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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Parks Commissioner Jourdan Keith Opposes New Smoking Ban

Posted by on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 3:30 PM

“A smoking ban is pretty much unenforceable in Seattle parks,” Parks Commissioner Jourdan Keith said today in protest of Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher’s ban on smoking in all city parks. “My concern is it will be disproportionately enforced to affect the few people who are already displaced—people who don’t have anywhere else to go.”

Keith heard this concern repeatedly during weeks of public testimony leading up to the board’s decision on February 11. As an asthma sufferer, Keith was proud of the board’s compromise to keep smokers in parks while minimizing their affect on others—hence the ban on smoking at beaches, play fields, playgrounds, and within 25 feet of other park users.

Gallagher sat through the three-hour-long meeting while board members debated this issue (going an hour over the meeting’s scheduled time to do so), only to reject their recommendation in favor of a full ban yesterday.

What happens when we have large events like Seafair? Keith asks. Will we have hoards of officials out ticketing hoards of smokers? Or will police primarily use the ban against the homeless, the poor, and street kids?

And again, no answer from Gallagher, who is out enjoying his hard-earned vacation.


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“My concern is it will be disproportionately enforced to affect the few people who are already displaced—people who don’t have anywhere else to go.”

Posted by on February 18, 2010 at 3:41 PM · Report this
rob! 2
Posted by rob! on February 18, 2010 at 3:54 PM · Report this
I'd expect no less from a Parks Superintendent who violated the City Ethics Code to hold his wedding in a public park.

Memo to Mayor McGinn - I know you've got a lot of other hires on your plate, but one more can't be that much more bother.
Posted by Mr. X on February 18, 2010 at 4:06 PM · Report this
And Isnt hempfest held in a park?! WTF ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW?!
Posted by Everybody flip the fuck out!!!!!11!one! on February 18, 2010 at 4:38 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 5
Park permits frequently have exemptions from standard park regulations. Normally you're not supposed to use fireworks, drink beer, or serve food, for example.

That said, I recommend we tag and release smokers. Use really big clamps. Two tags and we put you on the light rail to Bellevue with a one way ticket.
Posted by Will in Seattle on February 18, 2010 at 4:40 PM · Report this
#4 Right! Fuck Seafair (and I can say that, I was born here!) ... what about us dirty stinky hippies?? Sorry, I mean the progressive decriminalization supporters?
Posted by rh on February 18, 2010 at 7:07 PM · Report this

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