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April 24, 2015

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 1 8 6 Volume 23, Issue 17 $1.00 April 24, 2015 BY KRISTI MYLLENBECK T he city of Sunnyvale has received a grant of $95,000 that will go toward studying the effects of secondhand smoke in public places with the possibility of recommending future bans on smoking in such places. The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety applied for the funding in mid-March, and the grant was pro- vided by the Santa Clara County United for Health— Partnership to Improve Community Health project. The study will focus on smoking inside all units and in common areas of multi-family residences, in all outdoor dining areas and within a specified distance of entrances, exits and windows of all businesses. The distance could be 20 feet, according to the city website. The study could wrap up by December and will include community meetings, research, surveys and input from the public. In 2012, the Sunnyvale City Council approved bans that prohibit smoking on all city property and public parks, excluding golf courses. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department funded the study for those issues related to secondhand smoke in 2011. The city also opted to add electronic cigarettes to the ban last year. The study has come to light after residents ex- pressed concern over the level of secondhand smoke in certain areas of the city. "Sunnyvale is responding to increasing concerns from the community about the harmful effects of sec- ondhand smoke and the desire for greater access to tobacco-free environments for its residents, business owners and operators, and visitors," said Jennifer Garnett, communications officer for the city. According to the agenda item detailing the study is- sue, in the last five years, the city has received numer- ous complaints, especially related to unwanted smoke wafting into multi-family housing units. "A resident living in a multi-family housing unit ... stated that he is negatively impacted by neighbors who are smoking in close proximity to his unit," the agenda item states. "He suggested the study issue because he believes that the issue is prevalent in multi-family GRANT HAS CITY OF SUNNYVALE STUDYING SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES Study could end in December Attention Shoppers : Zanotto's Family Market open after year-long wait ................................ page 5 Running Away: Fremont Union athletes finish strong at track and field classic .................... page 26 A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER Steven Brown, the artistic director and founder of Chrysalis Youth Theatre, talks to his crew from the stage during a dress rehearsal of 'Peter Pan' at the Anthony Soto Theatre in San Jose. Setting the Stage Stage Chrysalis Youth Youth Theatre helps Theatre helps transform young transform young actors both on actors both on stage and in life stage and in life Page 14 Page 14 Smoking, page 6

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