So much for a democracy. The City Council in Manhattan Beach, California passed a new smoking ban that will prohibit smoking in multi-unit residences despite a last-minute plea from the Manhattan Village Homeowners Association who did not want to be included in such a ban.
The City Council narrowly passed the measure with a 3-2 vote. The law is an extension of the citywide smoking ban that bans smoking in public places and does not include any designated smoking areas.
The Homeowner Association argued that there joined homes are separated by double walls and each property has its own separate ventilation but the City Council chose to ignore them.
Over the next 18 months the city will educate property owners and tenants on the new rules and all multi-unit properties will have to be smoke free by May 5, 2017.