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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.”
“National Strike Force? Pacific Strike Team?” When WMDs Strike the West Coast, Bucolic Novato Will Lead the ResponseTuesday, January 3rd, 2012
Well, this is news to me.
Check it, the biggest military shoulder patch in the world is worn by members of the Novato-based “Pacific Strike Team,” which is part of the National Strike Force, which is part of the Deployable Operations Group, which is part of the United States Coast Guard.
See? Here they are, training for disaster response up in Marin County last year.
“Petty Officer 2nd Class Sharina Lamonica and Petty Officer 3rd Class Grace Peterson setup a weather station during an exercise with National Strike Force’s Pacific Strike Team, Feb. 16, 2011. The Pacific Strike Team conducted the exercise as part of its annual Readiness for Operations inspection”
And you thought Novato was just a cow town:
I moved your star about 100 clicks north of where you have it, Dawg. Novato’s in the North Bay, not the South, just saying.
All the deets:
“The Deployable Operations Group (DOG) is a United States Coast Guard command that provides properly equipped, trained and organized Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF) to Coast Guard, DHS, DoD and inter-agency operational and tactical commanders. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, it was established on 20 July 2007, and is commanded by a Rear Admiral lower half.”
“Each Strike Team is a highly trained cadre of Coast Guard professionals who maintain and rapidly deploy with specialized equipment and incident management skills wherever needed. The strike teams are recognized worldwide as expert authorities in the preparation for and response to the effects resulting from oil discharges, hazardous substance releases, weapons of mass destruction events, and other emergencies on behalf of the American public. There are three strike teams within the NSF. The Atlantic Strike Team (AST) is based at Fort Dix, New Jersey, the Gulf Strike Team (GST) is based in Mobile, Alabama, and the Pacific Strike Team is based in Novato, California.”
Thanks in advance, Pacific Strike Team.
OMG, Nine Bay Area High School Seniors Picked as Finalists for Beach Blanket Babylon Scholaraship! Big Show on June 6Monday, May 9th, 2011
Well there’ll be a cavalcade of stars (including hat lady Jan Wahl and area billionaire Gordon Getty) judging the live performances of nine high school seniors at Club Fugazi at 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard in North Beach on June 6th, 2011.
All the deets, below.
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SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS CHOSEN! THE STEVE SILVER FOUNDATION AND BEACH BLANKET BABYLON SELECT NINE HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS TO COMPETE FOR THREE $10,000 CASH SCHOLARSHIPS
FINALISTS TO PERFORM LIVE AT CLUB FUGAZI ON MONDAY, JUNE 6th
SAN FRANCISCO (May 9, 2011) – Jo Schuman Silver, producer of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, announced today the selection of nine Bay Area finalists for the Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon “Scholarship for the Arts.” One winner in each category will be presented with a check for $10,000 towards their college education. The nine high school seniors who will perform live on Monday, June 6th are:
JESSICA CHANLIAU – Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School, Novato
TAYLOR EDELHART – Lowell High School, San Francisco
ANYA RICHKIND – Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco
MADELINE BAGBY – Castilleja School, Palo Alto
DARIUS DROOH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco
ALEX LYASHEVYCH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco
JILLIAN BUTLER – Liberty High School, Brentwood
ZACHARY PISER – Piedmont High School, Piedmont
CARA WODKA – Fremont Christian High School, Fremont
“Every year I’m impressed by the talent and caliber of the entries we receive, and this year was no exception,” said Schuman Silver. “Narrowing the field down to just nine finalists was not an easy task.”
Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Star 101.3′s Don Bleu. The celebrity panel of judges scheduled to appear include: San Francisco Ballet’s Principal Character Dancer & Choreographer Val Caniparoli, singer and actor Franc D’Ambrosio, KGO Radio’s Jerry Friedman, Composer Gordon Getty, San Francisco Opera’s General Director David Gockley, KMEL’s Chuy Gomez, California Shakespeare Theater’s Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone, American Conservatory Theater’s Artistic Director Carey Perloff, ABC7′s Don Sanchez and KRON4/KCBS Radio’s Jan Wahl.”
(I don’t know about ticket availability or anything at this point – they’ll be tough or impossible to get, one might imagine.)
Bon courage, contestants!