Prevention Council Releases 2015 Progress Report and Recommendations for Safer, Healthier Rose Bowl Events
After two years of hard work the Rose Bowl Community Prevention Council (RBCPC) has released a 2014-15 Progress and Recommendations Reports detailing its efforts to date and next steps.
In March 2013 the RBCPC was convened to improve public health and safety at large community events in the City of Pasadena. Composed of representatives of neighborhood associations (e.g., East Arroyo, Linda Vista-Annandale, West Pasadena), community groups (Day One, Flintridge Center), and city agencies (Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Public Health Department), the RBCPC has spent the past two years observing large events, reviewing existing practices and procedures, and recommending improvements based on identified conditions and data collected.
In 2014, representatives of the aforementioned groups met on a regular basis to discuss manners of reducing alcohol-related harm and improving public health and safety at large events at the Rose Bowl. After reviewing findings from 10 major events in 2013-14, the group identified the following recommendations based upon their efficacy at other venues and potential ability to positively impact public health and safety during large events:
In November 2014 a majority of voters in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington DC moved to follow the states of Colorado and Washington to legalize recreational marijuana use. In November 2016 another wave of states are expected to consider similar measures, including the states of California, Nevada and Arizona.
Such swift state-level policy change is already having impacts on the individual and community level. The introduction of medicinal and recreational marijuana has shifted perceptions of harm and risk among youth and the general population, with consequences to use patterns as well as research.
What impact is marijuana currently having in California? What are the health impacts of use by youth and young adults? What don’t we know about use? What policy and regulatory implications should Californians be aware of when considering legalization? Join us in taking a deeper look at the nexus between marijuana and public health, policy, and safety.
To better inform the public, the RAD coalition will host a special public forum on Monday April 20th to discuss the issue of recreational marijuana legalization. Event attendees will enjoy light, healthy refreshments, view a short video, and hear from an expert panel featuring speakers on both sides of the issue, including:
The evening will be moderated by Luis Gutierrez, Senior Associate, LURN Network.
Join us for what is sure to be a stimulating evening!
Pomona, CA. – On March 2, 2015 the Pomona City Council unanimously moved to restrict smoking of any kind at city parks and other city facilities.
The smoking policy, which includes the use of electronic smoking devices, will take effect 30 days after approval by the city council. All parks in Pomona will officially be smoke-free as of April 2nd, 2015.
The policy was adopted as a result of numerous local complaints from residents regarding smoking at city hall, city facilities, and local parks.
Members of a local smoke-free coalition – Clean Air Pomona (CAP) – were on hand to educate the community about the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and the many benefits of smoke-free public places.
Consisting of local students, parents, and community partners, CAP collected data on local smoking rates and solicited resident input on the issue. The group's survey of over 200 residents found that 74% felt smoking at local parks was a big problem.
Just a few weeks after Pomona adopted its policy the West Covina City Council followed suit. Championed by Mayor Pro Tem James Toma, a first reading of an ordinance to create smoke-free parks and other public facilities, was discussed and approved at the Council's regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday March 17.
Like the City of Pomona, the West Covina policy also includes the use of electronic tobacco products.
In adopting the policy, the cities of Pomona and West Covina have joined 39 others across Los Angeles County, and 328 jurisdictions across California, who have already created smoke-free parks.
For additional information about smoke-free policies in the SGV and beyond, please contact Adriana Pinedo or Alisha Lopez of Day One.
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