Posts Tagged ‘alcohol’
LONDON CALLING! 4/20 Day 2014 Coming This Easter Sunday – Haight-Ashbury Supervisor London Breed Wants a CrackdownWednesday, April 16th, 2014
Here’s what Annual 420 Day looks like, not too far from the Haight Street McDonalds on Stanyan.
That’s not fog, that’s a cloud of exhaled Mary Jane:
All right, Happy 420 Day 2014!
And now, let’s hear from London Breed:
“April 16, 2014
Sunday, April 20th Activities in Golden Gate Park and the Haight-Ashbury
This Sunday, April 20th, will see not only Easter celebrations throughout the City, but the likely return of an informal and unpermitted “4/20” gathering in Golden Gate Park and the Haight, which has caused significant problems in the community over the years and was particularly problematic last year.
Crowds strained police, Muni, and park resources, overwhelmed residential streets, and in several instances, damaged public and private property. Traffic came to a standstill as cars swarmed thearea. Garbage overflowed from curbside cans that proved unequal to the occasion. And on Sunday, 4/21, staff and volunteers with the Recreation and Parks Department had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks, not to mention the trash collected by the Department of Public Works from the upper Haight to Hayes Valley.
I am determined not to allow these impacts again this year. Over the past months, I have worked closely with the Police and Parks Departments, Mayor Lee’s office, and the MTA on a comprehensive city approach to this event. There is no sponsor for 4/20, no organizer to hold to account. But I want the community to know that their Supervisor and their government are doing everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents.
San Francisco, as always, welcomes celebrants with open arms, but this Sunday there will be boundaries to keep the community safe, and there will be no tolerance for anyone using 4/20 as an excuse to harm our parks or neighborhoods.
There will be increased law enforcement presence both uniform and plainclothes—including Juvenile Probation Officers—in the Park, upper and lower Haight, and surrounding neighborhoods with a strict enforcement approach to all code violations.
Parking is very limited in the area, and there will be Parking Control Officers (PCOs) ticketing and/or towing vehicles parked illegally in any way, e.g. on lawns or in neighbors’ driveways. PCOs will also be deployed at busy intersections to keep traffic and transit moving.
Unpermitted booths and concessions in the Parks will not be allowed. Such enterprises will be immediately cited and removed.
Traffic control officers, SFPD, and Muni will be on hand in the afternoon to help move visitors out of the neighborhoods quickly and safely. Muni will reroute buses off Haight Street between Stanyan and Masonic to avoid delays.
If our neighborhoods and parks are expected to continue hosting a large gathering, without an organizer or any resources beyond those provided by the taxpayer, we must all be vigilant in ensuring the event is safe, clean, and responsible.
LONDON N. BREED
City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, California 94102-4689 (415) 554-7630
Fax (415) 554 – 7634 TDD/TTY (415) 554-5227 E-mail: London.Breed@sfgov.org
Oh No, Marin County is Going Dry! Flavored Malt Beverages in Danger – Novato Supports “AlcoPop-Free Zone”Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
When I was young we had the Bartles and Jaymes, but these days kids are into Flavored Malt Beverages, which starts with FMB, which rhymes with T, which stands for Trouble.
At least in Marin County it does – see below.
Now I’ll tell you, if I were trying to get people to use the absurd phrase “Alcopop Free Zone,” I wouldn’t slap a (TM) after it in press releases.
Marin’s youth, Footloose and now Four Loko-free:
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On It Goes:
“Alcopops Voted Down In Novato - City Council Unanimously Supports Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Campaign - City’s Alcohol Retailers Encouraged to Voluntarily Stop Sales of Flavored Malt Beverages
NOVATO, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Novato City Council Members took a decisive step towards protecting youth from alcopops Tuesday night when they unanimously passed a Resolution of Support for creating an Alcopop-Free Zone(TM). The resolution encourages the city’s alcohol retailers to voluntarily stop selling dangerous, youth-attractive flavored malt beverages, also known as “alcopops.”
“The number of teens that drink in our community is really high,” said Lexi Simon, Novato High School senior and member of the Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth. “I have seen how easy it is for Novato teens to access alcohol. Stepping up has turned me into a role model and it feels good to be part of a solution, rather than not caring. If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letter for us to make this work.”
Dangerous, youth-attractive alcopops, or flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are:
– Pre-mixed, sweetened alcoholic drinks that taste like juice and soda
– Packaged in brightly-colored cans, similar to energy drinks
– Priced low enough to effectively target underage drinkers, especially
– Shelved wherever beer is available – including convenience stores, gas
stations, and mini-marts
– Often supersized at up to 24 oz. single-serving containers with 12
percent alcohol – the equivalent of 4-5 beers which cannot be consumed
responsibly by any age drinker
– Encouraging underage consumption which leads to serious alcohol-related
– Four Loko (Phusion Projects), Tilt (Anheuser-Busch InBev), Blast
(Pabst), Smirnoff Ice (Diageo), Bartles & Jaymes (E&J Gallo), Sparks
(The Steele Brewing Co), and Mike’ s Hard Lemonade
“The courageous action by the Novato City Council will help keep alcohol out of the hands of Novato youth,” stated Teri Rockas, former co-chair of the Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth. “This is exciting! With this resolution, the Coalition will be well positioned to partner with retailers to remove these dangerous products – and keep Novato kids and families safe.”
This past spring, the Marin County Board of Supervisors passed the country’s first Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Resolution of Support. In early September, the San Rafael City Council approved an Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Resolution of Support.
Various retailers in San Rafael, Stinson Beach and Bolinas have already pulled most alcopops from their store shelves. Just last week the Tiburon Town Council unanimously approved a Resolution of Support urging Tiburon Peninsula alcohol retailers to stop selling alcopops.
“Alcopops are an insidious device that with the cool labeling and high sugar content really entice teenagers to drink, especially teenage girls,” stated Judy Arnold, Marin County Supervisor. “I really want to congratulate you for addressing teenage drinking.”
Cheryl Paddack, Executive Director of the Novato Youth Center also spoke in support: “We recognize that drinking and binge drinking here is higher than the state and the national average. As a parent and community leader I would ask the city council to approve this resolution”
“Alcopops are just a predatory marketing ploy targeted at young people across the country and the enticement they produce leads not just to drinking, but binge drinking which can lead to some very severe situations,” stated Heart Fogel, a 13-year-old freshman at San Francisco University High School and a member of the Marin County Youth Commission. “We need to attack this problem at the source, by gettingAlcopops off our shelves and out of our youth’s lives.”
Current Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Marin supporters now include:
– Albert Park Neighborhood Alliance
– Alcohol Justice
– Being Adept
– Families for Safer Schools
– Healthy Marin Partnership
– Healthy Novato
– Marin County Board of Supervisors
– Marin County Advisory Board on Alcohol & Other Drug Problems
– Marin County Dept. of Health & Human Services Prevention Hub
– Marin County Pharmacists Association
– Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth
– Novato City Council
– Novato Friday Night Live
– Novato Police Department
– Novato Youth Council
– Paradise Markets
– Perry’s Deli
– Pharmacist Planning Service, Inc.
– San Rafael City Council
– Santa Margarita Neighborhood Association
– San Rafael Community Coalition
– Sober Living in Mill Valley
– Tiburon Town Council
– Twin Cities Coalition for Healthy Youth
– United Markets
– YMCA – Marin County Youth Court
– Youth Leadership Institute
– Youth for Justice
“Coalition efforts, campaign rallies and demands will continue at 7-Eleven and Safeway stores, and at all other alcopop retailers in Marin until the county truly is an Alcopop-Free Zone,” stated Jorge Castillo, Advocacy Director for Alcohol Justice.
The Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Marin coalition is open to any agency or group to join their efforts to removealcopops from the county. Please visit www.AlcopopFreeZone.us for more information.
“Marin County is proving that any community, youth or parent group can organize to create a safer and healthier environment, free of youth-attractive alcopops,” stated Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director/CEO of Alcohol Justice.”Our vision is to see this happen everywhere in the country, and we will support all community efforts to make it happen.”
Here’s What Tonight’s World Series Viewing Party Will Look Like – But No Alcohol in Civic Center – Vote No on Prop BSunday, October 28th, 2012
You’re invited to come to Civic Center tonight to see Game Four of the World Series on a makeshift “Jumbotron.”
See you at 5:07 PM (or earlier, to get a good spot if you want to be able to actually see the action unobstructed.)
It’ll look like this, but probably with more Matt Cain than Timothy Leroy Lincecum on the screen:
Via RubyxCube - click to expand
The SFPD requests (more or less) that you transfer your alcohol to unmarked containers, thusly:
And, oh yes, speaking of the Rec and Park, Remember to Vote No on Proposition B (November 2012), the so-called “Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond”
Well, because Prop. B is too costly for San Francisco
And also because Reform is Needed at San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department.
Also because area lawyer Philip Alan Ginsburg would consider passage of Prop B (November 2012) an endorsement of how he’s running the RPD.
Now, let’s hear from San Francisco Mayor Ron Conway,* after the jump. (Spoiler: He wants you to go to Chipotle’s and spend your money before you blow town.)
PS: The after party will be in the Mission District – spread the word, bring fireworks.
*Poor Sony. It appears that any television-like contraption bigger than 100 inches now gets the generic term “jumbotron.”
“Displays similar to the Jumbotron include:
- Martin Professional LED Screens
- Barco LED Screens
- D3 LED‘s Dynamic Digital Displays
- Daktronics ProStar
- Mitsubishi DiamondVision
- Panasonic AstroVision
- Philips Vidiwall
- Toshiba TechnoRainbow”