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At present, people are allowed to smoke all around the perimeter of Lake Merritt, as long as they are 25 feet away from a building. Bay Area residents of all ages visit the lake for fun and fitness. This experience is often marred by the presence of second-hand smoke which can be especially harmful for children, the elderly, and people with respiratory conditions. Let’s make Lake Merritt safe for all visitors by introducing a ban on smoking around the perimeter of the lake.
Rebecca Kaplan, Councilmember At-Large
Lynette Gison McElhaney, Council District 3
Dan Kalb, Council District 1
Patricia Kernighan, Council District 2
Libby Schaaf, Council District 4
Noel Gallo, Council District 5
Desley Brooks, Council District 6
Larry Reid, Council District 7
Anne Campbell Washington, Chief of Staff for Jean Quan
Please help improve Oakland by creating a local ordinance to ban smoking around the perimeter of Lake Merritt. Oakland residents and visitors deserve a clean-air oasis when they visit the lake for fitness and recreation.
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