Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates has come up with a new rationale for banning outdoor smoking: It would discomfit the homeless. The extremely progressive members of Berkeley's City Council love the idea, although they're not sure it will actually do anything to get vagrants off the streets. "I don't see anyone on the council voting against it,'' says one councilman. "In fact, it's possible that some council members would ban smoking throughout the entire city."
[Thanks to Allen St. Pierre for the tip.]