Terraces Development, Smoking Prohibition Being Discussed By Two Lafayette Agencies on Monday Night

The Design Review Commission will look at revamped plans for The Terraces while the City Council consider more restrictions on smoking

An artist's rendering of The Terraces of Lafayette project
An artist's rendering of The Terraces of Lafayette project
Two issues. Two agencies. Two meetings. One building.

That's what's happening Monday night at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.

The Lafayette City Council will be considering stricter restrictions on smoking in the city while in another part of the building the city's Design Review Commission will hold a public hearing on The Terraces project.

The commission meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the community hall of the library, located at 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

On the agenda is a continued public hearing on The Terraces project at the corner of Deer Hill Road and Pleasant Hill Road.

According to the city manager's Friday report, the developer has scaled back the project from 315 to 208 apartments. The new plan also reduces the number of parking space from 569 to 375.

At a hearing in early October, more than 100 people attended, many of them criticizing the size and scope of the development.

Meanwhile, the council will be meeting at the Art & Science Discovery Center in the library about the same time.

On their agenda is a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to prohibit smoking in more areas of the city, including multi-family housing projects, outdoor public areas, public events and outdoor dining areas.

City staff states in a report to the council that the new restrictions are needed to protect the public's health, safety and welfare due to the dangers of second-hand smoke.

john davidson October 29, 2013 at 11:31 AM
This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke: http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/28/16741714-lungs-from-pack-a-day-smokers-safe-for-transplant-study-finds?lite Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds. By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News. Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe. What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none. “I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study........................... Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it! The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered: Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year. 146,000 CIGARETTES SMOKED IN 20 YEARS AT 1 PACK A DAY. A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose. Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh!
john davidson October 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Hitler's Anti-Tobacco Campaign One particularly vile individual, Karl Astel -- upstanding president of Jena University, poisonous anti-Semite, euthanasia fanatic, SS officer, war criminal and tobacco-free Germany enthusiast -- liked to walk up to smokers and tear cigarettes from their unsuspecting mouths. (He committed suicide when the war ended, more through disappointment than fear of hanging.) It comes as little surprise to discover that the phrase "passive smoking" (Passivrauchen) was coined not by contemporary American admen, but by Fritz Lickint, the author of the magisterial 1100-page Tabak und Organismus ("Tobacco and the Organism"), which was produced in collaboration with the German AntiTobacco League.


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