Councilman Mike Nelson spoke before the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association on October 4, telling them about several initiatives he’s working on.

The quote of the night was easily his response to a question on his opinion of the new anti-smoking proposal, which would ban smoking on beaches and in parks.

“What I’m worried about is if you live in an apartment house, they’re going to tell you you can’t smoke in your apartment,” Nelson said. “If you can’t smoke in your own domicile then it’s really getting to be like in Communist Russia. It totally goes against my grain.”

He also said the rising cigarette taxes makes Al-Qaeda and gangsters happy.

Aside from that, Nelson talked about flu shots, renovations to the fields and courts in Manhattan Beach Park and his legislation to grant temporary amnesty for late parking tickets. The last is a key issue for the councilman, and would give a period of time for people with overdue parking tickets to pay their original fines and have the late fees waived. A hearing for the bill is expected to be scheduled soon.

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  • winson

    Some landlords prohibit their tentants from smoking anymore in their entire building because it greatly increases the risk of fire-related deaths and injuries. Nelson’s statement about the rising cigarette tax and Al-Qaeda/gangsters is completely nonsensical. I personally support the smoking ban because I should not have to worry about getting sick at a park or beach from second-hand smoke as a result of morons putting their lives at risk to look cool.

  • Barkingspider7

    Has Mike Nelson lost his friggin mind? There should be NO SMOKING IN ANY PUBLIC PLACE. If the smokers want to puff, let them stay in their own homes. It is a filthy disgusting habit and the majority of intelligent people are offended by having smoke blown around them. Make smoking illegal in every public place, including in the streets. Yeah – I have had smoke blown into my face by these slobs smoking in front of businesses and while walking in the streets. Gangsters and Al Qaeda Mike? Sounds a little paranoid to me. Wake up and do the right thing.