Always concerned about the wellness and safety in our communities, Phoenix Houses of California has recently joined the Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads on Public Property in Los Angeles, spearheaded by a nonprofit agency, Alcohol Justice (http://noalcoholads.org/).
The next meeting of the Coalition will take place at Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles (11600 Eldridge Avenue, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342) on August 16, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
For over a year and a half, the Coalition has been organizing support for a ban of alcohol ads in L.A. City public property. The group’s supporters feel that the City should not advertise alcohol when it does not have enough funds to cover the public safety / public health cost associated with alcohol harms. Alcohol Justice estimates that alcohol harms cost L.A. County and City 2.2 billion annually.
On August 2011, the Los Angeles City Council agreed with the Coalition and banned alcohol advertisement in the new city bus bench contract. So now 6,000 bus benches citywide will not have alcohol ads!
For the next steps, Jonathan Fielding, the Director of Public Health in Los Angeles County will submit a brief to the City Council about this issue. The DPH recommends that alcohol ads be regulated where youth congregate in a County Report.
The Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads on Public Property in Los Angeles is a grassroots effort. Other coalition members include:
• Alcohol Justice
• Asian American Drug Abuse Program Inc.
• Boyle Heights Stakeholders Association
• Boyle Heights Coalition for a Safe & Drug Free Community
• Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight
• Community Coalition
• Day One Pasadena
• Mexican History Foundation
• Pilar of Fire Church
• Pueblo y Salud
• Sycamore Grove School
• Tarzana Treatment Centers & AWARE Coaltion
• United Coalition East Prevention Project
• Woman’s Christian Temperance Union
• Women Against Gun Violence
The Coalition’s supporters include:
• Michael & Kitty Dukakis, former Massachusetts Governor
• California Alliance for Retired Americans
• County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators’ Association of California
• California Council on Alcohol Problems
• Venice Neighborhood Council
The campaign’s previous media coverage featured articles and posts in English and Spanish. Here are two posts: