The city of Foster City, CA has drafted an amendment to an ordinance dealing with second-hand smoke. The amendment would ban smoking in all rental apartment complexes and requite those who own their own condominiums or townhouses to only smoke indoors with the windows closed. A clause was added to revisit the rule after six months of implementation.
According to The Daily Journal, 64% of the residents of Foster City, California live in multifamily housing.
“Sixty-four percent of the residents of Foster City live in multifamily residences or units so, by banning smoking in apartments, it took a big bite in protecting the residents,” Councilman Steve Okamoto said.
If the amendment passes the fine would be $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second, and $1000 for each additional violation.
Foster City is home to 32,000 residents over 19.9 squre miles.