with the cities of Palo Alto and Los Altos to .

Items initiated by Council

  • Authorize staff to start work on a plan to develop an ordinance to ban plastic bags and styrofoam carryout food containers.

Remember that you can watch City Council sessions live on KMVT Channel 15 starting at 6:30 p.m. and also directly from the city government's live video or audio streams.


Marlene Bakken February 22, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Of COURSE anti-smokers want a smoking ban and favor taxes foisted on some another segment of the population! It's a form of legal BULLYING! Of COURSE anti-smokers don't care that business owners lose their private property rights and citizens lose theirs for the legislatively forced preference of others, it's another form of legal bullying! Of COURSE, they're BULLIES! There is absolutely no basis since this has all been exposed as a sham like ClimateGate called SmokeGate. They use bogus "science" to hoodwink uneducated legislators into making unconstitutional laws in the name of "public health" that in essence just wipes out the competition in a brilliant marketing scam for pharmaceutical nicotine, and these legislators have no idea that they've given away OUR farm! The World Health Organization's study showing that SHS may even have a protective effect and not the least harmful was withheld because it didn't promote total control of the population. Need proof? http://web.archive.org/web/20021128202555/http:/www.telegraph.co.uk/htmlContent.jhtml?html=/archive/1998/03/08/wtob08.html An abstract of the study is available here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9776409?dopt=Abstract . The entire study can be found here. http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/90/19/1440.full.pdf The WHO's press release is located here. http://www.who.int/inf-pr-1998/en/pr98-29.html


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