The Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday delayed voting on new criminal penalties for allowing underage drinking at home after two supervisors openly clashed over whether it would save lives or encroach on civil liberties, according to the Voice of OC.
This is a pet issue of Supervisor Todd Spitzer, as his former Chief of Staff, Steve Ambriz, who also served on the Orange City Council, was killed by a drunk driver. Of course that is utterly irrelevant to this debate since the lady who crashed into Ambriz’ car was 31 years old, according to the L.A. Times.
Spitzer called in the TV cameras for this meeting, which really frosted the Chairman of the O.C. Board of Supervisors, Shawn Nelson. Kudos to Nelson for bringing up civil liberties, in opposing this measure. Supervisor Bates spoke up too.
Nelson envisioned a scenario where three 20-year-old Marines return from Afghanistan and gather at a house for drinks.
Exactly! Great point Supervisor Nelson.
The fact is that homeowners incur massive liability by allowing underaged drinkers to run wild in their homes. Anything they do can and will be held against them in civil court – and the damages could be immense.
On top of that, it is already illegal for underaged drinkers to drink and it is illegal for adults to provide teenagers with alcohol.
If you ask me, the real threat in this county isn’t teen drinking but rather adults getting wasted in Downtown Fullerton and Downtown Santa Ana. And of course the Council Members in Santa Ana just made it easier to open more bars in our downtown.
Most bars and restaurants stop serving food after 10 pm. If they are clubs and are engaging in bottle service then their constituents are getting totally wasted, after 10 pm, with no food to absorb all of those drinks. There is the real problem!
Spitzer should look at that issue and work with our city governments to insist that bars and restaurants make food and snacks available at all hours when their guests are drinking themsevles into stupors.