Los Angeles City Council Member Bernard Parks shows his true colors: yellow. Instead of tackling one of the most important dangers to Los Angelenos, combating ruthless illegal immigrant gang members, he proposes an ordinance against smoking any where in the city where 'large groups of people may congregate'. How gutless is that? He has nothing to fear from a minority of smokers, but is scared silly of criminal gang members even after having been a Los Angeles City Police Chief. What is his rational for going after these murdering smokers? "52,000 Americans die each year from second hand smoke," he said. That is .000173% of the total population of the United States.
Last year 41,000 people died from automobile accidents, perhaps Mr Parks wants to ban automobiles in Los Angeles also. Furtheremore, Los Angeles City Council has ordered City Police Officers to NOT report illegal immigration status of arrested criminals to the appropriate Federal Agencies. What's wrong with this picture? Hint: "1984" by George Orwell. It is not the "right wing" of government that needs to be feared, it is an Ultra-Liberal (Communist) form of government. Bernard Parks should be ashamed of himself and resign.