Letters to the Editor 9-6-18
Redondo Beach recently passed, then the mayor vetoed, a Social Host Ordinance which is meant to protect kids from all the underage drinking parties in and around the South Bay. I believe the ordinance was vetoed because I sent a courtesy email to their City Council counselling them against making it a criminal offense, instead of a civil offense, which is the path taken by virtually every city across the state and US. Criminal offenses have been overturned as they come in conflict with state law.
Rather than change the wording of the ordinance to make it a civil offense, I’m being told the issue is dead and they will rely on current state law to deal with the growing problem. The problem is that contrary to whatever information the mayor is being given, state law is ineffective because misdemeanor offenses must be committed in the presence of a police officer, or there must be eyewitnesses willing to testify to make a triable case.
I have over 35 years of police experience that has shown me that nobody at these parties will willingly admit to furnishing alcohol to minors when the police arrive. Everyone stops what they are doing so the police will not witness kids drinking or anyone furnishing them alcohol. What is left is for the police to break up the party and allow intoxicated kids back into the street, only to go to another underage drinking party they easily find on their phones.
Adults are left to continually turn a blind eye to these parties, wanting to be their kid’s friend more than being a responsible adult. A civil ordinance would hold the property owner accountable for allowing underage drinking to occur on their property, along with a reasonable fine. In most cases, responsible adults will take better care to ensure this activity does not take place to begin with in cities with Social Host Ordinance civil laws.
This law is supported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the California State PTA. I have spoken to high school principals from various cities in the South Bay who tell me that underage drinking is out of control on the weekends, and there are numerous sexual assaults that are tied to these parties. To believe that current state laws are effective is putting one’s head in the sand.
If you are interested in keeping generations of kids safe, please ask your City Council to pursue a civil Social Host Ordinance as hundreds of other cities have done. It will save countless lives in the long run.
Former Manhattan Beach police chief
Listening to the CenterCal toadies you might get the impression that their company came to Redondo Beach ready to build what the people wanted. But from the opening meeting at the Performing Arts Center, when they left us in the lobby and answered no questions, to the current frivolous lawsuits against R.O.W., CenterCal has shown nothing but arrogance and contempt for us all with their bullying tactics. That’s why some of the best people in this city formed R.O.W.
Soon the voters in Districts 3 and 5 will have a chance to right these wrongs by ridding themselves of two of the council members who voted several times to give our harbor to these creatures for a century. Voters will have a chance to make sure the council follows the letter and spirit of Measure C. Let’s fix this problem and move on.
The Hermosa Beach City Council chose a Wednesday to tour three existing Stormwater Infiltration Project sites.
We do not understand why this occurred on a weekday. Most of us work Monday through Friday. The tours could have been on a Saturday.
We must also take our own construction equipment [sturdy, closed-toe shoes, vest and hardhat] to tour the third site!
In addition, none of these sites are close to homes like the proposed Greenbelt site.There is no comparison between these sites and the Greenbelt.
Going to the Dogs III
Yes, dog crap — oh sorry let’s be PC here, dog defecation — goes beyond just an odorous nuisance on the Esplanade and in all public spaces. Poop, urine and saliva from dogs is known to harbor a whole host of diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
A partial list includes rabies, hookworm, roundworm, ringworm, heartworm, tuberculosis, Brucellosis, Giardia, echinococcus, salmonellosis, streptococcus and scabies.
Please note some of the diseases, that innocent children and the public are exposed to, are deadly. What? Innocent Fifi and Spot’s do-do can hurt me, my children and loved ones? Do your own research. Why should anyone be subjected to the risk of these maladies? That little bag you carry to scoop up your poop leaves a disease “resiDoo” behind for all to be exposed to. Isn’t it time we grow up and realize that FiFi’s public droppings are risking your life?
‘Grandpa’ band not cool
Kudos to those behind the just-concluded summer Concert in the Park series in Manhattan Beach for including local teen bands as warm-up acts. Alas, yesterday’s series finale included a third unannounced and unadvertised act (let’s call them “Grandpa’s Garage Band”) that was obviously shoe-horned into the proceedings based solely upon someone’s special relationship with local self-important persons.
Fortunately for fans of the advertised opening act which followed, Chroma Haze (a quartet of wonderfully talented 15-year-olds), the kids were able to play their entire set. Sadly for fans of the advertised main act, DSB, their 5 p.m. start time was pushed back to 5:50, meaning that they only played for 85 minutes instead of the usual 100 to 105.
Just goes to show that the rules are indeed different for those with friends in high places, after all. Should Grandpa and his act (or any version thereof) “grace” the Polliwog Park stage in future summers, this long-time supporter will look the other way when the donation bucket comes around.
I read your article about my Girl Scout project in the newspaper [“Girl scout project teaches compassion, coyote awareness,” ER Aug. 30, 2018]. It looks great, thank you! However, I disagree with part of the third to last paragraph that suggests the city install “more signs and official warnings,” and “fenced boundaries.” While there is a possibility that more knowledge of coyotes in our city will have a positive effect, fenced boundaries will do almost nothing, considering coyotes can jump six-foot fences without a running start. Instead, here are five steps we can follow:
1- Do not feed wildlife
2- Keep pets and pet food inside
3- Keep trash/foods indoors
4- Haze coyotes if encountered (by yelling, waving arms, throwing small rocks)
5- Report coyote sighting to the local Animal Control Office or call 911 for an incident believed to pose a danger.
North School comments
Just a reminder that the North School’s Revised Draft EIR is out for review and that residents have until September 17 to submit comments. The EIR is available for review at the Library, City Hall and School District as well as online at hbcsd.org/District/25531-Untitled.html.
Also, the Hermosa Beach School Board will have an informational item on the agenda regarding the Revised DEIR at their Wednesday, September 12 regular meeting. The meeting is scheduled to start at 5:30 that night, earlier than normal. We applaud the District and School Board for being proactive and including information on the Revised DEIR at this meeting. We encourage residents to attend, whether you are parents of local students, North School neighbors, commuters or interested residents.
Scott and Shannon Davey