Abdel Salem, El Centro city manager
I'm a member of the tobacco coalition here in Imperial County and on their behalf I'd like to appeal to you for some assistance with a persistent problem.
Though smoking in bars has been illegal for more than three years in California there are still a few establishments that refuse to comply. I of course am most familiar with those in El Centro, such as Erma's Place, El Rancho Grande and Vallarta. Our tobacco coordinator, Terri Shiffer, is of course cognizant of countywide "offenders."
Rosie Nava, our former coordinator, and Ms. Shiffer have repeatedly educated the bar owners and managers to no avail. They all but blow smoke in their faces. Nor have repeated calls to the Police Department helped. When/if the police respond, a "warning" is usually all that is issued. After three years we think citations are more in order.