I have quite simply had enough. Stephanie Robins hit it spot on in her letter last week. I refuse to live in a country that glorifies and adulates the empty head. Ban smoking in public places? Wow. You idiots on the Manhattan Beach City Council are doing God's work. Meanwhile, we are heading towards a total surveillance state, akin to what George Orwell warned us about in 1948. Hermosa Beach is all in on the idea. And all these fools, these supposed betters, can summon the courage to do is ban smoking. Empty heads. Just empty heads; pathetic idiots mascaraing as real human beings with actual thoughts. It is for this reason, and others, that I am officially declaring my candidacy for Redondo Beach City Council District 3, as of this moment. I encourage Stephanie to run as well. It's time to knock these criminals out of office. Don't hate the media, be the media.
Yours in Anger,
Eric Coleman
Mister T February 16, 2014 at 09:48 AM
I find it ironic that someone who seems to be so offended by government infringement on individual liberties and freedoms (and who of course throws in the clichéd and obligatory 1984 reference) openly mocks a city government trying to protect citizens' individual liberties and freedoms from each other in the form of a public smoking ban. So the federal government monitoring communications sends you into a name-calling frenzy but a local government that tries to stop a person publicly spewing foul-smelling carcinogens from three feet away into the air that you and your kids are trying to breath is worthy of scorn. Got it. Why is it ludicrous to try to protect the right to breath clean air without others infringing upon it but so heroic and important to prevent the infringement on privacy? Of course ideally I'd like to live in a world where the government doesn't violate fundamental 4th Amendment rights AND where I can walk to get an ice cream cone with my daughter and not have to worry about someone else taking it upon themselves to puff out carcinogens into the public space through which we are trying to move. That being said, I know which one my local government can control and which they can't and will vote accordingly.
Just Tim February 16, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Looking at this from outside the current two party system we have locally and nationally. How about if we let the marketplace determine where one can smoke. If a business owner, who runs a business that children shouldn't be in (Tavern or Bar), decides to allow smoking, the market will will tell him or her whether it was a good decision to allow smoking. If a business owner is running a business that children would normally be in (Ice Cream Shop), then the marketplace would naturally turn against that place of business if they allowed smoking. The above assumes one thing, that parents actually have parenting skills and understand that they alone have the responsibility to teach children the difference in good and bad habits.
Mister T February 16, 2014 at 11:37 AM
1. If a restaurant was serving food that not only was cancer-causing but also could contribute to cancer of people at the surrounding tables or walking by on the sidewalk near their outdoor seating area, would that be OK? Would we let the almighty market dictate that? What if a restaurant just wanted to pump cancer-causing agents out if its ventilation and out if its patio seating area onto the sidewalk? Would that too be a free-market issue? 2. An outdoor/public areas smoking ban has nothing to do with the inability of parents to teach their children good habits but rather the right of parents to take their children to public places within their city and not have their children exposed to dozens of agents linked with cancer. Not quite sure how my right to breath clean air while walking down the street differs from my right to walk down the street without being punched, kicked or verbally assaulted. If my right to swing my fist ends when it hits another person's nose, why does someone's right to smoke not end when it hits another person's nose as well?
Robert Keane February 16, 2014 at 11:52 AM
So, after a failed run for mayor Eric makes good on his promise and moves out of his parents house in the south end. He rents an apartment north of 190 and is once again running for an elected position. Eric, you rail against policies in Manhattan and Hermosa but want to run here? As long as you're renting a place why not in one of those cities? What's it going to be this time? Bring back the Red Cars? Flying R/C planes on the Esplanade? A moratorium on T.P'ing the mayors house? This City has real problems and we need smart people who want to serve, not some character who likes to see his name in the paper.
Bob Boren February 16, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Hmmm. Well, I'm very much cautious about Government control over the individual, and my views are basically libertarian on most things. There is one thing to remember, though. A legitimate part of Governments job is to protect us from each other. Smoking is an interesting case. While I think the 2nd hand smoke thing is way overblown, I do appreciate not having to be in confined places where people are allowed to smoke. When I was a Production Supervisor at Hughes Aircraft Company years ago, I had to attend several meetings per day with the team, in a room with a door closed that was about the size of a bedroom. Of the 7 people there, 6 of them chain smoked through the whole meeting. I was the only non-smoker. It was nasty, and there wasn't anything I could do about it. Now all of the big Aerospace companies have banned smoking on their entire property. Some smokers were really upset about this. I thought it was about time.
Henry Xavier February 16, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Do you think ERIC COLEMAN needs a class on "anger management"? If you read the city ordinances they differ from city to city on non smoking in "public places". the laws are on beaches and 25 feet from business front doors. It protects children and older adults who have breathing problems. Cameras protect the beaches from criminal activity late at night. and can be placed on public walkways legally. Just like you and your cell phone camera you can take pictures in public places with out permission. welcome to California. peace
vicki bliss February 16, 2014 at 03:03 PM
How about this idea? On the days the SCAQMD issues a ban on lighting fires, it should include lighting up to smoke! CVS in a courageous move, will not longer sell cigarettes, starting in October of this year. Bold! Most people want cleaner air...unfortunately, the lobbyists for oil and coal want nothing to do with clean air. Would you give up your car willingly? I would...but confess, I haven't...not yet. Fortunately, now retired, I drive very little anyway but that's not true for commuters.
Just Tim February 16, 2014 at 04:04 PM
I'm not sure who is more angry here, the original blogger or the anti-smoking folks. It appears we have another case of folks who are completely unwilling to have compromise and find middle ground to an issue. Both are basically of the my way or no way group.
Mister T February 16, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Here's the compromise: you can do whatever you'd like if it doesn't impact the life, liberty or property of someone else. How's that?
Eric Coleman February 16, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Well, thank you for stalking me Robert. Would you like to inform the Patch what color underwear I'm wearing right now? Weirdo.
Just Tim February 16, 2014 at 04:41 PM
Mister T, who's moral authority do we use to decide what impacts someones life, liberty or property? Even with your last statement, it appears you have a vision of moral authority that may not be held by someone else, as it relates to life, liberty or property. How do we square that when the both of you are in the same place at the same time and someone may be doing something that your moral authority doesn't like? At that point whose moral authority do we use?
Mister T February 16, 2014 at 04:51 PM
Tim, if someone's actions clearly impact my health, safety or property in a public space, isn't that a great place to draw the line? This isn't hard. By your logic, why have any public safety or decency laws?
Just Tim February 16, 2014 at 06:26 PM
Actually it is quite hard. If another person defines something as safe or healthy and you disagree with their assessment, should that person be allowed based on their assessment? I'm sure their is enough contradictory science out their, that either side can attempt to justify what is safe. I'll actually get to the point, anti-smoking laws are laws in which our government try's to define morality. I do not wish my morals on anyone and I expect others to keep their morals off of me. So, yes it is quite hard to define this, as it is anytime we try to legislate moraility.
Robert Keane February 17, 2014 at 02:36 AM
Wow. Deflection and name calling. Just what I've come to expect. Usually they wait to take office before showing such disdain for the voter. Guess not. How about we elect someone from Area 3 who is engaged, knows what the problems are and has a solution in place. Not this guy
Kathy S. February 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM
more important than the ranting is the fact that Mr. Coleman says he wants to run in District 3. It only takes a couple of minutes of speaking with him to realize what a mean-spirited person he is. It is sad for someone as young as he is to be so angry about absolutely everything. It seems his goal was not to improve city govt., but to do everything possible to shut it down. I realize things can be improved, but destroying it is not the way. Please, residents of district 3, make a point of hearing him speak so you can spread the word to your neighbors.
Kelly Sarkisian February 17, 2014 at 02:27 PM
Robert, you are not being fair to Eric. He is making great strides by finally moving out of mommy and daddies house. He is hoping to someday be able to wash his own clothes but for now mommy has the duty. His political aspirations are steeped marijuana laced delusions where what he says/thinks are viewed as important. It's just like the mommy bubble he still lives in. It's also very hard to get a "real" job and act like an adult. You Robert have given him zero credit for his ability to avoid the harsh reality of adulthood. Knock it off Robert, it's not like anyone takes him seriously!!
Eric Coleman February 17, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Yeah and I'm the name caller. Yeesh. And really Kelly, you're chiming in on this? Hasn't the ENTIRE patch already concluded that you're little more than an adbot designed by AES? I'm not angry, I'm resolute. And I suppose that bothers you that anyone should be able to think for themselves and not just accept the status quo and whatever lies you are fed by the media. I am truly sorry for you; and I would continue to battle wits with you both; however, that's a diminishing return. Kelly and Robert; it's liking talking to a cat, you can ask the cat all the questions you want but at the end of the day, the only answer you're gonna get is 'meow'.
Eric Coleman February 17, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Back to bed Robert and Kelly the adbot.
Eric Coleman February 17, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Oh yes and one other thing; will one of these mightier than thou folks please explain to me, if this bill is about second hand smoke, why are e cigs included in the ban? Aren't' they suppose to help people quit smoking? Not a leg to stand on. Not a leg.
Eric Coleman February 17, 2014 at 05:44 PM
p.s. Hey Kelly, I do in fact have a very 'real', very lucrative job. So much so that I could buy and sell you. In fact I might just do that; how much is AES paying you right now? I'll double it, and also move you into a bigger cavefor you to troll in. (I'm sure the above question is bound to cause Kelly the adbot's operational programming to go completely haywire...) Should be fun. Watch out for sparks! DANGER! DANGER! MALFUNCTION! Maybe she'll even self destruct and the Patch can finally breathe a heavy sigh oh relief.
Mister T February 17, 2014 at 06:11 PM
Eric, if nothing else you have clearly shown yourself to have a temperament unfit for public office. Even if I agreed with your positions, your use of name-calling ("pathetic idiots" and "empty heads" and cliched hyperbole "1984") from the beginning and then your inability to stay above the fray of silly internet taunts would make you a poor elected official (and citizen, actually), regardless of where you stood on the political spectrum. You seem far more interested in demonizing those with whom you disagree and defending yourself personally than you do with creating a consensus and a better, happier, healthier and safer community in which we all can live. It comes off as petty and unworthy of representing anyone but yourself.
Eric Coleman February 17, 2014 at 06:29 PM
I pity the fool that listens to Mr. T, HAVE YOU READ 1984? If you had you would know it's more than just a cliche. Furthermore, I don't need your vote and never would have gotten it in the first place. I don't feel the need to defend myself against you or any other hack for that matter. I stand for something. What do you stand for? More of the same? Business as usual? Seriously dude, open your eyes and look around you; we're pretty well ruined as a country and as a world, unless somebody does something. And if you can't or just simply won't, I will. And this has gone far enough, let's just agree to disagree. SIGH I don't even know why I have to explain this to you but Al Gore invented the internet so we could watch cat videos and get into arguments with complete strangers. And trust me, no one is stranger than you Mr. T :)
Mister T February 17, 2014 at 06:34 PM
I rest my case.
Kelly Sarkisian February 18, 2014 at 01:13 AM
Erica...if I'm an AES bot why do I not like you?? I also know that the alleged job you have is not that lucrative as your mommy funded stints in rehab have cut into your ability to really be respected. Let's call a spade a spade...you are a no talent, pot addled hack that between snickers bars thinks it would be "cool" to "like be on the council and all". It's not your fault, you choked on the silver spoon for too long, you really can never understand what service to the community is. Go back to wasting your trust fund on medical marijuana and Cheetos, leave the politics to people that actually care about the community!


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