Beach Bummed

Sometimes politics can get in the way of good policy. It happens all the time and such was the case with SB 4 this legislative session.  Exhibit A: Well-meaning politician with an exemplary record in tobacco control who wants to do something super progressive butts up against a Governor with a looming expiration date and a penchant for saying no more often than yes on tobacco related legislation. 

SB 4 was a first step in addressing smoking on California’s state beaches and parks and originally the bill had a lot going for it, including the right stakeholders – public health and enviros were aligned and the right momentum – local communities have led the way with strong ordinances up and down the southern California coastline. But along the way concessions were made that weakened the bill and the bill became something different from its original intent and something lesser than what local municipalities have passed. Ultimately the bill fell short in adopting education, signage and enforcement provisions that would have made it a bill worth fighting for. And guess what?? The Governor still said No in the end.

–Kimberly Weich Reusche


  1. Megan
    Posted Jun 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    such a disappointment

  2. Raveen Sharma
    Posted Jul 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    I think Ah-nuld might have a switch on him that’s set to “ineffective politician.” But if the other option is “deadly killing machine” perhaps it’s better to wait until he’s out of office (and campaign against him if he ever tries to run for any office again.)

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