Tag Archives: TALC

A New Analysis on Proposition 26

The California Taxpayers Association recently released Understanding Proposition 26, a guide to the new tax structure in California.  I was interested to see what this organization had to say about Prop. 26 since they were one of the sponsors of the ballot initiative. 

As most of you know, in November 2010, California voters approved Prop. 26, which reclassified many local fees as taxes, subjecting them to a two-thirds vote requirement.  Throughout the campaign and after the initiative was adopted, many tobacco control advocates were wondering how this would impact their local tobacco control work, specifically related to tobacco retailer license fees.

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Green to Yellow

Ever been cruising along in your car and then all of a sudden the green light turns yellow and you can’t decide if you are going to make it or not?  You go through that whole “Slam on the brakes!  No wait, hit the gas and make the light.  Not enough time, slam on the brakes!” thought process in your head.  This is kind of like that. Read More »

A New Prescription for Tobacco-free Pharmacies

Ugh. Earlier this week the appeals court judges sided with Walgreens against San Francisco’s tobacco-free pharmacy law — quite a disappointment.

Court of Appeal Justice William McGuiness is quoted as saying, “There is no rational basis to believe the supposed implied message conveyed by selling tobacco products at a Walgreens that has a licensed pharmacy in the back of the store is different in any meaningful way from the implied message conveyed by selling such products at a supermarket or big box store that contains a licensed pharmacy.” Read More »

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 »