Danville council looks to formally approve new smoking ban

Ordinance prohibits smoking at apartments, condos; expands all regulations to medical marijuana, e-cigarettes

The Danville Town Council is set to consider final approval of a new ordinance prohibiting smoking at apartments, condominiums and most other multifamily housing complexes Tuesday evening.

The council gave initial support to the ban by approving the first reading of the proposed ordinance after a public hearing during its last meeting.

The second reading and final approval is scheduled to occur Tuesday as part of the council's consent agenda -- a collection of items deemed routine and voted upon all at once.

The new regulations, which would take effect in early December, would ban smoking in all multifamily buildings of three or more units, prohibiting smoking within all units and common areas of the building and property -- other than designated smoking areas. Smoking also wouldn't be allowed on porches, patios or balconies.

The ordinance also expands all of Danville's smoking laws to include medical marijuana and electronic smoking devices, such as e-cigarettes, in light of concerns over secondhand-smoke exposure.

Existing town law already prohibits smoking in a variety of areas, including all town parks, indoor businesses, restaurants, public facilities and schools, and any place voluntarily designating itself as a nonsmoking establishment.

Tuesday's council meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. inside the Town Meeting Hall at 201 Front St.

In other business

* Council members will present a proclamation to local library officials in recognition of the CityRead 2015: "Two Cities, One Tale" 11th anniversary event, which runs through Nov. 9.

* They will receive reports on the Parks and Leisure Services Commission, RecycleSmart, TRAFFIX and the League of California Cities' annual conference.

* The council will also consider appointing Chris Trujillo as the Design Review Board's representative to the Historic Design Review Committee.

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