April 20: Youth Challenge Elected Officials To Make Smoke-Free Housing a Top Priority


By on Thu, April 19, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY                        

CONTACT: Katrina Socco    
Senior Director of San Mateo County Programs        
(650) 308-8252 (cell) 
[email protected]

WHEN: Friday, April 20, 2012, 4:00-4:30pm

WHERE: Coastside Fire Protection District Headquarters – CAL FIRE Station 40
1191 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

WHAT: Youth advocates from the Youth Leadership Institute will hold a press conference to release data findings from surveys that demonstrate community members want smoke-free housing.  Youth will be joined by public officials, a property owner, and a health expert to launch a campaign in San Mateo County for local jurisdictions to pass nonsmoking ordinances for multi-unit housing.  Youth advocates are asking elected officials in San Mateo County to pass policies that would require multi-unit housing to be non-smoking. Belmont led the charge as the first city in the nation to pass a comprehensive smoke-free housing ordinance in 2007, yet is still the only city in San Mateo County that has adopted this type of policy.  Local youth and community leaders know that we can do better!

WHO: (Confirmed Speakers)
*Rich Gordon, State Assemblyman (D–Menlo Park)
*Gabby Pyle, Youth Advocate, Youth Leadership Institute
*Linda Civitello, President & CEO, Breathe California Golden Gate Public Health Partnership
*Mike Alifano, Vice President of Coastside Fire Protection District Board of Directors
*Sarah Lambert, Executive Director of Lesley Senior Communities
*Allan Alifano, Mayor of Half Moon Bay

Additional Information: There will be opportunities to photograph & interview bilingual youth leaders (Spanish/English), public officials, health expert, and property owner.  Other photo opportunities include fire truck, fire station, firefighters, large data charts, campaign posters & banners.

Sponsoring Organizations: Youth Leadership Institute, Coastside Fire Protection District, Asian American Recovery Services, Breathe California Golden Gate, Bay Area Community Resources, El Centro de Libertad, San Mateo County Friday Night Live, and the San Mateo County Tobacco Education Coalition.