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Claremont will review plan for smoke free environment

The Claremont City Council Tuesday will discuss adding another layer to its plan to establish a smoke-free city. The discourse takes place at the regular city council meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 225 W. Second St.

The proposed resolution encouraging a Smoke Free Environment comes nearly 4 years after Claremont established its first ordinance prohibiting smoking in town. Clean Air Claremont and the Los Angeles County Public Health Tobacco Control and Prevention Program (TCPP) are bringing it forward for deliberation. In October 28, the city council banned smoking in city parks. That ordinance was expanded in December 2010 to include the Plaza, located off Indian Hill Boulevard and First Street in front of the Laemmle Theater.

Staff is recommending that the council adopt the resolution to establish a sign program promoting Claremont as a smoke free environment. Though signs would be posted, there would be no enforcement of the policy. The council is being asked to approve the use of $2000 for signage and marketing. Money will be taken from the General Fund’s unallocated fund balance.

In addition, the council will evaluate adopting an official stance in relation to the controversial Supreme Court Case Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Committee. The resolution proposes that Claremont oppose the Supreme Court decision, which expanded corporate spending in the campaign process. The Supreme Court ruled that restricting independent contributions was a violation of the First Amendment’s free speech clause.

The resolution is being brought back after several residents came forward during last meeting’s public comment to urge the council to take a stand. Though not all were in favor of adopting a resolution, Councilmember Sam Pedroza felt the case had enough of a connection with Claremont to warrant entertaining the idea. Claremont already has an ordinance in place restricting the amount of direct contributions a person running for Claremont City Council may accept.

Prior to resolution discussions, the council will conduct its annual review of the city’s conformance with the Los Angeles County Congestion Management Program, as well as a review of Claremont McKenna College’s master plan and relating actions.

A performance evaluation of City Manager Tony Ramos will be conducted in the council’s closed session, beginning at 5:15 p.m. Public comment is welcome before the council adjourns into the private meeting. View all items up for council discussion at www.ci.claremont.ca.us.

—Beth Hartnett

news@claremont-courier.com

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