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Public Spaces: Cell Phones

It has become common in East Coast restaurants, especially in New York City, to delineate "No Cell Phone" sections when not prohibiting them altogether. Sign of the future?In L.A., where civility at Starbucks and other venues is being obliterated in a cacophony of cell phone abuse, it is worth noting that at least one coffee house, Santa Monica's funky Velocity Cafe at 2127 Lincoln Boulevard, is taking a stand. Tent cards on the tables politely request that you "PLEASE TAKE PHONE CALLS OUTSIDE," a custom that used to be routine at Starbucks. If you're coming off the westbound 10, go left onto Lincoln; Velocity is on the east side of the street a couple of blocks south of Pico.