Unity, technology and empowerment are three of the central goals of Saint Mary’s juniors Maureen Parsons and Meghan Casey, who will be running for student body president and vice president, respectively, in today’s election. The ticket’s platform features four goals: to work with administration to launch 85 new technology initiatives, unify campus, empower each other as women and encourage more community service, Parsons and Casey said. “We wanted to focus on things that we really thought we really could accomplish, ” Parsons said. In order to make their goals feasible, Parsons and Casey said they have already started working with faculty to develop the 85 technology initiatives they hope to start this summer. “[Saint Mary’s] hired an IT company last semester to evaluate the technology situation on campus, and [the company] came up with a plan,” Parsons said. “Throughout the year … they’ve come up with 85 initiatives that will be launched to the student body before the end of the year. It’s a three-year plan, so next year, we really want to focus on keeping communication between the administration and the students on these initiatives [flowing] as they are implemented. That way, students are aware of the changes, and they see things happening and can appreciate them.” Parsons said these 85 initiatives feature a variety of improvements and additions, such as updating current software and establishing a student IT intern position. Regardless of the outcome of the election, Parsons said she will actively assist with the implementation of these initiatives next year. “The 85 initiatives will be completed,” she said. “It’s just a matter of when considering money, having a person who will be able to do it and having a person who will be able to take over the initiative once it is implemented.” Additionally, the ticket aims to empower women through a series of leadership talks by current students and alumnae. Parsons and Casey developed this idea based on the current SGA leadership series. “We want to carry [the leadership series] into next year because we thought it was a great idea, and they have been really successful focusing more on empowering women — for example, how women are represented in the media and how you can change that for your personal image or how women in the workforce are presented and treated and how you can get past certain barriers,” Parsons said. “[We also hope to] bring in alumnae to share their success stories to encourage each other as a student body and as women to be there for each other as a support system.” The team also hopes to unify campus clubs and organizations by creating a master calendar that will broadcast daily meetings and events. “We want to try to find the best and most efficient way for clubs, and boards, and organizations throughout campus to integrate their events and meetings so people are aware of where they’re meeting, what time they’re meeting, and try to integrate more clubs working together,” Casey said. The calendar would create an hourly newsfeed to update students. This project would help reduce the number of emails that bombard students daily, Parsons said. “Hopefully, fingers crossed, that would eliminate the amount of emails that we get each day so that students really are paying attention to important emails that we receive, and to centralize information to make their lives a little easier,” she said. Finally, the team plans to encourage students to give back to the community by bringing service opportunities to campus. “As a student myself, I’ve had difficulty doing volunteer opportunities off campus … so we thought it would be really cool to bring different organizations here to give the opportunity to other students who may not have transportation,” Casey said. Volunteer activities could include anything from babysitting to joining an on-campus club with a non-profit organization, Parsons said. “For example, we could work with the Autism Speaks club and bring in representatives from the Logan Center or Hannah and Friends, or maybe there is a service project we can do here that we can deliver to an outside organization,” Parsons said. Above all, Parsons and Casey said their top priority is unifying campus. “I think that unifying campus would encompass all [our other goals] — working together and supporting each other and opening that line of communication so everyone knows what’s going on,” Parsons said. “And supporting each other on campus is one way to empower and encourage each other.”,When the polls close on today’s student government elections this evening, juniors Taylor Hans and Betsy Hudson hope to be the new faces of the Saint Mary’s student body. Hans, the current vice president of the class of 2013, and Hudson, a community committee member, are running for student body president and vice president, respectively. Their campaign is based on a platform of “bringing back tradition but making our own history,” Hans said. If elected, Hans and Hudson plan to bring back dorm dances and the “Big Sister” mentor program, in which upperclassmen help first years and sophomores become more acclimated to the Saint Mary’s community. The mentor program would follow the example of an existing niche mentoring program within the College’s nursing program, Hudson said. “Actually, the nursing program has developed a type of mentoring program this year and it has been working really well,” Hudson said. “I really think that it is something that would be great to build for our campus.” Hans said the recent events of “Love Your Body Week” inspired her and Hudson to include the promotion of body image awareness in their platform. “We would like to work with Women’s Health on body issues around campus,” Hudson said. “They have a ton of resources that just are not really known. Also, hearing another Saint Mary’s student talk about these issues would give other girls confidence and let them know they can open up about body issues and talk about it.” Hans and Hudson said they want to promote school spirit by increasing student attendance at Saint Mary’s athletic events through the distribution of free giveaways to fans. “Incentives for attending sporting, whether it be giving out sunglasses or t-shirts, would be the way we would have more student attendance at sporting events,” Hudson said. “I feel like those giveaways are a big push for people to come out and support their peers.” “Posting flyers and hanging posters around campus about the events for that week and incorporating the cheerleaders to make banners for the team would draw awareness to the athletes,” Hans said. “This will bring more unity to our campus, [which is] something we really want to get across to the student body.” The ticket also values the voice of the student body, Hans said. “We also thought of having a type of hall meeting where students can come once a month and voice what they want to see on campus,” Hans said. “We think it’s really important that the students get involved and let us know what we are and are not doing.” Hans and Hudson said they want to promote a greater sense of sisterhood and community among College students by helping girls foster relationships with their peers during their first year at Saint Mary’s. “Incorporating a day every semester during syllabus week where people get together and not just introduce themselves, but really talk together, would bring a greater sense of sisterhood to our campus,” Hudson said. Hudson said she and Hans hope to create a master calendar in which students can find out about upcoming campus events. Since the Senate has recently been restructured, the student body must become familiar with the new duties and responsibilities of the organization. Hans said she hopes to express the role of the new Senate to the College community and promote student involvement. “Next year when we get back, we will really need to have information sessions on what the Senate entails,” Hans said. “The student body needs to know what the Senate can do for them since they are unsure of what the Senate actually does. It will be a great change for the whole student body, so we want everyone to know how they can get involved.” Hans said her affinity for her school drives her ambition to improve the College through student government. “I love Saint Mary’s and I really want to make the necessary changes to our community,” Hans said. “I just hope that we are elected so that we have that opportunity to make the changes we need.”
It’s time for your credit union to take advantage of influencer marketing. So what exactly are influencers? We’ll tell you. Influencers are social content creators with a large following who know how to connect with and build digital audiences. They are key assets to marketers. In fact, influencer marketing has become such an integral part of social marketing that it makes up more than 20 percent of the total digital advertising spend in the U.S. Wow!Consumers are no longer looking towards companies to persuade their purchasing decisions, but there’s no need to panic. They’re now simply looking at each other and their favorite online personalities. Think, bloggers, comedians and Youtube stars. Many consumers and personalities are consolidating massive followings on social platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, Pinterest and more. This makes them perfect targets for influencing other consumers’ purchasing decisions. The best part? They enjoy doing it. There are many reasons why it’s time for your credit union to cash in on influencer marketing. We’ve outlined a few for you.Trusted communication methodWould you rather have a brand tell you they’re the best? Or a trusted friend? You expect brands to tell you how wonderful they are, but what your friends have to say just carries more weight, right? That’s why there are few things that drive a sale more effectively than a word-of-mouth recommendation. In fact, according to Nielsen, 92 percent of consumers say they trust earned media such as word-of-mouth and recommendations from people they know, above all other forms of advertising. By using an influencer to market your credit union, you’re able to have a personalized, authentic message conveyed by someone people recognize and relate to. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
This is placeholder text 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steve Heusuk Steve Heusuk is senior manager of customer intelligence for CUNA Mutual Group. Contact him at 608. 665.7854, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.cunamutual.com Details Emotions play a huge role in shaping member experience. Emotions influence members’ desire to buy or not to buy, what they remember and share about their experiences, and, most importantly, whether they will be loyal to your credit union.To better understand how emotions shape member perceptions of their credit unions, CUNA Mutual conducted research earlier this year that examined emotions at two different levels:Anxiety related to consumers’ overall financial situationEmotions arising from specific episodes consumers have while using different financial products and servicesThis article shares a few highlights from this new study.New Insights About Financial AnxietyUnsurprisingly, many research firms, such as JD Power, Gallup and Kantar, have tracked an increase in consumers’ anxiety, worry and stress since the beginning of the pandemic. Our research also picked up on this rise in anxiety. Rising financial anxiety has important implications for financial institutions:Consumers who are anxious about their current financial situation tend to give their primary financial institutions significantly lower customer loyalty ratingsConsumers experiencing financial anxiety tend to give lower customer experience (CX) ratings to their most recent interactions with their checking account/debit card, loans, insurance policies and savings/investment products (see Figure 1) This post is currently collecting data… While it’s unfortunate that some consumers are experiencing elevated levels of financial anxiety, it also represents a tremendous opportunity. Credit unions can use moments like these to turn anxiety-provoking situations into positive emotional experiences for their members.To do that, credit unions will need to identify members who may be experiencing financial anxiety. Data and analytics could be used to flag individuals who may be experiencing financial anxiety, e.g., members with frequent overdrafts, chronic low balances or delinquent loans. Once these members are identified, credit unions can then decide what help or relief, if any, should be extended to help alleviate these members’ financial anxiety.Emotions Arising from Using Checking Accounts/Debit CardsThis year’s research examined the role of emotions stemming from specific episodes using various financial products and services, including checking accounts and debit cards. Negative experiences using these products can elicit strong negative emotions, including frustration, stress and anger (see Figure 2).Figure 2: Negative Emotions Arising from Negative ExperiencesFortunately, this year’s research found that credit union members whose primary checking account or debit card is from their credit union have fewer negative experiences than consumers whose primary checking account or debit card is not provided by a credit union. Only 26 percent of credit union members whose primary checking account or debit card is from their credit union had a negative experience. By contrast, 44 percent of consumers whose primary checking account or debit card is not provided by a credit union had a negative experience. When consumers did have a negative experience, we saw that the rise in their negative emotions was accompanied by CX ratings that were 30+ percentage points lower than those of consumers who did not have a negative experience (see Figure 3).Our research revealed four broad categories which captured most of the negative experiences reported by consumers:Customer serviceProduct functionality (something about checking account/debit card didn’t work as expected)FraudFeesCredit unions seeking to reduce the incidence of negative experiences using their checking accounts and debit cards will need to determine the specific causes of these negative encounters. Once these are identified, credit unions can use member input, e.g., member interviews, focus groups, co-creation programs, to re-engineer member journeys in a way that delivers a positive emotional experience.As we’ve just seen, emotions play an important role in what members think of your credit union and the experience you deliver. Focusing on functional aspects of your member experience, such as speed or efficiency, is not enough to guarantee a great experience. A truly excellent member experience requires following Dale Carnegie’s sage advice, “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.” To read more about this research and a range of topics related to the emotional experience of members, visit our website.
Dutch pension funds are not in a celebratory mood despite facing one of the best investment years since the start of the financial crisis, Dutch financial daily Het Financieele Dagblad has suggested.A survey among the 100 largest schemes has made clear that returns of 10% on average during the past 10 years have been more than undone by the ever declining interest rates against which they must discount their liabilities.During the first three quarters of this year, the five largest pension funds for example reported returns ranging from 15.1% to 19.1%.The €1bn sector scheme for hairdressers (Kappers) even achieved a 10% on average during the past five years, and posted the best result (2.3%) for 2018, the FD found. However, the FD quoted Gerard van de Kuilen, the pension fund’s chair, as saying that he wasn’t happy, as funding had dropped to 93.8% at September-end, in addition to the scheme facing rights cuts as a consequence.He added that either contributions had to be raised, or annual pensions accrual had to be reduced.The chair said the scheme’s investment result had been largely thanks to its 50% interest hedge – through interest swaps and bonds – of its liabilities, which had delivered solid results due to declining interest rates.“But this is something you don’t want,” he commented.Van de Kuilen explained that, because of its young participant population, the liabilities of Kappers had a duration of no less than 34 years. “And a 1% drop of interest rates means a rise of liabilities of 17%.”The FD quoted Simon Heerings, director of risk management at consultancy First Pensions, as saying that most Dutch schemes are in a similar position.“They also generate insufficient returns relative to rising liabilities,” he said.“And as the high returns are largely due to dropped interest rates, the rosy figures will in part disappear as soon as interest rates rise again.”Rob Bauer, professor of finance at Maastricht University, shared Van de Kuilen’s view that there was not much reason to be proud of the figures.“I keep on seeing pension fund trustees and media referring to record returns and pension assets, but they deliberately ignore the liabilities side of the balance sheet,” he said, according to the paper.The €459bn civil service plan ABP, which posted returns of more than 15% for the first three quarters, is not celebrating either, said Diane Griffioen, the scheme’s head of investment, while referring to the scheme’s funding of 91% in September.However, she emphasised that all asset classes had contributed to the result, with equity, bonds and private equity yielding 21.9%, 11.4% and 11.1%, respectively. Property had generated 16.2%.While referring to a survey among 10 fiduciary managers by Dutch consultancy Sprenkels & Verschuren, the FD added that most pension investors expected much lower returns during the coming years.It said that the managers had predicted that, for example, average returns for equity and credit would drop to 4,3% and 0%, respectively, for the next five years.ABP’s Griffioen also tempered growth expectations, noting that part of this year’s returns were thanks to results springing back after losses incurred during the last quarter of 2018.
ANTIOCH, Calif. (Aug. 22) – Trevor Clymens, a rookie in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division, won his first race in the class Saturday as he outran Anthony Giuliani at Antioch Speedway.“There were plenty of heart breakers this season,” Clymens said. “It’s our seventh race – we’ve led, we’ve run in the top three, but we couldn’t pull off a win until tonight.”Clymens, a standout Hobby Stock driver 12 years ago, returned to Antioch this season with the SportMod.“The car was set up for no failures,” he said. “And it’s the best it’s been all season.”Clymens maneuvered through traffic as Giuliani, a three-time winner in the division, gained ground.“I just needed a caution flag to have a chance to race Trevor side-by side,” Giuliani said. “I was hung up in traffic at the beginning of the race and never could catch up after that.”Merced Speedway standout Rick Diaz was third, edging Fred Ryland. K.C. Keller completed the top five.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error WASHINGTON, D.C. — If you were counting the days until Clayton Kershaw’s return to the Dodgers’ rotation — keep counting.Kershaw has experienced renewed pain in his lower back — “same area, same symptoms,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said — since throwing approximately 60 pitches in a simulated-game setting Saturday in Los Angeles. He has not picked up a baseball to do any throwing since then and any plans for him to rejoin the Dodgers have been put on hold.“After he threw that live session, the next day, Sunday, (he) didn’t feel great,” Roberts said. “I think at that point in time it let us know we had to be a little more on the cautious side. So right now with Clayton, I don’t know if it’s a step back but we’re going to let this back pain subside and see where we go.“As far as his return – uncertain.” Kershaw has not pitched since June 26 and received an epidural injection in his lower back a few days later after an examination by Dr. Robert Watkins diagnosed a mild herniation of a disc. Roberts said Kershaw will likely undergo another examination.
Dear Editor,On Monday, Federal Elections were held in Canada without any fuss and fear. Except for schools being closed to facilitate the polls, it was just another workday. Canada has approximately 27 million voters and straddles 6 different time zones spanning four and a half hours. By 23:15h Eastern Time on polling day, mere minutes after the last polls closed in outlying provinces, the media was already announcing the results and naming the eventual winner: Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party.In all of this, the role of Elections Canada— their GECOM equivalent— cannot be overstated. Long before the elections, the list of voters would have been ratified and voter ID cards mailed, yes mailed, to all registered and eligible voters. There was no attempt to manipulate lists, no doubt about the integrity of staff or deletion of registered voters who would have failed to uplift voter ID cards because these were mailed as mentioned above. Voter ID cards are printed on light cardboard and sized to fit a standard sized envelope for ease of postage. Change of address and such matters are all done online. Canadians are required to walk with their cardboard voter ID and a picture ID such as a driver’s licence or passport to cast their ballot which can be done in a matter of minutes. The holding of elections is not rocket science as the Canadians have just demonstrated.Contrast that with what we have in Guyana, where GECOM, our elections machinery, is being accused of the following:1. Placing itself outside and above of the Constitution by creating and implementing work programmes that ignore the constitutional mandate to have election within 90 days of the NCM.2. By virtue of the above, GECOM has appropriated the role for determining when elections will be held in Guyana.3. Delaying the elections – The combined delay is nearly one year from the constitutionally mandated date of March 21, 2019.4. Persisting with prejudiced recruitment of senior executives.5. Retaining the services of senior staff who are partisan even after footage of covert meeting were shown on social media with Govt officials.6. Undertaking actions such as the unnecessary H2H to create more confusion, further delay elections, possibly disenfranchise legitimate voters and waste billions of taxpayers’ dollars.7. Siding with the Government at every opportunity.8. Refusing help from external sources that would expedite election preparation and lend to public trust in GECOM and the elections processes.9. Threatening to delete the names of registered voters who have not uplifted their ID cards even when this is illegal.As if the above is not egregious enough, GECOM is contemplating a complicated merger of the old PLE and the data gleaned from the last H2H, which is unverified at best, since the Opposition representatives were not present at the time of obtaining this data, when the most logical and practical approach would be to update the old PLE which was last used in November 2017 to add people attaining voting age and to delete deceased persons evidenced by a death certificate. Some believe that this is merely another attempt to appease the Govt and to delete and disenfranchise Opposition supporters. In fact, the situation is so bad that people are openly commenting that the next General Elections will be rigged and that GECOM will facilitate it. While that is a bit extreme, GECOM must be concerned about its image. However, there is absolutely no effort on the part of that agency to change the narrative and to build trust. The Chairman of GECOM is yet to hold a press conference and so the public has been left to speculate.The bottom line is that there cannot be free and fair elections in Guyana if GECOM does not operate in an open and transparent manner. At this stage, nothing short of the Carter Center is needed to get this embarrassment, which we all know as GECOM, back on track if we are to have free and fair elections in Guyana. The intervention of the Canadian Official is welcome but a competent and powerful observer mission has to be situated within the heart of GECOM Secretariat where critical decisions are being taken to have any chance of being effective. Giving advice, as the Canadian proposes to GECOM Chair, whose actions thus far are all in favour of the Government, will be like whistling in the wind.The example of Elections Canada is relevant as here in Guyana there is strong evidence to suggest that the agency responsible for holding free and fair elections might be pursuing an agenda to do the exact opposite. After all, it is an irrefutable fact that PNC, the main party in Govt today, rigged the elections from 1968 to 1985.By the way, if there is another rigged elections, America and Canada will bear the brunt of the consequential mass exodus as many citizens already have visas particularly for the US.Sincerely,Ravi Ram
The Guyana International Kyokushinkai Martial Arts Academy (GIKMAA) left Guyana with a team of 12 on August 17, to compete in the Shuirken Martial Arts School Tournament which began on August 19 in Suriname.Led by Grandmaster Soke and Dr Nazim Yassim, they were able to cop nine medals. They took with them seven students who were eager to participate in the tournament. They were: Christian Freeman (13), Joshua Bascombe (17), Govindanauth Persaud (17), Vikash Somwaru (17), Bhudesh Shilchand (18), Shakeel Rahat (23) and Maranda Bennett (23).Being a confident unit, the team fought with everything they had, and thus secured three gold medals, five silver medals and a bronze medal. This feat was no easy task, as it required hard work and dedication.Enmore resident Govindanauth Persaud fought extremely well, but lost the bout in the quarter finals.Instructor Vikash Somwaru claimed all three gold medals: in the Kata, weapons Kata, and Kumite 16-19 divisions.Christian Freeman secured silver in the 13- 15 Kumite; Joshua Bascombe struck silver in the 16-19 Kumite; Bhudesh Shilchand won two silver medals in the 16-19 Kata & Kumite Division; while Shakeel Rahat, who fought for the first time, landed bronze in the Kumite.Lone female on the team, Instructor Maranda Bennett, claimed silver in the 20- 25 Kata.Even though that leg of the competition is completed, Grandmaster Soke stated that he is not going to let the medal count get to his head, as the team is already being prepared for the Open International Championship on September 23. His team (kyo-Kushin-Kai Guyana) will be doing battle against Suriname, Trinidad, and local teams at the National Gymnasium.Dr Nazim Yassim also expressed heartfelt thanks to the National Sports Commission, Gafsons Industries Ltd, and all the parents that supported the Kyokushinkai Guyana Team.
McCain also said the United States must reduce its dependence on foreign oil and pointed to nuclear power plants as one option. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press GOP presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain sharply criticized Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Friday during a California campaign stop in Dana Point. The senator also visited a VFW Post 1622 in Lomita. McCain called the Iraqi leader’s government a disappointment during a wide-ranging speech before the California Chamber of Commerce board of directors at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Dana Point. The Arizona senator said he was committed to keeping U.S. troops in Iraq as long as necessary and criticized Democrats for pushing for a deadline to bring soldiers home. He added, however, that any military success must be accompanied by strong leadership from elected Iraqi officials. He said the al-Maliki government has “not been functioning effectively” to suppress sectarian divisions and violence.
SIMI VALLEY – The Simi Valley Town Center is welcoming shoppers who bring along their pooches, but cigarette-puffing patrons are finding themselves in the doghouse. Mall officials recently introduced two new policies: One bans smoking at the open-air center. The other allows folks to bring their dog for a day of shopping. “I think it sucks,” said Raul Cervantes, 19, a smoker. “If it was indoors, it would be different. It’s outdoors. People shouldn’t be told where they can or cannot smoke. We should be able to smoke here.” The new regulations are the result of a survey using a sampling of 350 people, which indicated customers want a smoke-free, pet-friendly mall. “I don’t like it,” the 20-year-old Simi Valley man said, smoking a cigarette outside one of the stores last week. “It’s ridiculous. People are always telling other people what to do.” In comment cards since the mall’s opening last October, shoppers repeatedly complained about smokers lighting up, while others hated the idea of being asked to leave because of their pets, Lenners said. Kim Perez of Simi Valley said she takes her soft-coated wheaten terrier, Kenna, everywhere she goes, and that she was removed from the mall before the recent rule change. “I respect people,” she said. “The dog is not hurting anybody. I don’t take her to the (food court). If she was aggressive, I would not have her here.” The news also was well-received by Barbara McLaren and her 5-month old puppy, Rozella. “I want her to come out with me (to) places and meet people, … socialize,” she said. “This is great.” City Councilman Glen Becerra said the mall appears to be responsive to what its customers want. While he applauds the smoking ban, he has concerns with the change in pet policy. “Would I feel comfortable walking with my children when someone is coming down the pathway with an 80-pound dog at their side?” Becerra said. “If they are toy dogs people carry in purses, I’d have less concern.” Lenners said mall officials plan to enforce the rules by posting no-smoking signs throughout the shopping center. The issue of pets will be addressed in the code-of-conduct guidelines displayed at each of the mall’s entrances. Smokers now will only be allowed to smoke in the mall’s parking lot and in restaurants that allow it in their outdoor seating areas. Pets must be on a leash and cannot be left unattended. If the animal is overly aggressive or is believed to be a threat to the public, its owner will be asked to leave. Mall officials are also considering installing stations with bags for waste cleanup. For owners who don’t pick up after their pets, “housekeeping staff is ready and prepared to handle anything that might be missed,” Lenners said. Jamie Santos, a Simi Valley mother of three, said while she is not surprised at the decision to snuff out smoking at the mall, she dislikes the idea of dogs strolling the trellised and covered walkways. “Not all dog owners clean up after their pets,” she said. “I can see how you can clean the poo, but how can they get rid of the pee odor?” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We’re simply responding to what the community is telling us,” said Greg Lenners, the mall’s general manager. “It’s a positive thing.” The Mediterranean-style shopping center, with the slogan “A Breath of Fresh Air,” is the first regional mall to be built in Ventura County in a quarter-century and features more than 120 specialty stores, sit-down restaurants and a food court. The no-smoking rule comes on the heels of an ordinance passed by the Calabasas City Council strictly regulating smoking in public places. The change also was spurred by new research designating secondhand smoke a toxic contaminant, Lenners said. “That helped in making the decision,” he said. But Eddie Corner feels differently.