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Fri Sep 20, 2019, 07:38 AM

You might soon be fined $25 for smoking at California beaches

More than 65,000 volunteers are expected to turn out at beaches from Oregon to Mexico on Saturday for the 35th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day — a massive event that takes 2,500 miles of littered shorelines, including the shores of rivers, creeks and lakes, and turns them into gleaming landscapes.

The event runs from 9 a.m. until noon, and volunteers can still sign up by going to www.coastalcleanupday.org.

This year, however, there’s a new twist: It might be the last year where cigarette butts are the most numerous item picked up. Two bills to ban smoking at all state beaches — with a $25 fine for violators — have reached Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk and await his signature.

Former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed similar bills three times, saying people should be allowed to smoke outdoors in parks.

But this year there’s a new governor.

Read more: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/09/19/you-might-soon-be-fined-25-for-smoking-at-california-beaches/

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TexasTowelie Sep 20 OP
3Hotdogs Sep 20 #1
customerserviceguy Sep 20 #4
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Fullduplexxx Sep 20 #2
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 08:41 AM

1. No, you won't.

There's such a fine on the books in Central Park, N.Y.C.

Never enforced. Not much smoking, anyway, but still, never enforced.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 11:39 AM

4. Nothing gets enforced in NYC

Hands-free cellphone use while driving, speed limits, even those laughable signs about a fine for honking a horn. Glad I got away from the place.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 07:21 PM

5. Wrong. Go to district courts.

Open containers,
public urination.

Those cases appear in N.Y.C. municipal courts.

"$25.00, how do you plead?"

"Not guilty, your honor."

"Then, we will set hearing for another date when you will have to come back. You will also need to hire a lawyer (not true)."

So the sucker pleads guilty.


I've witnessed this quite a few times.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 10:52 PM

6. Ok, I'm sure

that the selective enforcement probably works against people of color, for instance. But it doesn't seem to act as any kind of deterrent.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 09:03 AM

2. The only place smoking should be allowed is in their car with the windows up

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 09:41 AM

3. I agree,and that should include

my neighbors who grille,almost every evening.I have to close my windows.

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