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LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPORT: WEEK OF MAY 12

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--El Cajon’s Council meets Tuesday, May 13.  This week, Council will consider a measure to support creation of a veteran’s memorial in El Cajon.  They will also consider proposals to regulate secondhand shops, create a crime-free motel and hotel program, and establish an incubator businesses program to help local entrepreneurs. The council will also hear a first reading of a moratorium on new hookah lounges.

HOOKED ON HOOKAH BARS? SHERIFF ISSUES HEALTH WARNING ON LATEST TEEN TREND

 

May 11, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Crime prevention specialist Paula Dickenson, USN retired, with the Sheriff’s substation in Alpine has issued a warning about hidden hazards of hookah lounges and bars.

 

Hookahs pose risks of hepatitis and tuberculosis transmission as well as hazards associated with tobacco and the chemicals that the tobacco contain.

 

Below is full text of information provided by the Sheriff’s office:

BLUE FLAYME PROTEST UP IN SMOKE: RESIDENTS FUME OVER HOOKAH LOUNGE GRANTED ALCOHOL PERMIT NEAR HIGH SCHOOL

By Miriam Raftery

October 26, 2010 (Spring Valley) Despite disapproval of two County agencies and community groups, the County’s Planning Commission gave the thumbs up for an Alcoholic Beverages commission (ABC) license allowing beer at Blue Flayme, a new Hookah lounge in Spring Valley. The Commission overturned a decision by the Department of Planning and Land Use (DPLU), which opposed the license.

 

Hookahs have been linked to serious health hazards.  Now, the new trend of combining Hookah smoking and alcohol consumption locally has many in the community up in arms.

READER’S EDITORIAL: LOOK FOR A HOOKAH LOUNGE NEAR YOU


Are hookah lounges good for our youth?

 

By Debra Gilly

October 25, 2010 (Spring Valley) -- Last week, our County Planning Commission approved the request for a liquor license by Blu Flayme, a hookah lounge located in a strip mall known to be a popular hang-out for Monte Vista High School students. Owners of the hookah lounge believe that smoking hookah is a good bonding and cultural experience they would like to share and promote with our young people (according to a marketing plan they presented before a planning committee at the San Miguel Fire Station).

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