1. Wednesday, May 6, 2009

    just saw @ev and @biz on @theview 

    when gwen stefani cheered “this ishhh is bananas” she wasnt kidding.

    another beautiful day here in southern california. and i must say i do love working in the belly of the beast. so many stories came through this newsroom yesterday and today from the lady with the face transplant saying “im not a monster” to the dude in florida who threw a baby out the window of a moving car

    to the fires in santa barbara, to the lakers losing to the dodgers winning…

    but lets talk about Floatopia. According to the Daily Nexus theres going to be a disturbance in the force in Santa Barbara today at high noon (aka 1pm) to squash not just the kids’ right to party on their beach, but their right to party anywhere in IV. Fascism disguised as “The Social Host Ordinance” is scheduled to breeze through the SB Supervisor’s meeting this afternoon which will give the IV Foot Patrol and the SB Sheriffs the right to shut down pretty much any party, immediately, regardless of it being in a private home or on a public beach:

    The SHO aims to nail people who host underage drinking parties at their house. Ideally, this is great. We agree that parents should be punished for hosting these parties and buying their kids booze.

    But in actuality, this ordinance is terrible. It’s going to hit us in I.V. hard, even if it wasn’t intended for us. Despite having gone through four rewrites, this fifth draft of the SHO is still incredibly vague, which leaves it open to interpretation. A host can be served the fine if minors are drinking at any “party, gathering, or event,” which is described as “a group of five or more persons who have assembled or are assembling for a social occasion or a social activity.” So in an apartment with six roommates (very likely in I.V.) if all of them get together to watch House (a very social activity by some standards) and decide to split a six-pack, will the police be able to knock on the door and dole out a fine to the “host”?

    However, IVFP officers have said they aren’t looking to use the SHO to crack down on small hangouts like that. Then why implement the ordinance? The police already have enough tools on their belt to punish underage alcohol consumption, both by the drinker and the provider of the drink. For example, they can cite partygoers with any of the following:

    Distributing to Minors
    Minor in Possession
    Noise Ordinance Violation
    Drunk in Public
    Disturbing the Peace

    Basically it means the end of Isla Vista.

    Free IV. Make it a city. Hire me as Mayor. The fact that adults – even young adults – can’t live their lives on a nub jetting out into an ocean, or in their overpriced apartments in America, is unAmerican.

    h/t Welchy, photo of raymi by fil