Is a social host ordinance in the works for Garden Grove?
Mayor Bruce Broadwater said Tuesday night that the council would take a look at fining adults—including parents—who serve drinks to minors.
“I’ve heard about children drinking at home and I think it’s ridiculous,” Broadwater said after the meeting. “The parents are putting children in harm’s way and themselves too if something happens.”
In the last few years, social-host ordinances have cropped up in a few Orange County cities. Last month, Huntington Beach adopted one—with a $250 fine for first-time violators–following on the heels of Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach and Laguna Hills.
The ordinances deter parents who might serve minors and give police another enforcement tool, explained Dana Mann, the Garden Grove resident who proposed the measure.
With a daughter at Pacifica High School and a son who recently graduated, Mann said she often hears about under-age drinking. After doing some homework, she learned that more than half of teens who drink do so at a friend’s house. Parents might be aware of the drinking, Mann said, but that doesn’t help when several teens are involved.
“How could a parent possibly monitor all the kids drinking and make sure they get home safely?” she asked the council. “They can’t.”
She urged the council to adopt the ordinance before June’s prom season.
Also Tuesday, the council recognized Pringle’s Draperies and Blinds as the March 2013 Outstanding Business Honoree. The company was founded in 1980 by Larry and Caroline Pringle, parents to former California Assemblyman Curt Pringle.
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