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GIVE INPUT ON EFFECTIVENESS OF SMOKE FREE HOUSING ORDINANCE
Use City online forum designed for civility

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, February 26, 2019) - Use the City of Berkeley’s online forum to help the City review the effectiveness of an existing law that prohibits tobacco smoking in multi-unit residential buildings.

While the law was passed was in 2013, the City is now interested in evaluating the ordinance and its enforcement. The Housing Advisory Commission will use this feedback as one piece of their evaluation and they may propose revisions to City Council.

Please use the survey to help us evaluate the ordinance.

Registered users on Berkeley Considers - found at http://www.cityofberkeley.info/considers - can post their comments online with or without their name. The goal of the forum is to broaden civic discourse in a constructive and civil manner.

On Berkeley Considers, each person will be allowed one comment, a feature enforced through registration and through the platform operator's analysis of 25 different fraud detection data points, such as IP addresses, browser identity and similarity between email addresses.

The platform is operated by OpenGov, which has used its software and services to broaden civic discourse around the country and Canada.

When registering, you will be asked for your name and home address. This confidential information is used only by OpenGov to identify statements from residents in and near Berkeley - so that users know which statements are from local residents. They will keep your information confidential, they do not accept advertising, and they will not share contact information, as noted in the company's Privacy Policy.

Online forums are not social science, nor scientific polling. But, as with public comment, it is intended to provide decision makers with additional data to help in its decision making process.

Please use the survey to help us evaluate the ordinance.

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