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Social Host Ordinance unanimously approved by City Council

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Posted: Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The Salinas City Council approved a proposed fine increase to an underage drinking law in Salinas that would hit adults/parents who provide alcohol to minors. Sun Street Centers’ Safe Teens Empowerment Project (STEPS), a group of students from four different local high schools attended to the Salinas City Council meeting where they were honored by the council for their hard work within the community and dedication to the approval of Social Host Ordinance.

Thanks to the support of a group of concerned parents “Parents Creating Solutions” (a project of) Sun Street Centers, who attended to city council meeting and spoke in support of this ordinance. They strongly support this Ordinance and plan to work on educating other parents/ families and other individuals on the consequences of this Ordinance.

The consequences of providing alcohol to minors are: criminal liability, misdemeanor convictions, penalty of $1,000 fine, minimum of 24 hours of community service, 3 years in probation and if the minor consumes the beverage and causes great bodily injury to self or any other person the furnisher can face 1 year in county jail, and up to 3 years probation, and possible civil liabilities.

The Social Host Ordinance will take effect in 30 days. An adult who hosts a social gathering and provides knowingly allows minors under 21 to consume alcoholic beverages in their home. Those caught with giving alcohol to minors face misdemeanor charges, fines and possible jail time.

We welcome the community to support S.T.E.P.S. in its mission to reduce alcohol-related trauma, injuries and fatalities, access and the initiated use of alcohol among youth. For further information go to our website at www.sunstreetcenters.org or call Brenda Corona at (831) 753-5150