Healdsburg may become the first city in California to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21 years old.
Most City Council members agreed this week they want to raise the age for purchasing tobacco and e-cigarettes in town, despite the likelihood of being sued.
‘We’re on the map for a lot of things: our wine, our tourism, our restaurants. Is this such a bad thing to be on the map for?’ said Councilman Shaun McCaffrey.
“Part of our job is to look out for the health of our citizens,” he said while also acknowledging the city likely would be the target of litigation, presumably from tobacco companies or retailers.
Healdsburg is undergoing a deliberate soul-searching exercise as it struggles with the tension between tourism, the needs of local residents and the town’s future direction.
Spider webbing and alligator hide aren’t just found in the animal kingdom. In Healdsburg, city engineers use those terms to describe the cracks and patterns in some of the town’s most deteriorated streets.
Straying from its usual practice of sticking to local issues, the Healdsburg City Council on Monday adopted a resolution supporting the reinstatement of a federal assault weapons ban.
An upscale neighborhood in Healdsburg is the latest flashpoint for a controversy over vacation rentals that flares periodically in Wine Country.