Santa Monica expands outdoor no-smoking zones
Smoke-free areas are being expanded in Santa Monica in an effort to address the complaints of residents of multi-family buildings.
Under an ordinance that goes into effect Thursday, outdoor smoking will be prohibited within 25 feet of all doors, windows and vents. The ordinance covers all private balconies, patios, porches and decks and any areas on neighboring properties that are within 25 feet of a door, window or vent.
Existing law already prohibits smoking in yards, on walkways, in play areas and in other common zones used by residents of more than one unit.
Anyone caught smoking in a restricted area will be subject to a fine of $100 for the first offense, with subsequent violations carrying fines of $200 and then $500. Any person will be able to take a case to court.
-- Martha Groves