Los Angeles City Council Vote Bans Alcohol Ads From Public Property

January 20, 2015

LOS ANGELES, CA – Alcohol Justice joined with Los Angeles-based coalition - - to thank members of the Los Angeles City Council today for passing an ordinance long-sought by public health advocates to ban alcohol ads from L.A. city-owned and controlled property. The measure will reduce alcohol advertising in public spaces commonly seen by minors as a way to help discourage underage drinking. The ordinance, co-authored by Councilmembers Paul Koretz and
José Huizar, was passed by unanimous vote of the councilmembers present.

“The City of Los Angeles has taken another step towards truly protecting its most vulnerable residents,” stated Jorge Castillo, Advocacy Director for Alcohol Justice. “We thank Councilmembers Huizar, Englander, and Koretz for their leadership on this critical public health and safety issue.”

According to L.A. County Department of Public Health, alcohol-related crashes, violent crimes and deaths cost the county more than $10.8 billion every year. Families and youth utilize city owned and controlled property on a daily basis, such as school buildings, recreation centers, libraries and bus shelters.

“This is in line with my administration’s focus on improving the quality of life for all Angelenos and helping boost the sense of pride people have in our neighborhoods,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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