Oakland Town Council Considering Banning Smoking In Public Parks 

The Town Council in Oakland is considering banning smoking in all public parks.Town Manager Peter Nielsen says, at the council’s request, he’s drafting an amendment to the town’s control of public areas ordinance after council members said they would like to at least consider the move.In 2004 the Oakland Town Council voted to recommend that people not smoke in public parks, but they did *not* ban smoking.The council will consider the ban at a meeting later this month.