Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch made a presentation Saturday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Honolulu on his city’s recently adopted groundbreaking ordinance banning the sale of tobacco products.
“I got very positive feedback,” Mirisch told City News Service. “I didn’t ask for commitments but did express my hope that other cities would adopt similar measures.”
The Beverly Hills City Council voted 5-0 June 4 to approve an ordinance prohibiting the sale of tobacco products in the city beginning on Jan. 1, 2021, with exceptions granted for hotels and existing cigar lounges.
The ordinance also includes “a hardship exemption provision for retailers that demonstrate the ban would cause undue hardship,” according to Keith Sterling, Beverly Hills’ public information manager.
Hotels will be allowed to sell tobacco products to registered guests through room service or the concierge.
The ordinance calls for a City Council review in three years as part of an overall study of the city’s policies on smoking and tobacco, including potential impacts on tourism.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was to moderate a best practice forum on “Preparing Cities for New Infrastructure Innovations and Sustainability” Saturday.
Also speaking at the meeting Saturday were former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, and Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence.
Garcetti made remarks at the Mayors Climate Protection Awards presentation Friday. He was among the three moderators for a panel discussion titled “Immigration: Responding to Current Challenges,” and made a best practice presentation during a session titled, “Homelessness and Housing: Government, Philanthropy, and the Private Sector.”
Garcetti is the chair of the conference’s Latino Alliance and its Infrastructure Task Force.
Also on Friday, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia was part of the Mayors Panel on Opportunity Zone Development during a session titled “How to Make Opportunity Zones Work for Your City”; and Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey spoke on “Complying with MS4 Permits to Control Stormwater” at the Mayors Water Council.
Conference officials announced Friday details for the 2019 Mayors National Youth Summit, which will be held in Los Angeles July 25-27.
Each attending mayor is expected to select two youth leaders, between the ages of 16 and 22, to accompany them to the Youth Summit.
Furey will make a best practices presentation Sunday on teaching youth about local government at a session on “Empowering America’s Youth Through Civic Involvement” that will also include remarks by David Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and a co-founder of March For Our Lives, the youth-led gun control organization.
The four-day meeting at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is themed “Infrastructure. Innovation. Inclusion.”
The mayors will consider and adopt policy resolutions on a range of issues, including anti-abortion legislation, the United States-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement, vaping and border security. The resolutions guide the advocacy agenda for the conference, the official non-partisan organization of the nation’s 1,408 cities with populations of 30,000 or more.
The other mayors from Los Angeles and Orange counties registered for the meeting are Harry Sidhu (Anaheim); David Shapiro (Calabasas); Albert Robles (Carson); Naresh Solanki (Cerritos); Jose Gonzalez (Cudahy); Meghan Sahli-Wells (Culver City); Rick Rodriguez (Downey); Christina Shea (Irvine); Margaret Clark (Rosemead); Jason Pu (San Gabriel): Miguel Pulido (Santa Ana); Gleam Davis (Santa Monica); and John D’Amico (West Hollywood).
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