SEND US YOUR $10 HOOKERS — The women on Adams Avenue are more than $10 hookers or drug users. They are women who need help. Send them to us at Imperial County Behavioral Health Services. We have some programs to help them.
There are some dedicated people working with drug users and they're getting results. The common notion is that addicts never get off drugs, but people are getting off drugs.
Substance abusers are the last class of people you can trash without getting in trouble.
If you work with children, people will throw garlands at your feet. Most of the women on the street are neglected or abused children a few years down the road. — Behavioral Health, El Centro
QUESTION: I read the letter in PROBE about making it illegal to smoke in parks. I know California laws on smoking are really strict, but the Burgers and Beer restaurant in El Centro does not seem to know that. I go there frequently. The food is great if you do not eat in the patio where the smokers hang out.
Is there a law in California against smoking at a restaurant or within so many yards of a restaurant? I worry about the health of the waitresses and the non-smokers who eat there. I know one of the waitresses is pregnant (just like me). Is there anything you can do? — Non-smoker, e-mail
As far as we know, it's still legal to smoke outside in the patio at a restaurant. We're not ruling out there's a brand new state law covering patios.
However the 1995 law that banned smoking in virtually all enclosed areas in California specifically limits the ban to "enclosed" work places.
As we reported, you can still smoke in parks but you can no longer smoke in playground areas. Reportedly there's a movement to ban smoking in the home.
The city council of West Hollywood passed an ordinance allowing non-smoking apartment dwellers to file complaints if a neighbor's tobacco smoke filters into their apartments.
According to a story by Tom D. Elias in the conservative Washington Times, city councils in "other liberal bastions like Santa Monica and San Francisco" are watching the West Hollywood ordinance to "see how it works."