2014

Los Angeles City Council to Vote on Motion to Draft Ordinance Banning Alcohol Ads on L.A. Public Property

LOS ANGELES, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alcohol Justice, youth, adults, and community organizations that make up the Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads on Public Property in Los Angeles (www.NoAlcoholAds.org) will be present tomorrow at a Los Angeles City Council hearing to support a motion to draft an ordinance to prohibit alcohol ads on city-owned and controlled property. Council Member Paul Koretz will introduce the motion. When passed, the City Attorney will then be instructed to write the actual language of the ordinance.

"Money should never be part of this discussion. It is very dangerous. Young people that see those signs suffer great harm in their lives from the use of alcohol." - Kitty Dukakis

What:        Los Angeles City Council Hearing

When:       Tuesday, June 3, 2014 10 a.m.

Where:     John Ferraro Council Chambers, Room 340, Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring St.,  
                   Los Angeles, CA 90012

Who:          

  • Gilbert Cedillo, District 1
  • Paul Krekorian, District 2
  • Bob Blumenfield, District 3
  • Tom LaBonge, District 4
  • Paul Koretz, District 5
  • Nury Martinez, District 6
  • Felipe Fuentes, District 7
  • Bernard Parks, District 8
  • Curren D. Price, Jr., District 9
  • Mike Bonin, District 10
  • Mitchell Englander, District 12
  • Mtch O'Farrell District 13
  • Jose Huizar, District 14
  • Joe Buscaino, District 15

Why: 

  • Lawmakers should work to ban alcohol advertising on property that government controls, including public transportation vehicles and street furniture and restrict alcohol advertising in out-of-home locations elsewhere as well
  • Despite claims of economic necessity, revenue from alcohol ads comprises less than 1% of reporting agencies' operating revenue
  • The City of Los Angeles, which has succeeded in getting alcohol ads off transit vehicles, should now finish the job by banning them from all public property to play a positive role in reducing exposure to alcohol ads to protect youth and reduce alcohol-related harm to all residents and visitors of the city
  • Families and youth utilize city owned and controlled property on a daily basis, such as school buildings, recreation centers, libraries and bus shelters
  • Last December, UCLA, Center for Alcohol Marketing to Youth, & Dr. Jonathan Fielding submitted clear and compelling evidence that alcohol advertising on city owned property encourages youth alcohol consumption which leads to harm
  • The L.A. County Department of Public Health has recommended reducing alcohol advertising in public spaces and in areas commonly seen by minors as a way to help discourage underage drinking

"On behalf of Alcohol Justice, the Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads on Public Property in Los Angeles, and all the people of L.A., we thank former Councilmember Alarcon and current Councilmember Koretz for their leadership on this critical public health and safety issue," stated Jorge Castillo, Advocacy Director at Alcohol Justice. "The day when residents, visitors, and especially our youth, are no longer assaulted by alcohol ads on L.A. city-owned property is getting closer."

Coalition Members include:

  • American Indian Movement – WEST
  • Alcohol Justice
  • Asian American Drug Abuse Program Inc.
  • Boyle Heights Stakeholders Association
  • Boyle Heights Coalition for a Safe & Drug Free Community
  • California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight
  • Community Coalition
  • Institute for Public Strategies
  • Koreatown Youth & Community Center
  • Mexican History Foundation
  • Mothers of East L.A. (MELA)
  • Personal Involvement Center, Inc.
  • P3 Partnership for a Positive Pomona
  • Phoenix House
  • Pillar of Fire Church
  • Paso por Paso
  • Pueblo y Salud
  • Saving Lives Drug and Alcohol Coalition
  • Sycamore Grove School
  • Tarzana Treatment Centers & AWARE Coalition
  • The Wall – Las Memorias Project
  • United Coalition East Prevention Project
  • Woman's Christian Temperance Union
  • Women Against Gun Violence
  • Writers In Treatment

Supporters include

  • Michael & Kitty Dukakis, former Massachusetts Governor & First Lady
  • Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council
  • California Council on Alcohol Problems
  • California Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Center for Living and Learning
  • County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators' Association of California
  • Crescenta Valley Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition
  • Cri-Help
  • Day One Pasadena
  • Dr. J. Benjamin Hardwick
  • Monsignor John Moretta
  • NCADD East San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys
  • Public Citizen
  • Resurrection Church Neighborhood Watch – Los Angeles
  • San Fernando Valley Partnership
  • Venice Neighborhood Council

For More Information go to: www.AlcoholJustice.org and www.NoAlcoholAds.org

CONTACT:
Michael Scippa 415 548-0492
Jorge Castillo 213 840-3336

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SOURCE Alcohol Justice



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