Don't wait until you're in jail to complain about the proposed Social Host Ordinance.
Here's an email in circulation that I will do my part to publicize because I agree with it wholeheartedly:
Help Protect Residents of IV TODAY!
Ask SB County Supervisors to Vote NO on the proposed Social Host Ordinance (i.e. Law)
WHAT: Board of Supervisors Hearing re: proposed Social Host Ordinance
WHEN: Tuesday, April 21, 2009; if you can’t attend, send them an email NOW! (talking points and email addresses below)
WHERE: Board of Supervisors Hearing Room (105 E. Anapamu Street, 4th Floor)
1. The ordinance is meant to address underage drinking. It would apply county-wide, including in Isla Vista (which already has a similar, but less intrusive, ordinance).
2. Any time at least 5 people are together, and at least 2 are under 21, the gathering can be subject to the ordinance.
3. If a minor at one of these gatherings has alcohol, regardless of whether the host of the event knows or should know the minor has alcohol, the ordinance is violated.
4. When there is a violation, law enforcement can disperse the gathering, and fine anyone who lives at the residence or is responsible for the gathering.
5. Multiple offenders can be held responsible for the cost of law enforcement response, up to $500.
6. A person is a repeat offender, and therefore subject to increased fines, if the ordinance was violated at the same property within 12 months, regardless of whether the violation was from previous tenants or property owners.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1. Call and email your Supervisors
2. Pass this email on to as many residents of Santa Barbara County (which includes IV) as you can
3. Attend the 4/21 Board hearing. Call 568-2240 on or after 4/15 to confirm exact time
Urge the Supervisors to:
Vote No on the Proposed Social Host Ordinance
· The ordinance is a bad idea because it gives law enforcement too much power to unfairly target students who are behaving in a responsible manner.
· Also, because the ordinance allows for holding hosts responsible for law enforcement response costs, people will be discouraged from contacting law enforcement or paramedics when serious incidents occur at parties or other gatherings where alcohol is present.
· Finally, because the County already has sufficient means to dissuade underage drinking through laws already on the books, the ordinance is unnecessary.
1st District: Salud CarbajalPhone: (805) 568-2186E-mail: SupervisorCarbajal@sbcbos1.org
2nd District: Janet Wolf, Vice Chair Phone: (805) 568-2191E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd District: Doreen FarrPhone: (805) 568-2192 E-mail: email@example.com
4th District: Joni Gray Lompoc: (805) 737-7700E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
5th District: Joseph Centeno, Chair Santa Maria: (805) 346-8400 E-mail: email@example.com