Monthly Archives: December 2009

TALC Does It Again!

I just got off of a TALC webinar about their new CALIFORNIA MODEL ORDINANCE REGULATING SMOKING IN MULTI-UNIT RESIDENCES

Wow! 

We’ve come a long way in the smoke free housing movement.  Back in 2005 when TALC’s first “sample” ordinance came out, we had no ordinances in the state.  Now there are a variety of ordinances affecting units, nuisance, disclosure, balconies, outdoor common areas and so on.  The toughness of the new Model Ordinance reflects a new self-confidence that many activists feel about targeting units for smoking restrictions. Read More »

Bright New Future

The California Tobacco Control Program announced the results of their “Local Tobacco Control Intervention” grants this morning!

I was excited to see that many of our partners & friends were re-funded. But in addition there are many new organizations, who I’m excited to meet. Read More »

Corcoran: Journey to the Center of California

The three hour drive down I-5 is bad enough. Now throw in gusts of wind and a dust storm so thick at times I had to turn my lights on and struggled to stay in my lane.

I was heading down to Corcoran to help conduct my first organizing training with the training expert herself, Vanessa Marvin. Now, I am a little shy and a little nervous when it comes to public speaking, so driving through a dust storm certainly didn’t help ease my nerves …but so it goes.

Thankfully, the next morning, the sun was out and the dust was on the ground. I was excited, still a bit nervous, but ready to go.

Shortly after setting up the room, coalition members began trickling in, all ready to make TRL happen in their community.

All with the exception of one gentleman. Read More »