Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Call to Action! Seal Beach, CA May BAN E-Cigarette Stores (UPDATED -- 10 month moratorium proposed)

UPDATED (9/25/2013): On Monday, the Seal Beach City Council voted to impose a 10 month, 15 day moratorium on the licensing of new stores wishing to sell e-cigarettes.  At the meeting, Seal Beach Director of Community Development Jim Basham expressed his hope that the new regulations for e-cigarette stores would be written and proposed would be quickly placed before the City Council.

Those in and around Seal Beach should continue to e-mail the Seal Beach City Council and encourage them to act swiftly and again permit the establishment of e-cigarette stores in the city. 


Seal Beach, California: Ordinance No. 1631-U Would Treat E-Cigarettes like Drug Paraphernalia, Ban All Future Sales Within the City


Last night (Monday, August 26, 2013), the Seal Beach City Council provisionally approved Ordinance No. 1631-U, an ordinance to impose a 45-day moratorium on the establishment of any business that intends to sell electronic cigarettes or drug paraphernalia, with the goal being to establish a moratorium that would ban e-cigarette stores for a year or longer (and possibly permanently).  This means that while a convenience store that sells cigarettes can open in Seal Beach with zero issues, no electronic cigarette store will be permitted to open. 

Policies like these are contrary to public health and the Seal Beach City Council needs to hear from YOU to know that there are people out there who have benefited in tremendous ways from the availability of electronic cigarettes.  Moreover, the City Council needs to be told that SB 648, the bill that would have banned e-cigarette use everywhere smoking is banned in California, is dead for the 2013 legislative session, and therefore the possibility of that bill passing should not be considered.  

The Seal Beach City Council will hold a public hearing on this ordinance on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the City Hall Conference Room, 211 Eighth Street, in Seal Beach, California.  There will be an opportunity to make a public comment at the meeting.  

CASAA is requesting that all of its members in the Seal Beach, CA area attend and speak in opposition to cigarettes being made more freely available than e-cigarettes.  If you can attend, please e-mail us at board@casaa.org with the subject line "Seal Beach." 

Please contact the Seal Beach City Council at the below e-mail addresses / phone numbers. Tell them your story about how electronic cigarettes helped you quit, send them some snippets from CASAA's vast library of scientific literature on e-cigaretes, and urge them to reject any ordinance that would impact the availability of e-cigarettes in Seal Beach. 


Please contact the members of the Seal Beach City Council below

Ellery A. Deaton - Mayor Pro Tem
District One (Old Town & Surfside Colony)
Email: sealbeachdistrict1@gmail.com
Office: (562) 431-2527 Ext: 1501
Home:(562) 743-4355
Term: 2010 to 2014


David W. Sloan
District Two (Leisure World & College Park West)
Email: sloandistrict2@verizon.net
Office: (562) 431-2527 Ext: 1502
Home:(562) 431-8221
Term: 2012 to 2016


Gordon A. Shanks
District Three (Hill, Coves, Bridgeport, & Heron Pointe)
Email: gorsha@aol.com
Office: (562) 431-2527 Ext: 1503
Home:(562) 431-9501
Term: 2010 to 2014


Gary A. Miller - Mayor
District Four (College Park East & Town Center)
Email: gmiller@sealbeachca.gov
Office: (562) 431-2527 Ext: 1504
Home:N/A
Term: 2012 to 2016


Michael P. Levitt
District Five (Leisure World)
Email: mike4gail@yahoo.com
Office: (562) 431-2527 Ext: 1505
Home:(562) 596-1346
Term: 2010 to 2014


Comma delimited list: sealbeachdistrict1@gmail.com, sloandistrict2@verizon.net, gorsha@aol.com, gmiller@sealbeachca.gov, mike4gail@yahoo.com

6 comments:

Fr. Jack Kearney said...

I'll be at the hearing! Good job, Greg!

manudawg said...

I'll be there!
Robert Casey

Danielle Casey said...

I'll be attending the hearing.

dglsdxn said...

We need to nip this 'in the bud'!!! OMG, I just can't believe that some of our cities are even considering/wasting time on this issue! Those who can't make it, please send an e-mail of your testimony!

Colin Walker said...

Good luck guys.... this is like something out of the stone age.

Thinking of you all.

Danielle Casey said...

The City Council voted 4 to 1 in favor of extending the moratorium for 10 months 15 days (August 25th 2014) with a Caveat that the zoning regulations be expedited. Michael Levitt proposed a 120 day moratorium and he was the single vote in opposition to the 10 1/2 month moratorium. Thanks to all who attended and to CASAA/Greg for their hard work.