On the agenda: Alhambra Beautiful Awards, restrictions on e-cigarettes

Alhambra City Council members will recognize the winners of the annual Alhambra Beautiful Award at Monday night's meeting. The Alhambra Chamber of Commerce sponsored award is given to homeowners who have made an effort to maintain their properties and contributed to beautifying the city. Two winners from each of the five districts will receive a certificate of recognition and an Alhambra Beautiful lawn sign from a council member.

In May 2013, city council considered a proposal opposite to the Alhambra Beautiful Award, an Alhambra Unbeautiful Letter, to send to homeowners whose properties are in need of maintenance. Councilwoman Barbara Messina, whose idea it was, emphasized the importance of maintaining one’s property for the sake of the community. “It’s not a citation, it’s just a friendly reminder that some people don’t realize that this is something that we would like to have people do who live in homes, whether you’re an owner or a renter keeping the appearance for the sake of our neighborhood is very important,” Messina said during a June 10 council meeting. The initiative was set to begin on September 1 according to the six-month Strategic Plan but has not been mentioned in public meeting since the June 10 meeting.

Council will also consider for the second time the regulation of the use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes and prohibition of the issuance of more permits to e-cigarette retailers around the city.

E-cigarettes are metal tubes implanted with heating devices that vaporize a liquid solution, simulating the smoking of cigarettes or tobaccos. Some liquid solutions contain nicotine while others are simply flavored.

At the last meeting, council voted to have a second reading after one council member refused to support the ban, Councilman Gary Yamauchi. “I was under the impression that is why these e-cigarettes came out, so they would eliminate second-hand smoke," Yamauchi said during the October 14 meeting. "It was because of that confusion that I voted the way I did and I just need more information."

City Council meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at City Hall. Read the complete agenda below. You can also download the document or make it larger using the controls on the bottom.

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