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More News From the Nanny State: San Francisco Bans Smoking
in Apartment Buildings
San Francisco has become the largest U.S. city to ban
smoking cannabis and tobacco products in apartment
and condominium buildings. The San Francisco Board of
Supervisors voted in December on a proposal to protect
residents from secondhand smoke. Smoking was already illegal in common areas such as stairwells and hallways, and many of the City’s landlords banned it indoors entirely.
Under the new no smoking ordinance, prohibits all residents — except those with medical cannabis cards — from smoking inside of buildings with three or more units, including private apartment buildings, low-income buildings called Single Room Occupancy hotels, and condominiums. Repeat offenders could be fined $1,000 a day but would not be subject to eviction for a violation of the ordinance. Under State law, it is illegal to smoke cannabis in public places, although, the law is only rarely enforced. San Francisco joins 63 other California cities with its no smoking ban.
Mayor Garcetti’s Plan to Assist Renters Impacted by COVID-19
Mayor Garcetti supports a new plan to assist City of Los Angeles Renters – he is going to take YOUR security deposits away from YOU. That’s right, under a plan that Eric Garcetti and other large city mayor have proposed, new and existing renters would be allowed to claim back their security deposits and, at the same time, renters would be given ninety-days to purchase an insurance policy to protect damage to a landlord’s property. What a scheme – give to insurance companies and take from landlords.
As would be expected, there are no criteria for renters who choose to purchase the insurance policy. Any renter taking advantage of the proposed program, will have cash for the insurance policy because they will have just received the cash back from their security deposit. A renter purchasing an insurance policy is not the same as holding a cash security deposit – owners would then be required to make an insurance claim in order to be compensated for damages to their units, which takes time and reduces cost recoveries.
Under the proposal, it is hoped that security deposits can be put back into the pockets of renters, creating an instant stimulus that can be used toward mounting bills, building emergency savings or even paying next month’s rent, but getting rent money is probably unlikely. At a time when owners are not collecting rent, they may be asked to come up with more money to refund their tenants’ security deposits. What will “they” and Mayor Garcetti think of next? Got any other brilliant ideas, Eric?
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