Smokin!Whoo hoo! Allegheny County Council finally passed a workplace smoking ban last night, 14-1. Enough to prevent a veto by County Chief Executive Dan Onorato.
I was nervous because yesterday afternoon I'd received a tepid and ambiguously worded letter from Onorato in response to an email I'd sent. His message was something along the lines of: tell your other council members how you feel. Yeah, I did, thanks. His spokesperson now says he's not likely to veto the measure.
Like a child on Christmas, I woke up this morning and first thing, checked the Post-Gazette for the verdict. And then found seven messages about it from excited friends in my email.
Eugene passed a similar ban a few months before I moved away, and Portland still allowed smoking when I was there. So this will be the first place I've lived where I can actually go out to local music and not reek after. There is much joy in Mudville today.