Forum Examines Teen Drinking

Possibly Ban on In-Home Drinking to Be Discussed

Tonight at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Centerfrom 6-8 p.m., Santa Barbara teens have the opportunity to speak out about in-home drinking. Tonight’s forum will explore policy changes, like the proposed Social Host ordinance, that may reduce local underage drinking.

Social Host ordinances have been adopted in Ojai, Camarillo and San Luis Obispo. If this policy were to pass, it would hold Santa Barbara parents responsible for allowing underage drinking to occur in their homes. People would face consequences ranging from citations and fines to classes for both parents and teens. Tonight a panel will discuss whether the violations should be classified as civil or criminal.

Should teens be allowed to drink at home?

See the results without voting.

Among the panelists for the Youth Speak Out are Mayor Marty Blum, the chair of the Public Policy Task Force, and Al Rodriguez from the Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services, as well as a teen and parent. KCSB news director Cathy Murillo will be the moderator. The forum is sponsored by the Santa Barbara Youth Council, and the city of Santa Barbara teen programs’ Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Teen Coalition.

The Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Complex is located at 1118 E. Cabrillo Boulevard.

Kristina Kurasz is an Independent intern.

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